2016 Dodge Viper ACR: The Short Throw

The Dodge Viper ACR in previous iterations, was a pretty stout vehicle. The 2016 version not only follows suit with the past, it takes the past and full throttle and then some. This is probably one of a few last hurrahs for the Dodge Viper as it is scheduled to be finished in 2017 and for a production car that holds the most track records, it seems to be on the right track, no pun intended.


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At 645 horsepower from the 8.4l V10, the viper is on the lower end of the spectrum for power in a supercar, but considering the fact that the ACR with the Extreme Aero Package, managed to best the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder at Laguna SECA. The ACR ran a lap time of 1:28.65 which was one second faster than the 918 and two seconds faster than the P1. Also, add the price tag into the equation as well. At near $120k, the Viper ACR, at least at Laguna SECA, is faster than million dollar hybrid hypercars. The ACR is definitely a bargin and proof than advanced technology isn’t always better. The Viper ACR uses a manual transmission and rear wheel drive, which is considered to be dinosaurish, to today’s standards, if dinosaurish is even a word.


The ACR, which stands for American Club Racer, has set 13 records at 13 tracks, with only the Nurburgring remaining. Unlike other cars in this category, each ACR is supposed to be “1 of 1”, or should I say this hand built monster, has 50 million build combinations which essentially makes each Viper unique. We can only imagine that the next of the final Vipers, will be an ACR-X and some of us wouldn’t mind seeing a Hellcat version do fun. In the mean time, the ACR, like I said in the begining, seems to be on the right track, no pun intended.

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