On February 10, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) made a major announcement at the 2017 Chicago Motor Show. FCA announced, “We will be discontinuing production of the Dodge Viper as of late-August 2017.”
The current fourth-generation Viper was introduced as the “SRT Viper” back in April 2012 at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The Viper comes loaded with an enormous V10 gasoline engine, which is unheard of in this current generation of downsized engines.
This V10 engine offers the same 8.4-liter cubic capacity as its previous model. However, as a result of significant overhauls to the pistons, intake manifold and exhaust valves, among others, it generates 640ps of maximum output and 83kgm of maximum torque, equaling increases of 40ps and 5.5kgm, respectively, from its previous model. It accelerates from 0 to 96km/h in less than three seconds, reaches speeds of up to 331km/h and zooms from 0 to 400m in around 11 seconds, all world-class speeds.
For the 2017 model, the Viper features five types of limited editions, which have all sold out. Once these limited editions are assembled in late August, 2017 will mark the end of the road and the 26-year history for the Dodge Viper, which debuted back in 1991.
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)