LA Auto Show: Dodge Viper receives its last limited editions

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

As the Viper sports car will be phased out next year, Chrysler will soon be developing a replacement car that will appear sometime in 2012 with the supervision of Fiat's Sergio Marchionne. In the meantime, we'll have details of the last model year Viper to think about. It will be an SRT version, which will have a limited run of only 500 units.

But it's not likely that any of these cars will look alike since Chrysler says that there will be at least 7,600 possible appearance combinations. Comprising the 500 units is an assortment of special, limited-edition models. One is the Dodge Viper ACR 1:33 Edition -- a tribute to the car which set a new lap record last month at the Laguna Seca raceway -- that will have 33 units.

Then there's the Voodoo-edition Viper ACR with an all Black Clear Coat exterior and a Graphite Driver's Stripe outlined in red that will only have 10 units. There isn't much information known yet about the special editions but Chrysler said that it will reveal more as their release dates near.

An 8.4l V-10 engine propels all the cars, allowing them to develop 600 hp and 560 lb.-ft. of torque. The car is then able to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 4 seconds and attain a top speed of 202mph. For improved high-speed acceleration and higher straightaway speeds, Chrysler will add a shorter fifth gear ratio (changing from 0.74 to 0.80).

To control the cars' power, there will be a ZF Sachs twin-disc clutch and a heavy-duty six-speed manual transmission. The Vipers will still have the body styles that people have grown to expect -- a Roadster and a Coupe. They will also come with the ACR (American Club Racer) package. Two new colors -- Toxic Orange Pearl Coat and Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat -- will be available for the exterior. There will also be a choice of six stripe options, five different interior color combinations, four different wheel choices and three available interior bezels.

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