The fastest street-legal Viper track car ever offers a tremendous value for performance
May 12, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Viper enthusiasts with the need for ultimate handling, performance and road course domination, as well as the ability to drive their Viper home from the track, can now place their orders for the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever. The Dodge brand has announced pricing and opened order banks for the recently introduced 2016 Dodge Viper ACR.
Unveiled last week at the revamped Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, the American Club Racer model of the iconic, hand-built American supercar will have a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $117,895 (excluding destination and gas guzzler tax).
“Bringing our street-legal Dodge Viper ACR back is going to arm our track enthusiasts with the ultimate weapon to dominate road courses across the country,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge and SRT Brands, FCA — North America. “This is without a doubt the best Viper ACR ever. The latest in aerodynamic, braking and tire technology will ensure its legendary performance reputation around the world.”
Originally introduced in 1999 and last available for the 2010 model year, the Viper ACR has a long-standing legacy as the ultimate street-legal track car for club racing. The new 2016 model honors that performance legacy with significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, new Carbon Ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers and high-performance tires specifically designed for ACR. Standard equipment highlights include:
Delivers ultimate in stopping performance with unprecedented brake fade resistance through ACR-exclusive Carbon Ceramic Matrix 15-inch two-piece rotors and six-piston front calipers from Brembo®
Unique track suspension features 10-setting, double-adjustable, Bilstein coil-over racing shocks and unique race alignment delivering up to 3 inches of suspension height adjustment for fine-tuning corner weight
The latest race tire compound technology with massive Kumho® Ecsta V720 high-performance tires (295/25/19 front, 355/30/19 rear), designed and developed specifically for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, delivers laps times that are 1.5 seconds faster than off-road only race tires
Combination of suspension, aero treatment and ACR-specific tires delivers sustainable 1.5 g cornering during high-speed turns
Lightweight carpet, minimal three speaker audio and manual seats designed to manage weight and maintain optimal 50/50 weight distribution
Powered by iconic, hand-built 8.4-liter V-10 engine rated at 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world
Unique Alcantara hand-crafted interior to assist driver stability under high G-loading features iconic ‘ACR’ dash badge and accent stitching
Offers ‘1 of 1’ customization option for the ultimate personalized Viper track car
Optional ACR Extreme Aero Package (late availability) delivers nearly 1 ton of peak downforce at top speed through massive adjustable dual-element carbon fiber rear wing, rear carbon fiber diffuser, unique SRT hood with removable louvers, detachable extension for the front splitter and additional dive planes
Production of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR will begin in third quarter 2015 at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant. Vehicles will start arriving in dealerships in the third quarter of 2015.
Although the 2015 Dodge Challenger refresh was fairly minimal with the key changes being to the grille, the taillight and the interior, but these changes – and the addition of the Scat Pack and Hellcat models – have culminated in some massive sales figures.
April 2015 Challenger Sales
In April 2015, Dodge sold 6,771 examples of the mighty Challenger. This is an increase of 32% over April last year and it is also a strong improvement over the strong March 2015 when “only” 6,110 Challengers were sold. Best of all, those 6,771 Dodge Challenger models sold last month are more muscle cars than the Chrysler Group has ever sold in a single month since the Challenger was re-introduced for the 2008 model year.
Following the strong first quarter for the Challenger, Dodge has gotten off to a great start on the 2015 annual sales chart. So far, Dodge has sold 22,728 Challenger, which is 41% better than the sales figures through the first four months last year and with an average of almost 5,700 units per month, the 2015 Challenger could challenge best sales year ever for the nameplate, which came back in 1970. However, with 76,935 Challengers sold in 1970, the modern Challenger will need to put together a string of very strong months to really have a shot at nearing the 77,000 unit mark.
More Strong Sales to Come
Fortunately, in addition to the normal demand for the great looking 2015 Dodge Challenger, the company is continuing to fulfill the thousands of outstanding orders for the 707 horsepower Hellcat Challenger. There have been estimates that more than 9,000 orders have been placed for the Challenger and Charger models with the Hellcat Hemi, but it is unclear as to how many have been delivered thus far. Even if only have of those are Challengers, that is a massive number of cars which will help the sales numbers throughout the rest of the 2015 calendar year.
Another factor which will help keep Challenger sales strong throughout the 2015 calendar year is the arrival of the 2016 models later this year, which will almost certainly come with some minor changes that will have enthusiasts lining up for another Mopar muscle car. Dodge has had great success with special edition packages or color-themed packages, so something like that could arrive later this year for the 2016 model year.
While the 2015 Dodge Challenger might not outsell the 1970 model, we very well could see more monthly sales records during 2015.