The new year as usual starts of with a lot of rumors, and some of them unfortunately false while some luckily true like the one that the range-topping 2016 Dodge Viper ACR will enter production in July.
Leaked information from an apparent reliable source says that Dodge has given a green light and the production of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR will begin just months from now. This range-topping model is expected to start rolling off the assembly line this July as a 2016 model. We already saw the stripped-down high-performance variant of the coupe that is actually focused on the track at SEMA last year sporting a range of performance and visual upgrades.
We had a chance to see the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR in its concept form in all its preview glory. Decked out in huge carbon-fiber rear wing, carbon front splitter and winglets, while new air ducts were added behind the windows in order to cool the rear differential and packed with a set of lightweight 19-inch black alloy wheels housing carbon ceramic brakes and six piston calipers from Brembo. It also comes equipped with a track-tuned suspension, and a cabin upholstered in Alcantara and carbon fiber.
Even though the Viper was down with sales in recent years, Dodge is looking into the future and moving ahead with its progressive agenda and is focusing on new cars like the track-focused ACR.
If we see the same specs and function-over-form design of the SEMA concept applied on the production version, the automaker will indeed reveal an impressive beast that can stand side by side with the Corvette Z06.
With an aggressive carbon fiber aerodynamics package the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Concept features also include a splitter, dive planes, and a large fixed rear wing. Fender vents, 19-inch alloy wheels, 15.4-inch front carbon ceramic brake rotors, Brembo six-piston calipers, brake cooling ducts, and differential cooling ducts.
On the outside the Viper ACR is real mean and we can surely grow to love the exterior. On the other hand, we are surprised to find out that the interior will be stripped down. You will not seea radio amplifier, speakers, carpets, and noise reduction elements. These will all be aparently to removed to save weight.
Carbon fiber and alcantara trim elements put back a few sporting touches, but the cabin is intended to be spartan—much like a race car’s.
If the rumors are by any chance true than Dodge could deliver the Viper ACR into production this year, perhaps in time to hit the track this summer. This new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR comes from a line of really fast and mean cars. Like the 2009 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR for example. Thanks to the modifications from the standard Dodge Viper that included suspension changes, weight reductions, track/street tires, and aerodynamic improvements yielding 1,200 lbs. of downforce at 150 mph managed to break a record.
The 600-horsepower 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, a street-legal, rear-wheel-drive machine rated by Dodge at 600 horsepower, is capable of doing 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 180 mph. In just his third lap, Tom Coronel, who raced the Dodge Viper at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, set a record (surpassing the prior certified time of 7 minutes, 34 seconds) – which he then proceeded to break just two laps later. We can surely say that the new generation will most definitively try to outrun this monster line of Vipers.