2017 DODGE VIPER MODEL OVERVIEW
2017 DODGE VIPER
New, (but sadly already sold out) variants of the Dodge Viper get a new four-channel anti-lock brake system. The 2017 Dodge Viper has five special editions of the 2017 Dodge Viper:
2017 Dodge Viper Video:
- The Viper 1:28 gets a black exterior and red ACR stripes, with the Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes and 1:28 side decal commemorating Randy Pobst’s record-breaking lap at Laguna Seca. Twenty-eight cars were made with this package.
- The Viper GTS-R gets a white and blue paint job, the Extreme Aero package, carbon ceramic brakes, some extra decals an ACR red interior with red accent stitching and red seatbelts, a serialized instrument panel and a custom car cover that matches the paint scheme. You can get your name on the cover, too. Just 31 cars will be made in this format.
- The Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC gets a green exterior with a custom snakeskin patterned SRT stripe, the advanced aerodynamics package, black GT interior, a serialized instrument panel with a snakeskin badge, and the customer’s name painted above the driver’s side door. Just 25 of these cars will be made for the 2017 model year, but Dodge is building up to 31 versions in ACR form.
- VoooDoo II Edition ACR – With a black exterior and a graphite metallic ACR driver’s stripe (with red accents), this special edition is inspired by the 2010 VooDoo edition and has carbon ceramic brakes, a badge plate inside, and a custom car cover. A total of 31 VooDoo II editions were made.
- The Dodge Dealer Edition ACR was only available through two high-volume dealerships—one in Texas and one in Roanoke, Illinois. The white cars get a blue and red stripe, carbon ceramic brakes, the Extreme Aero package, the ACR interior with red stitching and the customer’s name on the car cover. It also got a serialized instrument panel with the ACR badge and only 22 cars will be made for 2017.
The 2017 Dodge Viper is a two-door sports car. It is Dodge’s halo car and the most expensive car the company sells.
This is the final generation of the Dodge Viper. To celebrate, Dodge created five serialized special editions for 2017. If you build your own Viper now that the special editions are sold out, there are 16,000 exterior color variations, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims, seven aero packages, three brake packages, and four suspension options yielding more than 50 million ways to configure a 2017 Dodge Viper.
Regardless of the paint schemes or interior colors, an all-aluminum, naturally aspirated, 8.4-liter V-10 engine makes 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque in this rear-drive monster. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and the EPA estimates that it gets 12/19 mpg city/highway.
The top speed of the 2017 Dodge Viper (in SRT form) is 206 mph while the top speed of the ACR version is 177 mph. Zero to sixty times for all versions of the 2017 Dodge Viper fall in the mid-3 second range, according to Dodge. In testing, we clocked a 2016 Viper ACR at 3.4 to 3.5 seconds, depending on whether the car was on street or track mode.
Standard features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control, and a new four-channel antilock brake system. The 2017 Dodge Viper also gets standard park distance control, rearview camera, standard driver passenger and side airbags, brake assist, and daytime running lights.
What We Think:
We have a history with the Viper. Back in 2013 we outran that year’s Viper with a ZR1 and set the lap record at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Northern California—which in turn lead to the creation of the 2017 Dodge Viper 1:28.
Fast forward to 2016 when we pitted a Corvette Z06 against a Viper ACR and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and things got, well…heated.
Needless to say the 2017 Dodge Viper is still a Viper. As Jonny Lieberman said about the ACR version he drove at Laguna Seca, “The steering wheel is in the wrong place, the throttle is where the brake pedal should be, the brakes are where the clutch normally sits, the AC doesn’t exactly work…” And as Jason Cammisa put it, the Viper “is a far better torture chamber than car.”
All of that aside, the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR has made all 645 horses more available and easier to handle than previous generations of the car. Randy Pobst wrote of his experience in the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, “The brawny capabilities that the Viper always had are now accessible and controllable for a much wider range of drivers. Hallelujah. The ACR will now make more heroes than zeros…The beast has got a leash, and with no loss of ferocity.”
In that track-focused comparison, the Viper ACR won, beating the Corvette and 911.
The Dodge Viper’s naturally aspirated 8.4L V-10 engine is the largest passenger car engine currently in production, and delivers the most torque of any current production engine at 600 lb-ft. The Dodge Viper ACR holds more track records than any production car in the world with a total of thirteen road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America. As of July 2016, all of the 215 special editions of the Dodge Viper are sold out. Everything sold in just two days. Production of the Dodge Viper will end in 2017.