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New Dodge Viper ACR: The Fastest Viper Ever

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/8/2015 Scott Burgess

Dodge rolled out its new Viper American Club Racer today in Detroit where every Viper is made by hand.

Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO of Dodge and SRT, said, “The Viper is the ultimate street-legal track car, and the ACR is the fastest ever.” This Viper certainly has the mechanical chops to stake that claim. New to the Viper ACR are carbon ceramic Matrix 15.4-inch front rotors with six-piston Brembo calipers as well as high performance Kumho Ecsta V720 tires (295/25/19 fronts and 355/30/19 rears). Also look for an adjustable dual-element carbon fiber rear wing, rear carbon fiber diffuser, removable hood louvers, and detachable front splitter. The changes to the ACR mean that it can sustain 1.5 g cornering at high speeds, among its big bag of track tricks.

It will be powered by Dodge’s 8.4-liter V-10 that creates 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. (Dodge likes to note that this is the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car in the world.) The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

2016 Dodge Viper ACR Front Three Quarter In Motion 02© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Front Three Quarter In Motion 02 Indeed, the monster of a machine that is the Viper has become an even bigger menace on the track. The new ACR’s extreme aero package creates 2,000 pounds of downforce at 177 mph. Go back and read that sentence again. It creates one ton of downforce for a car that weighs around 3,400 pounds.

New Dodge Viper ACR: The Fastest Viper Ever

The interior for this ACR is improved compared to previous ACRs, which had a very bare bones look. This one includes Alcantara suede around the steering wheel, ACR badging, and Alcantara inserts throughout the cabin. © Provided by MotorTrend

“This is not a one-to-three lap track special,” said Kuniskis. “You can run the car at the track all day and the performance doesn’t fall off.”

With the ACR, Dodge continues to enhance its performance cred. Last year, it introduced the Challenger and Charger Hellcats, which continue to impress customers with their 707-horsepower ratings.

Kuniskis said that Dodge didn’t want to roll out a Viper Hellcat because that is a different kind of vehicle. “Those are muscle cars,” he said. “We were very careful in the way we introduced them. The Viper ACR is a track car. It always has been.”

Indeed. But now it’s even faster.

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