When production of the previous-generation Dodge Viper was ending back in 2010, the automaker decided to send the car off with 50 ‘Final Edition’ models featuring a unique black, grey and red color scheme, model specific wheels and a few other small touches. We recently heard production of the current-gen Viper will cease in 2017, so we’ve been wondering, how will they send the car off this time?
Maybe we’re overly optimistic, but we’re expecting Dodge to celebrate the Viper’s life in an extra-special fashion this time around. The forecast for the 8.4-liter V10 supercar as we know it is grim, so if we’re never going to see another Viper again, why not release an extra-special limited edition model for fans of the car to remember it by?
The only thing that may be standing in the way of us getting a more extreme version of the Final Edition Viper would be money. Dodge already has trouble moving them, so getting the bean counters at Fiat-Chrysler to give the Viper team money for additional development seems nigh impossible.
We’re hoping to end up with a Final Edition Viper or Viper ACR that offers a unique color combination along with some further performance enhancements. Taking its 640 horsepower 8.4-liter V10 closer to the 700 horsepower mark doesn’t seem out of reach, and we’re willing to bet there’s even more weight to be shaved from the 3,300 lb snake.
Let us know how you think Dodge will celebrate the life of the legendary Viper once it bids its final farewell in 2017 by commenting below.