We may soon say farewell to the Dodge Viper, if a new report from the Fiat-Chrysler-obsessed folks at All Par is to be believed.
According to All Par, the new proposed FCA-UAW contract includes the closure of the automaker’s Conner Avenue, Detroit assembly plant where the Viper is currently produced. The plant would cease operations for 2017, killing off the Viper much earlier than we thought.
Even if Viper production doesn’t continue past 2017, it may not be the end for the 8.4-liter V10 supercar. The Viper was also killed off in 2010 only to return for 2013, however sales have been low since its re-introduction. In Spring 2014 Dodge was forced to temporarily halt production of the car in order to account for an abundance of stock and a lack of demand, and later dropped the price of the car by $15,000 in order to attract more buyers.
If we had the money, we’d be making a beeline for our local Dodge dealership right about now. How common do you think front-engine, rear-wheel drive cars with an 8.4-liter V10 will be in 20 year’s time? It’s a bit of a long shot, but a Viper with a unique spec could be a collector’s item in the not-so-distant future.