In October it came to light that the Dodge Viper would be killed off in 2017 following the closure of the Conner Avenue Assembly plant that builds the car. At the time, Dodge’s reasoning for getting rid of the Viper wasn’t clear, however Motor Trend has gotten to the bottom of it.
An anonymous source familiar with the Viper program told MT that the car will be discontinued as the current iteration cannot fit side curtain airbags. A federal safety standard intended to prevent occupant ejection that requires side curtain airbags will be put in place in 2017, forcing Dodge to get rid of the car at the end of 2016.
So if you’re as impressed with the new Viper ACR as we are, you’d better put an order in, because it could be your last-ever opportunity to own the 8.4-liter V10 supercar in its current form.