Earlier this month Fiat Chrysler announced Dodge Viper production would end following the 2017 model year. There’s no denying it was a sad day in Viper lore, but FCA has been sure to send the V10 supercar off in a respectful fashion.
Speaking to Michigan’s MLive, FCA passenger car brand boss Tim Kuniskis said introducing the record-breaking Viper ACR last year and the subsequent special-edition variants this year was their way of paying respects to the soon-to-depart Viper.
“It’s a very low-volume, hand-built vehicle, very expensive to build,” Kuniskis said. “But it’s been great for the brand, and we decided that we’re going to go out with the 25th anniversary on a very high note.”
“When you’re slimming down a vehicle you would never make a big investment to build something like the ACR,” he added. “We said, no, we got to honor what this car has been for the last 25 years and go out absolutely on top of the world.”
For 2017 Dodge introduced several limited-run Viper variants including the 1:28 Edition ACR, GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, VooDoo II Edition ACR, Snakeskin Edition GTC and a Dealer Edition for select Dodge dealers.
Kuniskis wouldn’t speak on a potential replacement for the Dodge Viper when prodded, but FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has floated the idea of introducing a successor to the supercar in the past. Whether that car will arrive or not remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure, the Viper is signing off in a memorable way.
“Don’t’ know yet, can’t talk about (a Viper successor),” said Kuniskis. “But as far as the Viper goes we’re going out on a very high note.”