So long, dear friend. The Dodge Viper, after 25 years, will exit production for good this coming August. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles made the August 31, 2017, expiration date official in a notice to the state of Michigan.
According to The Detroit News, all 87 workers are expected to be offered positions at other FCA manufacturing facilities. “We are still committed to the City of Detroit, and the Conner Avenue facility will remain part of that,” FCA spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in a statement.
It’s unclear what will become of the 392,000 square-foot facility, but one thing is certain: it won’t be producing American sports cars any longer. The Dodge Viper has been produced at the plant since 1995 up until its final, fifth-generation at present. Since then, the Dodge Viper has left a lasting impression on the automotive industry at large as a lovable, yet unforgiving, American sports car.
The Connor assembly plant’s Detroit zip code also means the Dodge Viper has been the only American sports car actually built in Detroit “Motor City.” The Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang are built elsewhere in Michigan, while the Chevrolet Corvette calls Bowling Green, Kentucky home. The Dodge Challenger and Charger are built in Canada.
The factory will finish out production with remaining Vipers specced through the One-of-One program, but FCA says there are still some Vipers left in dealership inventory. After that, it’s lights out for good.