It’s the end of the road for an American sports car icon; the final Dodge Viper has rolled off the assembly line.
None other than FCA Head of Design Ralph Gilles was on hand to document the process on his personal Instagram account and it’s a somber series of events. The Dodge Viper lasted 25 years—with a small hiatus in-between the fifth- and fourth-generation—but ultimately, new safety standards have defanged the Viper for good.
Gilles offered up a reason for putting the Dodge Viper to rest on his Instagram:
It sold well over the last couple of years at a great mix of mostly ACRs in the last 15 months. It has more to do with a new ejection-mitigation regulation airbag that simply won’t fit in our package. The Gen 5 had a great five-model-year run and the Viper platform which has not changed much over the years had a great 25-year run!
The FCA head of design also confirmed the red Dodge Viper pictured here is indeed the final Dodge Viper to ever be built. It’s finished in red as a homage to the 1989 Dodge Viper concept and the car itself will remain with FCA for its heritage collection.
The Dodge Viper has long represented a hardcore take on American performance and has been the only American sports car built in Detroit, Motor City. Forced induction? Never. Big-displacement V10 engine? Absolutely. It remained true to itself for 25 years and it will not be forgotten anytime soon.