The is nearly a brand unto itself, even sporting its own "Fang" badge. In fact, there's only one Dodge badge on the whole Viper body, on the rear bumper. And in the case of the last 50 production Vipers to be built (25 ACR-X race cars were actually intermixed), a Final Edition badge was added. Unusually, the new Dodge logo of two red diagonal stripes accompanies it, signifying that this is both a and that it's the second generation of Final Edition Vipers. There were 360 FE Vipers built in 2002.
For 2010, there were 480 Vipers built before the final car drove off the line July 1. Spurring sales over 2009 was a variety of special editions including the Ralph Gilles-designed VooDoo, 1:33 Edition Viper ACR, and dealer specials like the convertible ACR built for Woodhouse Dodge, the same dealer that campaigns the Viper Competition Coupe in World Challenge. Of the last 50 FE cars built, there are 20 coupes, 18 convertibles and 12 ACRs. The very last car off the line, however, is a unique model built for D'Ann Raugh, a woman who already owns more than 40 Vipers.
This second iteration of the Final Edition rides on special anthracite wheels and is painted in graphite with a black roof and center stripe outlined in red. Its simple, driver-focused interior remains intact, but previously dull plastic panels are now in a polished piano black. Stainless steel screws hold the panels in place...no fake bolt heads here. Red stitching is used on the seats, steering wheel and shift boot. A plaque by the shift lever identifies this car belonging to Terry Bosserman as No. 2.
While the future of the Dodge Viper is tentatively optimistic, there is one thing for certain. There will never be another production car this raw and unhinged again. It rivaled the best of Europe and Japan in a classically American way—with overwhelming force. May it soon live again!