As first reported last month, production at FCA's Conner Avenue Assembly plant stopped yesterday, following the sign-off of a red Viper with chrome wheels. The Dodge Viper, America's greatest car, is officially dead.
Per from FCA design chief Ralph Gilles, the last Viper is headed to the company's heritage collection. The last customer Viper is a yellow ACR with black racing stripes.
The Viper lived through five generations, terrifying rear tires since its introduction in 1992. The current-generation Viper first hit the market in 2013, but since it's mostly hand-built, it was never cheap enough to be truly competitive against cars like the Corvette Z06.
Recently, Viper fans crowdfunded a long-overdue record attempt at the Nürburgring with the ultimate iteration of the car, an ACR with the Extreme Aero package. Dominik Farnbacher set the fastest manual-transmission lap, the fastest rear-drive lap, and the fastest time ever set with an American car, driving a 2017 Dodge Viper ACR and stopping the clock at 7:03.45. They have plans to return and go even faster.
Unfortunately, the lively spirit displayed by those fans wasn't enough to keep the factory running, meaning that the Viper's production run came to an end yesterday. For some pictures from the last shift, we'd like to direct your attention to Gilles' Instagram:
So long, Viper. We'll miss you.
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