By Patrick Rall
When the Dodge Viper ACR broke the track record at Laguna Seca, chief executive Ralph Gilles stated that there would be a special edition 1:33 Edition Dodge Viper ACR (named in honor of the 1 minute and 33 second lap around Laguna Seca-click here for more on that run). Today, Dodge announced official plans to build those 33 special edition American Club Racer (ACR) Vipers, along with a surprise announcement of another limited edition Viper and a hint of more to come.
The 1:33 Edition Dodge Viper ACR will bear a striking resemblance to the record-breaking ACR used at Laguna Seca with a black and red finish – the reverse of the scheme of the original SRT10 Viper ACR. Inside the 1:33 Viper, piano black console bezels and red gauge highlights tie together the red and black scheme. As originally planned, there will be only 33 units made of the 1:33 Edition Viper ACR.
The big surprise for yesterday’s announcement from Dodge was the 2010
Voodoo Edition Viper ACR. This car will come finished in Black Clear
Coat with a graphite stripe running down the driver’s side of the car,
traced in red.
Along with the limited edition ACR models, the other 2010 Vipers will
receive the option of Toxic Orange Pearl Coat and Bright Silver
Metallic Clear Coat, and while Dodge mentions the intent to offer more
limited edition Vipers during the year, they also state that there will
only be 500 units built in what looks to be the last year for the
Viper. However, let’s keep in mind that the Viper was removed from the
open market, and Sergio Marchionne commented that the Viper had a
future so the coming months may hold more news as to what is to become
of the Dodge Viper.
Check out my gallery with pictures of the record breaking ACR
in action, as well as pictures of the new Toxic Orange Dodge Viper.
Pictures provided by Chrysler Corporation.
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