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2016 Dodge Viper ACR Review: Snakes on a Track

2016 Dodge Viper ACR

The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is a barely street legal racecar with a close-knit community of devotees. Some of them recently got together at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for two days to show off the speed, power, and handling of this high performance vehicle at an event called the Viper Tracks II. They were there to show what the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR could do when drivers are bold and skilled enough to put the pedal to the metal and let the latest and greatest iteration of this muscular, powerful beast express itself. The result was two days of awesome automotive performance. To see the performance in the real world, come down to Chapman Dodge and see one for yourself. You are sure to be impressed.

The American Club Racer (ACR) version of the Viper was designed to mirror the Shelby Cobra. This modernized monster was meant to be driven on a track almost exclusively. With its 8.4-liter, 645 horsepower V10 engine, 600 lb-ft of torque, and smooth shifting manual six-speed Tremec TR6060 transmission, this is really a racecar that’s been plated and placed in showrooms. Putting it through its paces is not for the uninitiated or the faint of heart. The Viper is a fearsome beast the slices through the air at up to 177 miles per hour (Over 200 mph without its aero entourage). ¬†While you will not have the chance to push the limits that far, if you take one for a test drive at Las Vegas Dodge, you will fall in love.

Upgraded with its ‘Extreme Aero Package it features an enormous X-Wing fighter’s S-foils rear spoiler, super-sized struts, front fenders with dive plane-like vestigial tusks, an under-bumper diffuser, removable hood ornaments and wheel well caps, and a full chin spoiler, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR looks like a wild beast. Plus many elements can be removed, repositioned, or reconfigured to improve performance. Start the ignition and the engines roars to with a venom that produces triple-digit speeds as this dynamically sculpted beast hurtles down the track on massive 19-inch tires.

Drivers with only an intermediate level of experience may fear the Viper is a capricious monster. But even inexperienced drivers at Viper Tracks II say the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR isn’t only nimble, it adheres to the track, pushes the performance envelope, and engages all the senses. Its responsiveness, bolstered by the SRT engineers’ setup of the Bilstein 10-way adjustable coilover shocks, is superb. The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR has a seamless blend of aero stickiness and mechanical grip.

While the powerful engine helped draw the worship, adulation, and attention to the Viper, so did the effectiveness of the controlled braking provided by the carbon ceramic rotors. This small group of passionate Viper fanatics made up of weekend amateurs and professional racers that gathered for Viper Tracks II understand the future of the Dodge Viper ACR is endangered. Chrysler hasn’t committed to producing the Viper after the 2017 model year. So these Viper fans are reaching out to as many people as to make them aware of the power, handling, and performance of the Viper and trying to help create support for it by holding events like this.

They want people to know this awesome Viper is truly a racecar for the street and anyone can handle it and emerge unbitten.

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