2016 Dodge Viper ACR Is a Monster—A Street-Legal Monster
Drivers beware—there’s a new beast on the streets, and it’s called the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR. This completely street-legal but “track-focused” monster is powered by an 8.4-liter V10 overhead-valve engine that is 100% aluminum and completely handcrafted. The Viper ACR’s V10 pumps out 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the engineers of the new Viper, who race for fun on their own time, focused on three facets when designing the ACR: aerodynamics, chassis, and tires. For starter, aerodynamics are helped out by the available Extreme Aero package, which produces the “highest aerodynamic downforce of any production car.” Engineers have gotten almost a ton of downforce when cranking the Viper to a top speed of 177 mph. Elements of the package include a 1,876-mm wide adjustable dual-element rear wing, detachable extension for the front splitter, four dive planes, rear carbon fiber diffuser, and unique SRT hood with removable louvers.
Brake performance was also a top concern for the engineers. Thus, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is equipped with Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes for improved performance and handling. You’ll also find Kumho Ecsta V720 high-performance tires and aluminum bodied, double-adjustable coil-over Bilstein race shocks on the new beast.
“The Viper has always been more of a street-legal race car than a track-capable streetcar, and the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever,” remarked Tim Kuniskis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dodge Brand and SRT Brand. “Our goal is to arm our enthusiasts with the ultimate Viper track car to dominate road courses around the world.”
Well, Mr. Kuniskis, we think you’ve done the job all right. Kudos to you.