Check Out The Fastest Viper Yet – The ACR

Check Out The Fastest Viper Yet – The ACR

Dodge has just revealed its fastest Viper yet, the 2016 ACR.

There is absolutely no doubt that this is a race car. What may surprise is the fact that the ACR is street legal

Rather than trying to squeeze even more power out of the engine Dodge primarily focused on creating more grip to improve the handling characteristics of an already fast vehicle.

At first sight the ACR draws your eye immediately to the large wing at the back. The wing works with the rest of the aerodynamic body kit to produce 1 ton or 2,000 lbs of down force at 177 mph.

This aero kit is much more than just eye candy.

The wing has adjustable dual-elements. The rear carbon fiber diffuser has six removable strake extensions, which are there to rub against the track surface and increase the straight-line stability.

The removable hood louvres over the front tires reduce air pressure in the wheel wells and therefore help create more downforce.

The detachable front splitter extension and dive planes assist the rear aero treatment in providing more grip and balanced performance at track speeds.

Unique to the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR are the 19” Kumho Ecsta V720 high-performance tires designed specifically for the car with unique tread pattern and compounds for the front and the rear.

The company claims these tires will produce lap times that are 1.5 seconds faster than regular race only tires. The tires bear the ACR logo on the sidewall, which is a conversation piece to either delight or bore your friends with.

Looking behind the wheels you will notice the large Brembo carbon ceramic matrix brakes. The system uses 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-pot in the rear to grasp the two piece rotors.

Not as easy to see is the new suspension setup.

The aluminum bodied Bilstein coil-over race shocks offer individual 10-way rebound and compression adjustability.

The suspension also has more than 3 inches of ride height adjustment, which should be enough to prevent any catastrophic damage if you should hit a pothole.

By installing new stiffer springs, the ACR can sustain, not just achieve 1.5 g in high speed corners.

What has not changed is the lustful V-10. The 8.4L provides 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.

One final bit of information before I leave you to enjoy the pictures; the ACR will be part of the 1 of 1 program. The program gives owners the ability to customize their snake with 8,000 exterior color options, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims and seven aero packages, three brake packages and four suspension options.

If you have a bit of extra time, why not create your own at http://www.drivesrt.com/2015/viper/1of1.

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Robert is a lifelong car nut. He works as a Technician with 16 years experience and has multiple trade licenses. Having worked on vehicles ranging from Porsche's, fire trucks, trains, and industrial/mining equipment, he has a varied and broad knowledge base to draw on. But his favorite thing to do is drive, be it on two or four wheels.