Mopar and weekend racers worldwide listen up, the Dodge Viper Auto Club Racer or ACR returns for 2016. The Dodge Viper ACR is the fastest street-legal Viper ever. However, unlike the previous Dodge Viper ACR, this new Viper ACR is a lot more refined and mature, but don’t let your guard down behind the wheel because if you are not paying attention, the Viper will bite very hard and you will not like the side effects from this snake’s venom. With that being said, I hope I have gained your undivided attention.
Like all current generation Dodge Vipers, the ACR is powered by a monstrous 8.4 L V10 which produces 645 horsepower and 600 lb.ft. of torque. All of the power is sent to the rear wheels via a quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission.
Unlike other Vipers, the ACR can be optioned with an Extreme Aero package, which provides a maximum downforce of nearly one ton at its top speed of 177 mph. The body kit includes an adjustable 73 inch wide rear wing, rear carbon fiber diffuser, an SRT specific hood with removable louvers, detachable front splitter extensions and four dive planes.
The Dodge Viper ACR is a quick vehicle, so naturally, the brakes have to be stellar enough to stop this snake on a dime from its top velocity. Fortunately, the brakes on the ACR are Brembo carbon ceramic units with a massive 15.4 in two-piece rotors which are clamped by six piston calipers up front and 14.2 in two-piece rotors which are clamped by four piston calipers out back. For additional brake cooling during track day events, the Viper ACR can be optioned with detachable front brake ducts as well.
Putting all the power to the ground are Dodge Viper ACR specific Khumo Ecsta V720 high-performance summer tires. Up front, the rubber measures in at 295/25/19 and out back, the rubber measures in at a massive 355/30/19. When combined, Dodge claims that these are the widest rubber contact patches found on any production vehicle.
In order to cope with everything from extreme track day driving to being a daily driver, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR comes standard with a five-mode stability control system, which includes full-on, normal, sport, track, and full-off modes. The stability control system is tuned to cope with the massive amount of grip provided by the extra sticky Khumo rubber and the massive amount of downforce provided by the optional Extreme Aero kit.
Connecting the chassis to the rubber are special suspension components which consist of unique aluminum bodied, double-adjustable coilover Bilstein race shocks. These shocks are paired with springs which as twice as stiff than the springs found in the Dodge Viper TA. This unique suspension setup enables Viper ACR owners to adjust their car’s ride height by three inches and adjust the negative camber up to 1.4 degrees. When the suspension is properly calibrated, the Viper ACR is capable of pulling an astounding 1.5 lateral g around the corner.
Inside, the Viper ACR features many components which are wrapped in a combination of Alcantara or suede materials and includes a new high-grip steering wheel with a racing stripe and ACR badge.
A unique plaque in the center console identifies your Dodge Viper as an ACR model and the interior can be optioned with either silver or header red accent-stitching.
If you like the idea of owning a one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper ACR, then you will be excited to learn that you can customize your Viper ACR via Dodge’s 1 of 1 customization program, where you can choose from 24,000 stripe colors, 11 wheel choices, 16 interior trims, 8,000 exterior paint colors and 7 aero packages.
The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR goes on sale during the third quarter of this year. But, as of this writing, Dodge has not released any official information about the starting price for this amazing track monster.
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