2016 Dodge Viper ACR: Everything We Know So Far

2016 Dodge Viper ACR

The Dodge Viper has already earned its stripes as a luxury sports car that can deliver top-notch performance and some of the top speeds this side of street legal. The current model has a monster 8.4-liter V10 engine that delivers a whopping 645 horsepower and can reach top speeds of 206 mph. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just over 3 seconds, and it can finish a quarter mile at around 11.5 seconds.

It seems hard to believe that Dodge could top that, but it has just announced plans to do just that. Details were released last week about the2016 Dodge Viper ACR, and officials promised it would be the fastest track-ready car the automaker has ever built. It looks like this is going to be a great year to shop a Miami Dodge dealership. 

Here’s everything we know so far about the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR:

Performance

The ACR, which stands for American Club Racer, has the same engine as the current Viper model: An 8.40-liter V10 that puts out 645 horsepower. While the engine is the same and the top speed is actually a little slower than the current model (177 mph), the Dodge ACR can take a track much faster than the base model thanks to the aerodynamics and the other mechanical features.

Dodge officials point out that you won’t be limited to one to three good laps around the track in the ACR. You can run the car all day on the track and won’t suffer any loss of performance lap after lap.

The Dodge ACR has received upgraded suspension, tires and brakes so that it can handle better. The suspension is twice as strong as those used in the Dodge Viper Time Attack 2.0, which was the best performing Dodge before the ACR. 

Other upgrades for the new ACR include shock absorbs that have 10 levels of adjustability, brake discs that are made of carbon-ceramic compound and are as wide as some car’s tires, and tires specially designed for the ACR that allow it to take laps 1.5 seconds faster. The tires are 19 inches are designed to sustain 1.5-g cornering over a long period. 

Everything about the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR has been designed to help it go faster and to perform better on a track. Even when you aren’t out for a day of racing, you’ll love the way this car handles on your daily ride.

Aerodynamics

The Dodge Viper ACR’s aerodynamic design takes a huge part of the credit for its fast performance. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the aerodynamic design is the carbon-fiber wing that floats off the rear end. This design element doesn’t just make the ACR look like a race car — it helps to maximize the downforce on the car and to minimize drag. 

Other elements of the aerodynamic design package include removable louvers over the front tires, dive planes along the edges of the front bumper, a rear diffuser located under the car, and a detachable front splitter.

All together, these design elements help to produce almost one ton of downforce when the ACR is driving at top speeds. That’s the most downforce offered by any production vehicle, and it’s more than three times the downforce on the Viper Time Attack 2.0.

Some aerodynamic design elements are optional on the Extreme Aero package, and some are included standard with the car. Either way, the Dodge Viper ACR walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to racing performance.

Interior Design

You would expect a car designed for racing to be stripped down on the inside, with the focus on maximum performance and not comfort. Yet the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR provides a gorgeous and comfortable interior. It may not match the panache of the exterior, but it certainly provides a nice ride.

Faux suede covers the upholstery and accessories like the steering wheel and shift knob. Lightweight carpet is featured throughout the cabin, as well as in the trunk. A special ACR badge is featured on the dash and the steering wheel, which also has a unique geometric design.

The console looks like a cockpit with all its gauges and controls. The Uconnect infotainment system appears on a touch screen, providing dozens of metrics for the car as well as offering control of things like the audio system and Bluetooth connectivity. The steering wheel features audio controls, as well, putting everything the driver needs right at the touch of a button.

Price and Release Date

The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR will sell for $122,490, which includes tax and a destination charge. That’s significantly more than the base model Viper’s current price of $87,000. However, this is a special edition and it delivers greater performance and style than the base model. In addition, each ACR model is made by hand at a plant in Detroit, and more than 80 percent of its parts are made in America. 

This is also the first ACR model to be released since 2010, so there are even more bragging rights in it. Buyers can also customize their ACR, and Dodge says that there are more than 25 million combinations available.

Miami Dodge dealerships are taking orders for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR now, and the cars should begin delivery in the third quarter of this year. That means that if you put in your order today, you could be driving a hot new sports car in just about three months.

 

Visit Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Miami, FL today to learn more about the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR and to place your order. You can take a test drive of the current Dodge Viper, or you can check out some previously used models of the Viper if you are on a budget. We offer a variety of financing options to help you get the funding you need to buy the next car of your dreams.