The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

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The Viper ACR returns there is no one against it. Perhaps Chevrolet with its Corvette Z06. But here, everyone is happy with this huge comeback. The return of the ACR badge isn’t a surprise.

It appeared in 1999 for the first time and it has been present several times during the past decade. The Dodge Viper has only improved with it. Now, the 2016 Viper ACR isn’t the exception.

Let’s see the main specs and features of this monster.

Colossal Powerhouse Onboard

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The 8.4 L V10 is the powerhouse feeding the 2016 Viper ACR need of speed. This piece of engineering is capable of producing 645 hp and 600 lb-ft. Along this massive engine, there is the Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission, loved by many. Dodge also decided to discard versions with an automatic gearbox. They didn’t see it proper.

The chassis also suffered important changes to make it lighter and agiler. The 2016 Viper ACR features a maximum-performance suspension with three inches of height adjustment range. In the meanwhile, there is a highly optimized stability control with five modes available.

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Brembo carbon-ceramic Matrix brakes are providing the hardcore braking power. There are 15.-inch two-piece rotors in the front. For the rear brake system, we found 14.2-inch two-piece discs. Six-piston calipers from the same maker in the front, and 4-piston ones in the rear.

Hugging the track, there are Kumho Ecsta V720, exclusively designed for the ACR, providing racing-level grip. The tires themselves claims to be responsible for more than one-second gains on the track.

Dodge stated that the 2016 Viper ACR is the fastest production car on the track. Several world-famous tracks are backing up the declarations, which seems promising. The 2011 ACR lapped Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 12.13 seconds, breaking records.

All these specs translate to really impressive numbers. The 2016 Viper ACR goes from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 193 mph (311 km/h).

Aggressive Stance

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Dodge is planning to sell a record-breaking model. That’s why the 2016 Viper ACR must look like one. When you see it for the first time, you cannot avoid fall in love of its massive carbon fiber rear wing, which looks dominant.

For the ACR, it’s all about aerodynamics. In the front fascia, we found a huge carbon fiber splitter and canards on the sides. A vented hood finishes the hostile look.

Just like its ACR predecessor, this hungry Viper has a racing-tuned carbon fiber diffuser, which greatly improves aerodynamics. According to the maker, the 2016 Viper ACR is capable of producing an extraordinary downforce of almost 2205 lb (1000 kg).

The signature paint job stills the same. A gray background with a black, center stripe accompanied with a red, thinner one. Besides this classical design, Dodge is also offering a customization program, which allows to choose between thousands of color combinations.

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The 2016 ACR has the same interior composition of the base Viper, but mainly in essence. Everything is going to be replaced with lightweight materials, such like carbon fiber. Most elements will be wrapped in Alcantara leather for improved grip, mainly in the steering wheel and shifter.

The Bottom Line

The 2016 Viper ACR is planning to break some records. Maybe not in terms of sales, but on the track. Probably, the most aggressive rival in the segment is the Corvette Z06, which is cheaper and faster. So, it is up to the driver.

This killing machine has an estimated price tag of US$117.895. There are plenty of options to improve comfort and appearance.

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