Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) may pull the plug on the Dodge Viper in 2017 as per the production plan which is a part of the tentative agreement between the FCA and the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) for the Conner’s Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit, USA. The Conner Avenue facility has seen the Vipers roll out since 1992 and is the only place where the iconic car is still hand-built.
The Dodge Viper was first showcased at the Detroit auto show in 1989 and was sold from 1992 to 2010. The original 8-litre V10 petrol engine was developed with help from Lamborghini and churned out 400 horsepower. The 8.4-litre V10 that produced 600 horsepower and 760Nm torque ensured the Viper could boast of the largest displacement capacity production engine of its time. In 2013, the Dodge Viper was revived under the SRT (Street Racing Technology) brand and was one of the only supercars available with manual transmission. For a car that had almost no driver aids like ABS or traction control till 2010, the Viper was a reminiscent of the old muscle car era – a long hood, big engine and pure brawn.
Considering the fact that the Viper is not doing well in the US market and with FCA having no future plans for the supercar, we think you will have almost two years to plan and get a Viper in your garage. For the ones who still can’t afford it, you may get to see a couple of outrageous versions that will be sold in limited numbers as the sun sets on the American icon.