Dodge is bringing back its street legal track car after a 7 year absence and they mean business. The new Viper ACR is meaner than ever and as with any Viper, needs to be handled with care.
In 1999 Dodge introduced the Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) after noticing the success of the Neon ACR. The overall deisgn was basically the same as a normal Viper with a few key differences. They added about 10 horsepower by applying a K&N Air Filter and dropped 60 lbs by removing the audio components, air conditioning and fog lamps(which were replaced by brake cooling ducts). Dodge also threw in a few extra badges and decals so everyone would know you had an ACR.
The 2008 Viper ACR will make its debut at the LA Auto Show next week. Under the hood will be the standard all aluminum 8.4 liter V10. It will produce close to 600 horsepower to the rear wheels and over 550 ft-lbs of torque. The package will also bring some aero-upgrades as well as suspension adjustments to cope with the 1.5g cornering is it said to produce.
The main focus while building the new ACR was weight reduction, which comes mostly from the simple fact the 600 horsepower is enough.....for now. The were able to save a total of 40 lbs between upgraded tires and wheels, brakes and suspension components. Dodge will also offer a "hard-core" package which will remove another 40lbs, along with your audio components some sound dampening and you trunk liner.
Production is said to start between April and June and the price is quoted at "less than $100,000." With a base coupe running in the $87,000 range, it might and up costing a few pennies shy of the 6 digit mark. Either way, with 600 ponies under the hood and the Hennessey 1000TT always an option, the ACR will be quite a car to contend with.
Shout-Out : MotorTrend George Delozier