We knew about the Dodge Viper’s demise late last year, but with the reveal of five special-edition heritage Vipers, fangs and all, it’s starting to sink in. It’s clear that Dodge will miss the mad, mad V-10 coupe as much as we will, and to celebrate both the 25-year anniversary and the final year of production for Detroit’s supercar, five special-edition Vipers will be available for the 2017 model year.
Leaving with a bang, not a whimper, four of the five heritage models are based on the mighty Viper ACR. Each car wears a color and livery scheme that hearkens back to a significant Viper variant from the past 25 years of production. Each is limited to a small batch of units, and comes with all the requisite badging, placards, and documentation.
First up, in celebration of the stonking 1:28.65 lap at Laguna Seca set by Motor Trend’s very own Randy Pobst, the Viper 1:28 Edition ACR comes clothed in signature black with large red stripes running down the center of the car and the massive rear wing. Like the car that set the record, the 1:28 comes equipped to the gills with go-fast bits, including the Extreme Aero Package and the wildly powerful carbon ceramic brakes. Like the rest of the special editions, the 1:28 features special “1:28” badging on the inside door trim, gauge cluster, and a customized car cover. 28 Viper 1:28 Edition ACRs will escape the factory.
If a GTS-R heritage edition didn’t make the cut, Viper fans the world over would riot in the streets. Easily one of the most recognizable and popular schemes ever to grace the Viper, the GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR arrives draped in the requisite blue-on-white paint package. Each GTS-R is equipped with the Extreme Aero pack, carbon ceramic brakes, exterior carbon fiber package, USA flag decals on the B-pillars, custom car cover, and a special red interior. Just like the 1998 Viper GTS-R GTS Championship Edition, just 100 of the 2017 Commemorative edition will arrive on dealer floors.
As before, the Viper VooDoo II Edition ACR wears the Extreme Aero pack, carbon ceramic brakes, and edition-specific badges and colors. In this case, special black and graphite paintwork is poured onto a 2017 ACR. Only 31 units of the VooDoo Edition ACR are available, just like the production run of the 2010 car.
Moving away from the ACR for a brief moment, the Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC features a special Snakeskin Green hue, along with a uniquely patterned body stripe. The Snakeskin is equipped with the Advanced Aerodynamics Package, a black Viper GT-spec interior, special badging, the customer’s name above the driver’s side door, and a custom car cover. 25 Snakeskin Editions will be made.
Finally, as a sort of “thank you” to the two highest-volume Viper dealers in the U.S., the Dodge Dealer Edition ACR sports both a red and a blue stripe running down each top side of the car. Like the other three special ACRs, the Dodge Dealer Edition carries the Extreme Aero kit, carbon ceramic brakes, and like the Snakeskin Edition, the driver’s name above the driver’s side door.
For 2017, the “1 of 1” Viper program carries over as well, with a claimed 50 million ways to configure your dream car in a multitude of colors, stripes, interior options, and aero bits.
Take a look at the last special edition Vipers for 2017 and the cars they are based on in the photo gallery below, before the factory goes dark next year.