The end is nigh for one of America’s greatest cars.
It was a sad day for the auto industry when FCA announced the demise of the Dodge Viper. As one of America’s greatest cars, it will be sorely missed. An avalanche of orders prompted FCA to halt orders for the 2017 model year Viper amid fears of parts shortages. Meanwhile, dealers cashed in on the demand, with one ordering as many as 135 Vipers to sell to customers. If you’re looking to custom-order one, you’re out of luck - FCA’s design chief Ralph Gilles confirmed at the Chicago Motor Show that the final model year Viper has officially sold out.
While we already knew the Viper was being discontinued this year, we now have an official expiry date, as it was also confirmed that the Viper will be finishing production on August 31. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Still, at least the Viper is getting the send-off it deserves, if that's any consolation. Last year, Dodge announced several limited-edition models to commemorate its final year of production. The Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, for example, was limited to just 100 units and featured the iconic paint scheme as the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Champion Edition.
The remaining special edition models were even more limited: only 31 examples of the Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR were built, along with 25 Snakeskin Edition GTCs and 33 Dodge Dealer Edition ACRs. The vicious Viper may have officially sold out, but there are still some factory-new models for sale in US dealers if you look for them. Road and Track reports that 39 new Vipers are listed on Cars.com at the time of writing, and the North Carolina dealer that bought a bulk of 2017 Vipers still has some left, but you may want to act fast. Consider us already mourning the loss of the irreplaceable Viper.