And now it can be yours for $295,000.
The Dodge Viper may be dead, but it isn’t too hard to find one looking for a new owner in the classifieds. This one, however, is rather special, because it’s a one-off model tuned by McLaren. Called the ASC Diamondback Viper, the car was first unveiled by American Specialty Cars (ASC) back at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show as “a snake with an all-new skin” featuring custom paint called Arctic White Pearl with Viper Blue accents and McLaren Orange accents.
It was designed to showcase American Specialty Cars’ ability to increase power-to-weight ratios. With the help of McLaren Performance Technologies, the Viper’s naturally aspirated 8.0-liter V10 engine has been tuned to deliver 615 horsepower, up from the standard car's 510 ponies.
Sadly, ASC went bankrupt just a year after the Diamondback Viper was launched and no other models were built, making this example truly one-of-a-kind. As well as its performance upgrade, the ASC Diamondback Viper is distinguished by its carbon fiber hood with cutouts exposing the car’s ten unique trumpeted air intakes as a nod to McLaren Can-Am engines from the 1960s.
Carbon fiber has also been applied to the roof, front chin spoiler, rear fascia, side rockers, deck spoiler, side venting gills and interior accents. As a result, the Viper Diamondback is around 85 pounds lighter than the standard Viper, which has improved the 0-60 mph sprint time from 4.0 seconds to 3.5 seconds.
The one-off Viper is currently listed for sale on by California-based dealer American Supercars with an asking price of $295,000. It’s the first time the car has been available to buy since 2009, when it was previously listed for sale. In that time, the car has only clocked up an extra 74 miles, so it's been barely driven for ten years. Let’s hope the next owner drives it more often. $295,000 may sound like a lot considering you can buy a 2006 Viper for a lot less, but the project cost $750,000 to build and the asking price hasn’t increased since the car last went on sale. This one-off is a must-have for any avid Dodge Viper collector out there.