It all started out in 1992 when Dodge proceeded to make one of the best American supercars at that time with the Viper. Next year though the Viper will be dead thanks to poor sales and a federal safety standard. Only 676 units of the Viper were sold last year and starting from 2017, federal safety standard FMVSS #226 mandates that all new passenger cars will need to be equipped with side curtain airbags.
In a release titled “Dodge Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Final Year of Viper Production with Five Exclusive Limited-Edition Models,” the manufacturer tells us that the order books for those final Vipers units open on June 24. The special editions include;
- Dodge Viper 1:28 Edition ACR (28 units)
- Dodge Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR (100 units)
- Dodge Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR (31 units)
- Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC (25 units)
- Dodge Dealer Edition ACR (33 units)
“The Dodge Viper has had a great run, and 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the supercar world reaching for the records it continues to set,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat. “With more track records than any production car in the world, the Dodge Viper ACR will live on as the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever, the car that has set the benchmark for all that follows in its tracks.”