Our worst fears have begun to materialize, as details are emerging surrounding the oncoming death of the beloved Dodge Viper. According to a report from Allpar, a contract between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW outlines plans to end production at the Viper’s Conner Avenue plant in 2017.
Following the debut of the all-new, redesigned Viper in 2013, the Viper has struggled to sell in any sort of respectable numbers, even with a massive $15,000 price cut in 2014. Dodge only sold 760 Vipers in 2014, and has sold 503 through September of this year. This lack of demand resulted in a production halt in March of 2014, when FCA claimed dealers had a 412 day supply of the supercar. Production at the Conner Avenue plant resumed in November later that year, but now the current UAW agreement states that the facility will shut down in 2017, leaving the Viper’s future even more uncertain.
Following the price slash last year, the Viper has received a few more updates as of late, including adding a new GTC model that offers endless customization of paint colors and other visuals. Somehow, the Viper team managed to scrape together enough backing to create a new hardcore ACR model for 2016 (pictured), featuring wildly aggressive aerodynamics, massive brakes, and R-compound tires.
The current Viper sources its immense power from the momentous 8.4-liter V-10 engine, which spits out 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, enough to slingshot the lithe coupe from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 205 miles per hour.
Look for more details on the Viper deathwatch later this year.