New 2018 Dodge Viper – Release Date and Info

 

Much has been discussed about a 2018 Dodge Viper model these days and it has finally been confirmed that we are getting an official model. In fact, after a 5 year stint, Dodge is going to update its ACR line and bring us the latest 2018 Dodge Viper ACR model. Everything that you need to find out about this car, release date, specs and stats, latest news and design features are given here in this review.

The model has actually made its debut as a concept model in 2014 at the SEMA Show, yet they actually release date schedule has not been given. It took some time but they finally made it happen as they are going to bring back the Dodge ACR for the second time. The Dodge Viper brand has been around for a period of 22 years and out of all of the models released so far, this one is by far the most aggressive looking one.

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With the release of the second generation Dodge Viper cars, came the Dodge Viper ACR in 1999. It was a sports car powered by a V-10 engine which was available as a coupe version only. The already great Viper has received a slew of new power enhancement features and aerodynamic features that has improved the ability of the ACR brand by far. It was discounted for the third generation of Dodge Viper vehicles, but made its return in 2008. It continued to set recordsd with the 2011 version which managed to score the sixth fasters track at the Nurburgring track back then.

We can only wait and see whether the 2018 Dodge Viper and its ACR version managed to set a new record with this one. All the numbers and the technology are there so with a new release we might also expect something exciting out of the Viper brand.

Exterior

The exterior styling of the 2018 Dodge Viper model is pretty similar to the 2008 and 2011 versions. In fact it actually takes a lot from the concept model seen at the SEMA show which was perhaps an unexpected feat. The model mainly focuses on adding aerodynamic properties and continues to improve. For the 2018 model, they have added a carbon-fiber splitter, carbon-fiber canards  which are seen on both sides of the bumper, fender gills and a race spec vented hood. The previous model had two canards but the newest one will have three of them installed.

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The rear end of the car places a huge carbon-fiber wing which has aluminum stanchions making additional downforce available and also enhancing cornering speed as well. The vehicle also receives a new aggressive looking carbon-fiber diffuser. Dodge has stated that this new model is going to bring the highest even present aerodynamic package which rustled in 177 mph of downforce during testing. The continued to improve on enhancing its Viper model and its prize car and we see it as a welcomed addition to the design.

The color scheme is going to be kept traditional as the Dodge Viper 2018 sports a  thick gloss-black center stripe which flows in the middle from the nose to the tail and also adds the Adrenaline Red stripe.

Interior

The interior of the 2018 Dodge Viper has still to be disclosed. No official pictures have been released but luckily there have been some leaks. The model will incorporate the same kind of a weight reduction cockpit as it has been doing before, and since the aerodynamics has improved it is safe to say that this will improve as well. This also means removing some convenience features from the mix, like the radio amplifier, the carpet and speakers making the cabin as light as possible. All the bazel on the dashboard has also been replaced with carbon-fiber.

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The comfort is also there as the race seats and steering wheel including teh shifter have been wrapped in Alcantara leather. An interesting addition is the Header Red stripe which is placed on the  12-o’clock position of the steering wheel with the Stryker badge  and also a heritage ACR instrument panel badge which is further complemented with a  carbon-fiber inlay is also part of the setup. There is also a special program that lets you select and customize your inside with additional 16 interior trims.

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Release date and price

Interestingly enough, although almost everything is ready for the 2018 Dodge Viper model, we are still have to wait for the next year of its release. The release date has been scheduled for around mid-2018 which is a disappointment as we have been gearing up for an early 2018 release. Nevertheless, the price does not have any doubts and the model is going to feature an appropriate price tag for this kind of a car. The base MSRP is set at  117,895.

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Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 2.8 in. (98.8 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 7.7 in. (175.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.4 in. (76.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 48 cu ft
Cargo volume: 15 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3390 lbs.
Top Speed: 193 mph
0-60: 3.3 sec
MPG: 12/21 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Adrenaline Red, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Competition Blue Pearl Coat, GTS-R Blue Pearl Coat, Gunmetal Pearl, Venom Black Clear Coat, Viper White Clear Coat, Yorange Clear Coat…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Engine

The engine of the latest 2018 Dodge Viper is perhaps the part that many of you have wanted to read about. Like the previous Dodge Viper ACR models, so will this one use the astounding 8.4-liter V-10 engine. This also means  645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque with shifting provided by a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual gearbox. There is an option of adding a eight-speed Corvette Z06 shifter and there have been some latest news which state that an automatic transmission is set to arrive. Either way the current stats say an acceleration rate to 0-60 mph 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph.

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Safety

As for the safety standards of the 2018 Dodge Viper there are still some information that we are expecting to see. Of course the model is going to feature a standard slew of safety elements that a racing car needs to have. The seats are bolstered to adjust the driver at high speeds and there is sufficient support to make the model pretty safe. There are still some elements that we are expecting to get an update on but those will arise in due time. Also, although very light, the car is strong as the chassis is made of durable materials which make it very appropriate  for the car and the passengers inside.

Conclusion

What better way to say it except that the Dodge Viper ahs finally brought back the ACR mark back for its 2018 Dodge Viper ACR model. We are ever so excited and the thought of having this car back is sufficient enough. That said there are many things that we are happy about the car. The elements brought to the car are stellar and the improvements are great. We are particularly happy that Dodge has managed to upgrade the things that the car was already good at. The aerodynamic package is perhaps the best one that you can see on the current market which also makes the specs of the car through the roof. Everything from the acceleration, handling and performance is something that we are happy about. If we are to nitpick, the only thing that could provide a problem is the price. An updated car with such a performance does not come cheap and will largely bring the target group of buyers to a lesser on in the end.

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