It appears the rivalry between the Chevrolet Corvette and SRT Viper is as strong as ever.
Not two weeks after Chevrolet released info on its Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition (limited to 500 examples), FCA released details of the 2016 Dodge Viper (yes, that’s “Dodge” Viper, not “SRT” Viper) American Club Racer (ACR).
“The Viper has always been more of a street-legal race car than a track-capable street car,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of of the Dodge and SRT brand in North America. “Our goal is to arm our enthusiasts with the ultimate Viper track car to dominate road courses around the world.”
So, in that light, Dodge has armed the ACR with a smorgasbord of aerodynamic and chassis additions, although the power output from the 8.4-litre V10 remains the same at 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque.
A new hood (with removable louvres), larger adjustable rear wing, front dive planes and underbody diffuser all form part of the Extreme Aero package. Like the hood and wing, the carbon fibre underbody diffuser is also customizable, thanks to six removable strake extensions. It all serves to provide three times the downforce of the Track Attack Package, released last year.
In the braking department, the ACR gets 390 millimetre Brembo carbon fibre two-piece rotors up front, and 360 mm items at the rear, all clamped by the largest brake pads ever seen on the Viper. There are even detachable front brake ducts if you need more cooling, likely on the track.
Helping keep the ultra-grippy Kumho Ecsta high-performance tires glued to the road are new Bilstein race shocks that are—you guessed it—adjustable at all four corners. In total, the system allows for 7.6 centimetres of ride height adjustability. The springs are also stiffer both front and back.
Of course, a lot of that special stuff is found under the skin. If you want your ACR to look as unique as possible, then know that you can choose from over 8,000 exterior colour options, 24,000 stripe colour options and 11 unique wheel choices.