Original story published 5/8/2015 at 6:34 p.m. ET
If the Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat made waves recently due to their super-powered, supercharged engines, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) is bound to do the same, thanks to the automaker’s claim that it produces the highest torque ever among naturally-aspirated sports cars.
The new Viper ACR stands out for its 8.4-liter V10 engine that makes 645 horsepower and 600 lb/ft. torque without the aid of any turbocharger or supercharger. And it’s also capable of a top speed of 177 mph, with BremboCarbon Ceramic Matrix brakes to help drivers rein in the vehicle. “The Viper has always been more of a street-legal race car than a track-capable streetcar,” said Dodge President and CEO Tim Kuniskis. “Our goal is to arm our enthusiasts with the ultimate Viper track car to dominate road courses around the world.”
The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR comes with an SRT hood with removable hood louvers, a specially-designed 73.8-inch adjustable rear wing, a carbon fiber diffuser, and other aerodynamic features that help deliver a whole lot of downforce as the supercar moves about at top speed.
Inside the Viper ACR, the racing theme continues, while creature comforts like Alcantara suede wraps for the steering wheel all come standard. There’s a hint of suede on the high-bolstering seats, while owners will also get a carbon fiber dashboard, also standard for the ACR.
However, it’s not sure how many ACR examples will be manufactured – this will be interesting, as Dodge recently had to deal with not having enough Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat units available to meet consumer demand. Hopefully this time around, Dodge won’t be too conservative when it comes to estimating demand figures. Orders for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR are expected to kick off before the end of the year.
UPDATED – Added info on ACR’s interior features, release details