Dodge Viper Rumored to Get Axed Next Year

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The Dodge Viper may not be long for this world if these rumors are true.

In recent years, the Viper has truly struggled in sales, moving just 760 units in the U.S. last year and 503 through September 2015. Sure, it’s a niche product, but even with 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque from its naturally aspirated 8.4-liter V10 engine, the Viper can’t even keep up with Dodge’s Hellcat engine on paper with its 707 hp.

Taking a look at the proposed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and United Auto Workers (UAW) Union contract, the Viper will be “built out” in 2017 and there is no future product in development. Currently, the Viper is built at the American automaker’s Connor Avenue assembly plant, which has been rumored to be on the company’s list of shutdowns in the near future.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Price Starts at $117,895

The current model hasn’t sold as well as Dodge has hoped and even received a significant price cut last year. But the appeal of the Viper has been dwindling with increasing competition in the high-end sports car segment. The Corvette Z06 starts from $80,395 including destination and packs 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, besting the Viper which has a starting price of $86,990.

[Source: BangShift]

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  • Eric Cameron

    They could fix this if they dropped in their Hellcat engine, stiffened up the chassis and fixed that god awful track performance and match the Corvette. They will need to match the pricing of the competitors too.

    The ACR is priced way too high compared to the Z06.
    Love the looks, just hate what comes in one.

  • smartacus

    +1
    if they only dropped in their Hellcat engine already.

  • johnls39 .

    Is this car too crude for the average enthusiast to keep from buying? I hope FCA find a way to keep this car around. It is a nice looking car but outclassed by the Corvette.

  • Cody Beisel

    I’d like to see dodge if they drop it, replace it with a smaller much more affordable coupe and drop top maybe revive a classic, like say… Demon. Give the toyobaru twins a run for their money!

  • Chris W

    Right….awful track performance. You do know that the Viper is one of the fastest cars around the Nurburgring? As far as official times go, it’s faster than any Corvette. They did say that they won’t put the Hellcat engine in the Viper as it has been designed for a V10. Lets just home they make a V10 Hellcat engine.

  • Chris W

    I’m guessing the poor sales numbers are just do to the new Corvette being so popular. It also doesn’t hurt that the front of the new Corvette looks very similar to a Viper.