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2016 Dodge Viper ACR revealed

The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) has been revealed packing 480kW and 812Nm of torque making it the fastest Dodge Viper ever.

“THE VIPER HAS always been more of a street-legal race car than a track-capable streetcar, and the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dodge Brand and SRT Brand, FCA – North America.

“Our goal is to arm our enthusiasts with the ultimate Viper track car to dominate road courses around the world.”

For the new Dodge Viper ACR, Dodge claims its boffins worked on improving aerodynamics and handling.

According to Dodge, “the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR with the available Extreme Aero package produces the highest aerodynamic downforce of any production car. During on-track testing, development engineers have experienced nearly 1 ton of downforce at top speed of 177mph (or 283km/h).

The Extreme Aero Package includes a1876mm wide adjustable dual-element rear wing, rear carbon fibre diffuser, unique SRT hood with removable louvers, detachable extension for the front splitter and four dive planes.  Dodge says the Extreme Aero package delivers more than three times the downforce of the Viper TA (Time Attack) 2.0 package.

Brakes were a major focus for the new Dodge Viper ACR and it gets Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes (390mm two-piece front rotors with six piston calipers and 360mm two-piece rear rotors with four piston calipers. The brakes work in conjunction with ABS and ESC specifically tuned for ACR to take into account the extra grip provided by the additional aero and specifically designed Kumho tyres. Detachable front brake ducts provide additional cooling to the brake calipers for optimum track performance.

As mentioned, the Dodge Viper ACR gets Kumho Ecsta V720 high-performance tyres designed specifically for the car with unique tread pattern and compounds for front and rear. In testing, the new tires produce laps times that are 1.5 seconds faster than off-road-only race tires. 

The Viper ACR’s ABS and five-mode Electronic Stability Control system (Full-on, Sport, Track, Rain, Full-off modes) are specifically tuned for the car to take into account the extra grip offered by the extreme aerodynamic and tire package.

Aluminum bodied, double-adjustable coil-over Bilstein race shocks are designed specifically for the Viper ACR and work in conjunction with ride height adjustment for optimal control of weight transfer and handling performance. Each shock provides independent 10-way rebound and compression adjustability. The suspension package also provides more than 3in of ride height adjustment.

“This car is not a 1-3 lap track special. You can run the car at the track all day, and the performance doesn’t fall off,” added Kuniskis.

The 2016 Viper ACR gets a handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 thumping out 480kW and 812Nm of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world. Power reaches the pavement through the standard Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission.

Hand-built in Detroit at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant; the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR goes on sale in the third quarter 2015.


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Isaac Bober

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