2014 Dodge Viper GTS – Today’s not-so-budget Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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Last of the deadly vipers

The Dodge Viper has always been one of the best super cars to come out of the land of the free and the home brave.

Name another car in existence today that utilises a naturally aspirated 8.4L V10 that pumps out 477kW and enough torque to keep the earth spinning on its axis if nature decides to quit.

It’s not always been the most technical of cars but on an emotional level there are few cars that can evoke the response that a Viper can.

They do have a bit of a reputation for being widow-makers however; the early models didn’t have much in the way of safety gear, there was no abs, no traction or stability control and a penchant for being highly unpredictable and rather horrifying in the wet.

You tend to forgive the Viper for these past shortcomings though because conversely, there are not many cars on earth today that are as blisteringly quick. The latest version of the Viper, the ACR, is an absolute beast of a machine and has been conquering production car lap records all around the world.

And closer to home, what was it that took the crown at Targa Tasmania this year? That’s right, a Dodge Viper ACR.

Unfortunately in 2015 Fiat Chrysler, owners of Dodge, announced that 2017 would be the end of the road for the Viper and they were going to cease production of indefinitely. Fiat Chrysler cited a lack of sales as the reason for the Viper’s termination, but rumours suggest that it may have been culled due to it not being compliant with the latest US safety regulations, which sounds about right.

This particular model is a 2014 GTS in a gorgeous yellow with black racing stripes and contrasting tan interior. Performance features and stats are impressive and include; an 8.4L V10, 477kW, 813Nm, a 0-100 kp/h sprint in less than 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 332 km/h.

That last stat is absurd; a top speed of 332km/h puts the Viper firmly in the upper-echelon of the supercar world.

Price is listed as POA, but if you’d like to know more you can view the full listing here.

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