The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, a Dream Made Real

The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, a Dream Made Real

Imagine a dream car that you can adjust in a number of ways to your personal preferences and specifications. The revived new2016 Dodge Viper ACR goes where others - including the Ford Mustang Shelby and the Porsche 911 GT3 - do not, in allowing you to perform a series of adjustments to different components. This is uncharted terrain for a street-legal car, and Dodge felt this was warranted as part of its revival of the ACR, whose previous last production model dates from 2010.

The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR does inherit its ancestor's engine configuration, with an 8.4L V10 motor providing 645 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque and harnessed to a TREMEC TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. Some trademark touches such as a unique steering wheel, ACR badge and faux suede wrapping provide further indications of distinctiveness in this new Viper iteration. All of this wrapped in a highly aerodynamic frame and riding on huge 19-inch tires (295/25 for the front and 355/30 for the rear set).

The highly customizable 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is for perfectionists

Let the tweaker and eternally dissatisfied perfectionist in you run free with the 2016 Viper ACR. In stark contrast to other high-performance sports cars on the market today, the new ACR's optional Extreme Aero package provides a multitude of possible adjustments to different elements to customize your driving experience. These include a removable front splitter extension, four dive planes, removable brake ducts, six removable diffuser strakes, and a dual-element rear wing that can be adjusted. Hood louvers can be popped out to reduce air pressure in the wheel wells.

Combine these adjustments with the truly massive rear wing and you end up with a car that uses air to create downforce like no other car allowed on the road. In fact Dodge claims the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR with the Extreme Aero package can create close to one ton (2000 pounds) of downforce, and 1.5-g cornering.

Ironically, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR's configuration as a downforce monster actually makes it one of the slower cars in its class in terms of straight-ahead top speed. The ACR can hit 285 km/h, which is exceptional but is still somewhat limited by the significant force driving the car downward on the road. On the other hand, that same force makes it an absolute performer on the track thanks to its ability to handle curves and grades at high speed.