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Usually there are two reasons why a car manufacture will pause the production of a certain model: its rubbish or no one wants it. Well, the SRT Viper basically checks both of those criteria. Its monstrous 8.4-liter V10 engine puts out 640 bhp and 600 pound feet of torque that’ll result in what Dodge says a 0-60 in the low 3 second range and quarter mile in the low 11 second range.
The fact is that those numbers are just not good enough anymore. A Nissan GTR with just a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine that produces around 545 bhp (it actually might be more considering each engine is made by hand) can beat the Viper’s numbers by a long shot and it costs less. Its American counterpart the Corvette is much more fun to drive and the Z51 will probably destroy anything the Viper does stand for…if anything. It has an utterly long bonnet (which I am sure will only increase visibility when cornering at high speeds), disgusting rear and well, everything else. The interior would be great if this was still 2005 and they also offer it in brown leather throw-up upholstery. Literally, there is nothing unique about this car that would make anyone be enticed to buy it.
Only 756 models were somehow purchased this year, and Chrysler Group had a surplus of Viper leading to the pause in production. Eventually production is planned to resume on July 21 with a reduced workforce to continue producing Vipers that just lower America’s reputation in producing super cars. Britain has the McLaren (P1, 650S, MP4-12C and the F1), Italy has the Ferrari (458, F12 and the epic LaFerrari) and Lamborghini (Aventador, Gallardo) Germany has the Porsche (918 along with 911 and all its variants), Audi (R8 Quattro) and BMW (M5) and Japan has the Nissan (GT-R) and Lexus (LFA). Well, here in America we have the Corvette and others that look inferior compared to the competition. Chrysler Group, a piece of advice: ditch the Viper and give America a fitting super car that is mid-engined, track-ready and above all good to look at.
Kenny Cheema is an experienced writer who stays up to date on current world affairs and has a great fascination with the automobile. He is our chief correspondent in both World News and Cars and Auto