It’s been 18 years since the first Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line. It was big, red, rancorous and unlike anything the automotive world had ever seen, and with it’s 400hp V10 engine it was poised to take on the world. Back then the Viper was a true concept car for the street, hell, when first released it didn’t have door handles, windows or a roof. It was raw and as powerful as you could get, while at the same time being oh so quintessentially American.
Now in its fourth generation Dodge has finally decided to bid the big bad snake farewell, but not without sending it off in style. 50 “Final Edition” Vipers will be built. 20 Coupes, 18 Roadsters and 12 ACRs. The Viper captivates everything that we have come to love in an American super car. As a true performance machine the Viper is the stuff that little boys dream of. It’s a hooligan in every sense of the word and makes no bones about its persona.
It acted as a boost of pride when our auto industry was in the dumps and made it’s European rivals continually scratch their heads as they watched the Viper rack up victory after victory on racetracks around the world. I know that we hear at Ridelust.com will sorely miss this snake as it is definitely one of those rare machines that puts the “LUST” in Ridelust.