5 Stellar Features On the 2017 Dodge Viper
Race Car for the Street
With 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, it’s no surprise that the 2017 Viper can blast from 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds flat. It’s also reasonably efficient for such a monstrously powerful coupe, reaching 12 city and 19 highway miles per gallon. The 8.4-liter V10 engine is paired to a Tremec six-speed automatic transmission and uses 10-click adjustable shocks. This, combined with improved spring rates added in 2017, make it a dream on the track. Depending on the trim level, the Viper’s top speed is either 177 or 206 mph.
The Dodge Viper’s immense power doesn’t make it any less safe, thanks to new four-channel anti-lock brakes. The five-mode electronic stability control system lets drivers switch to different modes, based on what’s safest for them and what best matches their driving styles. Park distance control and a rearview backup camera are also standard, so tight parking lots and city environments are no problem.
Unlike other halo cars from different automakers, who offer one or two relatively similar trim levels, the Viper comes with an astounding degree of customization. Designing a Viper yourself, you would choose from 16 cabin trim types, seven aerodynamics packages, three brake packages, four suspension options, 16,000 exterior color variations, and 24,00 custom stripe colors. Calculate it all — there are millions of ways to customize the 2017 Viper!
One of the reasons we’d love to see the Viper come back in a few years is because it is a symbol of true American excellence in the automobile world. The Viper earns its name with a broad carbon fiber body that exudes confidence, grace, and potency while staying perfectly aerodynamic in every way possible. The 2017 model makes this truer than ever, with aluminum door and sill panels and tight side-exhaust outlets just under the headlights. There is no premium sports car that looks quite like the Viper.
Awesome Special Editions
To celebrate this final year for the Viper, Dodge released five rare special editions. For example, the Dealer Edition ACR had only 22 models produced, and was only sent to two dealers, one in Texas and the other in Illinois. Each special edition has exterior features you can’t get through regular customization, and includes packages. Spotting one of these beauties over the next few years is going to further cement the legacy of the Viper, and likely inspire Dodge to come back with something even better down the line.
The highest-class Dodge coupe currently available will soon have very few new models out there, so don’t wait too long. We, at Rairdon’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Kirkland, would be glad to answer any questions about the latest Viper, or any other Dodge models that have caught your eye.
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