The Dodge Viper’s plug is damn near pulled.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles steadfastly claims that 2017 is the final year for the Viper, and recently halted orders for the V10-powered road beast, The Detroit News reports.
However, this doesn’t mean the model has reached the end of the line. At least, not just yet.
After announcing very specific production numbers and specifications for its 25th and final year, then adding another special edition model run, FCA shut down orders on October 7 to figure out how many more Vipers it can build.
The answer probably wont be “many.” After the initial run of 217 vehicles announced in June sold out within a week, FCA opened orders on 31 units of its Snakeskin ACR variant. According to The Detroit News, one dealerÂ â€”Â Gerry Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Salisbury, North CarolinaÂ â€” has ordered 135 final model year Vipers in the last two months.
Initially boasting that the order was 99 percent of remaining Viper production, the dealer has since dropped the claim. FCA representatives confirm the order but didn’t say if it represents the last of the Viper line. The automaker has said that orders will be reopened at some point.
In the meantime, and maybe for all time, the North Carolina dealer is the best bet for deep-pocketed collectors who missed out on a chance to place their own order. Reportedly, the dealer has a team of five working to find buyers for the 135 snakes, which includes 24 customized models.[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]