Last Chance to Order a Dodge Viper is Like a Christmas Gift from FCA
Production of the modern Dodge Viper seemingly came to an end back in October when FCA halted production at the Detroit Connor Avenue Assembly Plant where the American supercar is built. It was assumed by many that October would be the end, but FCA was quick to point out back then that production had been halted, not finished altogether. Well, it could have been the end of production of the Viper, but an FCA representative back then stated that if there was enough interest – there was a chance that production could start back up.
Well, evidently there is enough interest, as The Detroit News announced recently that FCA would reopen the order banks and restart production before the end of the 2016 calendar year.
Earlier this week I had a chance to chat with a few FCA representatives about the upcoming Dodge Viper production run, which should come at the right time to serve as one incredible Christmas present for someone.
Viper Ordering Details
When production of the Dodge Viper was halted back in October, it wasn’t due to lack of interest – it was due to lack of some key components. The company had plenty of orders for new Vipers, but the company was facing a shortage of headlights, among some other components. FCA stopped production because they were running out of parts and before they can restart production or start taking new orders, they have to perform a thorough inventory of what components they have on hand. The company will look at what they have and figure out how many cars they can build for the rest of the 2017 model year. Once that process has been completed, we will get more information on which trimlines will be available – but right now Dodge isn’t able to say for certain which packages will be available when the order banks reopen.
Figure that if they have the components to put together a complete car, the base model Dodge Viper SRT should be available and the customized GTC package should be available – although the options could be limited. I also expect the company to try to make at least a few more American Club Racer (ACR) models due to the massive popularity over the track monster, but that depends on the company’s ability to get all of the unique components of that highest performance Viper.
We do know that Dodge is not planning any more special edition trimlines of the Viper for 2017. I have been asked by a few readers if there might be an “end of the line” edition of sorts, but right now, Dodge does not plan to offer more limited edition models.