Posted on April 12, 2016
Dodge Viper Ending Production in 2017
No one can possibly rejoice at the news that the classically brash, iconic Dodge Viper sports car will be going out of production in 2017. Here at Ontario Chrysler though, Toronto drivers can still get a hold of one of the last great V-10 sports cars around!
A Fiat Chrysler-United Auto Workers contract recently ratified by a 77% majority of UAW members agreed on the end of Viper production, and we know how much it will be missed by many sports car aficionados. While being a Grande Dame of sports cars, the Viper’s 645 horsepower may have been getting upstaged by Dodge’s great Challenger at 707 horsepower, as well as by its high-performing Charger Hellcat model. No future product plans beyond the Viper’s product life cycle are anticipated.
The Dodge Viper, first produced in 1992, has been an exotic all-American sports car that was still being assembled by hand by about 80 employees at a small factory. Along with production of the Viper had been other small-scale production projects like the Prowler by Plymouth/Chrysler, produced at that same location. After being updated in 1996, 2003 and 2008, the Viper’s price had increased and it had been a fairly slow-seller since Chrysler’s bankruptcy. Only 760 Vipers were sold during all of 2014, and in 2015 in the U.S. between January and September 546 were sold.
It's a sad day for Dodge Viper fans, who remained enchanted with the Viper mystique since first viewing it as a concept car in 1989 at the North American International Auto Show.
But don’t despair! You can still view your very own future Dodge Viper right here at Ontario Chrysler. You know, Lady Fate has now brought you a great power in getting to know one of the last Dodge Vipers around.