2016 Dodge Viper ACR is Track Breaking Records
When you think about a record-breaking car, your mind probably wanders to supercars like the Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari LaFerrari, or McLaren P1. But while the exotic European masters are busy trying to make another limited production car for the super rich, Dodge has been busy creating one of the best track cars ever released: the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR .
Since November 2014, the upcoming Viper has set 13 production car track records across the U.S.
“The [Sports Car Club of America] has certified that the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR holds more track records than any other production car in the world,” Tim Kuniskis, Fiat-Chrysler’s Head of Passenger Car Brands, said about the amazing feat. “We expected our new Viper ACR to be the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever. Now we know without a doubt that it is.”
Being the best, though, you think it would come with a hefty price tag. But the 2016 Viper ACR is actually at the low end of the supercar price scale. At only $118,795 MSRP, it’s a bargain for buyers at Dodge dealers in Miami who are looking for the highest performing track car.
How much of a bargain, you ask?
The Viper ACR was able to beat the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder around the track at Laguna Seca Raceway by 1.24 seconds. Not a huge margin, but when you compare the price to performance value on the track, there’s simply no way for the Porsche 918 to beat the Viper ACR.
Heck, if you’ve got enough money lying around you could buy 7 Vipers with different styles and pick the one that matches your mood on any particular day at the track. Talk about options!
How the Viper ACR is Breaking Records
So what makes the 2016 Viper ACR such a beast on the track? Well, everything. Dodge focused its efforts on ensuring the ACR had the best components and made modifications to give it an extreme edge over your average street-ready supercar.
Huge tires that measure 295/25 in the front and 355/30 in the back allow the ACR to sustain consistent cornering at 1.5 g. Brembo brakes are supported by modified brake rotors and calipers to give it the ability to brake quickly and efficiently.
The ACR’s coil-overs are made to adjust to different variables that can affect the overall performance, giving drivers enhanced customization over the suspension in order to get the best possible lap times. In addition, extremely stiff springs were added to the front and rear in order to ensure the Viper ACR can maintain high rates of speed around sharp corners.
To give it even more advantages on the track, Dodge modified the chassis of the beast for maximum aerodynamics. That means that massive spoiler on the back actually does some more than add a little extreme styling to the ACR.
Underneath the hood, though, the 2016 Viper ACR is just like any other Viper. Its 8.4-liter V10 engine is able to produce 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, which translates to a quick 3.0-second jump to 0-60 mph.
Overall, Dodge was able to produce a car that offers insane value for those looking for a pure track car. The performance of the new Viper ACR will make you quickly forget about overpriced luxury supercars the first time you take it around a track.