The Alpha Snake: The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

The letters “ACR” are to the Dodge Viper what the suffix “SV” is to the Lamborghini Aventador, or the word “Speciale” to the Ferrari 458 Italia: a denotation of extreme, unrelenting capability.

It should delight you to hear, then, that the Dodge Viper ACR – a model not seen since 2010 – has returned for the 2016 model year, and is available for order right now.

If that doesn’t quite put a fuzzy feeling in your trousers, wait until you see the numbers: 645 HP; 600 lb-ft; 10-setting double-adjustable Bilstein coilovers, with 3 inches of height adjustment; 6-piston Brembo front brake calipers; 15-inch carbon ceramic rotors, and – get this – nearly a ton of downforce at top speed with the optional ACR Extreme Aero Package.

Yes, that’s 2,000 pounds. Fiat Chrysler boasts that given the right setup, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR can sustain 1.5 G of cornering force at high speeds. That’s about the point at which your cheek makes friends with the window. Hard.

If that all sounds a little too ordinary for you, fear not; buyers can now customize the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR through the GTC “one-of-one” program, which allows for more than 25 million unique color and striping combinations. This guarantees that your lap time won’t be the only thing to stand out at the track.

Pricing for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR stands at $122,490, including destination and gas-guzzler tax, with production set to start in Q3 of this year. It’s a hefty price tag, to be sure, but remember: smiles, adrenaline, and plenty of near-death experiences are all included free-of-charge.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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