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SRT Viper ACR coming in 2014, might be neutered for Ferrari's sake - report

Pre-production 2013 SRT Viper model at Gingerman Raceway, Sept. 6, 2012
Pre-production 2013 SRT Viper model at Gingerman Raceway, Sept. 6, 2012

Office politics could limit a legend

The Dodge Viper ACR managed to set two production lap records at the Nürburgring Nordschleife and a new report is indicating the next-generation model is due in 2014.

According to Motor Trend's sources, the next super snake will have an aerodynamic body kit with a front spoiler and a massive rear wing. We can also expect a reduced ride height and a sport-tuned suspension with adjustable dampers, stiffer springs and beefier anti-roll bars. The car is also slated to feature high-performance brakes, bespoke Pirelli tires and a multitude of weight saving measures.

Interestingly, the magazine is reporting that office politics could determine if the ACR gets a power boost. SRT CEO Ralph Gilles has previously suggested the Viper wasn't allowed to exceed the power-to-weight ratio of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta so they matched it at 5.2 pounds per horsepower. Sources have hinted the Viper’s 8.4-liter V10 engine could produce more power than the F12's 6.2-liter (6262cc) V12 which develops 730 bhp (544 kW). Ferrari, as you can imagine, isn't too happy about this possibility so it seems like the ACR could be hamstrung by their Italian counterparts.

Source: Motor Trend

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Lennox.... Lennox....
did i miss something here why does ferrari have the authority to neutere the acr? is ferrari really affraid of the chrysler group is finnaly stepping up there game and giving us a pure racer? Chrysler should of launched the ME Four-Twelve so ferrari could really be affraid.... Ralph should just ignore ferrari neutere bull crap and just make the acr in the vision that it really is a rare breed of street and track cars for people that really want an exoctic!
Feb 24th, 2013 2:45am
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eddie eddie
Viper and Corvette have their own niche. Some people like a certain car no matter the horsepower. The Viper is still more exotic and exclusive with its big V10 and low production numbers.
Feb 23rd, 2013 9:07pm
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GRAVE GRAVE
Guys why are you surprised? The same thing with maserati when Ferrari did not allow the Gran Turismo to have more than 440 hp. Even if the other cars are not in the same class as their cars but ther are scared of seeing other cars are faster and cheaper so people will cross shopping Ferrari for a Viper.
Feb 23rd, 2013 7:58pm
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schizo schizo
They can't be serious...just because the new Viper has some more leather sewn on the dashboard and the interior doesn't mean it will tread into Ferrari territory. The Viper is a Viper. A big bad muscle car that's supposed to oversteer like crazy just pulling out of the parking lot and make you feel good about leaving bi black marks on the road! It's not about being precious like a Ferrari is.
Feb 23rd, 2013 5:27pm
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ReadHere ReadHere
This kind of "office politics" is like a kind of "Domestic violence": The coward just hit the weak inside the house, because he has no balls to go outside and get a really fight. It only shows how complexed and leaking self-confidence somebody is. Please, let the Viper team do their best and try to do better, if it is not possible, try next time. Mc.Laren, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche, Mercedes, Bugatti, etc, They are not sleeping, so Wake up Ferrari.
Feb 23rd, 2013 2:29pm
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najdier najdier
They can't be serious. That doesn't make any sense. There's not enough salt in my house to take with that statement.
Feb 23rd, 2013 1:45pm
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joelynn joelynn
Nobody would've got confused between a Viper and a Ferrari... they don't compete at the same level. Performance-wise maybe but not prestige or price-wise
Feb 23rd, 2013 11:18am
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Automophile6683 Automophile6683
As much as these two cars have in common, i don't think they can ever be directly compared. The Ferrari is "a Ferrari", even if the Viper is faster, they are not in the same class. Super Muscle-car vs Super GT? I don't see it.
Feb 23rd, 2013 6:58am
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PAA PAA
When an American buyer is in the market for a supercar he will consider both. Ferrari may be more upscale but the Viper is a fearsome and respected beast that impresses just the same. Since buyers of the class consider both, the two supers are competitors.
Feb 25th, 2013 7:11am
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Automophile6683 Automophile6683
I see your point, but consider price. The viper is under $120,000, the ferrari on the other hand is over $300,000. if a person could justify the Ferrari's price and afford it would more likely buy the Italian. The Viper's price puts it against the corvette, not Ferrari. Anyone who could afford a Ferrari but buys a Viper, didn't want the Ferrari.
Mar 5th, 2013 6:42pm
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SPORTINGUISTA_29 SPORTINGUISTA_29
Nice car this one! I like it
Feb 23rd, 2013 4:33am
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
What will end up happening is that a Scuderia/GTO/et. al version will be introduced as well. Probably.
Feb 23rd, 2013 2:13am
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absent absent
Total BS. Gilles is well known for shooting his mouth with garbage like this. SRT was supposed to beat Corvette,Ferrari people never got involved and never asked for any "restrictions". SRT folks got caught with their pants down with the intro of the new Stingray and now they are looking for excuses. Gilles is like his idol Obama,always blaming someone else.....
Feb 23rd, 2013 2:00am
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edd_lg edd_lg
Knowing what a**holes the guys at Ferrari are, this is no surprise.
Feb 23rd, 2013 1:16am
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Microice Microice
BS if you ask me. Its like R8 vs 911. Similar on paper but each has made a reputation for itself for different reasons and they co-exist successfully. Funny, 'The most powerful brand of 2012' is afraid of a GM product.... Call me crazy but this and the award is just FOS
Feb 23rd, 2013 12:48am
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DBaskov DBaskov
I would have thumbed you up if only you didn't mistake GM for Chrysler.
Feb 23rd, 2013 12:52am
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Garais877 Garais877
MOST POWERFULL is just on paper...
Feb 23rd, 2013 2:22am
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Automophile6683 Automophile6683
I couldn't agree more. In house competition like this is the very best way to stick it to the "general". Make the corvette and Lamborghini work harder.
Feb 23rd, 2013 7:05am
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Microice Microice
what a typo lol but its was friday night...YOLO ;) sorry guys
Feb 23rd, 2013 8:10am
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w0bble w0bble
Disgraceful ferrari! Is the horse scared of being bitten by the mighty viper I also think it can stick it to some ferraris in terms of design It makes my jaw drop everytime I look at it.
Feb 23rd, 2013 12:37am
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
$%&# Ferrari
Feb 23rd, 2013 12:20am
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DBaskov DBaskov
That's the only thing that pisses me off about Fiat and Ferrari. When ever there is a car project that has similar power to a Ferrari, regardless of its' heritage and legacy, Ferrari will force the car to be neutered or worse scrapped (Lancia Stratus revival). They better not inflate ACR's price, in fact they should deflate it compare to previous ACR because this idea of neutering a car that held the legacy of beating many records, is complete bullsh1t.
Feb 22nd, 2013 11:59pm
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
In Italy, making a more powerful car than a Ferrari is a social no no. Unless you're Pagani, or Lamborghini
Feb 24th, 2013 7:45pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
It's not like Viper is going to be sold in Europe to begin with.
Feb 24th, 2013 9:02pm
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