Viper ACR Waiting on Rubber

By | March 7, 2013

Potential 2014 SRT Viper ACR

Potential 2014 SRT Viper ACR

 

Dodge’s Viper ACR was an absolute monster when dialed in for time attack duty and while the Dodge moniker has been dropped in favor of SRT for the current serpent king, we’re still waiting on the next ACR.

The current Viper is looking as good as ever and the performance numbers are even better.  Yet the mighty Corvette ZR1 still reigns supreme with its ultra sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.  With slicks like those on the ZR1, the Viper ACR still has a major hurdle to jump.  Rumor has it that SRT is pressing its supplier, Pirelli, to develop there own version of the mighty Michelin’s and thats why we haven’t seen the ACR yet.  Apparently Chevrolet is playing dirty and putting the pressure on Michelin to turn a cold shoulder on SRT.

With Pirelli hoping to be ready by 2014 with their version of super slicks for the ACR, we’re hoping to see an ACR sooner than later.  Now that the Viper’s red, white, and blue blood line has been infused with a little Italian green it’s becoming a serious contender in not only performance but style as well.  Unfortunately, sharing the same bed with Ferrari comes at a price.  Fiat is keeping a close eye on the Viper and won’t allow it to exceed the flagship F12′s power-to-weight ratio.  The Viper currently matches the F12′s 5.2 pounds per horsepower and the mighty 8.4-liter has plenty of room to grow, not to mention the ACR usually is chalk full of weight saving features.  A bit of a pickle indeed.  A petition on Change.org for more power out of the Viper is in order.

Source: Motortrend, Topspeed


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