2016s are not accumulating , as the number of ACRs on the ground is the lowest I have ever seen. Most everyone is taking advantage of the most extensive ordering options of any vehicle in the FCA lineup, and though complex to some , it is due to the constant change being allowed by the gearheads at SRT/Dodge. If it is in system and does not require more extensive funds to accomplish, things are being done daily, monthly. It is unprecedented and when this Beast wanders out of Conner Ave for the last time , there will be a final Viper Pit population of some of the most remarkable machines ever built.
I am definitely not Nostradamus, but common sense has to prevail when we see Porsche 911s going to 3.0 ltr. twin turbos, dropping the naturally aspirated motor, and Ford as noted with a V6 GT. It is apparent that CAFE requirements will continue to impact the industry , especially the fun machines we all like . A lighter Camaro, a Cuda on a new platform , etc. , all the data is there to show the coming trend. This note on the airbags has been known for awhile as problematic for the Viper, and EPA issues for bigger engines is not even questionable. We own a legendary car, and it will become even more so, but to many of us the handwriting on the wall is logically apparent. I can't honestly believe they will let the Viper die, since like the Hemi moniker , it will resonate well into the future, but it will not shock me one bit to see it on an Alfa frame , with a 500+hp turbo'd motor , and yes, a somewhat different look. My hope for the future lies in the fact that Ralph Gilles is the Head of Design for FCA ( spends one week a month in Italy ), and as one member of the 13 person board, he takes the genetic makeup of the Snake's shape and rebirths the beast in a visage all will recognize!