Sad, sad news. I really think some new wisdom has come to light here, that I want to affirm:
1. Forum experience. When I was shopping for my car, the VCA was imploding, the *** didn't exist, and the alley looked like it was populated by a bunch of middle school students. I saw a thread where a guy who owned a Grand Sport came in inquiring about buying a Gen 4 Viper. He was being told he "likes to eat d**s" 2 posts later. That's not going to engender a growing population of owners.
2. The Gen V forums were full of trolls that not only can't afford a $100-140K car, but don't even know anyone who knows anyone who could. Nobody who has actually seen the G V hates on it. The worst reaction I've ever seen from actual potential buyers was a 911 Turbo S owner I know who said it "just didn't feel right." Hardly the kind of scorn I've seen from people online.
3. Visibility. Every, freaking, single, solitary, time I take my ACR to the gas station, I hear two things from the general public:
1. Is that new?
2. I thought they stopped making those a couple years ago...
The general public is utterly oblivious to the fact that the Gen V even exists. I've even heard low-level mechanics at the tire shop where I take my Corvette comment "It's too bad they're not making the Viper anymore." It needs more visibility from dealers, from SRT, and from general media. It's not treated like a Halo car. It should have been the Gen V animated in that Archer episode, not a Challenger. It should have been in movies instead of the muscle cars SRT is always promoting. Just do that a few times, and I bet sales pick up.