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Report: Dodge Viper may get axed by 2017

Report: Dodge Viper may get axed by 2017 image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles | posted October 19, 2015 12:33

Future of the Dodge Viper uncertain under tentative contract with union

The Dodge Viper may be in danger of being consigned to the history books after parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will apparently stop production of a certain sports car by 2017.

According to USA Today, FCA has reached a tentative contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union last week. The new contract supposedly stated that production of a certain sports car will cease by 2017 though the company has not yet brought up a replacement model for it.

This does not confirm whether the Viper is really heading out the door though FCA only managed to sell 503 Vipers as of September 2015. In 2014, the company only sold 760 examples of the Viper. Dodge even had to slash $15,000 (about PhP 688k) off the oroginal price of the car.

However, the contract is still subject for approval by the 40,000 FCA workers under UAW. Aside from the alleged cease of production of a sports car, the contract will propose a $5.3 billion (about PhP 243.4 billion) investment plant that will add 2,959 jobs for the next 4 years. It will also however cut 2,856 jobs in the same period of time.

As a review, the current SRT Viper is powered by an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 that pushes out 652 PS along with 813 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox from Tremec. Standard features include electronic stability control, traction control and 4-piston Brembo brake calipers as such. It can go from 0 – 97 km/h in 2.96 seconds and can go all the way to 330 km/h.

Source: USA Today