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FCA to close down Dodge Viper assembly plant

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Marcus De Guzman / FCA | July 13, 2017 12:06

FCA to officially discontinue Viper, will shut down Conner assembly plant

The infamous V10-powered Dodge Viper will soon be riding off into the sunset after parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that they will permanently shut down its assembly plant come August 31, 2017.

Back in 2015, FCA signed a contract with the Union Auto Workers (UAW) that sees no successor to the Viper. In it, both parties agreed that production of the Viper will cease in 2017 and that no other model will replace the Viper in the Conner assembly plant.

FCA to close down Dodge Viper assembly plant

Apart from that, another reason that FCA will cease production of the Viper is that it will not meet new safety regulations. These new set of rules will take effect on September 1, 2017 in the US. Low sales also meant that the factory was not meeting output targets, resulting in the factory's temporary stop of production several times.

Since its conception in 1992, the Viper has been hand-built at the Conner assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan. It serves as the brand's smallest factory and currently employs over 80 employees.

FCA to close down Dodge Viper assembly plant

In its final iteration, the Dodge Viper is powered by an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 that cranks out 652 PS and 813 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox from Tremec sends power to the rear wheels and comes with four-piston Brembo brake calipers. It can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 2.96 seconds and reach a top speed of 330 km/h.