Monday, 24 September, 2018

It's over: the Dodge Viper dies forever on August 31

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Sherri Watson | 13 July, 2017, 06:56

Now that the Dodge Viper is being discontinued, Fiat Chrysler is shutting down the plant that built the unbridled 645-hp two-seater sports auto.

On the bright side, the UAW has seen the plant closure coming since 2015, and FCA has told the state of MI that it expects to find positions at other plants for the Viper crew.

The fifth-generation "Snake" features an 8.4-liter V-10 engine delivering 645 horsepower and 600 foot-pounds of torque.

The Viper has left an outsize imprint on the automotive industry for the past 25 years.

The plant at 20000 Conner St. on Detroit's east side employs more than 80 people who build Vipers by hand.

The Connor assembly plant's Detroit zip code has also made the Viper the only American sports auto actually built in "Motor City". Fun fact: the short-lived Plymouth Prowler was also built in the assembly plant during its production span from 1999 to 2002.

Production will end in August because the two-seater can not meet new safety regulations that go into effect September 1.

Back in October of 2015, Dodge announced it would officially be ending Viper production in August of this year.