Viper Black w/Black interior, 8.0L/460hp, 6-spd. manual transmission.
They say racing improves the breed. And the adage; “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday” was strictly adhered to by the “Big Three” during the factory racing heyday of the ’50’s into the early ’60’s. It was at that point the decision was made by GM, Ford and Chrysler to put a ban on any kind of factory backed racing activities. That didn’t mean there weren’t any “covert activities” taking behind the scenes, however. With many exotic and prototype parts making their way into race cars-when no one was looking! Little by little, American auto manufactures slowly made their way back into auto racing; be it NASCAR, S.C.C.A. and IMSA endurance racing, off-road etc. Many folks not familiar with the motorsports scene are often puzzled when they hear automakers talk about how their racing programs help them build better street cars, and for good reason. Take Winston Cup cars. They may be called Taurus’s and Monte Carlos, but they aren’t anything like the ones we drive on the street. Well, Dodge made the same reference to its Viper ACR. But in that case, after spending quality time behind the wheel, you’ll understand exactly what they’re talking about. Because unlike many cars that boast of race-developed performance, the Dodge Viper ACR was and is . . . a real race car!
To earn its ACR badge, the Viper GTS sheds 90 pounds, primarily thanks to the removal of the stereo, air conditioning system and fog lamps, and swapping the standard 18-inch wheels, for lightweight one-piece units from BBS, that mount Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
While under the hood, smooth intake hoses, and a high flow air filter from K&N add an extra 10-horsepower to the 8.0-liter V10 engine’s output, which now stands at 460 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. All fed through the same beefy 6-speed manual gearbox used in all Vipers.
Inside, the already Spartan, highly focused Viper cockpit needs few changes. Only the addition of a 5-point racing harness, to hold our drivers in place during serious track testing.
With only 860 miles on the odometer, this unrestored original, ACR is not even broken in yet! Power steering, Brembo brakes, competition suspension, A/C & BBS wheels. From the Kingston collection. One of just 218 ACR models built in 2000. Negligible wear to the driver’s seat. Otherwise looks like a new car! And with both limited production and a host of performance upgrades, the ACR has a guaranteed status of collectability.