2014 SRT Viper ACR May be Limited by Ferrari, Chevrolet
We've heard it before, and now- thanks to a report from Motor Trend- we've officially heard it again; SRT will in fact be producing a next-gen Viper ACR. You may remember, the previous Viper ACR with all of its 600-hp and $98,000 price tag was the very last example of the Snake built by Chrysler. And thanks to a handsome set of mechanical upgrades, it was massively impressive on the track. But now, as SRT boss Ralph Gilles and Chrysler begin their next great venture on the SRT Viper ACR, they've run into a snag or two. One: Michelin won't sell its Sport Cup tires to SRT (rumor has it a Chevy/Michelin agreement may be involved), so they've had to search elsewhere. But most importantly, Ferrari won't let the Viper produce more than the F12berlinetta. Talk about brand power.
You may ask yourself- why does Ferrari have such an authority? They are two totally different markets. The problem is, Ferrari and SRT are grouped together under the Fiat Group umbrella. This may cause a bit of a problem with the in-brand cohesiveness. Sources say the 8.4-liter V10 present on the Viper can most definitely exceed the 731 horsepower found in the F12berlinetta. However, Ferrari execs will not allow the ACR to surpass the 5.2-pounds-per-hp currently exhibited by both the F12 and Viper. All we know is that the all-new Viper ACR is expected to make a debut sometime by 2014, with or without more power.