A Week With the Dodge Viper ACR: By the Numbers
When January of 2017 rolls around, the Dodge Viper will no longer be in production. I know, it's a shame. But before it does go the way of the dodo, at least Dodge went ahead and gave the world the no-nonsense ACR we all had been longing for.
The 2016 Viper ACR is not only best Viper ever, but one of the best production cars ever. The fact that the ACR is street legal—that anyone with a valid drivers license and enough money can purchase one—seriously boggles the mind. It's going on two weeks since I drove an ACR all through California, and I'm still trying to figure out how I didn't need some special permit. To help get my thoughts in order so that I might write a cohesive story, instead of just repeatedly saying "it's so good, it's so fast, it's so loud," I thought, why not take a look at the car from a numerical standpoint. Numbers don't lie, they're a constant, and often times they're the most efficient way to tell a story. So with that in mind, here is the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, by the numbers. FINANCIALS $132,990 – Total price as tested. $45,095 - Amount in dollars between a base Viper and the ACR I drove. $376.39 – Amount spent on 91 octane fuel during one week of driving. 107.47 – Gallons of fuel purchased over the course of the week. $2,100 - Amount you'll shell out for the gas-guzzler tax. 0 - Times you'll regret doing so.
INTERACTIONS 1 – Number of conversations had with Caitlyn Jenner about the Viper ACR and how it compares to her 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. 2 – Cups of lemonade purchased from a roadside stand run by suspiciously business-savvy children. 14 – People who yelled out, "VIPER!" when the car passed by them. 6 – Friends who were brave enough to get in the passenger seat with me at the wheel. 2 – Times pulled over by California Highway Patrol. 1 – Number of tickets issued. JOURNEY 1 – National Parks driven through. 2 – States visited. 3 – Different National Forests driven through. 4 – Lakes visited. 90.09 – Gigabytes of digital media captured. 1,622.0 – Miles driven. 37:29:03 – Elapsed time spent driving. 44 – Average miles per hour over the course of the week.
ENGINE 8.4 – Liters of displacement. 0– Turbochargers. 645 – Total horsepower. 600– lb.-ft of torque. 3 – Times that I thought it could use more power.
PERFORMANCE 3.4 – Seconds from zero to 60 mph, according to Dodge. 4.1 – Seconds from zero to 60 mph observed, because I couldn't get a clean launch. 177 – Road-limited top speed in miles per hour (observed). 220 – Speedometer end point, miles per hour. 1.50 – Highest number of G's pulled. 2 – Times I nearly ran out of gas.
BODY/CHASSIS 10 – Adjustable or removable aero components available on the ACR. 4 – Carbon fiber canards attached to the front fascia. 1,128 – Pounds of downforce generated by the aero package at 150 mph. 8 – People who asked if the giant wing was functional. 2 – Years spent developing tires specifically for the ACR by Kumho. 355/30/19 – Size of aforementioned tires at the rear. 15.4 – Size of front brake discs in inches. 6 – Number of pistons in each front brake caliper 9 – Number of speakers deleted in order to save weight.
That's the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR summed up in 40 figures. Keep an eye out for the full story, where I put over 1,600 miles on this car out in the real world. Here's an excerpt to tide you over: "Some people will tell you there's no point in driving the ACR anywhere other than a racetrack. That's just nonsense. Complete and utter nonsense. When you're behind the wheel of an ACR, the world is your road course, and all you have to do to enjoy it is respect the caution flag when it's out. Do that, and you'll be treated to a driving experience unlike any other."