For 2010, Dodge has made very few changes to the Viper. The same 600-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine that debuted in the 2008 model remains unchanged. This means the Viper’s incredible performance statistics remain the same as well: 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and a quarter-mile time in the mid-11-second range. The same 14-inch Brembo brakes make their way onto the 2010 model, allowing the Viper to stop from 60 mph in less than 100 feet.
Really, the 2009 Viper was so outrageous already, Dodge felt it only needed to improve two things: the interior and transmission. A new premium tan Nappa leather interior option has been added for 2010, offering the customer a choice other than a combination of black and contrasting stitching. The transmission was also upgraded for 2010. By using a ZF Sachs twin-disc clutch, Dodge lowered the clutch’s rotating inertia by 18 percent, reduced pedal effort, and improved engagement feel.
Added to the Viper lineup with the introduction of the 2008 models was the Viper ACR, a hardcore track version of the outrageous sports car. Last year, the car was able to snag the Corvette ZR1’s Nürburgring record. This year, the Dodge crew took the 2010 Viper ACR back to Laguna Seca Raceway in California to recapture the (unsanctioned) production car lap record. With a time of 1:33.915, the team drove away with the mission accomplished.
The 2010 model year marks the last year of production for the Viper in its current form. Dodge estimates production for the 2010 model year will be around 500 units. With Chrysler’s recent bankruptcy and change of ownership, it remains to be seen what will happen with the Viper once production of the 2010 model ceases.