It's the end of the Viper, but the plastics it pioneered remain

  • It's the end of the Viper, but the plastics it pioneered remain

It's the end of the Viper, but the plastics it pioneered remain

The end is nigh for an American sports vehicle icon: the Dodge Viper will officially exit production on August 31, 2017, and the Connor assembly plant where all Vipers have been built will be closed for good. In a notice filed June 30 with the state of Michigan, FCA said it expected it would be able to offers positions to all of affected employees at other locations. The plant hand assembled the Viper with 80 employees and in 2016, FCA sold only 630 of the $90,000 cars. Production was halted from July 2010 to December 2012 for plant refurbishment, in time for the 2013 model-year Viper.

But not many Vipers are sold - 630 past year - despite an enthusiastic following.

Production will end in August because the two-seater can not meet new safety regulations that go into effect September 1. For much of its product life, the Viper also was a testing ground for new materials, especially composites. Well, that time is nearly upon us, and we've just learned the fate of the Conner assembly plant that builds the V10 sports auto.

The good news is that until August 31st, you can still order a customized Viper via Dodge's 1-of-1 GTC build program, but after that, anyone who wants to buy a Viper will have to find one at a dealership around the country.