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Exclusive: 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, Aero and Not

by Patrick Rall on

The 2016 Dodge Viper American Club Racer debuted last week wearing the new Extreme Aero Package. Considering the incredible performance figures (and the menacing appearance) that come with the high end aerodynamics package, there was little question why the car on display had the highest performance setup.

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However, while there was plenty of detail on the ACR Extreme Aero Package, there was very little information as to which aero bits come with the standard 2016 Viper ACR and when it was announced yesterday that the 2016 Viper ACR is available for ordering now – but without the Extreme Aero Package that won’t arrive until later this year – a great many prospective wanted more detail on what comes with the Viper ACR now.

After receiving several inquiries as to what the key aerodynamic differences are between the standard ACR and the ACR with the Extreme Aero Package, we reached out to a few of our contacts and an FCA representative was able to provide a great breakdown of the exterior features of the newest American Club Racer Viper.

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As we mentioned when the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR was introduced, the Extreme Aero Package includes dual dive planes on each side of the front fascia, an adjustable chin splitter that extends way out away from the nose, louvers on the hood to vent air from the front wheel wells, a rear diffuser that reaches up towards the front of the car with removable portions that reach all of the way to the ground and the massive, adjustable dual plane rear wing. When this package is added, the 2016 Viper ACR is the most aerodynamically perfect Dodge supercar of all time with over 2,000 pounds of downforce at 177 miles per hour.

This package isn’t available until later this year, while the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is on sale now, so what do you get in terms of body bits when you don’t have the Extreme Aero Package? The 2016 Viper ACR without the Extreme Aero Package is still designed to dominate at the track, so you still get plenty of features that improve high speed downforce – just not as much as you get with the Extreme Aero kit.

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The red Viper shown above with black stripes and trim is a 2016 ACR model without the Extreme Aero kit. As you can see, it still has a lower front splitter, but it doesn’t have the large adjustable extension. This red ACR also has carbon fiber dive planes, but it only has one on each side and there are no louvers in the hood to vent air around the front wheels. Finally, the red Viper ACR does not have the rear diffuser and while it has a large rear wing, the standard ACR wing isn’t as tall or as wide as the Extreme Aero Package wing, but it is larger than the wing on the current Viper TA 2.0.

If you look carefully at the picture of the red ACR, there is a black ACR right next to it with the larger Extreme Aero wing for comparison.

This red Viper American Club Racer is the car that you can get for the starting price of $117,895 that we discussed yesterday. Even without the huge aero package, it is still a beastly beauty.

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Whether or not the Extreme Aero Package is chosen, all 2016 Dodge Viper ACR models come with the Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes front and rear, lightweight Hellcat-style wheels wrapped in the stickiest street tires Dodge could find, a lightened-up interior and the adjustable Bilstein dampers paired with extra stiff springs all around. More on the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR • Photos from the Conner Avenue factory tour

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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