Earlier today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a press release celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Dodge Viper.
Unfortunately, part of the festivities involve killing it.
Yes, for the second time in less than a decade, the Viper is motoring into FCA's vault, where it was also stored from 2010 to 2012. FCA says that the 2017 model year will be the Viper's last.
Will it ever return? Given that CEO Sergio Marchionne has little love for cars these days, preferring SUVs and trucks instead, it seems unlikely—at least until Marchionne's replacement arrives around 2018.
There is an upside for Viper fans, though. FCA is offering five limited-edition models to send the sports car to its early grave in style:
- 1:28 Edition ACR (American Club Racer), which commemorates the current Laguna Seca single-lap record of 1:28.65, recorded by Randy Pobst driving a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR in October 2015. Limit: 28 units.
- GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, which pays tribute to the Viper's iconic white-and-blue paint scheme from 1998. Limit: 100 units.
- VoooDoo II Edition ACR, a dark-themed Viper with red highlights that's modeled after the 2010 Viper VooDoo edition. Limit: 31 units.
- Snakeskin Edition GTC, featuring a Snakeskin Green exterior and a snakeskin-patterned SRT stripe. Limit: 31 units.
- Dodge Dealer Edition, which will be an all-white model available only through two high-volume Viper dealers: Tomball Dodge of Tomball, Texas and Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Illinois. Limit: 33 units.
You can place your order for these 2017 models beginning June 24, 2016.