Dodge will say Goodbye to the Viper in 2017
After 25 years of production the Dodge Viper will be discontinued in 2017. According to Automotive News, Dodge's exotic sports car will end production in 2017, based on details contained in Fiat Chrysler's new contract with the UAW.
UAW members will vote on a new product plan that is included in the contract this week. The plan also indicates that FCA will upgrade its eight-speed automatic transmission. There hasn’t been a date set for the transmission upgrade, but the ZF Fried-richshafen sourced unit currently yields a nine percent fuel economy boost over a comparable six-speed, according to FCA.
The original Viper went into production in 1992. It was updated in 1996, 2003 and 2008, before bankruptcy ended its run in 2010. A redesigned version debuted in 2013, but a big price increase and improved competition hurt sales.