Dodge Viper ACR beats Nissan GT-R at ‘Ring
The 2009 Dodge Viper ACR is a lightweight track-ready version of the standard Dodge Viper, complete with adjustable suspension and a slew of aerodynamic add-ons. It is also street-legal, which makes it a fair enough competitor against the Nissan GT-R and the Corvette ZR-1 when it comes to track times at the famed Nurburgring. And the Viper ACR has beaten both of them with a time of 7 minutes 22 seconds.
This was reported by American Motor Trend magazine, complete with unofficial video. Assuming that this is not an elaborate hoax, this is a major event for the “crude” Viper, beating out the GT-R’s 7.28 and the ZR-1’s 7.26 times, along with the prototype GT-R V-Spec, LF-A and NSX, not to mention the Bugatti Veyron and any turbo Porsche.
The Dodge Viper ACR comes standard with an 8.4-litre V10 with 600 hp and 760 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual and rear-wheel-drive. The only electronic help is ABS brakes, which means it takes real skill to pilot one of these, unlike the GT-R’s computer-game experience.
While lightened in weight using carbon-fibre pieces, it still comes with a/c, CD/MP3 stereo, upgraded brakes and lighter wheels. An optional “Hard Core” package offers maximum weight savings by deleting the audio system, underhood silencer pad, trunk carpet and tyre inflator, which was probably the version timed on the ‘Ring. The ACR costs less than US$ 100,000 in America.
We do not expect any sheikhs to special-order these cars anytime soon, considering the local love-affair with Japanese and European cars. Probably a good thing.