There were rumors that we might not even get a 2015 Dodge Viper – but fear not. America’s most potent reptile is back with a vengeance.
So, yes, Dodge Viper production was stopped for a while last year. Sales were slow. The car was better than ever, but also more EXPENSIVE than ever before, commanding a six-figure price tag.
But it wasn’t selling. Not enough, anyway. We’re sure the whole, “Let’s try and be cute and turn SRT into its own marque like we did with Ram” debacle didn’t help matters, but that’s now behind us. Dodges are Dodges, and all is right with the world.
And the Viper gets cheaper than ever before.
When the Dodge Viper RT/10 was released way back in 1992 (yes – it has been 22 years of Viper on American streets), the car cost $50,700. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $86,130 in 2014 dollars.
The 2015 Dodge Viper will start at $84,995. That’s a $15,000 price drop. This chart, from Dodge, explains the price breakdown of the whole 2015 Dodge Viper lineup:
But wait, there’s more! And no, I promise, I’m not turning into Billy Mays or the ShamWow Guy.
All existing 2014 Dodge Viper inventory is ALSO being slashed by $15,000. And if you own a Gen 5 Viper, you’re going to get a $15,000 certificate that’s good toward the purchase of ANOTHER new Viper… and it stacks with the $15,000 discount. If you own a 2013 or 2014 Dodge Viper right now, you could pick up a 2015 for as little as $69,995 for a base model. You’d have to pony up $92,385 to pick up the top-of-the-line Dodge Viper GTS, which carries a new starting price of $107,385.
Of note, these prices don’t include the federal Gas Guzzler Tax or the destination charges, so you’ll come in a few thousand above those numbers, but still: $15,000 off a Viper, and another $15,000 off just for already owning a Viper. Double Viper all the way across the garage.
Whoa. So intense.
BUT WAIT – THERE’S EVEN MORE! And it’ll last for longer than the next 10 minutes.
The 2015 Dodge Viper already has a potent 8.4 liter V10. It’s one of the most powerful naturally aspirated engines ever produced, and it’s about to get more powerful. For 2015, the Dodge Viper is getting a power bump up to 645 horsepower. We have a feeling that the 2015 Corvette Z06, which pumps out 650 horsepower from its supercharged V8, might have something to do with the new power figure… but we won’t tell Dodge that, will we?
The 2015 Dodge Viper will still be available only with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, and even with 645 horses at the command of your right foot, it’ll be good for 20 miles per gallon on the highway. Allegedly. Not with me driving, that’s for damn sure.
YOU GUESSED IT – there’s even MORE!
Remember that silly nonsense where only certain dealers were able to sell you an SRT… er… Dodge… er… SRT… no wait, Dodge Viper? Yeah. That’s pretty dumb, we thought. Dodge came to their senses and finally agreed with us – so now all the entire Dodge dealer network can sell you a Viper. That’s over 2,300 locations across the USA that can sell you a hand-built world-class supercar for under $90,000. God bless America.
Dodge is also releasing three new High Impact exterior colors for the 2015 Viper: Y’Orange, Stryker Orange, and Stryker Purple. Production will begin at the COnner Abenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI during the second half of Q4 2014, and the new cars will be hitting dealerships during the first quarter of 2015.
Essentially… 2015 is shaping up to be a great year to be a fan of American performance cars – especially the Dodge Viper.
Ray is a lifelong auto enthusiast. His father worked on the dealership side of the industry for many years, and his passion for fast, fun, and unique cars has been passed on. Particularly fond of American cars and trucks, Ray is an avid General Motors fan. When not writing, he can be found with his dogs, or at a local car show.
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