Ralph Gilles via Instagram
Viper owners and enthusiasts rallied in support of their favorite car, Irish wake-style, with a get-together outside the plant.
Considering the popular support for America’s most badass sports car, it may be surprising that Dodge would pull the plug on the racy two-seater.
But the car was done in by nefarious government agents, just like in an Oliver Stone movie.
In this case, it was a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rule for airbags to prevent occupant ejection in the event of a rollover crash.
Reengineering the Viper to meet this new rule for model year 2018 would have been prohibitively expense for a product whose balance sheet always treads dangerously near the red side of the ledger, so FCA was forced to conclude production with the end of the 2017 model year.
Farewell, Dodge Viper. You’ll be missed.