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If you aren’t currently the proud owner of a shiny new 2017 25th Anniversary Limited-edition Dodge Viper, yet would still like to buy one, you’d better set your alarm for mid-July, as 31 more will be made and put on sale at that time.  Hopefully you like snakeskin,  the color green, and huge wings because the most aggressively-styled ACR is what’s left.  Dodge announced the demise of the current-gen Viper last October due to paltry sales.

Officially, the all-new ACR version of the Snakeskin Edition will include a custom snakeskin-patterned SRT stripe, ACR Package, Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes, ACR interior, serialized instrument panel Snakeskin badge, and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer’s name above the driver’s side door.

While speaking last week with Ralph Gilles, Head of Design for Fiat/Chrysler and former President and CEO of SRT, at the Chelsea Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, he stated that they [Dodge] would make more [Vipers] if people bought them.  Seems as though Mr. Gilles held true to his word because all of the initial 206 special-edition Vipers sold in less than a week after they went on sale last Friday.

Four variations were made – 1:28 Edition ACR, VoooDoo II Edition ACR, Snakeskin Edition GTC, and GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR.  The 1:28 ACR led the spree, selling out in just 40 minutes.  This is not surprising, however, as production of these cars was kept to very low numbers with only 31 units of the 1:28 Edition ACR available.  Numbers like those all but ensure that some of these cars will be prized on an auction block 20 or 30 years from now.

So are you feeling lucky?  Or maybe you’re feeling fast?  Well, you’ll probably need to be a bit of both to get your hands on one of the 31 upcoming Snakeskin Edition ACRs.  Good luck!

Here’s an overview video of the 2017 Dodge Viper Special Editions:

 

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You can read the official press release below:

Dodge Viper 25th Anniversary Limited-edition Models Sold Out

In Response to Customer Requests New Snakeskin ACR Added to Special-edition Viper Lineup

  • 1:28 Edition ACR (American Club Racer) – all 28 units sold out within 40 minutes
  • VoooDoo II Edition ACR – all 31 units sold out within two hours
  • Snakeskin Edition GTC – all 25 units sold out within two ordering days
  • GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR – all 100 units sold out within two ordering days
  • Orders for the 2017 limited-edition models opened on Friday, June 24
  • Responding to customer requests, Dodge is introducing Snakeskin ACR Edition and will build as many as 31 units
June 30, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge Vipers certainly do go fast, both literally and figuratively. After first going on sale Friday, June 24, 206 special-edition 2017 Dodge Vipers designed with exclusive content to celebrate the 25th anniversary and final year of Viper production are totally sold out.

Leading the selling spree was the new 1:28 Edition ACR. All 28 units sold out in just 40 minutes. All 31 units of the VoooDoo II Edition ACRs had new owners within two hours. The Snakeskin Edition GTC (25 units) and GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR (100 units) took only two ordering days to sell out. All 22 units of the Dodge Dealer Edition ACR sold out within five ordering days.

“From just 40 minutes to five days, the 25th Anniversary special-edition Dodge Vipers sold out incredibly fast, insuring their future collectability,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Our customers are asking, so we’re adding one more special edition — the Dodge Viper Snakeskin ACR.”

An all-new ACR version of the Snakeskin Edition will be made available with up to 31 units to continue the 25th Viper Anniversary celebration. Orders for the Snakeskin ACR special edition will open in mid-July.

New 2017 Viper Snakeskin Edition ACR

  • Color was inspired by the original 2010 Snakeskin ACR
  • Features new Snakeskin Green exterior with a custom snakeskin-patterned SRT stripe, ACR Package, Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes, ACR interior, serialized instrument panel Snakeskin badge and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • As many as 31 units of this new special-edition configuration will be produced for 2017
  • Looking back in Viper history: 31 units of the original Snakeskin Viper ACR were built in 2010

As one of the most unique and exotic high-performance machines on the road today, Dodge announced on June 21 that the brand is honoring the Viper’s rich, colorful and exceptional performance heritage on and off the track by building these limited-edition models in the following exclusive configurations:

Viper 1:28 Edition ACR – 28 units sold out within 40 minutes

  • Pays tribute to the current production car single lap record of 1:28.65 set by champion driver Randy Pobst in a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR at historic Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., in October 2015
  • Features black exterior and painted rear wing with red ACR stripes, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, 1:28 Edition exterior sill decal, ACR interior with red accent stitching, serialized instrument panel 1:28 Edition badge, along with a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • Looking back in Viper history: Using the same track record theme, Dodge previously produced 33 units of the 2010 Viper ACR 1:33 Edition to tout its previous track record of 1:33.915 set by SRT dynamics engineer Chris Winkler at Laguna Seca Raceway in November 2009

Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR – 31 units sold out within two hours

  • Modeled after the original 2010 Viper VoooDoo edition
  • Features black exterior and graphite metallic ACR driver’s stripe with red tracer outline, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, VoooDoo II exterior sill decals, ACR interior with silver accent stitching, serialized instrument panel VoooDoo II badge and custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • Looking back in Viper history: 31 units of the original VoooDoo Viper ACR were built in 2010

Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC – 25 units sold out within two ordering days

  • Color was inspired by the original 2010 Snakeskin ACR
  • Features new Snakeskin Green exterior with a custom snakeskin-patterned SRT stripe, Advanced Aerodynamics Package, GT black interior, serialized instrument panel Snakeskin badge and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • Looking back in Viper history: 31 units of the original Snakeskin Viper ACR were built in 2010

Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR – 100 units sold out within two ordering days

  • Designed to pay tribute to one of the most distinguishable and iconic Viper paint schemes of all time – the white-and-blue combination of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition
  • Features Pearl White exterior with Blue Pearl GTS stripes, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, Exterior Carbon Package, unique red Stryker badge decal, GTS-R exterior sill decals, USA flag B-pillar decals, ACR interior with red accent stitching, Header Red seat belts, serialized instrument panel GTS-R badge and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • Looking back in Viper history: 100 units of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GTS Championship Edition were produced to commemorate the Viper winning the 1997 FIA GT2 championship

Dodge Dealer Edition ACR – 22 units sold out within five ordering days

  • Available exclusively through Dodge’s highest sales volume Viper dealers, Tomball Dodge of Tomball, Texas, and Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Ill.
  • Features Viper White exterior with Competition Blue center stripe, Adrenaline Red driver stripe, Carbon Ceramic brakes, Extreme Aero Package, ACR interior with red accent stitching and custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • Serialized instrument panel ACR badge

Industry-first ‘1 of 1’ Viper Customization Program Continues
Continuing for the 2017 model year is the exclusive Viper “1 of 1” customization program that enables buyers to create their one-of-a-kind “Snake” from the ground up. With 16,000 exterior color options, including matte exterior finishes, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims and seven aero packages, three brake packages and four suspension options, there are more than 50 million ways for buyers to customize their one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper. Each “1 of 1” model Viper features a personalized instrument panel badge with customer’s chosen name to commemorate their exclusive design. No two customers can order the same configuration, including color, in the same model year.

ACR Model Returns as Ultimate Street-legal Racer
The Dodge Viper ACR returns in 2017 as the indisputable “ultimate street-legal race car” with significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades. Relaunched in 2016, the third edition (1999-2002, 2008-2010) of the Viper ACR has taken the performance car world by storm with more track records than any production car in the world — a total of 13 road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America.

About Viper
All 2017 Dodge Vipers are powered by the iconic all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque — the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world. Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and a new four-channel anti-lock brake system.

Since 1992, Dodge and SRT have built approximately 30,000 Vipers at the Mack Avenue Assembly(1992–1994) and Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (1995–current), both in Detroit.

About Dodge Brand
The Dodge brand is America’s mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the “mainstream performance” brand and SRT is positioned as the “ultimate performance” halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand’s full lineup of 2016 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2016 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2016 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the Crossroad model, and its flagship, the Dodge Viper.

The 2015 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium has a lot of things, such as comfort, flexibility, and safety technology.  But does it truly have swagger like Toyota wants you to believe?  With gas prices lower once again and demand for crossovers and SUVs higher… uh, once again, do the minivan’s responsible capabilities still outweigh its domesticated stigma?  Or is the current-gen Toyota Sienna, with all its bells and whistles, actually a chic ride?  Watch as Chris foregoes his own “swagger wagon” on a family trip and tries to remain cool during his time in the Sienna.

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We all have memories and impressions of the Honda Civic.  It will forever be remembered as a small car that many of us experienced initially as a first car that provided reliable transportation to wherever we needed to go.  If it wasn’t your first car, then maybe it was a friend’s or family member’s.  Either way, it was rarely, if ever, a car that many aspired to own if money were no object.  We’d even venture to say that those with $25k-$30k might very likely choose something other than the Civic to spend that hard earned cash on.

Well, we’re here to tell you to forget all that you thought you knew about the Civic, because while it is still a small(-ish) mode of reliable transportation, it is also now much more than that.  And dare we say, worth that $25k+ price tag, too!  Don’t believe us?  Then check out AutoAcademics’ video review below and see for yourself.

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Let’s Talk Cars! Watch as AutoAcademics runs through the 7 best cars at the 2016 Atlanta International Auto Show.

Categories Judged:
Best Luxury Vehicle
Best Truck
Best SUV/Crossover
Best Green Vehicle
Best Performance Vehicle
Biggest Bang for the Buck
Judge’s Choice

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

ATLANTA — Journalists from the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) previewed the 34th annual Atlanta International Auto Show and selected the best of show in several categories.

More than 400 new 2016 import and domestic cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles are on display at the Georgia World Congress Center, as well as several preproduction vehicles, cool cruisers and exotic and high performance cars.  The show runs through Sunday, March 13.

“It was a very exciting, diverse and eclectic selection of vehicles,” said incoming GAAMA President Christopher Lawrence, CEO of AutoAcademics, an automotive consultancy that aims to educate and assist consumers in making intelligent, unbiased, and logical automotive choices. “Every year we are excited and impressed by the new technology, sleek designs and powertrain efficiencies. The judges had a tough job and after much discussion, we selected the best in each category.”

The 2016 winners are:

Green:  2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Luxury: 2017 Lexus LC 500

Performance:  2017 Acura NSX

Biggest Bang for the Buck: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Truck:  2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty

SUV/Crossover: 2017 Infiniti QX30

Judges Choice: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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The objective of GAAMA is to further professionalism of the automotive media, provide a forum for newsworthy people and products connected with the automotive industry and to bring together people whose activities are related to the field of automotive journalism, public relations and related fields for the mutual benefit of all parties.

As you know, we at AutoAcademics love car shows and the season for exploring new products from auto manufacturers around the world is well under way!  Check out the latest from AutoAcademics’ friends at Automotive Rhythms:

What’s headed down the road at the 2016 Washington Auto Show? Well, Kimatni Rawlins, Leeann Brzozowski and Automotive Rhythms invite you behind the scenes to witness the latest technologies, luxuries and necessities shaping your new ride. We hope you are looking forward to next month when the best of international engineering convenes in the nation’s capital. So gear up and rev your emotions for the auto show in D.C. January 22nd via the 31st.

 

 

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I finally got the opportunity to attend my first banquet for the Mazda MX-5 race series winners.  While standing on a podium and accepting a trophy for 1st place at Road Atlanta has been a dream of mine, that’s not exactly how this dinner event played out.

Marking the culmination of another year of competitive racing, the 2015 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup / Skip Barber Mazdaspeed Pro Challenge Banquet acknowledges and awards skilled drivers, comprised of both women and men who this year ranged in age from 16 to 42, for their consistency and improvement during the 2015 season.  Over the years, the race series has trained and propelled aspiring racers from “zero to hero” status, with many proving successful in top-tiered professional motorsports, such as NASCAR, Indycar, NHRA, and even Formula 1.

During the award ceremony, the mood was lighthearted and joyous, as attendees cheered for those who, just hours earlier, were considered tough competitors during the months of March through October, but who now have become “family,” a term that was used often, yet purposefully, during the evening’s speeches.  Two of the top competitors this season were John Dean, who won the 2015 SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires title (pictured, right) and Robby Foley (left), winner of the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge.

John Dean / Robby Foley

2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup Winners

While, in my eyes, the accomplishments of Dean and Foley are nothing short of impressive, I am also amazed by the accessibility of the Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development program.  From engineers and body shops to amateurs and pro racers – all are welcomed to take part in one capacity or another.  It is truly a grassroots program that is supportive, yet challenging enough to prepare participants for the next level.  Teams are even offered discounted stock (OE) Mazda parts and competition parts, as well as technical support.

For those of you considering a foray in the world of racing, and requiring only a ride for each weekend, Mazda has just announced its 2016 Global MX-5 Cup race car pricing.  For a very reasonable (for racing) introductory price of $53,000, racers can go to www.MazdaMotorsports.com and order a turnkey, ready-to-race car.  Each identically-built race car is based on the all-new 2016 ND chassis street car, with motorsports specific modifications and safety equipment engineered and installed by Mazda.  Deliveries are expected to begin by late 2015.

And in case you are worried about the lack of corporate sponsorship for your racing dreams in 2016, Mazda states that privateers in the Cup Series can expect to spend about $7000 per weekend, assuming you already have a tow vehicle, trailer, and the aforementioned race car.  Brown-bagging it and sleeping in your rig can knock off a little extra from that bottom line.

Feel your racing skills are a little past their prime?  Or maybe your self-preservation kicks in a little sooner than it used to?  Well, I also had the opportunity to speak with Christian Tetzlaff, Motorsports Vehicle Technology Instructor and Program Coordinator at Lanier Technical College that evening.

“There is a need for skilled technicians that work on race cars,” he said.

To put it plainly, the older guys are retiring, moving on and need to be replaced.  Tetzlaff is also a professional race car driver in the2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup Tropies SCCA Pro MX-5 Cup, allowing him to see, first hand, the needs and trends on the track and in the pits.  Lanier Tech’s partnership with Skip Barber race school also affords students not only classroom training, but hands-on, trackside experiences, too.

With all of that being said, probably the best take-away from the evening, for me, was realizing the fact that my own racing dreams may not be over, as car racing is a great equalizer, no matter your gender, physical stature, or in my case – age.  So who’s with me?  Now if I can only convince my banquet +1 (i.e.- my wife) that this is as good an idea as I’ll envision tonight while I’m asleep.

Check out more of AutoAcademics’ Mazda coverage here – 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring Review.

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