Targa Top Dodge Viper Racer Would Be an Awesome Swansong

Now that Dodge is expected to put the Viper to sleep after 2017, we started imagining what a proper swansong for the fastest supercar on many American tracks could look like.
Targa Top Dodge Viper Racer Rendering 1 photo
Photo: Javier Oquendo Design
A respectable answer comes from the rendering above. The image, which was created by Javier Oquendo Design, comes to address the snake's greatest issue, the one that had been standing in the way of its sales all along.

You see, the Viper is too much like Cinderella. While it packs an awesome V10, this Cylinderella simply isn't special enough for today's show-addicted consumers, who make up for the majority of supercar buyers.

The Viper delivers nothing short of visceral driving sensations, while the current Gen V model (it's actually the third generation) has learned how to control its anger and doesn't want to kill its driver anymore. Heck, you can even cruise on the highway in sixth gear without your ears bleeding, something that was impossible in the previous iterations of the V10 beast.

Alas, the kind of assets the Viper delivers require the car to be driven in order to be understood. Which brings us back to the problem mentioned above. Without the "doors of a millionaire" or at least a badge that comes from Europe, this otherwise delicious velocity special ends up being labeled as the working man's supercar.

Returning to the model envisioned here, it all starts with the targa top. Truth be told, removable roof panels would allow the Viper to revive the open-air thrills of its first generation, but with the kind of practicality that has benefited the Corvette for decades.

Then there's the racy theme. Modern cars see even econoboxes being fitted with diffuser-like rear apron elements, so if you're aiming for attention, you'd better come up with oversized aero elements that bring tons of downforce.

Adding such goodies to the Viper doesn't seem like a path that would ruin its affordability aura, which only gives us one more reasons to wish for such a final version of the octane behemoth.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram X (Twitter)
About the author: Andrei Tutu
Andrei Tutu profile photo

In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories