The Last Dodge Viper Rolls Off The Assembly Line In Detroit

The last Dodge Viper has rolled off the line at the company’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.

The bittersweet moment occurred yesterday as FCA’s Head of Design, Ralph Gilles, traveled to the plant to say his goodbyes. The noted designer documented the event on Instagram and took a handful of photos of the production facility as well as the last two Vipers.

In comments on the post, Gilles said the “The Gen5 had a great 5 model year run and the Viper platform, which has not changed that much over the years, had a great 25 year run!” He also stated the model “sold well over the last couple of years” and the company had a “great mix of mostly ACRs in the last 15 months.”

The Viper’s fate was sealed by new federal safety standards which require vehicles to be equipped with side curtain airbags. As Gilles explained, the “new ejection mitigation regulation airbag … simply won’t fit in our package.”

The 2017 Viper was priced from $90,495 and came equipped with an 8.4-liter V10 engine that produced 645 hp (481 kW) and 600 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque.

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So long… #ViperA post shared by @ralphgilles on Aug 16, 2017 at 6:38am PDT

  • Shane

    Goodbye you raw sexy beast.

    • MJ Coffey

      I am sure it’ll come back in a couple of years. Just like five years ago.

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  • Xandao

    I never understood why americans didn’t bought this car. I never been inside one, but judging by reviews it was a good deal.

    • StrangerGP

      It was much more expensive than a Corvette and it’s not a surprise it got a 15k price cut at some point. Also it couldn’t compete with modern supercars in terms of quality, safety and all that stuff. Basically a car for true (and wealthy) muscle cars fans and no one else.

  • ErnieB

    I’d take this over the demon any day!!

  • Matthew Daraei

    Sad! It was the only American car I liked!

  • Craig

    Yet another in a long line of incredibly stupid ‘Chrysler’ decisions.

  • john1168

    Great car but a sad day indeed!

    • john1168

      Marchionne sucks…. Just sayin’.


    too bad that the car was short lived

  • Although completely ludicrous with that 8.4l engine and lack of other 21st century “refinements”, this snake is truly a thing of passion… and I hope it will come back.

  • SteersUright

    I shouldn’t like this car as Im so picky with panel gaps, interior quality, etc. Yet somehow I absolutely love this car! I wish I had the cash to pick up one of the latest Vipers, I think they’re just incredible automobiles!! If I’m lucky, these depreciate a bit before they become highly collectible and I can afford one soon!!

  • S3XY

    All they have to simply do is make it electric. And thats it.

  • Dariush

    Hang Marchionne to the highest mast!

  • Infinite1

    If they would of kept it up to date with safety standards and requirements, we wouldn’t see the end of the Viper. FCA is just lazy and don’t put time and effort into their products like they should. I’m not a Corvette fan but GM tries to make it better and better. FCA can do the same but they didn’t and they won’t.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Incredibly sad how such an icon such as this one can be so easily dismissed.

  • Bob White

    Gilles is lying. The sales of the Gen 5 have been horrid to the point that the plant was operating at a significant loss. The air bag issue is a scapegoat. If the car was selling, they would spend the money to include it.

    It was a cool car but being inside one was not a great experience IMO. The Corvette killed the Viper by being light years ahead in terms of tech and quality.