Pennzoil pays tribute to ‘The Last Viper’ by sending a 645bhp Viper ACR around the abandoned streets of Miami, Florida. Yeah, there’s quite a lot of drifting in this one…
|Engine||Power||Torque||0-100kph||Top speed||Weight||Basic price|
|V10, 8382cc||645bhp @ 6200rpm||813Nm (600lb ft) @ 5000rpm||3.2secs||285kph||1539kg (419bhp/ton)||$122,500|
It’s not the first time we’ve seen a yellow car in a Pennzoil commercial being drifted through, what appears to be, an abandoned city. But while the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Dodge Challenger Hellcat videos proved entertaining, there is a degree more gravitas to this latest instalment featuring the ‘The Last Viper’.
Yes, after 25 years of loyal service, the SRT (formerly Dodge) Viper was finally taken round to the back of the shed and given two barrels of buckshot in mid-2016, this year marking the last of the production cycle. At least for the time being. Parent company FIAT freely admitted that it couldn’t keep funnelling resources into a 8.4-litre V10 sports car at a time when ‘hybrid’ is THE buzzword in the automotive industry. Sales for the Viper have slowly been dropping too, despite Dodge having shifted more than 30,000 examples since 1992. Still, Universal adoration since its conceptual debut at the 1989 Detroit Motor Show means The Snake is unlikely to stay dead for long, but Pennzoil felt – quite rightly – that the Viper’s quarter-ton deserved a proper send off.
Hence ‘The Last Viper’, a tribute – and mostly sideways – video shot in Miami, Florida, under the guidance of director Ozan Biron, who long-time readers of crankandpiston.com will probably recognise via the BMW M4 coupe on an aircraft carrier and the Pennzoil Baja ‘Joyride’. The star – a 645bhp Viper ACR complete with ‘V8 EATR’ number plate – spends much of the tribute spitting flames from its side-exhausts, getting some air (1m 53s), and just generally demonstrating its lunatic prowess. There’s also a storyline about the missing Viper ACR and the owner offering a handsome reward, and…oh look, you won’t care about that, just enjoy the rear tyres getting destroyed. Before that, you might also want to check out the behind the scenes vignette too.
- Full technical specifications available on page 2. Shameless plug, but you can check out our review of the SRT Viper ACR HERE