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With oil running at over $100 a barrel and petrol
prices skyrocketing at pumps worldwide, it seems that eco-concerns are set to
finally catch up with the Americans. Not if the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR gets
there first, though.

ACR stands for American Club Racer, which tells you
something about where Dodge is pitching this top-of-the-range Viper. It’s
essentially a track car you can drive on the road, and, well, let’s just say
that no one’s going to miss you coming.

The figures are, well, imposing. Dodge has revised the
induction system on the Viper’s 8.4-litre V10, so the truck engine now develops
an uncompromising 600bhp and 560lb ft of torque. There’s no word on performance
yet, but given that the standard SRT10 will hit 60mph in the 3.5-second bracket
and top out at 197mph, we’re talking about some pretty serious pace. 

That’ll be aided by the ACR’s carbon fibre aero kit, which
comprises a new front splitter, a seven-way adjustable rear wing and track-only
side plates, which Dodge says all helps to increase downforce by up to a third.

All that carbon fibre helps to keep the weight down, too -
the ACR is some 18kg lighter than the standard Viper, but spec the
pleasantly-named ‘Hard Core’ pack and Dodge will shave off an extra 18kg on top
of that by stripped out the radio, carpets and other non-strictly-essential
 bits.

The Viper SRT10 ACR will be officially unveiled at the Los
Angeles Auto Show next week to the sound of Middle Eastern oil barons gleefully
rubbing their hands together.

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