The last Viper is going straight to FCA's heritage collection.The very last Dodge Viper has driven out of the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
Dodge decided not to send out a press release about the final Viper, and it didn't hold a ceremony to mark the end of the nameplate's illustrious production run. Instead, the pictures of the final car came from Ralph Gilles, an outspoken Viper fan and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles' head of design.
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We don't know if there's anything special about the final Viper, such as a commemorative plaque or the signature of the assembly line workers who built it. It's painted in a shade of red which was presumably chosen because it echoes the original Viper concept revealed at the 1989 edition of the Detroit Auto Show.
Gilles wrote on Instagram that the last Viper will head directly to FCA's heritage collection. He also noted Dodge elected to stop producing the Viper because it no longer complies with safety regulations, and the decision has nothing to do with slow sales.
"They are relatively robust so they will be around making memories for generations to come," Gilles concluded.
Last year, FCA boss Sergio Marchionne said the Viper nameplate might be resurrected in the coming years, but it won't take the form of a V10-powered coupe built on a standalone platform. The only way for it to return would be with a smaller engine and a modified version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia's Giorgio platform. However, it's been nearly two years since we last heard anyone talk about a next-generation Viper.