Dodge Managed to Sell 2 Brand-New Vipers in Q4 2020
The Dodge Viper’s formula was quite simple. A V10 engine up front, a six-speed manual in the middle, and power going to the rear wheels. Despite this, poor sales figures saw Dodge discontinue the Viper back in 2017. Surprisingly, Dodge continues selling brand-new old-stock Vipers throughout the years. FCA’s new fourth-quarter sales report shows that Dodge managed to sell two brand-new Vipers toward the end of 2020.
How many brand-new Dodge Vipers sold in 2020?
The first two-quarters of 2020 were particularly rough for the Dodge Viper. This is because none of these V10 sports cars found new homes. However, as we moved into the third quarter of 2020, sales picked up quickly to two brand-new cars sold. Before this, the last Viper sold by Dodge left the dealership in June of 2019, says CarSalesBase. Unfortunately, there is no data showing when the Vipers sold or for how much.
Fast forward to the fourth quarter of 2020, and Dodge has managed to sell an additional two brand-new Vipers. This brings the yearly total to four brand-new sports cars. According to FCA, this shows a slight dip from five cars sold in 2019.
An interesting question for buyers of these brand-new old-stock vehicles is whether or not the warranty is still valid. Originally, the sports car came with a five year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Typically, vehicle warranties start once the vehicle is sold. However, these Vipers are likely over four years old and have spent most of their life just sitting.
To classify as a new sale, these brand-new Dodge Viper models have likely been sitting in dealerships since 2017. As a result, these cars may need major servicing before they are roadworthy. Imagine having to take apart your brand-new car because it hasn’t moved in four years.
How many brand-new Vipers remain?
Perhaps the most peculiar aspect of this Dodge Viper story is that these cars are selling seemingly without online advertising. A quick look on AutoTrader reveals no brand-new Vipers listed for sale. As a result, chances are these cars are simply sitting in dealerships across the country until an interested buyer comes along. However, if we look at Dodge Viper ACR prices on AutoTrader, even used examples sell for a considerable premium. For example, this used ACR is listed for $239,800, while the model had a base price of just $118,795. As a result, there is a slim chance these mysterious Vipers sold for MSRP.
Given how these Dodge Vipers are selling, we may never know just how many are left. Over a year went by from the last sale in 2019 to the first in 2020. As a result, we may see another dip in sales as supplies dry up even further. However, given this recent sales trend, it seems likely we’ll see a handful continue to trade hands as the years come ago. The Lexus LFA, for example, still manages to rack up sales despite being discontinued in 2012.
Will this supercar killer ever make a comeback?
Back in 2018, Car and Driver reported that a brand-new Dodge Viper was reportedly on the way. Back then, the rumors suggested this brand-new sports car would lose its naturally aspirated V10 in favor of a V8. Additionally, Car and Driver reports that a supercharged engine could challenge the Chevy Corvette’s more powerful variants.
However, almost three years later, no new news has surfaced about a potential rebirth. Additionally, it seems the folks over at SRT have plenty of success jamming the Hellcat’s V8 into just about everything. As a result, we may never see a brand-new Viper ever again.