The death of a supercar is never a happy occasion, but at least the Dodge Viper is going out in style.
Dodge announced this week its plans to honor the Viper with a limited production run of just 50 2010 Viper SRT10 “Final Edition” models. It will build 20 Coupes, 18 Roadsters, and 12 American Club Racers (ACRs), each outfitted with Graphite Clear Coat with a painted black center stripe traced in red.
Power comes from the familiar 8.4-liter V10 engine that cranks out 600 horsepower and scoots to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph.
It’s sad to see the Viper go, but Dodge is sending it off right. Production should begin this summer.
Volkswagen, meanwhile, is planning a replacement for the current Beetle, which was launched all the way back in 1998. The new version is expected to go on sale in just about a year.
The latest Beetle will have a chopped roofline but, according to Autoweek, stick with traditional Beetle styling that includes
a steeply rising hood without a traditional grille, round headlamps and tail lamps, separate fenders covering each wheel, a high waistline and a distinctive hatchback rear end.
Improved interior space, including a larger back seat, should be part of the equation, in addition to diesel and hybrid versions. Rock on!
And now, for the rhino in the room: The 2011 Infiniti QX56.
Nope, didn’t work. Instead of a sleek SUV, the new QX looks like a chunky rhinoceros with a massive forehead.
The new 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 engine produces 25 percent more power along with a 10 percent increase in fuel efficiency versus the previous design. That is commendable, and the interior is sure to swathe occupants in first-class luxury and opulence. Pricing will begin at $56K for the rear-wheel-drive trim and $59K for the four-wheel drive. Sales will begin later this year.
Will the new QX56 sell? Would you own one?