2017 Dodge Viper SRT: 206 MPH

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The 2017 Dodge Viper SRT

Sure, the 2017 Dodge Viper is basically just a special edition of a 2016 Dodge Viper with a four-channel anti-lock brake system. But we’re letting it on the list, because after 25 years, 2017 marks the swan song of the ferocious American-built supercar. It wasn’t the most elegant of cars—in fact, it was often unforgiving, truck-like (with an actual truck’s transmission), and hard to handle—but in the right hands the Viper has always been a monstrously capable street-legal race car with a chassis and suspension that grew more magical the closer you drove to the limit. And in the early versions, which famously eschewed any electronic nannies whatsoever, the closer to the limit you drove, the more real danger you put yourself in—in other words, this was a hardboned Detroit sports car that basked in trying to kill overeager dilettantes. And though the modern iteration, even the 206-mph Dodge Viper SRT, grew a bit more accommodating in its golden years, the rear-wheel-drive halo car still boasts a six-speed manual transmission mated to a naturally-aspirated, 8.4-liter aluminum V-10 with 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. A no-compromises speed demon to the end, the Dodge Viper will be missed.

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