2016 Dodge Viper ACR with new matte exterior finishEnlarge Photo
Dodge’s ultra-exclusive ‘1-of-1’ personalization program for its Viper supercar has proven so popular that for the 2016 model year the American go-fast brand is adding even more options, one of which is a striking matte finish available for most of the exterior colors. It means the Viper is now available in more than 50 million unique configurations, made up from the more than 16,000 unique paint color options and more than 48,000 unique stripe combinations.
Last year’s Viper Time Attack Anodized Carbon Special Edition was actually the first model to feature the new matte finish. Normally, the body panels are sanded with a fine 1,000-grit paper and then polished to a near mirror finish. To create the new matte finish, each panel is also sanded a second time before the matte clear paint is applied.
Some additional options include satin chrome or satin black finishes for the badges and fuel cap, giving the car an even more sinister look. As mentioned above, stripes can also be added. These are all painted by hand—unlike most cars that use decals—and add about 18 hours to the 145-160-hour overall paint process for the Viper.
Dodge will start accepting orders for the 2016 Viper in July. Remember, no two Vipers ordered with the 1-of-1 personalization program are allowed to be alike for any single model year, not even when it comes to their color, so if you have a particular combination in mind you had better head to your local Dodge dealer come July and lock in your preference. Dodge has an online configurator for its 1-of-1 Viper personalization program that you can play around with, details of which you can find here.