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Dodge bids Viper farewell with slew of special editions

It's never easy saying goodbye.

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Dodge's Viper is a quintessentially American machine. With a giant V-10 engine, a sleek form and the ability to send your eyeballs receding into your skull, it's a big, brash salute to the Stars and Stripes. But, as many expected, it wasn't going to live forever. On the eve of its departure from this mortal coil, Dodge is releasing a handful of special editions to commemorate its 25-year existence.

Four of the five special editions will be based on the hardcore Viper ACR (American Club Racer), which can feature a literal ton of downforce in the right spec. The sole non-ACR special edition is the Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC, which boasts a green exterior hue based on the 2010 Snakeskin ACR. Dodge will produce up to 25 examples of the Snakeskin Editon GTC, just shy of the original's 31-car production run.

Two of the ACR special editions are also based on previous models. The VooDoo II Edition ACR is modeled after the 2010 Viper VooDoo. Again, 31 units will be produced, each sporting a black exterior, unique badging, carbon ceramic brakes and the ACR's Extreme Aero package. The GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR has much of the same equipment, but it's based off the 1998 GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition, sporting a white-with-blue-stripes motif.

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The 1:28 Edition ACR is a new creation, built to pay homage to the ACR's record-setting 1:28.65 lap of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This one is black with red stripes, red interior stitching and the same bells and whistles as the other special editions. Only 28 will be built.

The final special edition is meant to honor the two dealerships with the highest Viper sales in the country. The Dealer Edition ACR rocks a white-on-blue aesthetic similar to the Commemorative Edition, but if you want one of the 33 examples being built, you'll have to go to one of two dealerships -- Tomball Dodge in Tomball, Texas or Roanoke Dodge in Roanoke, Illinois.

We'll miss you, big guy.

1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R GT2

If there's one Viper you remember, it's probably this one.