2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel Curve

2000 Dodge Viper ACR – This Snake has some added Venom

Rob Berger’s 2000 Dodge Viper ACR is a modern classic in a world of plugin cars and smartphone navigation. According to the Viper registry, there were 949 Viper GTS’s built in the year 2000. Of those, 218 were ACR’s (American Club Racing). Only 35 were built in solid red, and who knows how many of those are left roaming the streets?

2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel CurveRob’s dream of owning a Viper is not an uncommon story. In the years prior to YouTube and social media apps like Instagram and Twitter, the public had to rely on magazines like Car & Driver and Motortrend to give us a sneak peek of new concept cars, comparison tests, and car reviews.

2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel Curve

As luck would have it, Rob was working at an automotive repair shop in Surprise, AZ around 1992 when he and his co-workers heard this deep rumble and could feel it vibrating through the floors and walls of the shop. Up front, they saw three ZR1 Corvettes and three Vipers driving down the road. It’s not uncommon to see test vehicles here in the Arizona desert. “At that point, it was game on, I wanted one – except that, I was a typical dumb, broke kid with dreams larger than my income” Rob confessed.

2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel Curve
Fast forward 24 years later and his dream is now a reality. Unbeknownst to Rob, good friend Erik Gagnon had secretly set up an appointment to look at this very snake at a local luxury/exotic dealership. With Rob’s youngest son Brad along for this momentous occasion, it was love at first sight. The following day with wife in tow an offer was made and the car was theirs.2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel Curve

2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel CurveAs rare as this snake may potentially be, this is not your factory Dodge Viper ACR. Upon acquiring the car, the previous owner had wanted to squeeze some more power out of that glorious V10. A Paxton NOVI 2000 supercharger, Belanger headers, high flow catalytic converters and a Corsa exhaust were added for a little more butt-dyno satisfaction.

2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel Curve“I love the looks, the raw power and the fact I can cross it off of my wish-list” Rob said. “It’s a blast to drive! Plus, I love that my kids love it. I still get a little nervous taking out on the road, however.”2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel Curve

As nervous as Rob may get, his neighbors should be even more nervous as he plans to upgrade the brakes, add a water/meth injection kit, upgraded cam for the blower, a bigger intercooler, and a tune to make it all work efficiently. With its stock 450hp accentuated by the first round of mods, Rob’s snake is making around 600hp. With the coming mods, it will have even more violent venom, maybe to the tune of 800hp.2000 Dodge Viper ACR, Fuel Curve

May we recommend a fresh set of grippy tires Rob! Keep us posted…

Born and raised in New York, it wasn't until Terry moved to Arizona that his love for photography and vehicles merged into a passion. Terry has always photographed vehicles since he was young but it wasn't until he started shooting autocross at Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events that led to more opportunities. Since then, he's covered various motorsport events and worked with corporations within the performance market. Terry has always had a love for trucks and has owned several, including lifted and lowered ones. Currently, he's working on finishing his 1972 F-100 Flareside.