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Auto News: Special Vipers, New Ridgeline, Sporty V90/S90

Auto News: Special Vipers, New Ridgeline, Sporty V90/S90

New Dodge Limited-Edition Vipers, the return of the Honda Ridgeline and the R-Design Volvo V90 and S90 in this week’s Auto News in :60.

Dodge Limited-Edition Vipers

It’s official. 2017 will be the last model year for the Dodge Viper. To mark the occasion, Dodge is offering five limited-edition models to commemorate the end of the road, at least for now. They’re based on some of the most famous special editions of the past, like the ‘98 Dodge Viper GTS-R and the 2010 Viper Snakeskin ACR. Order books open June 24th.

We have to point out though that we wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see the Viper again one day. Fiat Chrysler’s CEO recently hinted about the possibility the Viper could return in some form down the road.


Honda Ridgeline Returns

The redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline is back after a two-year break.

It unibody truck features a new V-6 engine. The automaker also ditched the high sides bed in favor of more normal horizontal sides to give it a more traditional truck feel. Plus, for the first time, the midsize pickup comes as either a 2- or 4-wheel drive. You can also opt for a new sound system in the truck bed.

The new Ridgeline went on sale June 21st. It starts at $29,475 for the FWD and $31,275 for AWD.

Volvo Gives V90, S90 Sport Treatment

Volvo is going all out on its new S90 and V90 models. They won’t just get the Polestar Performance treatment, they’ll also be offered with the Sporty R-Design package, too.

It’s more about looks here than performance, of course, as opposed to the Polestar optimization option. The R-Design trim gives the models a more aggressive look to the front end and adds upgrades like the new 5-spoke matte black diamond-cut wheels.

The R-Design packages should be available on the 2017 S90 later this summer.

The V90 wagon joins the U.S. lineup early next year.

Photo Credit: Dodge