Dodge lovers in China who are interested in getting their hands on a new Viper will end up paying 500% more than what Dodge Viper actually costs in the US of A.
The Dodge Viper is not officially sold in China by Chrysler and are imported by dealers for who people are interested in getting cars that have an image of being rare. And Viper is definitely very rare. It is a very sought after car, considering there isn’t any local dealerships.
Buyers interested in Dodge Viper will need to pay as much as 2.98 million Yuan that equals to 480,000 USD roughly. And comparing this price with Viper’s actual starting price, in USA, of mere $90,000, it can literally make your eyes water up. China’s draconian import tax laws impose 60% tax on cars with engines bigger than 4000 cc, and Viper’s engine is more than even the double of 4.0L.
The Beijing dealership that is importing the Vipers mentioned that the care are arriving from California, and three of them are already sold and many of them are on their way to China.
With 8.6 liter V10 beast engine, spilling an output of 654 hp with 0-100 in just 2.9 seconds, the Dodge Viper is surely going to be a ‘tough one’ in China’s notorious traffic jams.
UPDATE: 万 is translated as “million” by online translation software but it is not equal to 10^6. It is equal to 10^4. There 298.77万元 is equal to 2,987,700 Chinese yuan, not equal to 298,770,000 as suggested by online translation software. Edited the article to reflect the actual changes. Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent this.