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click above to view more high-res shots of the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10

According to Jalopnik, yes. We reported yesterday that as a part of Project Genesis, Chrysler was planning to cut more models in addition to the PT Cruiser Convertible, Pacifica, Crossfire and Magnum. Jalopnik is reporting that, according to several of its sources, the decision has already been made that the Dodge Viper SRT10 will be cancelled, as well. The decision was reportedly made after Cerberus took control of Chrysler and was not part of the automaker's future product plans prior to its split with Daimler.

While the current 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 just received an update for 2008 that includes a new version of its iconic V10 engine capable of producing 600 horsepower and a track-ready ACR model, it was only ever meant to be on the market for another two years until the fully redesigned next-gen Viper bowed. Since that's reportedly not going to happen, the Viper will reportedly be sold as is through the 2011 model year.

The Viper has never been a cheap car to build, being assembled by hand at the automaker's Connor Avenue Assembly Plant. The obvious argument for killing the halo car is that money spent on developing the next-generation Viper could go towards better interiors and more appealing designs for bread and butter models, the sales of which keep the lights on at the company's Auburn Hills, MI headquarters. The Viper, however, has always been more than just a halo car for Chrysler, it's been a symbol of what the company can do when it's firing on all cylinders. If this report is true, to see it cancelled indicates just how lean these times really are for Chrysler under its new management.

[Source: Jalopnik]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes Please !
      I'd like my 69 Roadrunner Conv. back! It was a factory 4 speed car with a "Built to the hilt" 383 c.i.d. engine, 390 Posi, Factory Tach, Upgraded interior w/ high back buckets and an unusual 6 way "manual" drivers seat.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jason, I agree 100%.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honestly, what fun is it to get somewhere at a speed that won't get you a ticket? I tried to get an EV1 way-back-when, when GM was doing their best not to re-lease them, and I'd be quite happy to have something of similar overall capability now, but that doesn't stop me from wanting a new CTS-V.

      While I think bankrupting the Saudis would be an exceptionally good idea, we also need to bash enviro-Left knuckles and start at least making available energy resources on our continental shelf and Alaska and somehow convincing the Mexican government to bring Pemex into at least the 20th century.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's too early to tell, but I get the feeling that Cerberus is run by bean counters, not business visionaries.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats why people buy foreign cars, they make an effort to still have sports cars no matter what, that was the only car chrysler had i wanted
      • 7 Years Ago
      A much as I can appreciate the Viper, I'm glad.

      Now I have no reason to even consider buying a Chrysler, ever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How much of this is driven by the new CAFE standards?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not much. The Viper is only a very small percentage of Chrysler's annual fleet sales.

        This is going away because it's not cost-effective, especially in light of the redesign costs needed to beat the ZR-1 and it's successors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cancelling the Viper would be like cancelling the Vette. Even today, the front nose from the Viper is still used in production cars. I own a 01 still, so my heart wont break if they are gone, but only from a collectors standpoint. I have, however, had an issue for a long time that the car lacked all the creature comforts of a Corvette for 20-30k more. It is too bad that instead of a convertiblehard top, they did not do what Corvette did, make a 50k sports car with killer limited edition souped up versions.
      • 7 Years Ago
      YES kill the Viper cut worker pay sothe greed off the new onwer can be happy and yes buy your jap veh and thank them for bomb us
      • 7 Years Ago
      This Viper= unadulterated garbage. Look at the interior and handling. This car is prefect for the "looking for all power, no substance" sheep here in the US who would buy a cardbox box as long as it had 500 HP and did 0-** in 2 seconds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      THOSE BASTARDS! I have loved this car since I was a kid, everyday since I saw one in 1994! I've literally grown up loving this car and now these jack offs are going to cancel it? I seriously think I'm going to cry! This to me, is like if they decided to cancel the corvette! Just cancel the corvette already then! This is unbelievable. I'm sorry, I know it's "just a car" but if anyone could understand how I feel it'd be the people on this forum. I mean this was my corvette! I was gonna buy one one day, I was looking forward to seeing how it evolved. Something must be wrong with me cause I feel like someone I love just died... To me, this car, the original especially, is the most beautiful car in the world and I dare say I looked up to it in a personified sort of way for it's personality. It's sorta like if you had a pet bull or something... it's a beautiful tamed brute just waiting for you to give the go ahead and unleash hell! Jeeze... They might be broke, but let them cry a river on someone else's turf... Un frickin believable.
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