• Aug 10, 2009

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Way back in 1987, Chrysler bought up a troubled Lamborghini, and within two years put it to work developing a V10 engine program that would eventually give birth to both the Dodge Viper and the Lamborghini Gallardo – two of the first ten-cylinder engines on the modern market. Two decades later, the tables have turned: instead of buying up struggling Italian automakers, it's Chrysler that's troubled and the Italians are coming to the rescue. And now reports suggest that the replacement for the Viper's V10 could be derived from Ferrari's next-generation engine program.

Chrysler's original plan was to sell of the Viper business, but since no serious offers came through, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is reportedly keen on taking advantage of the sportscar's standing as the company's halo vehicle. But rather than have Chrysler shoulder the entire burden of developing the next-generation Viper, the engine program could be derived from the same modular powerplant that will propel upcoming Ferraris and Maseratis.

Ferrari has essentially had four engine designs in its history: the Colombo design was in use from the company's beginnings all the way through the '90s. The Lampredi engine was used on a handful of vehicles in the 50's before being phased out. The Dino engine spawned V6, V8 and V12 versions and was in use until just a few years ago, while the current Ferrari/Maserati engine powers everything in the both companies' current ranges as well as the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Its 90-degree replacement will likewise offer variable configurations: a flat-plane crank V8 for Ferrari, a cross-plane crank for Maserati and a pushrod V10 for the Viper.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like C&D happy hour to me. Why would Ferrari develop an engine configuration so closely associated with Lambo? Especially when they have an outstanding and flexible V-8 platform and (if I may say so) the best V-12 around.

      Besides, Ferrari is still trying to push the upper limits of their brand positioning. Even putting the engine from the 612 in the Viper probably would cut against that strategy.

      On the other hand, if the engine from a wrecked 575 just *happened* to find its way into a Viper chassis, the results could be very interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You just could not make something like this up.

      Fascinating.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Viper become a cheap alternative of Ferrai?
      Thats the BAD thing to Fiat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ferrai must keep a speical image.
        no need cheap alternative clone model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOO!! How about a Hemi-phied DI V10?? Ferrari engine would take the soul of this car away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A SURE way to ruin this car.
        Rather kill it off than change the heart.

        Here's what I recommend:
        The Viper looses sales seemingly because it's too raw for a larger audience (like TVR) and not refined enough.

        Keeping the essential personality the same, suggestions include:

        1) Fiat up the interior (they are good at making nice looking interiors)
        2) Fit in ESP
        3) Update the exhaust note to make it sound more 'American', not 'Italian'. Think LS3, Mustang GT.
        4) Race the Vipers in GT2.
        5) Drop another 200 pounds.

        That way you have Ferrari, exotic, expensive, more race car revving and high quality interiors. Competes with Lambos.
        Viper which is more acceisble, very fast, different natured. Competes with 911 and Vettes.
        Alfar Romeo flagship that's more eye candy but also performance focused, like an Aston.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't write Hemi on a viper.

        But a Ferrari engine is a bad idea. The dodge V10 is a torque monster and I dont think any Ferrari motor is up to that task.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would rather have "bye bye Torque" than "bye bye Viper"
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, seriously! I agree it would really take away it's personality :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        No it's not marketing BS. The cast iron version was for the trucks was Chrysler (like you said the 360 LA block with 2 added cylinders). But to do the all aluminum one for the Viper they got engineering assistance from Lambo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they could just figure out how to make that V10 sound like a V8 or a V12 !!!!!
      Didn't Ford build a modular V10 that made killer HP that would RPM around 9000 & sounded ferocious ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I stand corrected. I had it in my head that the Dodge V10 was even-firing w/split crankpins.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well the Viper is odd firing, 90-54
        • 5 Years Ago
        The only way they could do that is subtract (or add) two cylinders. The V10 sounds the way it does because of its firing interval, and that sound is of a pair of I5s with one lagging the other by 72°.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somehow I don't think they will replace the current engine. It's big displacement is one of it's defining characteristics but I guess the world is leaving both it and me behind. So if they do make a Ferrari derived V-10 I don't see why it has to be a pushrod design but if I had my way in that design meeting I'd make it a flat-plane crank pushrod design.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoever came up with this rumor must be laughing at the journalists posting this news, because I am.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish I can buy one with the "regular V10"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait, what? Why? Surely there are limits the current engine hasn't reached yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, and along with VVT they should add a rear differential. That would be so modern!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, they could add variable intake valve timing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This Is great this will finally allow Chrysler to ketchup on new technology instead of just boring out out everything to make more power
        • 5 Years Ago
        "i bet a 8.5l Ferrari engine would have more torque than the Viper"

        you can't just assume that if they doubled the displacement of their engine, that the torque/hp would scale the same. It just doesn't work that way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Wait, what? Why? Surely there are limits the current engine hasn't reached yet."

        we don't know how long the current V10 will be able to meet emissions regulations. Though it was extensively modified for 2008, it still traces its lineage back to the old LA V8s.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do they need it? whats wrong with the Viper engine ?

      Its a monster of a engine....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be more cost effective to make the new V10 DOHC like the V8s instead of modifying it to make it pushrod?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Ferrari powered Viper... its kinda like combining Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with Chuck Norris
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