• Sep 19th 2010 at 7:32PM
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Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione – Click above for high-res image gallery

Snakes are known to regularly shed their skin to reveal a shimmering new coat underneath. Doing it the other way around would be a unique trick, but if the latest reports are to be believed, that might be what we're looking at.

Last week at a dealers' conference, Fiat/Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne reportedly pulled the covers off a new-generation Dodge Viper. With the current model having already been axed, our interest was, to say the least, piqued by this development. New reports emanating from the exclusive preview have given us cause for a little more consternation, however.

According to AutoWeek, the new Viper – expected to arrive sometime late next year as a 2012 model – looked eerily like an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione with a more Dodge-like front end. That would be a shame, since the Alfa's styling is its biggest asset; its chassis and performance dynamics, less so. Giving the 8C – based, as it is, on age-old Maserati architecture – a new shell and calling it a Viper strikes us as all kinds of wrong. Then again, like a great many rumors in the autosphere, this could all be mere conjecture.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just a revamped vipers with the shell/styling-cues if an 8c
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, say it aint so!

      The Viper was such a monster! Don't give us this new model, that supposedly has 700 horses, on an ancient "mediocre" chassis!

      I'm hoping this is all bull and that the SRT guys will pull through. I was so excited when I heard they rolled out a 2012 model at the meeting. Loved the Viper since day one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope not....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because Benz has invested loads of money into the architecture which would make the new Viper ludicrously expensive to buy. Apart from that, Dodge would have to reengineer the whole chassis because the Viper would most likely lack the gullwing doors (which would make the Viper even more expensive).
        • 4 Years Ago
        This was ment as a reply to MarketAndChurch... dunno why it's down here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love my new Viper! I went to the Conner Ave. Assembly plant to watch the last Gen IV Viper be built. Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles would not allow a rebaded 8C to be the next new Viper... he is a huge Viper fan and owns and races his own. This is all fun speculation though. I would hope that Dodge uses all the resources at Fiat's disposal, that is the suppose to be the benefit of paring up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everyone is complaining that the 8C won't have room for a V10. Well... V10 are a dying breed for a lot of reasons. In less than 10 years, V10's will be a very scarce engine indeed. Instead of a V10, all it needs is a supercharged (or even turbo) V8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They said that it, "resembled the 8C a bit."

      I love that that has transformed, through the internet game of telephone into "is an 8C with a Viper nose."

      Good job with the journalism, Autoblog. What BS are you gonna make up next?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was actually just an SLS? Or I guess maybe the SLS is just a redesigned Viper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      +1 to Snakester -- thanks for talking some sense.

      And let's not forget AutoWeek's miserable track record for gleaning information from these closed meetings. Just a few weeks ago, a similarly informed source told us that the new Ford Explorer looked exactly like a larger version of the Edge. So not only do we have no reason to think that the Viper is based on the Alfa 8C, we don't have much reason to trust the claim that it even *looked* like an 8C.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Relax dudes! I'm speculating the Viper shown by Marchionne was possibly a mock-up on a Alfa body, but only to rally the troops that a Viper is in the works,a DODGE Viper.
      It is a fact that a closer relationship could be found with Mercedes, where a transaxle and rear suspension from their sports car was developed for Viper. I think Chrysler is far along in it's development and the Mercedes items could undergo some Ferarri influenced changes, much Ferarri stability control electronics input and not much else.
      I see the capable and proud folks at Dodge designing there own chassis, suspension and drive train as well as doing all the styling and interior.
      This does not preclude engineers from Ferarri from being in the loop, but I would have little doubt that Viper will proudly wear the "made in America" label.
      Then again, how do you ignore you kissing cousins at Lamborghini, Masarati , Alfa Romero and Ferarri ? What a family!
      Best news- A new Viper is on the way.... Hiss Hiss!!!!

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