• Dec 1, 2010
Ralph Gilles and D'Ann Rauh with the final Dodge Viper – Click above for high-res gallery

According to The Detroit News, most of the rumors we've been hearing about the next Dodge Viper aren't true. The meanest of the Dodge models won't be riding on a modified Alfa Romeo or Ferrari platform when it bows anew in 2012 as a 2013 model. The Pentastar has said while there may be some similarities to the 8C Competizione, the Viper will make use of entirely unique underpinnings and will carry significantly different proportions compared to the Italians. Part of that means doing away with the snake's iconic long hood in favor of a design with a little more balance.

What's more, Dodge head Ralph Giles tells the Detroit daily that the Mopar supercar won't utilize a Ferrari engine for its power, though he stopped short of saying whether or not the old 640 horsepower V10 will survive the vehicle's rebirth. That means that a new lump may surface, though the number of cylinders and how much horsepower it will produce remain a mystery. Thanks for the tip, Prhime.



[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Just give us a $ 100,000.00 - 650 HP Ferrari V8 and slap a Viper sticker on it somewhere and be done with it .
      • 4 Years Ago
      It has to be a V10 and sound like a UPS truck for it to truly be a Viper. My favorite after all of these years is still a blue/white stripe '96 GTS. I would however accept a SRT-10 Coupe if somebody is looking for a Christmas present for me. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hemi V10 anyone, Hey a man can dream and its as good of a guess as anyone's! LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've always wondered why they never did that. It would be an excellent showcase for the HEMI brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All I know is that whoever came up with that gold and bronze paint scheme should be terminated immediately.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Part of that means doing away with the snake's iconic long hood in favor of a design with a little more balance."

      This wording from AB seems to imply a big change, maybe even a mid engine design. When I read the quote from original Detroit News article, I get the opposite impression, that the new Viper will retain the long hood.
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it doesn't have a V10 it isn't a Viper.

        /end discussion
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. The way I read the DetroitNews was that the long hood is unique, not that it is going to be shortened.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Where the cabin is, relative to the wheels, is unique," said Gilles who is also head of design. "The Viper cabin is very rearward and the hood is very long. Few cars in the industry are designed with those proportions anymore."

        "Part of that means doing away with the snake's iconic long hood in favor of a design with a little more balance."

        Epic FAIL for Zach- obviously did not read the article or failed reading comprehension in school
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always thought it would be awesome for them to offer a V-8 powered, less expensive version of the Viper. Along with good Corvette competition it would be fun to drive and probably fast enough for most people's needs at a certain price point. The new 6.4 would be cool, then perhaps offer the V-10 as an SRT-10.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The whole philosophy of the viper is the opposite of the corvette< thats why vipers are so much more special and rare than a corvette. If i started see vipers all over the streets like i see corvettes, its appeal would be slightly ruined for me. Its a special car that has been designed for all out performance, if you want a viper based v8 car get chrysler to build the Firepower.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Based on anything Fiat, really? This car has been in development for years. Do the Mercedes SLS AMG proportions look familiar?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, it's assumed that the SLS AMG was actually the new Viper that with the 'divorce' was taken from Chrysler by Mercedes/AMG. probably why they had to cease the production of the last Viper to work on a new platform. Makes sense that the new 8C will be on the Viper's new underpinnings if you think costs, since the 8C platform is considered outdated. I tried to pitch in and find out about the powertrain and it's Ferrari-based rumors but couldn't get no answer at all on that, which leaves the opening for it. Also, it's true that it won't look like the 8C.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here is your engine.

      2 Pentastar 3.6L V6s glued together.

      Just combing the output of the 2, Equals a ~600 HP ~450 Tq, 7.2L V12.

      Strap some Fiat multi-air heads and a turbo or two on, and hold onto your butt.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you're very right!
        There has been some mentioning from Chrysler about a double Pentastar
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems like a waste of money for one company to have multiple low-volume sports car platforms of similar dimensions. If the Viper isn't built on the current 8C, perhaps the next 8C will be built on the new Viper's platform?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the "change" that's coming is the dissapearance of the "stripped down" roadster model. Talk is that they're going to use a modified version of the current V10. Personally though, I'd like Fiat to fashion an 8 liter V10 out of the current Hemi engine. Would certainly befit the car and be more modern at the same time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Electric Viper!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That UPS truck sounding V-10 just kills it for me . Either change the V-angle degree like the Ford V-10 or put a 650 HP V-8 Hemi and shorten the hood then add that amount to the rear . The long hood short deck is too long in the tooth . Go back to the sixties and look at all those beautiful cars . Time for a change !
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