• Apr 15, 2011
Chrysler is finally reining in its big bad snake. After years of shunning stability control for its no-holds-barred feel, the Pentastar is planning to incorporate stability control on the next-generation Dodge Viper. Set to debut in 2012 as a 2013 model, the vehicle's systems are currently undergoing testing on a 2010 chassis, and Chrysler was kind enough to share a photo of the serpent slithering through the snow.

There's just something about seeing a supercar on the powder that makes us grin like a canary-fed feline.

What else do we know about the next-generation Viper? Few solid details have been confirmed as of yet, but word on the web is that buyers can look forward to somewhere between 600 and 700 horsepower. There's no indication as to whether those ponies will come from a V10 as in days of old or if Chrysler will opt for something with fewer cylinders and more forced induction. Either way, there will be enough power on hand to rankle the chains of hardware like the Corvette ZR1 and Nissan GT-R.

Chrysler says that the company is prepping the Viper for the next "Supercar Olympics," but from the sound of things, the beast will be more at home in an all-out street brawl. We can't wait. Chrysler's brief statement is available after the jump.

[Source: Chrysler]
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Next-Gen Dodge Viper Training For 'Super Car Olympics'

April 15, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The long, cold and snowy winter presented a perfect environment for the ultimate American-built sports car and icon of the Dodge brand's performance car lineup to prepare for its imminent return. Using a 2010 chassis as a test subject, SRT engineers expanded the development scope for the next generation Dodge Viper to include stability control tuning for the first time. The development comes just in time for the next "Super Car Olympics," sure to take place late in 2012 when the all-new performance icon returns.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      What is up with the power cord in front of the lower fascia?? Chrysler what ever you are doing, please NO EV junk in the legendary Viper. Save it for something else! Lets keep the Viper raw like it always been!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Could be for fuel shut off or a new tow hook design? Its not necessarily a power cord, it could be a few things.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oddly enough, I have convinced people that my Sunbird was a plugin hybrid by showing them the block heater cord.
        • 3 Years Ago
        As soon as I saw that plug for the block heater I knew someone was going to think that it was some kind of plug in hybrid or EV.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's probably an oil heater, a necessity for very cold climates.

        An EV would never use a wimpy power-tool-style extension cord with a household 3-prong plug! An EV would use an inch-thick 240V cable with a "SAE J1772" connector. The Tesla roadster draws 16 kilowatts when charging - that's enough to run 4 pairs of clothes washers and dryers simultaneously!
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is most likely a block heater, because Bosch is developing the stability control system and they do all their winter testing in Baudette, Minnesota.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's probably for an engine block heater for when it's sitting around in that snow -- don't worry dude, lol.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope they will retain its brutish raw feel.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The viper is by no means a supercar, how can you compare the viper to other supercars like 458, or the Murc.

      Chrysler once again show us that they now how to waste money.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Viper isn't a super car. Its more than that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I guess it depends on your definition of supercar. The Viper is a serious performer. It runs with (or beats) the cars to which you're referring. As Americans (I'm assuming you are), it can be hard to think of our brands as having supercar status because they don't have the exotic mystique or rare feel of the foreign brands. But looking at the numbers, racing background, and rarity of this model (get past the Dodge nameplate), it seems to qualify as a supercar. The Viper is a purpose-built, high performance car. Purpose-built as a raw, "old skool", sledgehammer of a performer, but a high performance car none the less. I think it qualifies.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess we will see the car at the 2012 Detroit Auto show
      bouljf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don’t know if the track layout was the same back then but 7:03 is faster than the pole position set by James Hunt in 1976 and faster than the all time F1 lap record in race by 3.5 seconds. That’s mighty impressive. Can’t wait to see the 2013 SRT10; it probably won’t beat the ACR’s 7:12 but a time below 7:20 would be spectacular.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would just love a lower displacement twin turbo V10. I'm thinking 7.0L with two turbos would just be perfect. But, unfortunately, I'm not the one planning this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      as long as you have the option to turn it off. idk i like the zr1 more but thats just me
        • 3 Years Ago
        you like the zr1 more? you havn't even seen it yet?? lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasn't this a given? Beginning in 2012, the NHTSA is requiring all new passenger cars are required to have stability control.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been a Viper fan since Gen I. My love for the Viper is in my blood. That being said:

      -I don't want to see forced induction. Big NO.

      -Anything other than a V10? NO.

      -Displacement...I'm open to ideas. I'd kind of like to see a smaller, higher revving V10. Lets see the Viper be revolutionary again. Lets see the Viper lead the pack in innovation and performance again. A smaller 6-7L V10 that revs to 12k would sound beautiful and make a good amount of power. A little bit less low-end torque, but that's fine for the track.

      -Transmission...I used to be HARD anti-DCT in the Viper. I wanted nothing to do with that idea. Now on the other hand, I'm more open to the idea. A traditional manual transmission is great for the street and just seemed right for the Viper, but you can't deny the capabilities of a DCT. A 6 or 7-speed DCT could take the Viper to the next level on the track.

      -Chassis...lighter weight and responsive.

      Chances any of this will happen? Unlikely. We'll probably see a supercharged V8 in an overweight Mercedes SLS chassis. No deal.

      • 3 Years Ago
      1st take:
      Aluminum gasoline DI V10 in the 6-7L range. 600+HP shouldn't be a problem at all. MUCH smaller block and overall engine would allow for a much nimbler Viper. Then the aftermarket forced induction+DI = HUGE amounts of power. You could probably pump the power to 800HP with 5 or 6lbs of boost.

      2nd take:
      Smaller displacement GDI V10 with boost. (5L range?)

      They know how the 'merican public doesn't like people monkeying with their number of cylinders on their beloved sports cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Something tells me the engineers at Chrysler don't need your help on making the next-gen Viper more nimble.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was expected but just as a reminder to those who liked the Viper without it; Look for the off button. As a previous owner and one who did not personally care for the last gen body style, I hope they return to a unique design that the rest of the fllet can take cues from.
      CTSV4MEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      It will officially be shown to the public in April!
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