It's one thing to quietly anticipate the arrival of something exciting. It's quite another when you can actually see it coming, so here's a batch of spy shots showing the next-generation Dodge Viper under development.

Don't get too excited, though, because there's little to see from this early test mule. It's largely wearing the bodywork from the last Viper, and what's new is heavily disguised. What we can tell is that the headlights stretch back farther over the hood than the previous model, above the updated crosshair grille now in use across the Dodge model range. The placement of the air scoops and hood louvers appear different, and from what we can see at least, the front end seems to be more refined than its brutish predecessors.

Of course, it's what's behind that new front end that counts. It may be too early to say if the V10 will return of whether regulatory restrictions will force Chrysler to go with something slightly more "responsible," but you can bet it'll have more electronic nannies in place, and if the rapidly-integrating Fiat/Chrysler empire plays its cards right, Dodge's Italian sisters could bring some experience to bear. And that can't be a bad thing.


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      evans1396
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you idiots please take your political posts and agendas to another place. This is a blog about CARS and the automobile industry. Us car enthusiasts, and those that come here to read about cars, are tired of reading your posts.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      "It may be too early to say if the V10 will return of whether regulatory restrictions will force Chrysler to go with something slightly more "responsible," but you can bet it'll have more electronic nannies in place, and if the rapidly-integrating Fiat/Chrysler empire plays its cards right, Dodge's Italian sisters could bring some experience to bear." I'd like to buy a period.
      ACSRHS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some of you need to thoroughly read an article before you run your mouths saying it looks the same.
      ShiftItManual
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't tell much about it from the mule but it's just good to see the development is proceeding.
      T REXX
      • 3 Years Ago
      625-650 hp min
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Although this new Viper will be an "in house" product, I don't doubt that one or two folks from Ferrari will be involved in the project. I'm expecting Dodge to keep it's reputation intact as the most exciting sports car from America with a whole new level of refinement and performance, with an Italian connection. What I'm interested in is whether Dodge will choose to do a second sports car off this platform, with a different body style? I'd love to see a HEMI powered, supercharged "Venom" with automatic transmission and just a little less capable for about 30 grand less for a more affordable "snake". Maybe they will call it the "Copperhead? Any body else think this is doable for Dodge?
        JasonH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        A real sports car has a manual transmission. So unless you are a combat vet that is missing an arm or leg there should be no excuses in demanding Dodge builds this with 3 pedals.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm guessing this is only a small part of dodge new Viper since the mule only disguises the front. Is Chrysler teasing this car by slowly revealing portions of a next gen Viper on previous gen mule? Am I grasping this right or is that basically what all is going to change mostly?! I'm also really curious to see if the new Viper will be revealed at Frankfurt. The car is supposed to come out in about a year and we still barely know anything about it other than it being inspired by a naked women on a beach.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Andy Drake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am really excited to see the final product. Crossing my fingers that it has a V10!
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          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          lol@you thinking this one, 4 year term pres is responsible for EVERY current financial problem in our country p.s. you secretly appreciate and agree with the ignorant rant
        Andy Drake
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hmmm... starting out an opinion with a racist remark. Yeah, that makes me take you seriously. Wait, are you Pat Buchanan?
      T REXX
      • 3 Years Ago
      OBAMA SAVED ALL YOUR ARSSES FROM FAILURE THAT BUSH PUT THEM IN
        viperbono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @T REXX
        Ya he's our savor! If you don't think all politicians are crooks your blind and stupid! The self-centered rich run this country to benefit them, not the people. Wake up!
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @T REXX
        You're right, he saved us all from those extra $3T in money the current administration printed to help the recession. Thank god he took the first lesson in economics about turning dollars into wallpaper when you print more. Oh wait, that's not right.
        wlh1923
        • 3 Years Ago
        @T REXX
        Shut the **** up, turn off the caps and go back to your ward before they find out you escaped.
      bluetimestwo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any way you slice it, the Viper is an UGLY car! Period!
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bluetimestwo
        it's one of the most iconic shapes and designs in modern automotive history. i'm a corvette and mustang guy, but even i can admit that the viper caught up to these two, and even the 911 (strictly in terms of recognition, desirability, and popularity), in a very short time.
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