Here's an odd rumor floating around the cyberether: Despite the fact that Dodge has previously said that the next-generation Viper won't arrive until late 2012 as a 2013 model, reports are surfacing indicating that the automaker may display the vehicle at a charity event in Miami next month. According to Top Speed, Dodge will pay a visit to Ride and Smiles at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The charity allows children who suffer from chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, Crohn's disease and Colitis to ride along with current NASCAR drivers around the 2.3-mile road course in some of the hottest cars on the market right now.

Top Speed reports that one of the vehicles in attendance will be the next-generation Viper, though no source has been given for that information.

Far be it from us to rain on that parade, but a small charity event in Florida seems like an unlikely spot to unveil the new face of the Dodge halo car. Perhaps they'll show a teaser image or a mule? Earlier reports have indicated that the 2013 Viper would first be seen at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, which would seem to be a more fitting venue. Stay tuned.


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      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'd be cool, but I kinda doubt it. Maybe they'll show off some kind of test mule, though.
      Duk3ofN3rd5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is he driving/drifting/powersliding with a beer bottle on the roof? WHAT IS THAT THING?? It's driving me crazy!
        phunkyphoxx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duk3ofN3rd5
        And i thought i was the only one perceiving that thing on the roof as a beer bottle :D
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duk3ofN3rd5
        Looks more like a NyQuil bottle to me.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, now that Fiat owns them I hope that they will bring some expertise from Ferrari to give the vehicle a better suspension and interiors than before. The old Viper was noting more than a very powerful engine on an under-engineered chassis. No ESC, no refinement or safety features. I was actually watching the assembly process and it was ridiculous. They actually put weights on the convertible assembly and the doors during assembly to get them to "fit", what kind of engineering is that???
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        Everything you just said is why I love the Viper.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          I am afraid Carlos, that you're simply missing the point and I hate that for you.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Carlos, it is obvious that you aren't the demographic for this car. If you sit down when you pee, you aren't going to enjoy a Viper.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          @Carlos, "I'm not expecting an R8, or SL-Class (Not that any American car company can match that anyways)..." There is your problem. You don't like American cars and you think other countries makes are superior. It wouldn't matter if the Viper were a techno tour-de-force, you would find a reason not to like it. You also don't understand the purpose of this car when you talk about luxury supercars and even Corvettes in comparison to the Viper.
          kylen20
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          one would hope that the person spending 80 grand on a viper would do a little research and decide if thats the car for them or not, Dodge as is isnt having any problems selling hairy cheasted merica machines just the way they are. That said its a V10 that i guess back to its origional roots is from a truck, however its development was done with help from Lambo who was at the time owned by chrysler and Lambo started making tractors so if we want to take something to its roots then its a tractor engine, not a 8.4L 600+ hp V10 that just happens to have the ring record time
          QCRamAir
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Exactly. "No ESC, no refinement, etc". It wasn't a car for *******. Unlike most supercars today that even your 90-year-old grandma can drive, you actually have to have some skill to drive the Viper well. It's a rewarding experience.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          @QCRamAir I didn't know that I had to learn how to drive a specific car model. If I buy a car that is more that $80k I'm expecting some engineering/technology for that $80k+, not just an engine that's used on a pickup truck, modified, and placed on a chassis that has technology and engineering from the 80's. At least a Chevy Corvette has some refinement and technology. I'm not expecting an R8, or SL-Class (Not that any American car company can match that anyways), but at least ESC with a switch for when I'm on the track to turn it off. Even my R32 has that.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          @Cory Stansbury "variable cam phasing pushrod" Why are you proud of an obsolete OHV engine design? All of the nice new engines use DOHC or SOHC.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Meh... If I were on the market for an American sports car in that price range I'd rather get a Corvette, Magnetic Selective Ride Control Performance Traction Management Electronic Stability Control, I can go on and on... But then when I look at the big picture I can get an Audi TT RS or for a little more money I can get a R8 or SL-Class that can beat both in engineering and technology. As for the Viper, I wont ever see it as the luxury sports car (look up the proper definition of luxury in the dictionary before complaining about that) until Fiat gets the engineers from Ferrari to go to Detroit and teach them a thing or two about engineering.
          Danaon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          "Why are you proud of an obsolete OHV engine design? All of the nice new engines use DOHC or SOHC." That is just pure ignorance. There is absolutely nothing obsolete about OHV engines. People always just spout off about volumetric efficiency (hp/L) when means nothing. OHV engines are built to deliver torque, which is more important than delivering horsepower. They're also much smaller in external dimensions, lighter, less complicated, more reliable, and have about the best torque curve you can get without a turbo/supercharger.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          @ Danaon Complete fail! Facts are below... "Limited cylinder head design flexibility: overhead camshaft (OHC) engines benefit substantially from the ability to use multiple valves per cylinder, as well as much greater freedom of component placement, and intake and exhaust port geometry. Most modern OHV engines have two valves per cylinder, while many OHC engines can have three, four or even five valves per cylinder to achieve greater power. Though multi-valve OHV engines exist, their use is somewhat limited due to their complexity and is mostly restricted to low and medium speed diesel engines. In OHV engines, the size and shape of the intake ports as well as the position of the valves are limited by the pushrods. Limited engine speeds or RPM: OHV engines have more valvetrain moving parts, thus more valvetrain inertia and mass, as a result they suffer more easily from valve "float", and may exhibit a tendency for the pushrods, if improperly designed, to flex or snap at high engine speeds. Therefore, OHV engine designs cannot revolve ("rev") at engine speeds as high as OHC" You can find an upside to the Viper, most of the ones described above are mostly opinons rather than concrete fact, but OHV vs OHC is not a battle in which the facts are on your side.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          @ Frank If you read later on, you'd notice that I was praising the Corvette for all of its features. I do however, agree with your point.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Again, the point that the Viper is NOT about state-of-the-art technology and more about sheer balls and mantitude escapes you. You poor poor soul. Many :*('s to you sir.
      kaneda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would be so cruel to show kids with illnesses a car they'll never be able to drive.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kaneda
        Yes, so cruel to give them a day of fun and excitement on a race track being driven around by famous professional race car drivers.
      Patrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always loved the late 90's GTS look. It was one of those rare occasions when racing stripes looked good on a production vehicle.
      Where's the cheese?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can I get her topless? It's more thrilling that way, who's cares about chassis rigidity? Ya only live once.
      Jon Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope it is still aggressive as hell, with some nice american curves, and a large displacement V10
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they will reveal the car very soon, the car is due next year and we still seen practically nothing of it.
        QCRamAir
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        I'd rather see nothing leading up to its revealing, as opposed to so many other manufacturers that send a stupid teaser pic once a week or month for a year beforehand. Just surprise me with the whole car at the end.
          Dennis Baskov
          • 3 Years Ago
          @QCRamAir
          I don't care for teasers much either, but typically companies reveal their super cars years before it's in production. I guess I just got used to that idea, that's why I'm surprised that Dodge has yet to reveal the car when it comes out in a year or less.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @QCRamAir
          Yup. I was tired of the Camaro before it even came out. Not that the styling is terribly strong anyway.
      Smitty_Smithenson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I JUST saw a Viper mule yesterday (in Auburn Hills). Basically looked like the pic above, but the entire hood/front end was Camo'd. Definitely got me a little excited for the untamed American sports car. Hope to see the new original American sports car sometime soon too. C7 should be just as epic as this new Viper
      carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think doing it at a charity event would be awesome- help raise awareness of the charity and give it some free publicity.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would be cool, but I don't buy it. Maybe they would show off some parts of it (like its platform, or maybe even its engine), but I highly doubt they would show off the car over a year ahead of schedule. Seems to me that this is an unethical way for the event organizers to get more publicity for their cause.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Yeah don't use words you don't understand the meanings of.
        ytilanigiroon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Unethical? Getting people through the door at a fundraiser is priority number one. They're not holding guns to heads here, it's a rumor about a concept/pre-production car. What's unethical?
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ytilanigiroon
          "What's unethical?" You kidding me with that? If this rumor started by the very people that are organizing this, then it is absolutely unethical. They are playing on the fact that the next-gen Viper would create a TON of buzz and excitement which could then be used to temporarily benefit their cause. That would be lying and quite sleazy, if true.
      • 3 Years Ago
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