Word has it that Chrysler may be planning an increase in displacement for the 2013 Dodge Viper. According to the Dodge-obsessed crew at Allpar, the vehicle's V10 engine may jump from 8.4 liters to 8.7, making it the largest lump Chrysler has ever placed in a passenger car. Allpar doesn't say exactly where the report originates from, though upping the vehicle's displacement certainly fits the brash character of the Viper. We have to wonder what sort of tricks the company will employ to keep fuel consumption and emissions at reasonable levels, however.

The same report also repeats the fact that the vehicle will be manufactured in 2012 as 2013 model. That certainly runs contrary to those whispers we heard about the 2013 Viper receiving a clandestine unveil at a Florida charity event.


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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you think the Viper should be smaller, lighter, have a smaller engine, and DOHC, then clearly you just don't get it. Go buy something that checks all those boxes for you and drive right on past the Dodge dealership. This is a car built for a small group of people that love the raging excess it has had since its birth.
        FriskyDingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Yeah, the plethora of unbought Vipers lying around prove what a great formula is already in place.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        I'm all down for smaller and lighter, but keep the 'shrods and make it as big as possible. 8.7>8.4>8.3>8.0
      Mike D
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know this may be a bit of a reach but they increased the SRT8 hemi from 6.1 to 6.4 to make room for an MDS system, the power increase was just a nice side effect. Could something similar be happening here?
        Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike D
        They increased the displacement of the hemi because 6.4 was the more optimal displacement. It alowed more airflow through the cylendars.
          Kyle
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kyle
          now that you mention it, I think both were reasons for the increase in displacement
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kyle
          I've been looking but I can't find it. I read at one point that one of the reasons displacement was increased was to allow for MDS. Can't for the life of me remember where I read that though.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome! I'm quite sure the whole point of the displacement bump will be to win the HP war against the ZR1. As for the 8.4, most people would be shocked to learn just how many tricks it already employs - it's far from just a "bigger is better" engine. Pop down to fourth gen and they talk about some of the fun engine bits! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Viper#Fourth_generation.2C_Phase_II_ZB_.282008.E2.80.932010.29
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      a bigger engine is the result of the marketing department doing a study of the core Viper buyer, them and the brand strategists.
      Eta Carinae
      • 3 Years Ago
      cant wait to see it !!!, American cars are making a strong comeback :) couldnt be happier in the automotive world right now
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it is a Viper. Although I could had sworn that Chrysler was thinking about borrowing some engine power from Ferrari.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        No they've been saying all along they were going to use some version of the old V10 and that they'd be using tech from Ferrari but no parts
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      I highly doubt it at 600hp and 8.4L, the Viper is asking for more displacement. It isn't really asking for more power, but if they do want more power, forced induction is a no brainer with looming epa targets. Supercharger would seem more logical, but twin turbos would be awesome.
        Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Foced induction adds vast complexity, cost, and reliability issues to an engine. As it is, the Viper engine does what it does very well, which is lay down a lot of torque at a very wide RPM band. It's lighter than a lot of V8s and wayyy lighter than the Veyron's 8.4L W16
      Aleem
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let the good times roll I guess...I've always told many freinds of mine that the cars (especially performance) built within 2004-2013 are probably the best we've ever seen. 1960's size engines and better horsepower numbers. 8.7 liters with on a V10 is pretty awesome in this day and fuel consumption age. Even BMW just dropped their V10 from their M5 & M6 cars. I know their are more efficient ways to make horsepower from displacement but I think to just see this is cool. My question is if GM is seeing this and wonder if maybe 2014 Chevy Corvette can have a 6.3 and direct injection?
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Aleem
        It'll have a 5.5L V8 with, yes, direct injection.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder if anything else is getting an upgrade from their new Italian step-brothers.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        Poorly engineered steering and handling? Really? So being the fastest production car on the Nurburgring means it has horrible steering and handling?
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          According to Carlos, yes it does. Ooh! I mean the antiquated pushrods! Dinosaur engine size! Dim witted manual! No driver ***** aids! How can any self respecting millionaire grandma drive something that knocks her gold dentures out?!?? Rest assured, the Viper actually has solid engineering and a great chassis.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        Ferrari is letting them use their chassis, nothing else.
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Pretty sure they've said that they'll be using technology from the Ferrari side of the house but not actual parts. This includes chassis. I doubt the actual chassis will change much from the last gen Viper actually. Just changes to everything around/inside it.
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Off top: @Elmo. Show me one car with 5L V10 with 500hp.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Finally, if true then the Viper will at least receive a nice upgrade to its poorly engineered steering and handling.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Ak74... Lamborghini Gallardo. You're an idiot.
          Pj Taintz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          carlos clearly has never driven a viper, or at least a viper MY 2003 and up anyway
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Elmo, the only problem with using the Gallardo as an example is that it's much more expensive and the difference between hp and torque(that you get with higher displacement) is much larger.
      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only people I know that drive a viper are rednecks that happen to make good money.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        You are a sad person.
        Carlos Cruz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        This is very true. The evidence is all over FL, the only place where the higher up you go the more Southern you get.
        Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        This just means the vast amount of people you know are rednecks
      scotthureau
      • 3 Years Ago
      Displacement wars? Meh. If Dodge would just spend some time examining the Lexus LFA and BMW M car V-10, perhaps they'd find a way to make theirs sound less like a 4 cylinder UPS truck on steroids. That would drive sales more than another 100hp would, IMHO.
        Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scotthureau
        why would Dodge examine the LFA and M cars when their car is faster around a track than any Lexus or BMW?
          Kyle
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kyle
          And all the viper needs is a 450k pricetag plus months of development time at the ring and.....
      redgpgtp97
      • 3 Years Ago
      Personally, I think they should redesign this car. A larger engine wont help it's ugly looks!
        ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        Viper is unarguably the sexiest car ever.
        Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        The car is totally different. The above pic is just a Gen IV with tcs/esc
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        That's one of the greatest things about the current Viper - its looks.
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