The Dodge Viper has been absent for just one model year, but the natives are restless. With little concrete information out there about the next generation Viper, and Dodge officials remaining tight-lipped about their halo car, anything that surfaces is big news. So how about this for the biggest news yet: Chrysler's SRT Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles has announced in the pages of Viper magazine that the 2013 Viper will be introduced at the New York Auto Show in early April.

So what might we expect to learn in the next four months? The biggest question is what kind of power the snake will be packing under its unnaturally long hood. Anything other than a V10 would be heresy, so Chrysler will likely bump the Viper's displacement up to 8.7 liters, trumping every other Mopar mill to ever roll out of an engine plant.

The other canard is that the Viper will be based on a sports car from the Fiat stable, like the Alfa Romeo 8C or Maserati GranTurismo. (One rumor even had the new Viper incorporating some sort of Ferrari-derived technology.) Some of this conjecture may prove to be true in the end, but we hardly imagine that the Viper that gets unveiled in New York will be badge-engineered from anything European. Although it will most certainly add a further layer of refinement to the car, Chrysler would be crazy to dilute the Viper's American muscle car spirit.


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      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do people come to this article and post ridiculous **** about the car like Corvette or GTR being better cars, please!? Just because you **** your pants when the Viper pulls on the traffic light right in your rear view mirror, doesn't mean that you have to get all anal about it. This car represent brute force and legacy on the track, so respect it.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a confession - I squealed like a 3 year old girl with glee when I read this headline!
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        Agreed, my son and I are so there, even if we have to swim across the Hudson river.
      spa2nky1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awaiting comments about how it "looks just like the old one" Can't wait to see the new girl!
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn it, why do we have to wait so long!? As far as styling goes, I think Chrysler already confirmed that they intend to keep the unique look of the Viper. I'm just curious to what major changes will they make to the car, it can't be exactly the same as the previous gen Vipers. And also if the 8.7L engine rumor is true.
      Marcel
      • 3 Years Ago
      so now when almost everyone is going for smaller displacement and turbocharged units these are bumping their V10 up to 8.7l. Hats off to Dodge
      carguy23dt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait and see what our friends at Dodge and Mopar have in store for us!!!!
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      8.7 liter V-10! Hell ya!
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car is built in detroit and should have its debut in detroit.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      For performance Dodge fans this is the most anticipated car launch since the Challenger. I'm sure the new Viper will stay true to it's traditions of V-10 power, stunning styling and agressive road manners, but as anticipated, much refined and improved in all areas. Viper loyalists believe that the snake has no rival in the sports car arena because of the essential raw characteristics of Viper, born of a modest budget and devoted engineers who provided Dodge with a unique, instantly recognized, sports car ledgend.. I'll be at the New York Auto Show for one reason, to be one of the first to lust, drool, gasp and sigh at the most anticpated Dodge in history.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With that displacement jump, I'm thinking it's pretty safe to assume the next Viper will have 650+hp. Even with stability and traction control it's still going to be one insane ride.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        I heard it will be getting Direct Injection, and have heard that even on the 8.4 that could make 700hp easily. A DI 8.7... who knows? And truly serious Viper buyers will definitely be turning off stability and traction control when it matters.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice!!
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