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New Dodge Viper Allegedly Coming With 550 HP V8

New Dodge Viper Allegedly Coming With 550 HP V8



May 25, 2018


A new Dodge Viper is allegedly on the way – and it could ditch its venerable V10 for a more ordinary aluminum block V8.

According to Car and Driver, Fiat Chrysler is quite keen on developing a new Viper to square off with the Chevrolet Corvette. The publication is rather confident in this bit of intel, even going so far as to say “trust us: A new Viper is happening.”

The next-generation of the American super sports car will retain its front-engine rear wheel drive layout, along with its cab-rearward design and elongated hood. Aluminum and carbon fiber will help keep the weight down, and front and rear independent suspension will ensure things stay hooked up through the corners. A convertible will be on the cards from the beginning, with the hardtop coming 2-3 years later.

Under the hood will be a new aluminum block V8. The entry-level model will likely be naturally aspirated, C&D says, and will develop around 550 hp. A supercharged version with up to or over 700 hp will arrive at a later date. That forced-induction engine is considered to be a next-generation version of the 707 hp Hellcat V8 currently found in the Challenger and Charger Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

In an effort to set itself apart from the competition, FCA is eyeing a manual transmission for the next-gen Viper. It’s not clear if the car will be manual only, or if it will have an automatic transmission option.

C&D predicts Dodge will show an early rendition of the new Viper at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show – which will mark the 30th anniversary of the Viper concept’s debut. It won’t be on roads until late 2020 as a 2021 model year vehicle, however, and we think that’s a rather optimistic prediction. Prices should start at around $90,000.

Maybe the Viper’s not dead after all. Although, if it doesn’t have an absolutely massive V10 up front, can you really say it’s a Viper?


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So it Turns Out a New Dodge Viper Isn¯t Happening After All

So it Turns Out a New Dodge Viper Isn?t Happening After All

Jun 01, 2018



Last month a report surfaced from a reputable magazine indicating that Fiat Chrysler was working on a new Dodge Viper set to be released in 2021.

Car and Driver, the publication that ran the report, even went so far as to say ?trust us: A new Dodge Viper is happening,? in the body of the story ? so we were fairly confident that this bit of good news could actually be true. Today we learned that wasn?t the case, though, with FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne telling Road & Track that a new Dodge Viper is ?not in the plan,? for Dodge.

At this point you might be saying to yourself ?well yeah, of course the CEO isn?t going to spill the beans!? and you?d probably be right if this were any other automaker but FCA. The company basically laid out every single model it will bring to market between now and 2022 during a special presentation in Italy today. If the folks at FCA were working on a new Viper, it?s almost certain the company would?ve detailed it in today?s presentation.

Marchionne also revealed the Viper never really made any money for FCA. That point is crucial, because Marchionne is keen on making FCA one of the leanest and most profitable car companies in the US by 2022. Seems like a bad time to reintroduce a car that never made them any money, then, don?t you think?

There is some good Dodge-related news to come from today?s presentation, however. Marchionne confirmed a next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger are on the way ? but they won?t use a version of Alfa Romeo?s Giorgio rear-wheel-drive platform as a previous report indicated. Instead, the two cars will tap a heavily revised version of the LX platform they currently use. The LX architecture is rather old, having originally been developed in Daimler-Chrysler days, but Marchionne promises the overhaul will make it so buyers barely even recognize it?s the same platform. That sounds good to us ? the big old LX platform helps to give the Charger and Challenger some of their charm. And besides, the Challenger still puts up a good fight in sales against the much newer Mustang and Camaro, so consumers clearly have no problem with its underpinnings.


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