This past Tuesday, Chrysler Group hosted their 2010 Dealer Announcement Show in Orlando, followed by a barrage of product information for the 2011 Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, Jeep and Fiat models and it seems that among those new vehicles was the 2012 Dodge Viper. The Wall Street Journal and Autoblog have both reported that the 2012 Viper was rolled out during the end of Sergio Marchionne’s address to the crowd. As extra verification of those reports, Chrysler published Marchionne’s speech today, which ended with this interesting comment:
And so I leave you with this, the 17th car in the lineup, in select dealers in 2012. Thank you for coming, and god speed.
That 17th car in the Chrysler Group lineup, available in select dealers in 2012 is undoubtedly the 2012 Dodge Viper.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the 2012 Viper is “more upscale” and has shifted away from its race car heritage. When the Viper was introduced in the early 90s, it was one of the fastest cars available in the US, so it didn’t need to worry about things like a luxurious interior (the first Vipers didn’t come with air conditioning). Now that so many of today’s Supercars boast ultra high performance and a high end luxury interior, it is no surprise that the next Viper will have a little more luxury flare added to the interior. It was reported that the 2012 Dodge Viper that was shown wore brilliant candy apple red paint on the redesigned body, but little else was said about the look of the next Dodge Supercar.
There has been no concrete news from Dodge about the drivetrain for the 2012 Viper, but there have long been rumors that a Hemi-powered Viper has been considered so perhaps that could serve as a sort of entry-level version, followed up by a more traditional Viper packing the V10. Since there is no word on engines there is also no word on the power output but I would expect the 2012 Viper to pack enough power to put it well ahead of anything that GM has coming out of their Bowling Green Corvette plant.
LINK: Chrysler reveals the 2012 Dodge Viper - Detroit Autos | Examiner.com
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