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2012 Dodge Viper Shown to Dealers

2012 Dodge Viper Shown to Dealers
Sep 15, 2010


* Chrysler will introduce 17 new or redesigned models over the next two years.
* A 2012 Dodge Viper is included in that count.

* Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne made that announcement at a Chrysler dealer meeting.


ORLANDO, Florida — There will be a new Dodge Viper after all.

At a meeting here of Chrysler's U.S. dealers, CEO Sergio Marchionne, who also heads Italian automaker Fiat, said Chrysler will introduce 17 new or redesigned models over the next two years, including a replacement for the Dodge Viper, which was phased out of production this summer.
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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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New Dodge Viper logo shown to Viper Club of America members
Posted: Oct 06, 2010

Earlier this month at the 2010 Dealer Announcement Show in Orlando, Chrysler Group LLC gave dealers a peak at the next-generation Dodge Viper, which we heard is a fusion between the current Viper with some Alfa Romeo touches.
Recently, a few privileged Viper Club of America members were given a sneak peek of the next-generation Viper at the 11th Annual Viper Club of America’s Owners Invitational. While visitors didn’t really get to see the next-gen Viper – what they did see was the next logo.

The Dodge Viper ended production at Chrysler’s Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit on July 1.
LINK: New Dodge Viper logo shown to Viper Club of America members - egmCarTech
 
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