2013 Dodge Viper -- update
The latest bit of good news for Dodge Viper fans awaiting word of its promised resurrection comes straight from the man who runs the Dodge division, Ralph Gilles. Speaking to the Detroit News, Gilles confirmed that production of the next-generation of this legendary supercar will start in 2012 and that it will arrive in dealers as a 2013 model. Gilles went on to quash extensive rumors claiming the new Dodge Viper would share a good deal of platform engineering with either Ferrari or Alfa Romeo vehicles by confirming the car be built on its own dedicated platform.
No word on whether the 8.4-liter/600-horsepower V10 engine used until the Viper ceased production earlier this year will return or give way to a new motivator, but Gilles did note that the new Dodge Viper would retain the same kind of dramatic proportions seen in its predecessor with a long-hood and deeply set back cabin. He also stated that Fiat will indeed have input on the vehicle, albeit primarily in the area of chassis dynamics. One other key departure from the original: this new-gen 2013 Dodge Viper will be the first to come with a standard vehicle stability control system, a feature that will shortly become federally mandated on all cars. However, there's reason to suspect the system on the new Viper will incorporate programming that will permit if not blatantly encourage drivers to fully exploit what promises to be a very formidable handling envelope.