Next Viper due in 2013. The Dodge Viper has been revived and will feature input from Chrysler partner Fiat.
It was only a few months ago that we reported on the last Dodge Viper rolling off the assembly line. Now, Chrysler plans to revive the model for 2013, according to a report by the Detroit News.
The confirmation comes directly from Chrysler itself, with Ralph Gilles, head of Dodge, telling the Detroit News that the Chrysler board has given the project the greenlight and that development is on schedule.
Gilles said that the new Viper won't be based on any Ferrari or Alfa Romeo model, in particular the Alfa Rome 8C Competizione, as some have speculated given Chrysler's alliance with the Fiat Group. As Gilles also serves as head of design, he provided some hints as to the Viper's new look.
"Where the cabin is, relative to the wheels, is unique. The Viper cabin is very rearward and the hood is very long. Few cars in the industry are designed with those proportions anymore."
The new Viper won't be getting a Ferrari engine either but may sport a new or updated power plant from the last 8.4 liter V10 that came with over 600 horsepower.
But Gilles welcomes Fiat's input for the next Viper.
"Fiat has an awesome ability to tune cars. I want the new Viper to be a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people. We've never had stability control on a high-performance car, which is about to happen on the new car."