The benefits seem pretty obvious, the engine sharing would reduce development costs and the pedigree might boost Viper sales.

New rumours have emerged suggesting that the next generation Dodge Viper may receive a Ferrari-designed V10 engine.

While details are limited, the report indicates that Fiat's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, wants to take advantage of the fact that the Viper is Chrysler's "halo" vehicle. The benefits seem pretty obvious, the engine sharing would reduce development costs (by spreading its use over multiple brands) and the engine pedigree might boost Viper sales.

Like the current generation of Ferrari engines, the next generation of engines will be offered in a variety of different configurations and displacements. If everything goes according to plan, Ferrari and Maserati would get new V8s while the Viper would receive a new pushrod V10.

Despite sounding like a dream come true, we're still a tad skeptical. Only a few months ago Chrysler was attempting to sell the Viper, only to eventually keep it after a lack of serious offers.

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Next generation Dodge Viper rumoured to receive Ferrari V10