News ID : 2694
Publish Date : 28 May 2018 - 11:42
The Dodge Viper went out of production nearly a year ago, but it's alleged that the company's front-engined supercar could be getting revived once again – according to a new report out of the US.
While official details are few and far between at this stage, Car and Driver says "trust us: A new Viper is happening".
The article claims Dodge currently lacks a halo car to go up against the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford GT, and is working on a new iteration of its iconic nameplate, but will meddle a little bit with the formula.
According to the report, the new Viper will continue with a space frame and independent suspension front and rear, however, the new model will launch in a convertible, with a coupe "a few years" later.

To keep weight low, the American publication alleges the Viper will utilise aluminium and carbon-fibre heavily in its construction.
In another twist, it's believed the new halo model will downsize – yep, no more V10 – instead, it should launch with a naturally-aspirated aluminium block V8 with around 550 horsepower (410kW) – this engine is reportedly under development to replace the ageing Hemi family.
A year or two after the initial launch, Car and Driver claims a more powerful version will be launched, likely with a supercharged version of the same motor – which it also alleges could be the second-generation Hellcat engine – with 700hp+ (522kW+).
The new Viper should apparently be quite the track car, too, and offer a manual transmission despite numerous manufacturers moving towards dual-clutch automatics.

It's not all unicorns and rainbows, though: the previous Viper's factory in Conner Avenue facility in Detroit has been shuttered for good, so it's likely an external supplier will need to put the car together – likely lengthening the development period.
In terms of timing, next year's Detroit motor show will mark the 30th anniversary of the original Viper concept's debut – a fitting venue for the new model to make its debut.
Car and Driver argues the new performance car could be previewed in Detroit next year, but says it likely won't go on sale until later in 2020 as a 2021 model.

Source: CarAvice

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