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The V10 is gone, but a series of manual-gearbox variants will offer V8 engines with up to 700bhp. A 2019 Detroit motor show debut is anticipated

The Dodge Viper will return on the 30th anniversary of the original Viper’s debut, with V8 engines in place of the old V10. 

A 550bhp naturally aspirated unit will power the entry-level Viper, according to Car and Driver, but the range is expected to top out with the 700bhp V8 shared with the brand’s future Hellcat muscle cars. The engine will be an all-new aluminium V8 to replace the Hemi unit currently used across fast Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) products. 

The Viper will retain its distinctive shape, so a front-engine, rear-drive set-up is inevitable. The lower power means weight-saving will be a priority - an aluminium spaceframe and carbonfibre bodywork are expected, although it’ll be built by an outside contractor, given the closure of the Viper factory last year. 

The Viper will be launched as a convertible, with a coupé following some time after. Later, the 700hp version will arrive, likely in the form of a hardcore variant akin to the Viper ACR of 2016. A motorsport challenger is also expected to bring the Dodge brand back to the GT3 championships.

The Viper isn't not expected to reach the UK officially, although some grey imports are sure to make it in very small volumes. In the US, a price of around $90,000 (around £67,000) is mooted in order to attract a wider market than more expensive American supercar offerings. 

With the Chevrolet Corvette switching to mid-engined layout, the Viper will be in a unique position in the market, with pricing to reflect its blue-collar performance roots. Purists will also appreciate the high likelihood of the Viper being offered with a manual gearbox. 

The introduction of the new Viper would be unusual, given FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne’s streamlining approach, under which less profitable models have been, and will continue to be, axed. 

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275not599 25 May 2018

US prices are always before

US prices are always before tax, so $90K becomes at least £90K with LHD and enormous width.  No thanks. 

eseaton 26 May 2018

If you lived in the USA where

If you lived in the USA where this car is designed for and will be sold, why would you not want LHD?
NoPasaran 25 May 2018

Not a Viper

Viper had something that no one else had - an 8+ Liter NA10 engine. Whether the car was hard to drive, hot, uncomfortable, that doesn’t matter, it was special. Besides, the last generation was much improved. 

Now it’s going to be a shell of its former self with the engine from the boat called hellcat. The magic is gone.

Will86 25 May 2018

It's all about the experience

By any objective standard the Viper, especially the first two generations, is a terrible car. Yet I have always loved it. The styling, the engine, the noise. After driving an SRT10 I was grinning ear to ear despite it having all the delicacy of a sledgehammer. So I'm glad it's coming back and whilst I'll miss the huge V10, I'm glad it's sticking with a naturally aspirated engine and I hope it retains the unique Viper styling too.