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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25 May 2018

Given the likelihood that, even if the new Viper was officially sold here, it would be left hook only and much too wide, I don't think we are missing too much.

Citroëniste.

25 May 2018

you never drove the original? Mighty car, horrid gearbox, hottest thing to drive in the world! You got out of that beast sweating.

25 May 2018
johnfaganwilliams wrote:

you never drove the original? Mighty car, horrid gearbox, hottest thing to drive in the world! You got out of that beast sweating.

 

Based on what you have said, I'm more than happy that I have indeed, never driven the original Viper.

Citroëniste.

25 May 2018

Why do the Americans get something - the thrill and challenge of taming the beast - that effete Europeans seem to have entirely lost?  If I lived in the US, I would want this.  I don't care if it is less powerful than before.  500hp is powerful enough.

 

It used to be the other way round.  They had the slushy autos and lazy engines.  We liked cars that were alive. 

 

Now Europe is all about electronically controlled nannies pushing prams.  Lots of fake noises, blips and general interventions to make imbeciles who can't drive feel better about themselves.  Even though deep down, they know they are frauds.

25 May 2018
eseaton wrote:

Why do the Americans get something - the thrill and challenge of taming the beast - that effete Europeans seem to have entirely lost?  If I lived in the US, I would want this.  I don't care if it is less powerful than before.  500hp is powerful enough.

 

It used to be the other way round.  They had the slushy autos and lazy engines.  We liked cars that were alive. 

 

Now Europe is all about electronically controlled nannies pushing prams.  Lots of fake noises, blips and general interventions to make imbeciles who can't drive feel better about themselves.  Even though deep down, they know they are frauds.

 

Thats the way Europe as a society is headed. You are going what to do and how to do it, what to eat, etc....

 

Basically we are going to be emotionless goblins living in super controlled environments in order to make us live as long as possible, and that is the most selfish thing to do because, you know, there are plenty coming after who would also like to have a chance on this planet.

Eat what tastes good, drive what is loud and fun, and enjoy your time aslong as possible even if that means by 60 you will be dead.

25 May 2018

**Thats the way Europe as a society is headed. You are going to be told what to do and how to do it, what to eat, etc....

25 May 2018

Time for a revolution then.  Fat chance of it starting on the Autocar website though...

25 May 2018
eseaton wrote:

Time for a revolution then.  Fat chance of it starting on the Autocar website though...

It already started my fellow webnaut, that is why European socities will mean nothing in 50 years unfortunately.

25 May 2018

 More like £90K......?

Peter Cavellini.

25 May 2018

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.

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