FCA has officially killed the Dodge Viper in 2017. It has been a year since then, but we all know the beast is still in the heart of its fans. And what a good thing to hear now that the sports car may reborn in the next few years, as reported by Car and Driver.
The magazine says the Viper will come back in a new form. It will retain its longitudinal front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout as well as its spaceframe platform. However, Dodge will cut its weight by proliferating aluminum and carbon fiber materials.
The Viper will also hit the market as a convertible, not a coupe like before. At least that’s what Dodge offers at the beginning. The coupe will follow a few years afterwards.
We can say the new Viper is drastically weakened when we know that it drops a lot of power. The 645-HP 8.4-liter V10 engine will no longer be used for the sports car. Instead, it will get an all-new 550-HP aluminum Hemi V8.
On the positive side, this will allow Viper to come in various trim levels to match rivals like Chevrolet Corvette. Let’s say the 550 HP is the base model, then Dodge SRT could expand the performance options to include a 700-HP supercharged variant, whose engine would be the successor of the current Hellcat’s.
Even a track-focused variant is expected to be launched as well, as a replacement for the Viper ACR and to rival Porsche’s and Chevy’s road racers. Car and Driver also suggests that a manual transmission will be used to oppose the automatic mainstream.
And since FCA has turned the Viper’s assembly home into a museum, resurrecting the sports car will most likely require Dodge to tap a supplier, which would translate into longer development time. The production of the new Viper is expected to start in 2020 or 2021.