The Dodge Viper will be resurrected as an all-new model that should be in production by the summer of 2012, according to Dodge boss Ralph Gilles. Gilles told The Detroit News that Chrysler had given the go-ahead on the new model, which is progressing on schedule for a 2013 model year release.
The new car will not share a platform with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione or any other models in the Fiat/Chrysler lineup, Gilles said; however, Fiat will be involved in the car’s development, in particular making the reborn serpent a bit more civilized. “I want the new Viper to be a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people,” he said, adding that the Viper will gain stability control as part of the process.
As for what sort of engine will lie beneath the hood, Gilles didn’t eliminate the possibility of trading in the old Viper’s V10 for something new; however, he said the car wouldn’t use an engine based on a Ferrari powerplant.
The company isn’t talking about the new car’s looks, but Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne briefly showed off a concept version to thousands of automotive dealers in Orlando back in September, and while it appears none of them managed to snap off a phone pic, they did open up to AutoWeek about what they saw. Described as vaguely Italian while still maintaining an American sports car look, the new Viper reportedly boasts more pronounced curves and flares, with a more angular appearance than the last version and the windows designed in a teardrop shape. Here’s hoping Chrysler decides to make a splash at the Detroit Auto Show next January and let the rest of the world catch a glimpse…[via Detroit News, AutoWeek]
Pictured: 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X