Recall, the Dodge Viper ended production last year on August 31 at the Connor Avenue assembly plant; the Viper was truly the only American sports car built in Detroit. However, report claims Dodge’s snake is alive and well inside the halls of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, and the next Viper will reportedly put the mid-engine Chevrolet C8 Corvette and Ford GT in its sights.
Details are slim, but along with the potential return of an icon, Dodge may also have plans to re-introduce the sports car sans V-10 engine. The Viper exclusively featured V-10 power its entire life and the final variant of the engine displaced 8.4 liters and produced 645 horsepower. FCA is, instead, reportedly engineering a new V-8 engine to power the reborn Viper.
Rumors have floated across the forum that a new 7.0-liter V-8 engine and supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine are currently in development for two separate Ram Rebel variants. It’s possible either of these speculative mills could also find their way to a new Viper. On a separate note, such a move would actually honor the Viper V-10 legacy as the original 8.0-liter V-10 engine came from a cast-iron block V-10, which was designed for trucks.
added that Dodge will likely offer multiple performance levels as well. Specifically, 550 horsepower and 700 horsepower-plus variants were mentioned.
If Dodge does have a new slithering snake in the works, the car could show face as soon as 2019 at the Detroit auto show. Next year marks the Viper concept’s 30th anniversary when the roadster burst onto the scene in 1989.
reached out to Dodge for comment on the Viper’s future and we will update this story should we hear back.