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REPORT: NEW DODGE VIPER TO SURFACE IN 2012

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REPORT: NEW DODGE VIPER TO SURFACE IN 2012

By Drew Johnson

Production of the Dodge Viper officially ended this summer, but that doesn’t mean the Snake will be slithering off into the sunset just yet. A new model is reportedly underdevelopment, with a launch date likely slated for 2013.

Thanks to the appointment of Ralph Giles to the position of Dodge CEO, the future of the Viper looks bright. Giles is a self-admitted Viper fan, and is working hard to ensure the V10 beast lives to see its third-generation.

According to Road & Track, the next Viper will surface in concept form sometime in 2012, followed by a full production version in 2013. Although the next Viper will come sporting a new look, don’t expect it to ditch its winning – albeit raw -- formula.

The Viper’s 8.4L V10 will carry over with at least 600 horsepower, but the addition of direct-injection could boost that figure to 700 or higher. The 8.4L mill may be a little crude, but it’s actually setup to pass emission regulations through 2018.

For those that don’t quite need that much power, Dodge could offer an entry-level V8 model.

Dodge engineers have reportedly held talks with Ferrari engineers to discuss how to improve the Viper, but the next version of the car will retain its current steal frame. However, a longer wheelbase and new manual gearbox should make the 2013 Viper a much more livable car.

Chrysler current onslaught of new vehicles may not include a new Viper, but it’s good to hear the company’s flagship isn’t forgotten.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/report-new-dodge-viper-to-surface-in-2012.html

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Dodge engineers have reportedly held talks with Ferrari engineers to discuss how to improve the Viper, but the next version of the car will retain its current steal frame. However, a longer wheelbase and new manual gearbox should make the 2013 Viper a much more livable car.

Hey, Leftlane news... you have to proofread the articles, not just blindly run them through a spell checker.

Edited by SAmadei

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UPDATE: NEW 2013 DODGE VIPER TO MOVE UPSCALE

By Mark Kleis

Just yesterday Leftlane reported that the return of the Viper was likely as a 2012 model year car, but now we have new details about this iconic sportscar.

During yesterday's Chrysler-dealer product conference many future products were discussed, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting that one very special, very red car also took the stage: an all-new Viper. WSJ says that this particular Viper had an almost unbelievable 25 coat candy-apple red paint job, but more importantly, featured a new style inside and out that was more refined and modern.

This change is somewhat unexpected, as many believed one of the most appealing aspects of the Viper to be its rawness, something that gave it a very unique and polarizing feel compared to other exotic high-performance cars. But before enthusiasts cry foul, hold tight, as this new Viper was apparently such a solid car that the new product committee saw the car and unanimously approved its production all within five minutes.

Although specific details are still unknown, thanks to the appointment of Ralph Giles to the position of Dodge CEO, the future of the Viper looks bright. Giles is a self-admitted Viper fan, and is working hard to ensure the V10 beast lives to see its third-generation.

The Viper’s 8.4L V10 will likely carry over with at least 600 horsepower, but the addition of direct-injection and MultiAir technology from Fiat could boost that figure to 700 or higher. The 8.4L mill may be a little crude, but it’s actually setup to pass emission regulations through 2018.

For those that don’t quite need that much power, there is talk that Dodge could offer an entry-level V8 model.

Dodge engineers have also reportedly held talks with Ferrari engineers to discuss how to improve the Viper, but the next version of the car will retain its current steal frame. However, a longer wheelbase and new manual gearbox should make the 2013 model year Viper a much more livable car.

Chrysler current onslaught of new vehicles may not include a new Viper, but it’s good to hear the company’s flagship isn’t forgotten.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/report-new-dodge-viper-to-surface-in-2012.html

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2012 Dodge Viper Revealed At Dealer Conference?

By Nelson Ireson

Editor

September 15th, 2010

The Dodge Viper died a quick and ignominious death shortly after Fiat partnered with Chrysler, though even then there was talk that the car would be revived for 2012. Now a report from Autoblog says Sergio Marchionne showed the 2012 Viper at a dealer meeting this week.

There are essentially no details on the car, except that it was able to roll onto the stage, and that it is in fact the next Viper. The new design is reported to be all-new, with a sharper, newer look.

We'll keep our ears to the ground and our eyes peeled for any more information or leaked images on the 2012 Viper, but for now, all we can do is speculate on what the next Viper might bring.

Reports from within Chrysler have previously said the current Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was originally the next-gen Viper, so we can use that car as a template for the 2012 car, assuming Chrysler wouldn't throw away the years of design work and engineering that went into developing the platform. The proportions are certainly right, though we'd expect a less-luxurious interior and more characterisically Viper bodywork.

As for power, the V-10 of the current Viper could stick around, though it is getting a bit long in the tooth. Tapping Fiat's corporate family for a heady V-8 wouldn't be beyond the pale, nor would taking a hulked-up version of the new 6.4-liter HEMI found under the hoods of the coming Challenger SRT8, Grand Cherokee SRT8, and Charger SRT8. Power output in either case should be expected to approach the 500 horsepower mark at the least, with 600 horsepower a more likely target. Remember, the Viper isn't a volume-seller despite is price-performance ratio, and Fiat/Chrysler can absorb some inefficiency to get the halo model where it needs to be on performance.

Whatever the 2012 Viper brings, we're glad to see it's not dead. We just hope it retains its raw, unfiltered approach to performance. There are already enough nanny-operated mobile video games out there. Give us a race car for the street.

link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1049391_2012-dodge-viper-revealed-at-dealer-conference

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