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Is the next Dodge Viper really just a reskinned Alfa 8C?

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Is the next Dodge Viper really just a reskinned Alfa 8C?

by Noah Joseph (RSS feed) on Sep 19th 2010 at 7:32PM

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione – Click above for high-res image gallery

Snakes are known to regularly shed their skin to reveal a shimmering new coat underneath. Doing it the other way around would be a unique trick, but if the latest reports are to be believed, that might be what we're looking at.

Last week at a dealers' conference, Fiat/Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne reportedly pulled the covers off a new-generation Dodge Viper. With the current model having already been axed, our interest was, to say the least, piqued by this development. New reports emanating from the exclusive preview have given us cause for a little more consternation, however.

According to AutoWeek, the new Viper – expected to arrive sometime late next year as a 2012 model – looked eerily like an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione with a more Dodge-like front end. That would be a shame, since the Alfa's styling is its biggest asset; its chassis and performance dynamics, less so. Giving the 8C – based, as it is, on age-old Maserati architecture – a new shell and calling it a Viper strikes us as all kinds of wrong. Then again, like a great many rumors in the autosphere, this could all be mere conjecture.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/19/is-the-next-dodge-viper-really-just-a-reskinned-alfa-8c/

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not a bad idea actually

Not bad at all..the problem being the 8C cost 3.x times what a Viper cost...could a design based on it's structure be used w/ the Viper engine at a Viper price point?

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well, the viper is dead in the other scenario...so if this is the means to the Viper surviving it is better than a swift kick in the ass.

any more amortization for the 8c technology and platform is gravy for fiat. And we know Marchionne is getting off on how many continents he can get his platforms to spawn across. That's the only way he sees Fiat remaining relevant in the new world order.

Chrysler likely can not make any business case for a new Viper only platform, or to use the old one just simply is not a place they want to remain technologically.

Viper really doesn't have that big of a following like a Corvette does anyways. Its almost like they are starting over no matter what road they go with it. If the Viper dies it wouldn't generate the tears and enpassioned pleas like if the Corvette did.

Doesn't some cheap Audi share bits with a Lamborghini? Cars don't have to be super close in price all the time to share bits.

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well, the viper is dead in the other scenario...so if this is the means to the Viper surviving it is better than a swift kick in the ass.

any more amortization for the 8c technology and platform is gravy for fiat. And we know Marchionne is getting off on how many continents he can get his platforms to spawn across. That's the only way he sees Fiat remaining relevant in the new world order.

Chrysler likely can not make any business case for a new Viper only platform, or to use the old one just simply is not a place they want to remain technologically.

Viper really doesn't have that big of a following like a Corvette does anyways. Its almost like they are starting over no matter what road they go with it. If the Viper dies it wouldn't generate the tears and enpassioned pleas like if the Corvette did.

Doesn't some cheap Audi share bits with a Lamborghini? Cars don't have to be super close in price all the time to share bits.

You have a point,the Viper would be ok as a reskinned 8C, for now that is. If and when the sales are up 2 par I think that's when Chrysler will give the Viper a Chassis all its own. Frankly, if it's to really keep pace with the 'Vette price wise, supercharge a 6L Hemi as a base, and the the new V10 as the top of the line model.

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