We’re sure your sad about the early departure of the Dodge Viper in 2017, but do not fret. There’s still hope for the nameplate, according to Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, however a next-gen Viper probably wouldn’t boast the current car’s Lamborghini-designed 8.4-liter V10.
Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Marchionne confirmed that producing a next-generation Viper is a “possibility,” for the automaker. FCA recently introduced its Giorgio platform in the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, and it’s rumored to also underpin the next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger. Theoretically, the rear-wheel drive platform could also be employed in a sportscar.
The only downside is the Viper’s legendary 8.4-liter V10 engine likely wouldn’t return. Unfortunately, there’s little room in the world for a 640 horsepower 8.4-liter engine, and a next-gen Viper would be more likely to adopt a smaller, more fuel efficient mill such as twin-turbo V8. If you ask us, a Viper without the legendary V10 isn’t really a Viper, but we digress.
There are many other more important products Fiat Chrysler has to bring to market before it can even think of a next-generation Viper, but it’s good to know Marchionne and friends are hip to the idea of one day resurrecting the model.