It was a sad day when it came to light the current-generation Dodge Viper wouldn’t live on past the 2017 model year. The Viper is truly a standout product in today’s increasingly safer and more environmentally friendly automotive landscape and its death is a definite sign of the times – but not all hope is lost.
We already knew that a next-generation Viper is possible thanks to the existence of the Alfa Romeo-developed Giorgio rear-wheel drive architecture, but Fiat Chrysler CEO says the potential model could be faster than the current Viper as well. Speaking to Automotive News, the Italian-Canadian businessman says that the new platform could help deliver sportscar with a similar weight to the Viper, but with better performance.
“Given the architectural developments that we have going on inside the group … there is a possibility that a new version of a Viper will eventually — may eventually — surface,” Marchionne told AN.
“Whether it surfaces within a reasonable period of time or not is unclear to me,” he added. “But certainly there is access to architectures that will deliver a car of equal weight as the Viper and with significantly improved performance and handling of the kind that Viper provides. But I don’t think we’ve made the decision.”
The Viper’s iconic 8.4-liter V10 will likely die off with the current-generation of the car, which is having its life cut short due to side curtain airbag restrictions. This makes way for a new (likely forced induction) high performance powerplant within the Dodge brand, which might soften the blow for those of you still mourning the indefinite loss of the Viper. Such an engine would likely also find duty elsewhere in the brand’s lineup, perhaps in the next-generation Charger and Challenger.