We recently had to deal to you the sad news that the 2017 Dodge Viper would be the final iteration of the iconic V10 sportscar. Luckily for us Dodge sent it off with a bang and released several special edition 2017 Vipers, but for most Mopar faithful it was still a hard pill to swallow.
It’s not far fetched to think the Viper could one day return, however the vehicle’s future will likely depend on Fiat Chrysler’s success in coming years. In January Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the Viper could theoretically return riding on the automaker’s rear-wheel drive Giorgio platform and offer improved performance as a result, but he also noted he doesn’t “think (FCA’s) made the decision,” yet.
By the time a new Viper rolls around it will have a host of mid-engine competition to deal with, like the coming mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette and rumored Porsche ‘960’. For this reason, Dodge would be forced to consider switching from the current car’s FR layout to an MR design – especially if it wanted to take the Viper racing again.
The idea of a mid-engine Viper has certainly crossed the mind of FCA designers and engineers before. For example, look at the Dodge Tomahawk Gran Turismo 6 Vision GT concept. With its carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, V10 engine and overly aggressive styling, all it needs to become a mid-engine Viper is a couple of Stryker badges.
So, with all that in mind, do you think the Viper should switch to a mid-engine layout if it returns? Let us know by voting and commenting below.