Last month, things were looking up for Dodge Viper fans everywhere, as Car and Driver reported with apparent surety that the venomous sportscar would slither its way back from the dead in time for the 2021 model year. The all-new Dodge Viper, that publication said, would likely be assembled by a supplier on Fiat Chrysler’s behalf – what with FCA’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant shuttered for good – and unlike each previous iteration of the iconic track star, it would pack V8 power.
The V10 will be missed, but that’s a compromise we’re sure most fans could live with.
Now, however, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has all but dashed our hopes, telling reporters after last week’s Investor Day presentation that a new Dodge Viper is “not in the plan.” Todd Lassa of Automobile tweeted the following on the subject:
New @Dodge Viper? Marchionne: “That’s a great question. … It’s not in the plan, if that’s what you’re asking.” Didn’t make money, and wouldn’t work with a “cute” Euro-style engine…@fcagroup #FCAFiveYearPlan @automobilemag
— Todd Lassa (@AM_Lassa) June 1, 2018
While not a definitive “no,” Marchionne’s response does make the prospect of an all-new, sixth-generation Dodge Viper seem far less likely than we’d hoped – at least in the near-term future. The other big part of Car and Driver‘s report – the bits pertaining to a brand-new, aluminum-block V8 arriving to replace FCA’s iron-block Hemi – still seems entirely plausible, and chances are we’ll see the new, lighter-weight engine in the next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger.
(Source: Road & Track)