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New Dodge Viper Coming To New York Auto Show: Report 1
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Dodge Viper, Automotive, Dodge, Kurt, New York auto show, News on 12 1st, 2011

The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR. Image: Chrysler Group LLC

Dodge has been remarkably tight-lipped about the debut of it’s eagerly anticipated next-generation Viper. Originally rumored to be debuting at January’s North American International Auto Show (aka the Detroit Auto Show), it seems that the new Viper isn’t quite ready for its closeup yet. Delaying the introduction until the New York Auto Show gives the automaker another three months of development time, which should be all that the Viper concept needs.

Autoblog and the Viper Club of America quote SRT head Ralph Gilles as confirming the New York introduction, but that’s all we know for sure about the new track-day terror. It’s likely the car will still use a V-10, and it’s rumored that displacement will be bumped up to 8.7 liters. It will also come with modern safety features like electronic stability control, something earlier Vipers lacked (hence their bite-the-hand-that-feeds-them reputation). Dodge knows how the Viper will be driven, so expect the stability control program to have modes for track-day use.

Beyond these points, anything else is speculation. It’s almost certain that the new Viper will be influenced by Chrysler’s Italian parent, Fiat, who also owns a controlling interest in Ferrari. Don’t expect to see Ferrari 458 Italia technology in the next Viper, since the cars are aimed at radically different price points; still, it’s reasonable to expect refinement in the next Viper that wasn’t there in the original.

2013 Viper Packing An 8.7-Liter V-10: Report 1
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Dodge Viper, Automotive, Dodge, Kurt, News on 11 1st, 2011

The 640-horsepower Dodge Viper ACR-X. Image: Chrysler Group LLC

Dodge, it appears, is a firm believer in the saying, “there’s no replacement for displacement.” While the last Viper’s V-10 displaced 8.4-liters and made as much as 640 horsepower in Viper ACR-X trim, the 2013 Viper is rumored to be starting with an 8.7-liter V-10. There’s no word yet on projected horsepower levels, but it’s safe to assume that even the base car will make more than the 2010 Viper’s 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque.

Dodge isn’t sharing many details on the 2013 Viper, but it’s safe to assume the car will weigh less than the previous Viper’s 3,460 pounds. Thanks to federal regulations, the car will also have the traction control and electronic stability control that previous generation Viper’s lacked; however, we’re confident that Dodge will allow customers who track their Vipers to defeat the electro-nannies.

Allpar says that the next Viper is on track to begin production in the fall of 2012, debuting around year end as a 2013 model. We’re fans of the last Viper, so we’re counting down the days until we get a chance to drive the new version.