Although the iconic Dodge Viper is due to get killed off by the end of the year, we’ve recently been given a reason to believe that its all-new successor could arrive for the 2018 model year. Namely, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted in a recent interview that a new version of the Viper might make its debut sooner than we previously expected. The famous American supercar has been around since 1991. It becomes synonymous with raw power and old-school driving experience that could be matched by very few other cars. While the model has gained huge popularity over the years, its sales figures have been dropping lately. Luckily, the 2018 Dodge Viper is expected to bring much-needed changes that should revive this famous nameplate in the very near future.
2018 Dodge Viper New Generation
Built on a dedicated platform using a traditional design approach, the Viper has now become obsolete in the race with other supercars. Especialy whit those which offer state-of-the-art technology and advanced materials. In order to make the Viper relevant again, FCA’s engineers are now facing a daunting task of giving this model a more modern feel while retaining its recognizable qualities. First off, the 2018 Dodge Viper will have to share its platform with brand’s other models in an attempt to lower huge costs of production. Secondly, the mighty 8.4-liter V10 will almost certainly have to make way for a more contemporary and eco-friendly powertrain. As far as handling is concerned, the brand new Viper should make a huge step forward compared to the outgoing model. It will also have to become less brawny than its predecessors but we do hope that some of its current traits will be preserved in the next iteration.
2018 Viper Powertrain
Details concerning the engine department are still scarce at the moment. As mentioned before, the current 8.4-liter V10 churning out 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque will be replaced with a more advanced engine option. However, we still expect it to offer enough power to take on the likes of the Corvette Z06 or Porsche 918 Spyder. One of the likely candidates to replace the old V10 may come in the form of a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbo V6. This one has more than 600 horsepower at its disposal. Putting the 2018 Dodge Viper on an Alpha-based platform and fitting it with such an engine should definitely boost its fuel-efficiency significantly. Of course, we’ll be eagerly awaiting any new information on that matter to surface in the coming months.
Unofficial sources suggest that the 2018 Dodge Viper could make its debut sometime in the second half of 2017.