Far from confirmed, the folks at Road & Track are speculating heavily on the return of the Dodge Viper in 2012 for sale the following year. The report suggests the next-gen Viper will be built using a frame that had been scrapped when the economy turned sour. That very platform made headlines in automotive circles earlier this year when it was revealed that Mercedes engineers at then-parent company Daimler used this chassis to build the SLS. A new transaxle was also in development, which will also be resurrected, while rumors suggest Dodge engineers have been speaking with their counterparts at Ferrari on issues such as driving dynamics and steering feel.
While a new direct-injection 8.4-liter V10 (making as much as 700-hp) is a strong possibility for the new Viper, R&T suggests an entry-level V8 model could be offered.
If all goes well, we’re likely to see a concept version of the next Dodge Viper in 2012, with production set to begin the next year.
[Source: Road & Track]