A New Dodge Viper is Possible Says CEO

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The Viper may have a future ahead of it.

It was thought that the Dodge Viper would be discontinued at the end of 2017, but FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says there is a possibility that new a car may surface.

The current Viper does not share its platform with any other car in the brand’s lineup, a setup that “doesn’t make sense to me,” said Marchionne during a press conference at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Despite that, the CEO said that “given the architectural development within the brand, there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface.”

Timing for the new car is unclear and even Marchionne doesn’t know if it can be ready in time to replace the current Viper without a gap in production.

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If a new Viper does show up, it may be a totally different car. There’s a decent chance that the car would be built on the Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform which is set to underpin new versions of the Dodge Charger, Challenger, rumored Barracuda and the Alfa Romeo Guilia. If that happens, it’s almost certain that the Viper would move away from its V10 powerplant to something smaller.

It was revealed last year that there was no contract with the auto workers union to build anything at the Connor Avenue Assembly plant, where the Viper is built, beyond 2017.

[Source: Automobile]

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Stephen Elmer
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Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • DMaster Mensionz DMaster Mensionz on Jan 14, 2016

    Why is that I read somewhere that their was leaked document of plans for the union to build the new Viper? Hmmm....

  • Yellowdogdemocrat Yellowdogdemocrat on Jan 27, 2016

    I like the current styling and I think the car should be redesigned to change to a four motor electric car. With the CAFE standards set to be 55mpg by 2025, FCA needs more electric cars not outmoded dinosaur-fueled ICEs.

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    • Yellowdogdemocrat Yellowdogdemocrat on Jun 29, 2016

      Well Marky Mark then you should write your Congresscritters and tell them to make the EPA stop enforcing its CAFE standards. Unless your post is sarcasm and snark?