2013 Dodge Viper production confirmed

Chrysler Group has confirmed it will produce an all-new 2013 Dodge Viper, scheduled to hit the road in mid-2012.
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The announcement comes exactly five months after the last vehicle of the previous generation halo car rolled off the Conner Avenue production line.

Dodge President, CEO and head of design, Ralph Giles, said the Chrysler board had given the Viper the all clear, and development was on track and already well underway.

Despite the brand’s links with Fiat SpA, Mr Giles denied the new Viper would be based on any existing vehicle and would not borrow either the structure of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione or a Ferrari engine.

He did confirm that Fiat’s expertise in vehicle dynamics would be drawn upon, and admitted the new Viper would have stability control to make it “a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people”.

Mr Giles said it would retain the long bonnet and deep-seated silhouette.

“Where the cabin is, relative to the wheels, is unique. The Viper cabin is very rearward and the hood is very long. Few cars in the industry are designed with those proportions any more,” he said.

Speculation is rampant about just what will power the 2013 Viper, with a revised version of the 8.4-litre V10 and a new 6.4-litre Hemi V8 among the front-runners at this stage.

Mr Giles quashed suggestions of any old Viper parts finding their way onto the new model.

“There won’t be a part of the car that’s untouched,” he said.