Niche cars and roadsters are a tough sell in this market - especially niche roadsters with honking pushrod 8.4-liter V-10s. Chrysler reports it is performing due diligence on three offers for its Dodge Viper, but has revealed neither details nor the identity of those making offers. Recently, the Cadillac XLR and Honda S2000 roadsters were also canceled.
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While it's sad in a way to see the Viper exit the Chrysler fold, the roadster lost a fair bit of its swoopy styling and supercar panache during a mid-cycle restyle. The resulting wedgy affair is still blindingly fast and capable, but without the loving curves it seems more of a track day beast of burden than a proud icon for Dodge's performance credentials.
More tractable, livable models like the Dodge Challenger SRT8 have captured the imaginations of MOPAR enthusiasts as of late. And the healthy rumble of the Chrysler HEMI V-8 sounds infinitely better than the strange moan of the Viper V-10.
Who do you think could be bidding on the Dodge Viper in the midst of the worst auto market in recent history (or in all of history)? Perhaps someone who does a brisk business in the United Arab Emirates...
[source: CNN Money via Dow Jones Newswires]