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Future Dodge Viper Might Get Ferrari-based V-10

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2009 Dodge Viper

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Chrysler last year tried to sell its Viper sports car—production facilities, tooling, and all—and failed. But the Viper isn't dead yet. If the rumors are right, the Viper might be very much alive in the company's future-product plans—and getting its own Ferrari/Maserati-derived engine.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, as we've reported previously, has plans to make Dodge a performance brand for the U.S. in the same way that Alfa Romeo is in Europe.

Reports have been circulating for many weeks now about how under Fiat control the Viper will be revived, underpinned by Maserati's platform. And recently TheCarConnection.com was told that if we do see a next-generation Viper it surely won't include the carry-over 8.4-liter V-10—which had been developed with some help from Lamborghini. "You wouldn't believe what it costs to make," a Chrysler source recently mused.

Now Car and Driver editor-in-chief Eddie Alterman affirms (albeit as a rumor) that Fiat has a plan to produce a new V-10 version as part of its next-generation V-8 design; the engine would include separate attributes for Ferrari and Maser versions, and the V-10 Viper version would still include pushrods.

It's likely that yet another version of the engine would power a select Alfa model, such as the current (and scarce) Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.

2009 Dodge Viper

2009 Dodge Viper

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In TheCarConnection.com's Bottom Line review of the 2009 Dodge Viper, we point to the Viper's bold, brash styling; formidable, supercar-class power; and buttoned-down handling as positives. Performance and styling—after all, what really matters to Viper buyers—are perfect tens in our ratings system. The Viper has many flaws, however, including a very loud, rough driving experience and an uncivilized cabin.

The Viper's lumpy V-10 has never been refined, and finesse has never been part of the Viper's outrageous, cartoonish character. If the Fiat team produces anything too smooth and rev-happy, it wouldn't be a Viper, would it?

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  1. Remember when the viper had no side windows, and a fabric folding top? Bare bones. Bring that back with a Ferrari based V10, Awsome!
     
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  2. Look who's smiling now! Just as I predicted a couple of months ago there will be a "Viperarri" after all for Dodge. It makes perfect sense that Dodge would strive to dominate the American sports car market with cousins like Ferarri and Maserati. The quick pull back of the sale of Viper should have been a big clue that this new partnership had fresh plans for Viper.This is bad news for Chevy Corvette fans and great news for Viper loyalists.It is true that Viper was developed on a very limited budget and posseses inherent flaws, but it has been a tremendous success as a hallo performance car for Dodge and has established its credentials as a valid Corvette peer.With the insightful support of its new partners at Fiat, who know lots about performance and racing, look for Dodge to be even more performance minded soon. With Chargers and Challengers doing well, I now predict a mid-size RWD performance coupe and a AWD entry level compact sportster for Dodge in the near future. Things look great for Viper and Dodge and the best is yet to come. Hey maybe you could be Dodge material !!!!!!
     
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  3. i cant wait for the new fiat 500, ferrari collaboration
     
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  4. I love the Viper and wish to see it live on... but... I hope they don't screw it up. My '99 RT/10 runs circles around anything that Maserati has ever produced... and the 2010 Viper ACR is just a miracle of engineering. The fastest production car ever built and it still comes in under 100 grand. Amazing. European sports cars are nice but much too high-strung and overpriced. Viper is about balls-to-the-walls performance sacrificing all else, and the huge ridiculously loud engine is one of its selling points. It is American muscle, not Italian fluff.
     
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