There’s still some hope.
In a world where technology, flashiness and prestige reign supreme in the supercar world, the Dodge Viper sticks out like a sore thumb. Ever since the American supercar’s inception in 1992, the vehicle has gone against the grain. While the world has always frowned upon the Viper, we absolutely loved it and were devastated when we heard that it would be going out of production. During a press conference at the Detroit Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that the Viper may come back in the future.
Marchionne revealed that the current Viper is the only product in the FCA lineup to use the ZD platform, which “doesn’t make sense to me.” In a recent report by Automobile, Marchionne revealed some more insights into the revival of the American supercar. The “Viper was, has been, a labor of love,” stated Marchionne. “Given the architectural development within the brand, there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface. Whether it will surface in time [to replace the current car, which is expected to case production this year] is unclear to me.”
If the Viper were to ditch its current underpinnings it would surely lose its V10 engine in favor of a more eco-friendly motor, with improved handling being one of the better parts of the tradeoff. While the Viper may not be as fast or as drivable as other supercars, the hardcore ACR is one of the fastest production supercars ever made. After its 25-year run, the Viper may not be dying and that’s good news. Dodge always marketed the Viper as the brawny, hairy-chested supercar for enthusiasts that wanted a car to wrangle, which is what led to the supercar’s poor sales and eventually to its demise. You see, modern supercar owners want a vehicle that’s flashy, doesn’t take a lot of effort to drive and is blisteringly quick on paper.
The latest Viper may have a modern chassis, but it’s 8.4-liter V10 engine is out of the Stone Age and that’s not a good thing. The Viper is also difficult to tame on the track and is uncivilized on the road. Unlike enthusiasts from previous generations that were okay with fighting a supercar around every corner, modern owners want a cozy vehicle that they can push on the track and enjoy on the road, which the Viper never did. So, if FCA was to bring it back, it would have to be drastically different from the current model to do well. We adore the Viper for its hardcore nature and would rather see the name die with the current gen of the supercar instead of being resurrected in a softer, more usable variant. The Viper may be dead, but it will always live on.