Dodge confirms new Viper for 2013

The Dodge Viper may have ended production earlier this year, but the snake will be reborn for the 2013 model year.

Enthusiasts, rejoice. Dodge head Ralph Giles has confirmed that the Viper supercar will return for the 2013 model year. The Dodge Viper went out of production earlier this year after an 18-year run.

Giles revealed earlier today that the Chrysler board has given final approval for the new Viper. The third-generation Dodge Viper will make its debut during the summer of 2012 as a 2013 model.

Although previous reports suggested the next-gen Viper could share its underpinnings with Ferrari or Alfa Romeo - thanks to Chrysler's tie-up with Fiat - Giles says that will not be the case. The Viper will continue to ride on a unique platform, although some components could be borrowed from Fiat.

The 2013 Viper will be heavily restyled both inside and out, but its familiar shape should remain. Giles says the Viper will retain its classic long hood/short deck layout.

Giles failed to detail the Viper's powertrain, but an updated version of the current 8.4L V10 is expected. However, direct-injection and Fiat's MultiAir technology should boost power to at least 700 horsepower, while still being emissions-compliant through 2018.

Dodge will lean heavily on Fiat for the engineering of the next Viper, resulting in a much more drivable car. "We will use their expertise to open the performance envelope in the Viper," Gilles said. "Fiat has an awesome ability to tune cars. I want the new Viper to be a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people. We've never had stability control on a high-performance car, which is about to happen on the new car."

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