Dodge preparing supercharged, convertible Vipers for 2016?

A new report finds Dodge has big changes in store for 2016.

A new report finds Dodge will make significant upgrades to the slow-selling Viper for the 2016 model year.

Rumors indicate the 2016 Viper's all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 engine will generate at least 800 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque thanks to the addition of a large supercharger. The coupe will get bigger brakes all around and a beefier transmission in order to cope with the 155 ponies added by the blower.

Dodge is also believed to be developing a topless version of the Viper that will be introduced at the same time as the more powerful model. Details are still scarce, but sources close to the company indicate the Viper convertible will look similar to the Prefix Medusa (pictured) that was introduced last July.

If the report proves accurate, the supercharged and topless Vipers will be revealed next spring - possibly at the New York Motor Show - and go on sale shortly after. Expect the convertible to carry a noticeable price premium over its hardtop counterpart.

2015 updatesDodge recently announced several minor updates for the latest model year. The V10 was retuned to generate 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, representing a negligible five-pony bonus over the 2014 model, and 2015 brings a new mid-range trim level called GT. Additional paint colors and new trim pieces inside round out the changes.

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