Next Dodge Viper Coming In 2012 With Enhanced Handling
Dodge Viper will become safer and easier to handle once new generation debuts. The Dodge CEO announced that the model will have its own platform and engine.
Ralph Gilles, the new Dodge CEO, made a series of statements clarifying the future of Dodge Viper. Thereby, the model will be completely revised, and will not be based on another platform of the Fiat-Chrysler Group. So the rumors regarding a Dodge Viper based on Alfa Romeo 8C or any other model in the Alfa Romeo yard have been ruled out. Although he admitted that there are some similarities between Viper and Alfa Romeo 8C, the Dodge CEO underlined that the American model has an unique conformation, being among the few models these days having such a long hood and the cockpit located in the rear.
The engine of the 2012 Dodge Viper is not coming from Ferrari, but is not clear whether it is a whole new engine or a revised version of he 8.4-liter V10 SFI engine. In exchange, the guys of Fiat will take a look at Viper’s dynamics. The model will receive a stability control system, feature not found on current generation. Dodge Viper fans were enjoying this particular element, because it allowed them to differentiate from the drivers of the other models, that weren’t capable of controlling the model in tight situations without any electronic help. The first generation Dodge Viper didn’t even had ABS.
The stability control system was added for two reasons. On the one hand, the USA and European regulations will require all automakers to use it on all new vehicles. On the other hand, Dodge wants to make the model more accessible to those that weren’t able to tame the American supercar. In exchange, some of the Dodge Viper enthusiasts are afraid that the model will not be aggressive anymore, but Gilles added that he is a Viper fan and likes competition, so he tells the fans to expect a naughty version of the model.