The Viper may have a future ahead of it.
It was thought that the Dodge Viper would be discontinued at the end of 2017, but FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says there is a possibility that new a car may surface.
The current Viper does not share its platform with any other car in the brand’s lineup, a setup that “doesn’t make sense to me,” said Marchionne during a press conference at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Despite that, the CEO said that “given the architectural development within the brand, there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface.”
Timing for the new car is unclear and even Marchionne doesn’t know if it can be ready in time to replace the current Viper without a gap in production.
If a new Viper does show up, it may be a totally different car. There’s a decent chance that the car would be built on the Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform which is set to underpin new versions of the Dodge Charger, Challenger, rumored Barracuda and the Alfa Romeo Guilia. If that happens, it’s almost certain that the Viper would move away from its V10 powerplant to something smaller.
It was revealed last year that there was no contract with the auto workers union to build anything at the Connor Avenue Assembly plant, where the Viper is built, beyond 2017.