New Dodge Viper Possible, Says Sergio Marchionne

2016 Dodge Viper ACR

Production of the current Dodge Viper is scheduled to an end in 2017 and right now there doesn’t appear to be any plans for a successor. That doesn’t mean we’ll never see a Viper again, at least according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] CEO Sergio Marchionne.

At a press conference at this week’s Detroit Auto Show, attended by Automobile, Marchionne said there was the possibility a new Viper could be launched, and he hinted that such a car could be based on a shared platform as opposed to a bespoke design like the current model.

“Given the architectural development within the brand, there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface,” Marchionne is quoted as saying. “Whether it will surface in time [to replace the current car] is unclear to me.”

Despite its giant-killing performance, Dodge sells less than a 1,000 Vipers per year, which is simply too low to support its specialized production at the Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit. But a new Viper sharing a platform and production facilities with other FCA vehicles, like Maserati’s new sports car, may prove viable.

However, with a long list of more mainstream models due over the coming years, we wouldn’t count on FCA launching a new Viper anytime soon. That just means the current one will be much more collectible.

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