The five-year plan of Chrysler and Fiat for the US was recently presented and one of the more notable details is that of a plan to discontinue Dodge Viper and revamp it in 2012 when the companies will debut a brand new generation. From January to July 2010, 500 more Vipers will be produced.
Work for the new-generation Viper will then be started, the products of which are projected to hit the streets in 2012. The details are far from complete but it's likely that the upcoming Viper will borrow some parts for Fiat or Alfa Romeo.
Since Chrysler is straining to keep the price low, that gives us an idea of what its choice will be. There were rumors that a Ferrari V10 unit will be powering the next-generation Viper. But analysts are dousing water on this idea since Chrysler does want to be known as a more consumer-oriented company. This would be the second time that Chrysler axes the Viper.
Earlier this year, it was basically given a death sentence under Chrysler's restructuring process. It was in July that Chrysler disclosed that it will continue building the Viper, saying that the Dodge Viper has "successfully captured the hearts and imagination of performance enthusiasts around the globe."
Mike Accavitti, Dodge CEO, in a release, said that the "ultimate American-built sports car" will live on as the "iconic image leader for the Dodge brand."
Dodge Viper SRT10 could be availed either as a Roadster and or a Coupe. Both body styles are powered by a large 8.4-liter, 600-hp V-10 engine, which great performance required great cooling. To suffice this need, the Viper SRT10 features a new hood with a larger, more efficient hood scoop as well as larger, functional hood louvers.
Throughout the model year, Dodge will be introducing eight exterior colors, five of which are all-new. These new shades include Bright Blue, Snakeskin Green, Venom Red, Viper Orange and Viper Violet. Furthermore, racing stripes remains optional with six available dual painted stripe colors: black, blue, graphite, red, silver and white.
Amazingly, the only body panels the Dodge Viper SRT10 Roadster and Coupe are sharing are front fascia, fenders, hood and doors. Despite this, Dodge managed to retain all iconic Viper SRT10 design cues: signature crosshair grille, lowered hood lines, deep-cut side scallops and swept-back fenders.
For the Coupe version of the Dodge Viper SRT10, a hard top a "double bubble" styling is provided, which makes it torsionally stiffer than the Roadster. Thanks to its sloping roofline and deck-lid spoiler, the new Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe offers higher levels of downforce and high-speed stability.
In addition, the Coupe version of the Dodge Viper SRT10 offers 6.25 cubic feet more trunk space than the Roadster variant, allowing it to carry up to 14.65 cubic feet. Likewise, the roof and headliner structure could accommodate a safety cage, while still maintaining ample headroom.