Next Dodge Viper: Small and Lean or Big and Brash?
Mercedes-Benz will develop a straight 6 and replace its 6.3-liter V8 engines with a 5.5-liter turbo 8.
Yes, the theme of the day is downsizing. Automakers across the board are using smaller engines to develop more power and deliver better fuel economy. It’s true in everything from the monster super-sedans to the Ford F-150 and its EcoBoost V6.
There’s one brash automaker, though, that may have decided to buck the trend of going small and plans to reinvent an icon in the only way it knows how: with a crazy big engine.
Going against all logic while giving the government and its CAFE rules a giant one-finger salute, Chrysler may be ready to increase the displacement for the 2013 Dodge Viper. If reports from Allpar are to be believed, there will be no juiced-up V8s in the Viper’s future but a massive 8.7-liter V10 instead. That’s up from the previous model’s 8.4 liters and would be the largest mill Chrysler has ever wedged into a passenger car. The boys and girls at Allpar conveniently neglect to mention where their report originates from, but the group is obsessed enough with Dodge to make its report a credible piece of info. That, and increasing the displacement fits the brazen character of the rebellious Viper.
Certainly Chrysler will pull a few tricks out to achieve somewhat reasonable MPG numbers, but don’t expect any magic on this one. This’ll be a mechanical fire-breathing beast, not a hippie-pleasing highway ride. Exactly what a Viper should be.
Allpar says the Viper will be manufactured in 2012 as a 2013 model.
Plenty of people will think Chrysler has no business developing a car like the Viper right now, but you have to admit, it’s nice to see some confidence oozing from Auburn Hills, don’t you think?