Next Dodge Viper: Small and Lean or Big and Brash?

2013 Dodge Viper test mule

The BMW M3 will lose its V8 in favor of a turbo six.

The vaunted BMW M5‘s V10 engine has been pared down to a twin-turbo V8.

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?


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  1. Yes, it’s also the company that developed the brilliant 3.6L Pentastar V6 to increase efficiency and power through their entire new line-up. It’s a pretty incredible engine if you research it a little and Chrysler apparently has big plans for the line. But yea, the Viper has always had balls. It’s always had a certain appeal towards being a bit wild and over the top. If you want a Corvette, go get one. Or maybe you can just keep your Camry Hybrid in the right lane while the fat guys in the fast cars blow buy you. But rest easy because, at least your fuel mileage will make up for theirs.

  2. Yep, that’s pure Chrysler. The Viper is like a Corvette on steroids. A big, bloated, oversized blunt instrument for rednecks with money who are too fat to get into a Ferrari or won’t get a Lambo becasue it’s too low to go through the drive thru. Chrysler also brings you those pickup trucks with the huge grilles that look like mack trucks, and cars and suv’s that are bigger and less efficient than virtually every one of their contemporaries– Well, you can see where it’s all leading. Will America roll back the CAFE standards so Chrysler can keep selling it’s bloated junk? Is it true that eminem had to be blue screened into Chrysler vehicles for the ads because he wouldn’t be caught dead driving one? Inquiring minds want to know.

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