The Dodge Viper was always about doing things the American way. It was big, loud, brash, and it would kill you in a heartbeat if you so much as forgot that for a second. One of the keys to the Viper’s lunacy was its V-10. Like a Corvette without its V-8, what’s a Viper without a V-10? While we’ve heard conflicting reports on what exactly would be powering the 2013 Viper when it returns at the end of the year, the latest rumor pegs a brand new 8.7-liter V-10 as the power plant of choice.
According to the Mopar-obsessed scene over at Allpar, an inside source at Chrysler reportedly told them that the2013 Dodge Viper would be powered by an 8.7-liter V-10, making it the largest engine Chrysler has ever used in a production car. As many of you already know, the last Viper was powered by a slightly less-massive 8.4-liter V-10 that produced 600-hp and 560 lb-ft of torque.
The other rumored engine for the next-gen Viper we heard from a higher-up at Chrysler, who mentioned something about a 6.4-liter 500-plus-hp and 500-plus-lb-ft of torque from a Hemi V-8. With so little set in stone on such a hotly anticipated ride, we’re sure the rumor mill will keep churning until the 2013 Viper is finally unveiled.
What do you think will be under the hood of the next Viper? More importantly, what do you want to see power the next Viper?