Dodge Teases Next-Gen Viper, Will Launch in Late 2012

Good news, Viper faithful: the engineers at Dodge are hard at work on an all-new iteration of the famed sports coupe, and as proof, Chrysler released of a developmental prototype being put through its paces.

Yes, the test mule shown here sliding through snow banks little more than a 2010 model, but Chrysler’s own release notes engineers are currently developing and calibrating a stability control system for the next model. Vipers have previously been devoid of such an electronic nanny thus far, but will need it in order to meet a federal mandate requiring ESP beginning in 2012.

We expect the revived Viper to be labeled as a 2013 model, although its launch could come months before the new year. Chrysler’s own release indicates the new serpentine super car will debut and launch in “late 2012.” For Viper lovers, the date can’t come soon enough.

In the meantime, the previous car continues to delight owners and racer alike. In fact, a 2010 Viper ACR recently  set a record lap of the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. With road racer Kuno Wittmer behind the wheel, the street-legal ACR lapped the 3.048-mile course in 1:59.995, besting the previous production car lap record -- set by Jan Magnussen in a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 -- by four seconds.

Steve Tippy
A Viper with any electronics !! Is it still a VIPER !!!! I'll keep my 03.
nick
the corvette has had the same basic look since 1984. The older cars looked different every gen. The viper could use a refresher but should stay with a v10 and by dodge. Not share it with other vehicles. Thats not what viper is about. I think that cars should have a styling cue like the mustang has with vertical tailights but thats it in my opinion.
Ed
I must admit with Tamir; let the imagination run and make the exterior just as beautiful as the car itself.
Tamir Orbach
I have to say that Dodge really doesn't do much in terms of changing the look of this car through the different generations/versions of it. It still pretty much looks like it did back when it was launched in the early 90's. Would be nice to see some changes that are more substantial and make it look more modern. That's not to say that it isn't still a beautiful car. It's got looks that will pass the test of time... But the Corvette keeps evolving and becoming more beautiful, while the Viper improves, but is a lot more evolutionary like the 911... debatable whether it's looks are 'classic enough' to support that.
Anjie
With the exception of ABS, I really don't care for electronic nannies. What's expected under the hood? A new version of the pushrod V10? A multi air 1.4 liter? Will they source an engine from their ex & maybe install an AMG tuned TT5.5? What's it gonna have in it!? I hope it remains a three pedal only car(Nooo, not gas - brake - parking brake).

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