Chrysler’s only about a third of the way through unveiling its extensive five-year business plan to investors and the media, but sports car enthusiasts will likely be interested in this note: The current Dodge Viper will be no more after July 2010.
Ralph Gilles, CEO of the Dodge brand, revealed production of the Viper (one of the first product lines to resume production post-bankruptcy) would cease next summer. Between now and then, only 500 cars will roll off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan.
This isn’t the end of the line for the Viper altogether. A next-generation model is scheduled to launch in 2012, although details of the future snake are still sketchy. Could the new Viper bear some influence with Fiat’s halo brand, Ferrari? Possibly, but very unlikely. Some Fiat influence will possibly be seen, but we’d be a little surprised if the folks in Maranello were tapped to supply Auburn Hills’ latest serpent.