No sooner had the Dodge Viper been put out of commission, reports of a next generation were already steaming up the pages of automobile magazines. Well, the cat’s all the way out of the bag, and Chrysler has released a statement that practically guarantees the Viper’s return in 2012. This time, however, the brute will be tamed by its new found Italian influence.
Chrysler has been cooped up in the snowy mountains for the past couple months, flogging the unrefined handling characteristics right out of the Viper with the aid of computer software. For the first time in its history, the Viper will receive traction control. In addition, it is more than likely that a few other advanced gadgets will leak off Fiat’s other supercars, and find their way onto the next generation Viper.
The long, cold and snowy winter presented a perfect environment for the ultimate American-built sports car and icon of the Dodge brand’s performance car lineup to prepare for its imminent return. Using a 2010 chassis as a test subject, SRT engineers expanded the development scope for the next generation Dodge Viper to include stability control tuning for the first time. The development comes just in time for the next “Super Car Olympics,” sure to take place late in 2012 when the all-new performance icon returns.
While the top picture is a recent photo of tests going on with the new drivetrain and stability control of the Viper, its body style does not represent what the next generation will look like. Chrysler is using the 2010 body style on the test track until they are ready to release more information on the exterior changes we can expect.
Chrysler has reportedly shown the new body style to a select group of dealers, and they unanimously approved of all the changes that had been made. A few of the comments were that it looked a bit like the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (pictured below), except with a characteristic SRT-10 front end. Stay tuned, things are just starting to get interesting…