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Confirmed: 2013 Dodge Viper

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On: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 5:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

Confirmed: 2013 Dodge Viper

I don't know what was more sad: that the Dodge Viper ended production this past summer or that the celebratory last model was covered in a sickly, yellowish-brown paint that just left irremovable scars on my brain. Actually, I do know, it was the latter. Luckily, Dodge chief Ralph Gilles has confirmed that the next generation Viper will be coming in 2013. And from what we've heard so far, it should handily erase all memories of that other Viper.

Gilles who has previously had a few media sound bites about the next-gen Viper confirmed that the car will launch in the summer of 2012. Though it was originally expected to be a 2012 model, the new Viper will debut in model year 2013.

While Gilles' confirmation helps clarify the launch time frame, it's not exactly a secret that the Viper is in development. In fact, in September, several media reports from prominent sources like the Wall Street Journal indicated that Dodge had already shown the new sports flagship off at a dealer's neeting in Florida. The car, which was done up in candy apple red, was reportedly more aggressive on the outside and comfier on the inside.

While the confirmation of the 2013 Viper is overwhelmingly good news, there's a little bad news too. About a year ago, Gilles implied that Dodge would be working with Ferrari in developing its next Viper. It was one of the greatest perks of the Chrysler-Fiat relationship we'd ever heard tell of. Days later, when pressed by Autoweek, Gilles clarified that Dodge was seeking a little advise and Ferrari wasn't playing any major role in Viper development. And it appears that clarification was the correct version of the story because he told the Detroit News this week that the car won't be based on anything else. No Ferrari DNA whatsoever.

Gilles said of the new Viper: "The Viper cabin is very rearward and the hood is very long. Few cars in the industry are designed with those proportions anymore."

Though rumors had indicated that Dodge would use the same 8.4-liter V10 engine of the past Viper, Gilles said in this week's report: ""There won't be a part of the car that's untouched." He didn't explain what will power the car, but rumors are that it may be a charged version of the 6.4-liter HEMI V8.

While Ferrari won't play a role, Dodge will tap into Fiat's expertise at tuning cars in order to make the 2013 Viper a better handling, more stable supercar.

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James Roberts | 6:21PM (Thu, Dec 2, 2010)

Hey, I liked that copper color!


AutoShopperAmanda | 9:57PM (Wed, Dec 15, 2010)

Ohh what A let down! What made that car was being a V10!!

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