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First Image of 2013 Dodge Viper... Errr... Not Really

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On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 4:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

First Image of 2013 Dodge Viper... Errr... Not Really

In preparation of its upcoming 2013 Viper, Dodge has released a single teaser image of the car doing some snow testing. Unfortunately, the test car pictured is nothing more than a 2010 Viper that Dodge is using to test some new equipment. So, while reports promise that the 2013 Viper will be more aggressive, we're still left looking at the same ol'  Viper we've come to know and love.

More telling than the picture is the short press release that accompanied it. That one paragraph reveals two key pieces of information. First, Dodge is using the pictured test dummie to test stability control for the next-gen Viper. The previous Viper, which was retired in 2010, did not have stability control. Second, the release says in plain English that the 2013 Viper will return in late-2012, firming up a time frame for the much-loved American sports car. Dodge plans to have the car ready for the next "Supercar Olympics."

Despite early rumors that Dodge would get help from Ferrari in developing the new Viper, the 2013 model is supposed to feature the same 8.4-liter V10 engine as the last-generation Viper. While it won't get engine help from Ferrari, it is expected to use Fiat's Multiair technology.

In terms of its design, we're expecting something pretty big. Back when the 2013 Viper was but a loose rumor, accounts from a Chrysler dealer convention in Florida last fall stated that the new Viper, which Dodge showed at the end of the event, is "aggressive." The interior also underwent some serious comfort upgrades according to those accounts.

Dodge chief Ralph Gilles later lamented that the new Viper's design was inspired by a naked woman on the beach. He also said: "The Viper cabin is very rearward and the hood is very long. Few cars in the industry are designed with those proportions anymore."

Hopefully, Dodge has some more legit teasers to offer in the near future.


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