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2013 Dodge Viper To Use 8.7-Liter V-10?

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On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Dodge Viper To Use 8.7-Liter V-10?

Here's something we weren't expecting: the already huge 8.4-liter V-10 engine used in the last Dodge Viper may be growing. According to Allpar, the Dodge Viper due to launch in 2013 may buck the trend of smaller displacements-via-forced induction, pulling power from a new 8.7-liter V-10.

We'd expect the 2013 Viper should get a tidy horsepower boost from its big engine, but there aren't any specifics. The last Viper packed 600 horses.

The 8.7-liter Viper engine would be comfortably the largest engine ever used in a Chrysler vehicle, according to Allpar. An engine teasing the 9.0-liter mark had me wondering how it stacks up to other engines around the world. According to Wikipedia's "List of Automotive Superlatives," it would be the second largest displacement engine in production, falling between an 11.6-liter Nelson Racing engine and the 8.0-liter W-16 of the Bugatti Veyron. Then again, the old 8.4-liter would have that same distinction.

I understand that the Viper is a raw, powerful, All-American machine, but I'd have thought Chrysler might consider adding a turbocharger and cutting that big engine down. "Largest displacement" is no longer much of a bragging right, and it seems like there were better ways to go.

In fact, rumors have held that the new Viper engine, along with other new Chrysler engines, would use Multiair technology from Fiat. Multiair technology makes engines more efficient by monitoring and controlling the amount of air entering the cylinders. Like turbo or supercharging, Multiair technology provides increases in power and torque while cutting emissions.

In addition to the rumored V-10, the new Viper will be redesigned and will feature a rear-slung cabin, long hood and an overall look inspired by a naked woman.

The 2013 Viper will debut next year with production beginning in the fall.



Stephy21 | 9:21AM (Tue, Nov 1, 2011)

I think its a great idea to put a bigger engine i the dodge viper. I like the dodge viper and how much power they have. If they give it more power better for the people who like cars with a little muscle behind them.


DipStick | 10:29AM (Tue, Nov 1, 2011)

Maybe Dodge should put some effort into handling, traction, braking etc..., it had more than enough power


dwalter | 3:59PM (Wed, Nov 2, 2011)

if they do use this new motor, imagine how much horsepower it could make turbo/super-charged!

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