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Dodge Viper To Get Some Refinements

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On: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 5:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

Dodge Viper To Get Some Refinements

Before it exited the market in 2010, the Dodge Viper was one of the last true bastions of pure, hard, unforgiving power. Unlike more refined supercar contemporaries with their forced induction and dual-clutch automated gearboxes, the Viper used an unapologetic 8.4-liter V-10 engine--one of the biggest displacement engines known to man--and a six speed manual transmission. Though it looked as exotic and sexy as most any supercar, it demanded some of the fortitude and sensibilities of a race car driver to reach its potential.

In a world of fancy sprout-and-cucumber finger sandwiches with balsamic-herb dressing, the Viper was the big, sloppy five-dollar sub sandwich with all the fixins'.

When it debuts in 2013, the next Viper promises to tone things down a little. Dodge will attempt to reach a broader range of car enthusiasts with the 2013 Viper.

We've already heard that Chevy is interested in reaching a broader demographic with its next-gen Corvette, so it's logical to think that Dodge will do the same. Chevy is reportedly interested in appealing to a more cosmopolitan, everyday type of driver--the kind of driver that is currently ignoring American sports and luxury cars in favor of European models. It's still not clear what Chevy has in mind, but it seems like the Corvette won't be the same all-power hard-hitter that it was in the past.

So it follows that the Corvette's big American competitor will also move away from the grunt-first days of its past. Dodge chief Reid Bigland told Autoweek that Dodge is hoping to reach a broader population of drivers with the new Viper.

Bigland explained: "[The Viper] was a little crude in the past, and to a certain extent that was its appeal because you really needed to have your wits about you when you got behind the wheel to keep that thing on the road. And that thrill of driving a Viper was kind of unlike any other. I think it still will be a thrilling ride with respect to the new one but offer a few more creature comforts that people come to expect in a high-performance vehicle today."

Bigland guaranteed that the 2013 Viper will still appeal to Viper traditionalists, though. While it might seem difficult to have that tasty cake and eat it too, reports indicate that Dodge has no intention of slimming the engine down. In fact, the new Viper is reported to be in line for an even bigger 8.7-liter V-10.

While it won't change under the hood, the Viper will whittle that power into a more delicate sculpture using new features like electronic stability control. We'd also expect it to get a more refined, road-ready interior, and perhaps add a dual-clutch transmission as an option.

Bigland confirmed that the car will debut next year, but indicated it's unlikely to be in Detroit. Maybe New York?



Stephy21 | 11:06AM (Fri, Dec 2, 2011)

I really like this car

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