Surprising many who expected FIAT to steer Chrysler towards only practical cars, it was announced that Dodge engineers will work with FIAT to develop a new version of its iconic Viper sports car... and that the new edition of the ten-cylinder beast will be sold well into the next decade.
Chrysler LLC confirmed the plans for a new Viper at a press conference in Detroit this week, where FIAT and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne outlined how it plans to incorporate technology and manufacturing techniques from FIAT, which took a stake in the troubled firm earlier this year.
The V10 Viper, sold as the SRT-10 in the UK, was introduced in 1992. It had been widely expected to be axed as part of the new plans, as Chrysler/Dodge followed rival brands GM and Ford in offering more efficient vehicles. The new version's platform and details were not announced, but there are rumors in the industry to expect a possible Hemi V-8 version of the car, riding on Chrysler 300 architecture.
The firm then announced that 500 further examples of the current car will be built between January and July next year, and that a new model will be developed with assistance from FIAT and its sporting brands Alfa-Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, and/or even Ferrari.
Marchionne also confirmed that Chrysler LLC will release 11 new vehicles by 2014.