Lexus LC, Dodge Viper Rendered In Mid-Engine Guise Are Food For Thought

Cars can change drastically from one generation to the next, but you seldom see them switching their engines from one end of the chassis to the other.

That’s what Chevy’s preparing to do with the next Corvette, though. And it’s apparently fueled some speculation as to what some other flagship sports cars could look like if they followed that lead.

We recently brought you a speculative rendering from Rain Prisk, showing a Nissan GT-R with its engine virtually moved to behind the cockpit, between the axles. Now the designer has applied the same treatment to the Lexus LC and Dodge Viper.

Before we continue, we should point out that we have no reason to believe any of these automakers is considering any such move. But it does give us some proverbial food for thought. And as rare as such a move might seem, it wouldn’t be entirely without precedent.

Aside from the aforementioned Corvette, Honda came close to succeeding the original NSX with a front-engined model that was ultimately aborted and turned into a Super GT racer. Ferrari effectively replaced the mid-engined F512M with the front-engined 550 Maranello. And you could make the argument that the Toyota 86 effectively took the place of the old MR2. (If you really wanted to stretch, you could argue that the Alfa Romeo 4C sort of replaced the 8C Competizione, too.) But none of that means that Nissan, Lexus, or Dodge would follow the same route with their flagships.

Lexus has been reportedly considering a successor the LFA, though. And Dodge recently discontinued the Viper, whose sales (like those of the Nissan GT-R) have typically been slower than the performance capabilities of the vehicles themselves. Maybe a switch in orientation, then, could be just what these exotics need to make their mark. We wouldn’t count on it, though.

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  • Dr Strangefinger

    Cool designs and all… but I’m not seeing Dodge Viper at all in this. Not even a hint.

  • Zandit75

    Best looking Lexus, by far! Not feeling the others at all though.

    • tkindred

      If Lexus produced a car that looked like that it would be the first Lexus I thought that looked good.

    • paulgdeaton

      The best looking Lexus in recent history… is not even designed by anyone at Lexus.

  • roy

    I soooo want that lexus

  • Mark S

    The Lexus works, the other two no.

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  • javier

    the others look stupid but that viper looks mean

    • nastinupe

      You mean the Lexus right?

  • gor134

    That Lexus looks hot. The Viper might work with a more agressive bumper and a thicker and curvier rear fender.

  • Lolita Underwood

    Cool designs and all… but I’m not seeing Dodge Viper at all in this. Not even a hint.

  • no25

    That Lexus would awesome! Lexus needs to make it as the “next LFA,” but call it something else and make it half the price.

  • SteersUright

    Viper looks the best to me of these 3.

  • Alter Ego

    That LC is sexy

  • smartacus

    mid-engine Viper makes tremendous good sense
    AUDI has a mid V10, Lambo too,
    Or how about a Hellcat or
    Demon V8 in there instead?

  • Lawrence Fearon

    Prisk is a mid engined addict. He obviously has not idea what’s under the skin of vipers mechanically. Ralph Gilles and Dick Winkles must be enjoying a good laugh in Detroit.

  • Bash

    I could look at this for hours… its that much good!

  • ewplayer3

    To rework the Viper in to a mid-engine platform completely misses the point of Viper, which was an homage to and generational evolution of the Shelby Cobra. I don’t know that Viper fans would really get behind that. I know I wouldn’t.

    That said, I’m not opposed to a mid-engine Dodge super car. Let’s just make sure it’s appropriately named.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    All three look dumb!

  • The Viper looks weird and bloated. Not impressed by these.

  • Michael Gorman

    Just makes them all look like super cars (read: lambos). Not a fan at all.

  • Bob White

    The GTR looks even more dated.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The LC looks great. And that GTR looks dope af.

  • Sjaak

    bad job. all the distinctiveness these cars originally have, are lost in these middle-of-the-road designs. way too anonymus

  • Victor DB_2017

    Lexus and GTR look really good there

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