New Dodge Viper Rumored For Launch In 2020 With Around 550 HP

The Dodge Viper went out of production last summer and chances of a return seemed slim as the Viper’s home – the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant – is being transformed into an internal meeting and display space for showcasing concepts and historic vehicles.

Fans never gave up hope that the Viper could be reborn and rumors have occasionally hinted at the possibility. Car and Driver is the latest to say the Viper is making a comeback and they suggest the car could be launched in late 2020.

Little is known about the next-generation Viper but the publication says the car will ride on a spaceframe platform and make extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber. The report also says the Viper will retain its classic shape and initially be launched as a roadster. A coupe will then join the lineup a few years later.

While the Viper will look the part, it will be missing one of its defining characteristics. A V10 engine has powered the snake since the beginning but the new car will reportedly have a naturally aspirated V8 engine. Nothing is official but the publication speculates the base model will produce around 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS). Additional engines are expected in the future and one of them will reportedly be a second-generation Hellcat V8 developing more than 700 hp (522 kW / 710 PS).

The car is expected to be offered with a manual transmission and there will likely be a “hard-core road racer” sometime in the future.

If everything pans out, the next-generation Viper could debut at 2019 North American International Auto Show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Viper concept. The car would go on sale about a year and a half later and speculation suggests it could cost around $90,000.

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  • Blake Stafford

    So the viper can’t be killed. I’m being super controversial here but why not make it a full electric supercar. Make it raw and fun but electric. Show that electricity can be as fun as gasoline. Still nuts but a new kind of nuts

    • Bandit’s Dodge Stealth

      No fully electric, but a Hybrid I would be down with, they are not keeping up with the electrical grid and more nad more electric cars will tax it causing brown and blackouts.

    • CBV2020

      I appreciate the possible outcome of such a vision. The Electric Snake… An Eel perhaps? Dodge Eel?! lol

  • Six_Tymes

    Awesome news! If it happens

  • Christian

    this car is the kkk off cars… hope they bring more cars from Mexico in the US SOON! #SOMEONEGETRIDOFTRUMP

    • Afi Keita James

      STFU, you idiot.

    • LJ

      I don’t even know what that means.

    • SteersUright

      What do you mean? I think most of us a bit confused by this comment.

      • Honda NSX-R

        That’s the point, to get you confused 😛

    • smartacus

      hate speech is all you got left; typical leftard snowflake

  • CJKnox
  • Six Thousand Times

    I read that too, in CandD and they did seem really sure of their story. I dunno, no idea where the money is coming from. It’s too bad because there was a lot of development left in the Viper.

    • Yeah given the same publications (and MT at that time) said that Dodge could supercharged the V10 in lieu of much hyped Hellcat at that time.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Well, the Hellcat’s wide and heavy iron block was not ever going to fit into the Viper platform without total reengineering. Car and Driver hypothesises a new aluminium Hellcat replacement to remedy this . But that then begs the question: where is that money coming from?

        • No I don’t mean putting Hellcat engine into Viper, I think someone from SRT explained that Hemi engine is way to tall for low slung viper, What I meant at that time there were talks of Supercharging the V10.

          • Six Thousand Times

            And that may have worked. There was easily another 150 horsepower to be gotten out of that V-10. It’s a crying shame that the Viper died too young.

  • SteersUright

    Awesome! But how about a new Challenger first?

  • Craig

    I would LOVE for the Viper to come back! In fact… if I had the means.. I would try to buy the Viper brand and have some fun!


    Yeah, I don’t buy this for a second. This sounds like nonsense just like that “rumored” Hellcat Viper. That didn’t happen and I have no reason to believe the Viper will make a comeback either. I mean, this is FCA we’re talking about.

  • eb110americana

    I could see MAYBE if I squint sideways and imagine a Ferrari platform (Portofino) with a HEMI dropped into it, FCA might be able to make a business case for a 4th gen Viper. But with only 2 Chrysler models and 4 Dodges remaining–3 of which are on ancient RWD underpinnings from the Daimler-Chrysler days and one is the prehistoric Journey, how can they justify spending that kind of investment on a car that will only sell a small handful?

    • I doubt that Ferrari underpinning is affordable enough to be spun out to Viper, from Maserati maybe.

      • eb110americana

        The California and Portofino go for around $200K. Take out the power folding hardtop, and Ferrari could probably sell something in coupe form for around $160K. Swap the hand-built Ferrari lump for a production line HEMI mill, leave behind some top-grain leather fixin’s and the Ferrari-tax, and prices seem within spitting distance of a $120K, 2017 Viper ACR. That might sound indulgent, until you consider that the alternative is developing an all-new platform for a single, low volume model–at a brand that cannot even justify the investment in mainstream sedans.

        And no, I doubt anything that Maserati has would work for a Viper unless it became a large personal luxury coupe–which would not have the proportions of any previous Viper, nor be a Viper in anything but name anyway. And despite what FCA says, I belive that the Quattroporte and Ghibli share a platform derived from the one underneath the 300, Charger, and Challenger. If you actually look under the hoods side-by-side, it’s hard to think otherwise. But of course Maserati would deny everything. They don’t want to have their customers thinking that the Italian pedigree has been watered down by mass-market Mopars.

  • As a Viper fan, I’ll be delighted but looking at the original source, CnD didn’t even provide sources for their scoop, so I’m gonna take this report with a grain of salt.

  • john1168

    WHAT THE F??? With Serg at the helm of FCA, I’ll believe it when I see it… I would love to see it though. I miss the Vette/Viper rivalry.

    • Ironically VX Viper was made because Sergio want it at that time.

      • john1168

        Well, maybe this will happen then. I hope so.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Don’t ya just love the way these dumb-arse company heads spend $ on low-to-no-volume halo models as they cut mainstream models because they can’t afford to build them? A new Viper should NOT be approved, just like the Ford GT never should have made it past the gates.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Completely different situations, Harry.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Disappointing that it’s dropping two, buuuut

    that does make it closer to the Cobra that inspired it. Plus there are so many possibilities for the powertrain, and the chassis is going to retain its lightweight nature…

    You know what? I’m okay with this.

  • DMax

    Well it only makes sense that Dodge will want to squeeze some more use out of their hellcat and demon engines. Sad that it won’t be a V10, but I’m not mad. But the time frame of going on sale in 2 years from now is kind of unrealistic I think. We haven’t even seen any mules running around yet.

  • john1168

    Sounds like they might try to keep the car as light as possible. The 550hp motor will probably be the current hemisphere V8 with more power and then they’ll put a blower on top of that for a higher power option. 750 to maybe 800 hp? The old Viper only had one engine to choose from but maybe they’ll do higher power options for this one.

  • Vassilis

    I like the idea of a N/A V8 Viper.

  • ztamg04

    Not a big viper fan, but the idea is tempting.

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