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Iconic Dodge Viper

The ultimate American-built sports car is all set to make a comeback and Dodge officials have been doing a great job of keeping die-hard fans of the halo car teased by revealing very little information at a time. There’s big news this month as Chrysler’s SRT Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles has announced that the 2013 Dodge Viper will debut at the New York Auto Show in early April. The next-gen Viper is being tested using a 2010 chassis and is going to get electronic stability control for the first time ever.

There have also been rumors about the new model drawing inspiration from sports cars like the Alfa Romeo 8C or Maserati GranTurismo and arriving with some sort of Ferrari derived technology incorporated. We know some of this may prove to be true but the idea of the Viper being badge-engineered from anything European is still a little far fetched. We really doubt if Chrysler would want to do anything that would dilute the Viper’s American muscle car spirit.

The next big question is obviously what you can expect under the Viper’s unnaturally long hood. There have been whispers about an 8.7 liter V-10 and though horsepower figures have not been suggested it’s likely that the new engine will deliver something around 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. The car will most probably launch just in time for the next ‘Super Car Olympics’. More on this later.

source: autoblog

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