By on March 22, 2008

dodge_viper-v2.jpgI'd never own a Viper, but I'd love to drive one. As would millions of enthusiasts. In fact, the "wikkid car but even people who worship it end-up doing so from afar" is an entire genre (currently heading down market with the Pontiac G8 GT). Anyway, let's suppose the U.S. economy suddenly recovers and Chrysler decides it needs a halo car for the Dodge brand (gotta sell those Durangos) and… Anyway, how should the next, entirely theortetical Viper look? I am a big fan of the 1992 RT/10. I'd like to see its side vents make a come-back. I'd also like a sharper noise with some creases following the white stripes (those would look cool even if the paint is monochromatic). Then I'd place a black inner fold on the sides to emphasize the skirts, also as a tribute to the RT/10. Finally I'd add some lights that are completely new, but you could guess you'd seen them before. Voila! The Viper macho-look is completed.

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13 Comments on “TTAC Photochop: New Dodge Viper...”


  • avatar
    jurisb

    Not too bad, but reminds more of an evolution of the first gen Viper, not the second.This vehicle exploits only curves( positive , hyperbole) while todays tendency is to use more chiseledes style and add negative curves( inclination inside). The front headlights stand out as the only element imparted with square, sharp shapes. The mirror signals look too shy for a masculine coupe.

  • avatar
    Swervin

    I think it looks alot like Lightning Mcqueen from Pixar’s Cars movie. I like it.

  • avatar
    L47_V8

    Realistically, didn’t Cerberus say they were killing the Viper program? I remember reading it, but then I kind of remember reading a retraction… Not sure which way it ended up going.

    As for the illustration, I find it attractive but a little too familiar. Of course, given what you’re working with, it’s great (includes classic Viper cues along with the styling direction of the new Journey – which I’m guessing will become the Dodge look from now on).

  • avatar
    rudiger

    I’ve always been mystified as to why Chrysler never offered a Viper with anything other than the V-10 engine. If there had been a 6.1L (or even a 5.7L) version priced competitively with the Corvette, they might have sold more than the occasional few to those who could pony up the big-bucks for the V-10.

    Now, with the upcoming Challenger V8 convertible (presumably), I think it’s a foregone conclusion that the Viper is all but dead.

  • avatar
    TriShield

    The Viper was always positioned higher than the Corvette and always about being a very low-volume, uncommon halo car for Chrysler as a company. Viper enthusiasts would have never accepted a “cheap” model with a V8. It would have been woefully out of character for that car and diminish it’s glow.

    The Viper should always be evolutionary not unlike the photo here. The Viper has it’s own unique, signature look that never fails to get attention and that’s important.

    Cerberus didn’t say the Viper was getting killed but the rumor is out there. It would leave a void that the Challenger could never, ever fill. Speaking of the Challenger, I think they should make a limited run of Challenger SRT10s with the Viper’s V10 powertrain installed. That would really knock Ford and GM’s blocks off.

  • avatar
    matt

    Didn’t they already show the new Viper? I seem to recall some hideous thing with hood vents covering the entire front of the car. Either way, this is a huge improvement over (at least what I thought was) the new Viper. Excuse me SRT-10, or whatever they’re calling it now.

    And on a related note, why do away with the Viper name, as I seem to recall they did? Everyone still called it a Viper. The Viper name has history. And how awesome is it to say you drive a Viper? SRT-10? Gimme a break…

  • avatar
    detlef

    @ matt

    The Viper’s model name has always had an alpha-numeric attachment. The first generation (’92-’95) roadster was the “Viper RT/10.” The second generation (’96-’02) saw the debut of the Viper GTS (coupe) to go along with the Viper RT/10. The third generation (’03-’06) was the first to use the “SRT-10″ designation, presumably because that’s when the SRT performance group was created. Both the coupe and roadster used the new designation. That’s continued on the present fourth generation.

    I believe even the original concept from ‘way back in 1989 was an “RT/10.”

  • avatar
    jurisb

    detlef-there have been only 2 generations of Vipers, because generations are seperated by unique exteriors with no shared parts with prev gen or crash cage.GTS Coupe still shares the same door frame, a-pillars windshield etc.

  • avatar
    detlef

    @ jurisb

    I disagree. If you look under the skin, a significant amount of mechanical changes were made which, while they may not have dramatically altered the exterior, significantly changed the vehicle. For example, while the exterior upgrade of the ’08 Viper may have been evolutionary instead of revolutionary, the displacement bump, new valvetrain, new transmission, and upgraded diff are much more than a simple update.

    With the high cost of model development and crash testing, differentiating generations on a low-volume car like the Viper means looking more at the mechanicals and lest at the sheetmetal. The evolution of the Porsche 911 is a pretty good example of the principle. No one would presume to say a ’73 2.4S and a ’87 3.2 Carrera are the “same” generation.

  • avatar
    matt

    @ detlef

    I wasn’t disputing the fact that its always had some sort of alphanumeric part to its name, but the fact is, at least with me and all my car buddies, we have never referred to it as the “Viper RT/10″ or the SRT-10 or anything like that. In conversation, its always been plain old “Viper.” And if I were to step into a Dodge showroom and buy an “SRT-10″ I’d still call it a Viper. Besides, how much cooler is Viper anyways?

  • avatar
    detlef

    @ matt

    True enough, it’s always been the “Viper” with anyone I’ve ever talked with, too. I guess my only question about the added “SRT-10″ has to do with how “SRT-X” is applied to any other vehicle in Chrysler’s stock. If there’s a “Viper SRT-10,” where’s the plain old non-SRT Viper?

  • avatar
    matt

    @ detlef

    SHHH!! You’re giving them ideas! Now thanks to you we might be seeing a “plain old Viper” with a V6! :-)

    And from what I’ve seen, there are people working at the big 2.8 who probably wouldn’t think that’s a bad idea.

  • avatar
    zwinrow

    Having owned 2 vipers I will say that unless you own one and drive it almost every day don’t knock it. This car is an American ICON!! My corvette doesn’t get any where near as many looks as the viper. It is a magnet for affection where as the vette drives better (not faster) and is way more practical the viper is the god of modern American sports cars bar none. Say what you will but in my opinion there is no competition, Shelby design has and always will be the cutting edge.


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