Wild Ass Rumor of the Day: Ferrari-Viper Fusion?
Want more proof that Car And Driver Editor-in-Chief Eddie Alterman will believe anything?
Currently floating through the executive offices in Torino is a plan to fit the Dodge [Viper] with a V-10 version of the next-generation corporate V-8. This 90-degree engine would be modular top to bottom as well as by cylinder, with a flat-plane crank for the Ferrari V-8, a conventional cross-plane crank for the Maserati V-8, and pushrod-actuated valves for the balance-shafted Viper V-10.
Too bad Automotive News [sub] already revealed that Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati are not part of the Fiat-Chrysler alliance. And a pushrod V10 based on a new Ferrari/Maserati V8? Isn’t that like basing a the plot of a Babysitters Club novel on the Ramayana? According to Alterman, “Marchionne thinks Viper has the potential to be to Dodge what Miata is to Mazda—a halo car that transmits the brand’s best attributes, and one that has tremendous marketing potential in car enthusiast/amateur racing circles.” Sounds like a top priority. Besides, didn’t the Iso Grifo and the Ghia L6.4 (pictured above) prove that Italo-American fusion works best when the American contribution is a rumbling homegrown V8?
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