Is the Dodge Viper nameplate headed for the history books once and for all? Well, maybe not. In fact, almost certainly not if you listen to Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Current Dodge Viper production is schedule to end in 2017, which had everyone saying the Viper was nearing its last days.
But not so fast. During a press conference this week at the Detroit Auto Show, Marchionne suggested something else entirely. He alluded to the possibility that the Viper may have life in it yet, but with a new shared platform.
Given the architectural development within the brand, there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface. Whether it will surface in time [to replace the current car] is unclear to me.”- Sergio Marchionne, FCA CEO
The new shared platform would likely be the one used for the new Alfa Romeo Gulia. It’s also the same one being used for next-generation Dodge Challenger, Charger and the company’s rumored Barracuda.
If that’s the case, that means a different kind of Viper, since it’s currently built on the bespoke ZD V-10 platform. It’s the only car in the brand’s lineup built on it, something Marchionne says doesn’t make sense to him.
So what about those reports that Dodge is or was axing the Viper all-together? Well those came out of contract negotiations between Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers. That’s when everyone found out the plant that builds the Viper hadn’t been given new product after the end of the Viper build-out in 2017.
If that were to be true, and the Viper does go out of production, it would mark the end of the sportster’s storied 25-year run.