2023 Dodge Viper It’s been four years since Dodge discontinued the Viper and we’re still hoping the nameplate will return soon. The Viper is not like any other American car.
It features a sleek and powerful design, a large V-10 engine under the hood, and delivers outstanding performance on road and track.
Dodge isn’t planning on reviving it but the Viper still gets a lot of love. And someone even went so far as to design a sixth-generation model from scratch. And it looks like an excellent successor to Dodge’s iconic sports car.
Dubbed the Viper Basilisk Concept, this virtual sixth-generation Viper is the work of Guillaume Mazerolle. And this isn’t just a futuristic take on the Viper.
It’s a well-designed concept that is deeply rooted in the Viper generation of yesteryear.
The Basilisk concept retains the sexy and organic proportions of the second-generation models, particularly the GTS coupe, but also borrows from the dynamic look of the third-generation cars.
The design incorporates some of the Viper’s iconic features, such as the “crosshair” front grille, flared headlights, and a prominent bonnet. It also retains the deeply sculpted front fender area, muscular rear fender, and a ducktail-style spoiler at the rear.
Mazerolle opted for a race-inspired and ventilated hood, a lightbar instead of the headlights, a larger diffuser, and a fully transparent roof, all of which add new flavor to the Viper concept.
This thing looks ready to blow the Aston Martin Vulcan away! The Viper Basilisk also retains the iconic V-10 engine but also features a pair of electric motors in the rear and a battery on the floor.
Yes, the future of the Viper, if anything, is electrified, but that’s good news. With a massive V-10 up front and an electric motor in the back, the next-generation Viper can generate over 1,000 horsepower.
I certainly hope someone at Dodge or Stellantis sees this.
2023 Dodge Viper Review
The Dodge Viper debuted in 1992 as a two-door roadster. It was originally powered by an 8.0-liter V-10 engine derived from Chrysler’s LA-type V-8. It was developed with help from Lamborghini, which was owned by the Chrysler Corporation at the time.
Dodge introduced the second generation model in 1996 when the RT/10 Roadster was joined by the GTS coupe model. The V-10’s engine output grew to 450 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque.
The Viper underwent a major redesign in 2002 for the third generation, when SRT took over the project.
The new SRT-10 model replaces the RT/10 and GTS and the engine displacement is increased to 8.3 liters. The V-10 is now rated at 500 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of rev.
A fourth-generation model followed in 2008, equipped with an 8.4-liter V-10 developing 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of rev. Dodge also introduced the ACR, a lighter and more powerful variant, which recorded a new lap time at the Nurburgring.
The fourth-generation model was discontinued in 2010 when Dodge dropped the nameplate altogether.
That’s not the end of Viper. The sports car is back in 2013 with a more modern design. It continues to use the 8.4-liter V-10, but the engine is now as powerful as the previous ACR, producing 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of rev.
The fifth-generation Viper spawned a new ACR version with 645 horsepower and a Time Attack (TA) model with an updated aero package. The Viper was eventually killed off in 2017.
The FCA cited poor sales as the reason, but the Viper was also unable to comply with the new safety regulations.
2023 Dodge Viper Specs
- Type and Description 10-cylinder, 90 degree V type, liquid-cooled
- Displacement, liters (cu.in.) 8.4 (512)
- Hole x Stroke 4,055 x 3.96 (103 x 100.6)
- Low inertia Aluminum flywheel with a steel wear surface
- Incorporation Three-section shell molded, vibration-welded composite for better flow, reduced weight, and improved thermal performance
- Valve system Overhead valve, variable valve timing (VVT), 20 valves, roller-type hydraulic lifter
- Sequential Fuel Injection, multiport, electronic
- Construction Aluminum alloy block with cast iron coating, forged aluminum piston, forged steel crankshaft, aluminum alloy head
- Compression ratio 10.2:1
- Power (SAE net) 645 HP @ 6,200 RPM
- Torque (SAE net) 600 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM
2023 Dodge Viper Powertrain
Sorry, 10 pack fans, the Viper is shrinking. Chrysler (finally) developed the V-8 aluminum block to replace the scrap metal anchor block called the Hemi.
We suspect that the naturally aspirated V-8 will be the new Viper’s first engine. Taking a page from the Corvette team, the Dodge SRT will likely offer the Viper in various performance levels.
Think 550 horsepower to start with and the 700-plus-hp supercharged variant (basically a second-generation Hellcat engine) coming a year or two later.
And if we know anything about the engineers at SRT, you’d better believe there will be a hard-core road racer in the works designed to challenge Chevy’s high-end Porsche and Corvette GT cars on the racetrack.
The manual transmission will make it stand out among the increasingly fierce competition with only automatics.
2023 Dodge Viper Release Date
The second rebirth of the Motown legend. Not many details have emerged yet but trusted us: a new Viper is happening.
Since the production of the fifth-generation Viper ended in 2017, Dodge has not had a true halo car.
Sure, it has supercharged ponies—Hellcat and Demon—but Mopar fans need something to take on the mid-engined Chevy and Ford sports cars.
As before, the new Viper will use a spaceframe with independent suspension front and rear. A long hood with the engine tucked behind the front axle, a Viper staple will remain.
Learning from an unfortunate fifth-generation product planning error, Dodge will offer a convertible from scratch; the coupe came a few years after its launch.
Aluminum and carbon fiber will multiply, keeping mass as low as possible as the Viper will likely lose a bit of grunt, at least to begin with.
2023 Dodge Viper Price
The January 2019 Detroit auto show will mark the 30th anniversary of the Viper concept’s debut.
It would be a fitting tribute to the next Dodge Viper to go public, although we don’t expect to see it on the road until late 2020 as a 2021 model. Borrowing the engine from elsewhere in the FCA lineup may have a major impact on the base price.
As opposed to starting with a low six-figure, the new Viper can expand its appeal a bit by starting under $90,000.