New Dodge Viper isn’t happening: Sergio Marchionne

The Dodge Viper is dead and could remain that way for some time, according to Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) during the company’s Capital Markets Day event.

As reported by Road & Track, both Automobile magazine’s Todd Lassa and Detroit Free Press’ Eric Lawrence tweeted that Marchionne had no plans for a new Viper.

This is due to poor sales and that the Viper wouldn’t work with a “cute” European engine from say, a twin-turbo V6 for Alfa Romeo or Maserati’s V8. The Viper has always been powered by a V10 engine throughout its three generations, starting with an 8.0 litre unit that eventually grew to 8.3 and 8.4 litres.

Production of the sports car ended last August when Dodge’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan was closed. Prior to that, the company released a slew of special edition versions of the Viper to celebrate its 25th birthday and final year of production.

Rumours of a new Viper have been present for some time, with claims that a 2020 model will arrive with a V8 engine but it looks like that plan has been shelved indefinitely. We’ll miss you, Dodge Viper, and thanks for starring in that television series from the 90s, among many other things.

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