As you already know Dodge has already showed a concept version of the next generation Viper to selected dealers about a week ago and, although previous statements were devoid of any criticism, rumors are now flying that the next Dodge Viper may be looking into its Italian heritage. Okay, so Dodge doesn’t exactly have an Italian background, but rumors have stated that the concept looks to have shared a face with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Apparently, the future Viper will not only share design elements with the Italian model, but it will also be built on the same platform.

Ralph Gilles, Dodge CEO said when talking about the 2012 Viper: "We had been debating this particular nameplate for a long time, and every time I just could not get there. And then one morning the product committee went into the dome and saw it, and we all knew we were in front of something magic, unique. It took less than five minutes for the committee to fund the initiative. Not a negative comment, not a remark, not a single question. And so I leave you with this. The 17th car in the lineup, in select dealers in 2012."

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Source: Autoweek

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  (1) posted on 10.15.2010

Alfa - NOT ! Where do you people get such crazy wild not-even-close guesses ? Maybe you should stop guessing and listen to those who actually KNOW something ? The dealers - or those of US AT VIPER OWNER’S convention who actually SAW the real deal, sat with the Dodge engineers and CEO.. - could have told you NOT an Alfa. Tell you what... put up a picture of a red VIPER GTS... on steroids.. and you will be much closer. and yes.. V10 lives ! "Viper. The legend lives on !" as Ralph Gilles showed us.
It’s a Home Run ! They got it Right !

  (677) posted on 09.21.2010

The new Viper was built before Fiat entered the picture. Not based off anything Italian although it might still use the chassis that MB stole for the SLS that was originally designed for the Viper by DODGE ENGINEERS (Not AMG like they tell you).

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