Chrysler’s V8 Firepower concept is moving closer to production, thanks to a plan to push the Dodge Viper upmarket, Car Magazine reports.

The 2008 Dodge Viper will have a new chassis and an engine co-developed by McLaren, DaimlerChrysler’s F1 partner. At the 2006 Detroit show, ASC (American Speciality Cars) showed the Diamondback Viper, which had a 615bhp supercharged engine tuned by McLaren. The carbon bodied Diamondback is thought to be a precursor to the 2008 model year Viper.

Chrysler Firepower is based on the Viper chassis, powered by a 6.1-litre V8 HEMI engine as opposed to the Viper’s V10. Chrysler claims 0-60mph in less than 4.5sec and 175mph flat out.

Source: Car Magazine

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