Even if Chrysler is in a bit of a bind at the moment they are not giving up on their high performance purebred sports car, the Dodge Viper. The American automaker has announced that the Viper name will live on. Even better news is that Dodge has big plans for the super car, the company wants to transform it into their halo car, a vehicle that transmits the brand’s best attributes in a high performance application, one that is so desirable it undoubtedly has a tremendous marketing potential in car enthusiast/amateur racing circles, like what Mazda has done with the Miata ever since the RX-7 went off the market.

Rumors are saying that the next generation Viper will use a V10 version of the next-generation corporate V-8. This is a 90-degree engine would be modular from top to bottom as well as cylinder to cylinder. The centerpiece of the engine will be a flat-plane crankshaft from the Ferrari style V8; whereas a conventional cross-plane crankshaft is used for other FIAT variations, like the Maserati V8. The best part of the story is that the engine will have a good old set of American pushrods making the valves go up and down.

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Source: Car And Driver

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AK47  (1024) posted on 08.14.2009

You are right but this is a street car. I also know that pushrods are also lighter than most four valve V8s. However there is nothing special about a truck engine in a supposed supercar(I believe they use the same engine in a Dodge truck). Especially for 80k plus. Their pushrod designs also mean they can’t rev as high. Driving experiencewise, one might say that the high, free revving four cylinder of a Civic is more engaging than an engine that runs out of revs as soon as it starts revving.

TJKEON  (138) posted on 08.12.2009

Did you know the LS7.R from the C6R won the racing engine of the year, and its got some pushrods inside. Also you get to have a lot more engine block and less head because the cams don’t take up all that room up top. Seriously they’re not so bad in the 21st century

AK47  (1024) posted on 08.12.2009

The "good old pushrods" is actually nothing to be proud of. What will its output be like? 620hp from a 8.5L V10? In the supercar category, that would be a joke. High output engines are the reason why Ferraris and Lamborghinis are popular.

BMWM6  (488) posted on 08.11.2009

will it still have the 100K Price or are they gonna go really expensive with that engine

Uncia  (868) posted on 08.11.2009

The Viper’s handling dynamics will probably change a lot pretty soon, as electronic stability control has been federaly mandated for all vehicles by 2011. Chrysler will probably release this new engine as well for 2011 so that they only have to revise it once.

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