The 2016 Dodge Viper Could Get More Power and a Drop Top
Except for the first-generation model, which was only offered as a roadster, the Dodge Viper has been sold in both coupe and convertible body styles. At least until 2010, when the fourth-generation model was discontinued and the nameplate axed. The current generation was launched only as a coupe, and although Ralph Gilles stated the platform was stiff enough to spawn a convertible, no fifth-generation Viper roadster has been built as of September 2014. That could soon change, according to Auto News’ report that Dodge is planning to introduce a convertible for the 2016 model year.
We already know the Viper is in for a refresh in the second half of 2015, as Fiat Chrysler Automobile confirmed it earlier in 2014 through its product timeline, but there’s no official word on a roadster version of the "snake." Add the fact that Auto News doesn’t rely on a specific source, and we definitely need a grain of salt with this report.
What we do know for a fact is that the Viper’s refresh in late 2015 will bring a power boost that will be more significant than the five ponies added to the 2015 model. We expect to see Dodge squeeze more power out of its 8.4-liter V-10, putting the 2016 Viper at around 660 horses.
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Why It Matters
It’s rather upsetting that the Viper, a convertible-only at first, doesn’t come as a roadster in 2014. Especially since the platform is ready to receive a drop-top body without major reinforcements to ruin the car’s power-to-weight ratio. We don’t see any reason why Dodge hasn’t developed a new Viper roadster yet, but we do hope such a vehicle is already in the works. The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray Convertible desperately needs an American-made competitor.
The fifth-generation Viper received minor enhancements for the 2015 model year, including a five-horsepower increase and its return to the Dodge brand. The upgrade also marked the introduction of a brand-new GT model. Slotted between the base Viper and the GTS, the new GT is fitted with standard Nappa leather seats with Alcantara inserts, Viper-badged aluminum sill plates, a two-mode suspension, five-mode ESC, and a GTS hood.
The track-prepped Time Attack model was upgraded as well, now known as the TA 2.0 Special Edition. Additions continue with the Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Special Edition, a limited-edition sports car finished in an exclusive exterior that will only be available in 40 units. Last but not least, three new high-impact colors join the Viper lineup.
More importantly, Dodge has reduced the sticker to its halo car by $15,000, bringing it down to $84,995 before options.
Source: Automotive News