2013 Dodge Viper test-mule spy shots
We know the new 2013 Dodge Viper will bow in next year, we just don’t know exactly when.
While most are expecting the new Viper to debut at Dodge’s hometown event, next month's 2012 Detroit Auto Show, we may in fact only see the car next April at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
The information was first reported by Viper Club of America, citing SRT boss Ralph Gilles.
While at first it may seem strange that Dodge would choose to skip Detroit, especially when you consider the brand’s strong links with the city, New York’s global presence and the increasing importance of its annual auto show is more aligned with Dodge’s desire to turn the Viper into a world class supercar.
The previous Dodge Viper was known for its brutish driving dynamics, and that separated it from other performance models. With the new generation, Dodge is looking to cast a wider net for potential buyers.
You can take this as meaning that there will be more driver aids, including advanced stability and traction control systems. You may recall Chrysler revealed last April that it was testing the Viper in snowy conditions.
Not much else is known about the new Viper, although there have been reports that it may be packing an even bigger 8.7-liter V-10.
Pictured above is a test-mule featuring the new model's front-end (the camouflaged part) bolted on to the body of the current model. This is so engineers can test the powertrain and cooling effects of the intakes.
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