Dodge Viper’s Next Update May See More Power And Convertible Option: Report

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2015 Dodge Viper SRT

2015 Dodge Viper SRT

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It's no secret that the Dodge Viper SRT isn't exactly selling like gangbusters, but there’s relief in sight. The 2015 model year sees a series of updates for the all-American supercar, but most importantly the new model year brings a massive $15,000 price reduction. Whether this is enough to turn the tide on the Viper’s poor sales remains to be seen, but just in case it appears Dodge is planning additional updates to entice buyers.

According to an Automotive News (subscription required) report, Dodge is planning to further boost power and torque levels for the Viper’s 8.4-liter V-10. The more potent engine is expected to be introduced in mid-2015, which means we should be seeing it for the 2016 model year. Note, Dodge gave the Viper some extra horsepower for 2015: a measly 5 additional horses, so the latest version rates at 645 hp. Torque is unchanged at 600 pound-feet.

We also hear that Dodge is likely to finally introduce a convertible option on the Viper for 2016. Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles has stated that the Viper’s chassis is capable of spawning a convertible but hasn’t confirmed that a Viper convertible is coming. Of course, there are companies out there that will convert the latest Viper into a convertible should you desire one now. One of the better ones is engineering firm Prefix, which charges $35,000 for the conversion.

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