The 2013 Dodge Viper supercar is one of the most anticipated cars of the coming year, and destined to be the crowning glory of Chrysler’s rejuvenated lineup when it’s unveiled for the first time early next year.
But before then we have these breaking spy shots to whet your appetite.
The spy shots depict a pair of test-mules for the future Viper, with its new front-end attached to the body of the current generation car. This is because engineers are testing air flow and cooling for a brand new engine, which makes sense as these prototypes were spotted in the extreme heat of California’s Death Valley.
The heavily masked front-end reveals a few subtle details, however, showing a slightly smaller front air dam and headlights with a more tapered back design.
Interestingly, it appears as though both the coupe and convertible chassis are being tested, suggesting that both models will be launched simultaneously. Additionally, Chrysler’s engineers have also rolled out a Chevrolet Corvette to test alongside the new Viper as it is the car’s number one target.
The 2013 Dodge Viper is expected to be new from the ground up, including its engine, chassis and interior. One major difference will be the introduction of more driver aids, including advanced stability and traction control systems in order to make the car appeal more to a wider target audience. You may recall Chrysler revealed last April that it was testing the Viper in snowy conditions.
And while it won’t get a Ferrari designed engine as previously speculated, Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles has hinted that some of the Italian supercar brand’s know-how will filter into the next Viper.
Its styling, meanwhile, has been described by Gilles as inspired by a “naked woman on the beach”.
Look out for the debut of the 2013 Dodge Viper early next year, possibly at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January, but in the meantime, hit this link to follow our full coverage thus far.