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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.