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Long-Rumored Revival Of Dodge Viper Confirmed

New version of the “snake” to be “unique,” and debut as a 2013 model.

by on Dec.01, 2010

One of the last of the old Dodge Vipers proves its mettle on the track. A new version returns in the 2013 model-year.

Long-time fans of Chrysler’s quirky supercar, the Dodge Viper, have gotten an early Christmas present, though they’ll have to wait a few years to unwrap it.

As part of its restructuring, the automaker wrapped up production of the Viper earlier this year, (Click Here for more), after an 18-year run.  But as first reported in November 2009, a revival was already under study. (For more on that story, Click Here.) Chrysler is now confirming that the 2-seat sports car is scheduled to make its comeback in 2012 as a 2013 model.

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Don’t expect Chrysler to simply pick up where it left off, however, says Ralph Gilles, Chrysler’s corporate chief designer and the head of the Dodge brand.  “There won’t be a part of the car that’s untouched,” he tells Alisa Priddle, of the Detroit News.

While Gilles won’t provide all the details – perhaps because some significant development work is yet to be completed – he did drop one big surprise.  Shortly after taking control of Chrysler, after its 2009 bankruptcy, Fiat sources suggested that the next-generation Viper would be paired with one of the Italian maker’s models, most likely the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.  Alfa used that high-performance model to launch a limited return to the U.S. market, two years ago.