2021 Dodge Viper revival to have aluminum V8, be convertible first?

Looks like everyone’s favorite American snake is making a return, but there’s some good news, and there’s some bad news.

According to Car and Driver the new Viper will go on sale in late 2020 as a 2021 model. A concept car could debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show to celebrate the original concept car’s 30th anniversary.

Dodge won’t be repeating the VX’s mistake, there will be a convertible version of the new Viper, and it will come out first. The coupe will follow in a few years.

Now the bad news, it won’t have a V10. It’s just not economic to develop a new engine just for a low volume sports car. Instead, FCA will develop a new aluminum block V8 to replace iron block Hemi V8, and it will be used first in the new Viper.

That will keep the price down, but anger fans.

With the Connor Avenue factory closed, Dodge will probably outsource manufacturing, like how Multimatic makes the new Ford GT. Expect plenty of aluminum, carbonfiber, a spaceframe with independent suspension, and a long hood.

Source: Car and Driver

Credit: Richard Prince / Dodge

2016 Dodge Viper ACR

Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson

News editor — Joshua deals with numbers for a living, but cars are his lifelong passion. He loves all, from his dream Stingray through to his first car, a Mercury Tracer.

2021 Dodge Viper revival to have aluminum V8, be convertible first?