By Patrick Rall
This past Wednesday, DodgeForum.com had a chance to sit down
and speak with Dodge brand CEO Ralph Gilles for a short roundtable. During this discussion, Gilles talked about
the driving force behind the design of the new 2011 Charger, Durango, Challenger,
Avenger and Journey and towards the end of the roundtable, yours truly asked
Gilles “so, what is going on with the Viper?”
Gilles smiled and stated that the next generation of the
Dodge Viper project had completed the design phase and that it had moved onto
the early stages of putting together a prototype version. He went on to explain that the next Viper
will arrive in the summer of 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle and while he didn’t
offer any juicy information on the drivetrain or design of the 2013 Dodge
Viper, he did explain that the next Dodge supercar will feature driver assists
like stability control to make the car friendlier for basic street-driving
duties…proclaiming that he would like to be able to toss the keys to his wife
or nephew and not worry about them taking the car out for a ride.
Even though the 2013 Dodge Viper will receive some help to
make it a little more user-friendly, we can expect that the new Viper will do
the name proud, setting the new standard for American performance cars and
allowing the 2013 Dodge Viper to compete with the most well-known supercars in
June 20th is the first day of summer in 2012 so
taking Mr. Gilles “summer of 2012″ comment very literally, we are 578 days away
from the introduction of the 2013 Dodge Viper.
One thing is for sure…DodgeForum.com will be there each step of the way
as we get closer to the full scale introduction of the next generation of the
legendary Dodge Viper.
Click here to visit the Dodge Viper section and discuss the 2013 Dodge Viper!