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2013 viper spy shot

The Dodge Viper has been seen several times in testing, easily recognizable even when wrapped up in camouflage. Allpar has been told that the Viper will start production in the fall of 2012, as a 2013 model. This falls in line with previously disclosed dates of mid-to-late 2012.

We were told that the Viper would be powered by an 8.7 liter engine. At around 531 cubic inches, it would be the largest engine ever used in a Chrysler production car, by a good margin. Ralph Gilles is on record as saying Viper would retain a V10. The engine might actually be destined for another vehicle, but there are few cars in the world that would use an engine of that size.

Spy shots have already extended to the interior, though it’s likely that the interior photographed was made from parts that were handy, not parts that will be used in the final version. The 1990s climate control and 1990s-2000s stereo both indicate use of an “extra parts bin” versus “prototype components.”

[2013 Dodge Viper photos, renderings, and rumors • Main Viper page at allpar]

Viper sketch

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?


In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval


San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?


NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma


Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

Categories: Chrysler, Future Cars and Rumors, Technology.

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