That’s right friends! Fans of the hairy V-10 American sports car can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, the Dodge Viper’s life has been spared. Originally scheduled to cease production in December 2009, Chrysler announced that production of the Viper will continue. Equally critical to the fate of the Dodge Viper is the news that the plans and manufacturing rights of the Viper are no longer for sale.
The future of the Viper has been in question since August 2008 when news first leaked that Chrysler was considering selling the rights to the low-volume sports car. Names like Roush, Hennessey and Saleen were tossed around, but this May in Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings, it appeared the only offer on the table was a low-ball from tiny Devon Motor Works.
Chrysler gives no reason for the Viper’s new lease on life. With Fiat now in the picture, who owns Ferrari, I did wonder if they would continue to let a 600hp sports car with a price tag of $89,000USD stick around, but I am pleased cooler heads prevailed. Let’s face it-Even though the Ferrari F430 costs around $99,000 more than a Viper (oh, did I mention the F430 has 117hp LESS than the Viper?) these are two very different cars aimed at different buyers. Thank you Chrysler (and Fiat), for keeping an American icon alive.