The next-generation Dodge Viper isn’t due for another year or two but that doesn’t mean Mopar can’t give you a taste of Viper power – if you have the cash.
Chrysler Group’s Mopar performance division has just announced the availability of a V10 crate engine at the SEMA show. It’s an impressive lump – it’s a hand built 512 cubic-inch (8.4 litre), aluminum block V-10. In terms of power it pumps out 800 horses and 941Nm of torque.
Mopar claims that the engine is designed for drag racing which may mean it has emissions issues for on-road use. There are future versions planned for off-road racing and circuit racing but don’t expect these crate engines to come cheap.
Owners of third generation Dodge Vipers (2003-06) can buy a new performance kit, also revealed at SEMA, that boosts output by 150 horsepower. This kit will take third-gen Vipers up to 650 horsepower making them even more powerful than the 600 horse fourth-gen Vipers.
You may not be able to buy a brand new Viper at the moment, but the legacy is certainly living on.