Just saw an interesting report from Autoweek saying that when Dodge relaunches the Viper brand with the 2012 model year, the car will be an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione with a new nose.
Of course, that’s better than no Viper, but after more than 15 years of the Viper as an iconic example of American iron-and-ingenuity, this seems slightly blasphemous. There is no word on what will be used to power the car, but it seems unlikely that Dodge/Chrysler/Fiat will be able to shoehorn the famous V10 into the foreign-born chassis.
Last year, Alfa Romeo sold the Competizione in America out of Maserati dealierships. In all, 84 coupes and 35 spiders were plucked up, and every single one was purchased before it was shipped over here. By the way, the Spider Competizione sold for $299,000, quite a bit more than the already pricy Viper.
Should be interesting. You can read the entire article from Autoweek here.