Here in the UK, the idea of owning a Dodge Viper is immense. Its long hood and wide track would be frighteningly large on our little English roads, and its famous 8.4-litre V10 would suck up so much fuel there would be a small shortage and the price would go up to something unimaginable. Oh, wait.
The Viper was discontinued in 2017 because of low sales numbers. It simply couldn’t survive in a world of Toyota Prius and Teslas, but despite this it still has a strong following thanks to its raw power, aggressive looks, and screaming exhaust note. But what would a modern Viper look like, and would it still be powered by liquid dinosaurs?
This is a render by Rostislav Prokop, an Instagram artist who has grown a large following thanks to his imaginative creations from drift-ready Hummers to Lamborghini pickup trucks. He’s denoted a very different future for the Viper, which has been made an EV in this example.
Similarly to the new Charger Daytona SRT EV, this Viper is powered by the new Banshee system, which is expected to produce somewhere in the region of 800-1000 horsepower. Thanks to other recent Dodge technology named the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, it’s also likely that this Viper will have just as good an exhaust note as it did with a V10 tucked under its hood.
But what is even more striking is the looks. Based on the 2012 model, it’s been painted in a metallic grey and has subtle design changes to pull it into the modern era. Its headlights are more narrow and similar to that of the Supra, and the DRLs that run beneath the lights flick up across the lines of the hood. While the front bumper design remains similar to that of the last Viper model, a large splitter takes the main focus, as do the hood vents that sit at the front of the hood.
The rear has undergone quite a few changes, with it now boasting a huge ducktail spoiler and a light bar that stretches the full width of the car. Scan downwards from this and you’ll see a huge diffuser, creating plenty of downforce for the powerful American sports car.
This would be a welcome addition to the Dodge lineup, especially after the weak reveal of the Hornet badge a couple of weeks ago. Dodge is after something new, and while it’s trying to capture more revenue through the new crossover model, a proper sports car would be welcomed with open arms.
Yes, losing the V10 from the model is an awful thought, but what would be worse is if the Viper didn’t return at all.