We were kind of glad that the Viper is called Dodge again, but now we wish it was still an SRT. You see, SRT guys had guts. Granted, they messed things up so bad the whole brand got the axe, but they never skimped on power. Dodge, on the other hand, has the mentality of a family car maker.
That shows with their plans for the 2015 Dodge Viper. According to some leaked document, while the 2015 modelyear Viper does get more power, it’s only a dismal five horsepower. What good can 5 extra horsepower do, we don’t know.
Mind you, the word is that 2015 Dodge Viper is going to be lighter than the current version. So the 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque from the tweaked engine could give it a better power to weight ratio than the rivals, namely the Corvette Z06. Still, while they were at it, why couldn’t they give it more power?
As for why the Viper is not getting the magnificent 707-hp Hellcat engine, the reason is the Hellcat comes with a blower that makes it too tall to fit in the Viper’s bonnet. They may use it in the Charger sedan, though.