Ford resurrected the GT supercar years ago, Chevrolet has plans to turn its flagship Corvette into a mid-engine machine and Dodge… well, the brand soldiers on without a sports car. We don’t count the Challenger Demon—it’s a totally different kind of performance car.
However, the mid-engine C8 Corvette may have fresh competition come 2021. A new Car and Driver report alleges the Dodge Viper will once again make a return. But, it won’t be quite like the Viper we’ve come to know so well.
Instead of a raucous naturally aspirated V10 engine, the reborn halo car may feature a new V8 engine instead. In fact, two engines may be on the docket: a naturally aspirated V8 engine, and a supercharged V8 mill. C&D quotes 550 horsepower and 700-plus hp as ballpark figures.
How a reborn Viper could stack up against the C8 Corvette remains to be seen. We still don’t have official information regarding the mid-engine Corvette program, but the car will likely feature three engine choices: a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine and two DOHC V8 engine options. We’d imagine at least one of these mills will produce figures comparable to the rumored 2021 Viper outputs.
When could we see a new Viper arrive on the scene? As early as next year. Those keeping tabs on history books will note that 2019 marks the original Viper concept’s 30th anniversary after it debuted at the 1989 Detroit Auto Show. Dodge could pull off a surprise in a similar manner next year.