2015 Dodge Viper rated at 645 bhp - report

SRT Viper with Stryker Green paint
SRT Viper with Stryker Green paint

An extra 5 bhp won't improve sales

According to a new report, the forthcoming 2015MY Viper is going to be offered with a minor power hike.

The slow-selling Viper will make its return to the Dodge moniker for the 2015 model year which will also bring a modest horsepower increase. Road & Track is reporting that according to the SAE J1349 certification database (an opt-in test for automakers to obtain certification of engine output), the 2015 Dodge Viper will pack 645 bhp (481 kW). The minor 5 bhp (4 kW) will be squeezed from the same naturally-aspirated V10 8.4-liter engine while torque will remain at 600 lb-ft (814 Nm).

As most of you know, the Viper is far from being a success as SRT halted production of the 2014 model year not once but twice in order to shift remaining overstock. Needless to say, a 5 bhp power bump won't greatly increase demand for the Viper, especially when the fresh Corvette Z06 is bound to hit showrooms in the fourth quarter with 650 bhp (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm).

Published Jul 28th, 2014 12:40pm By Adrian Padeanu
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alexyoung31586 alexyoung31586
This is if anything, a sign of things to come, so hold your horses people.
Oct 28th, 2014 12:54am
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Omega_RA Omega_RA
Dear Dodge, my offer still stands. $10,000 and I will guarantee you better sales with just two simple modifications to this car. And no it has nothing to do with just reducing the price, engineering an expensive double clutch, or increasing the power output. Considering what your design and engineering employees get paid and considering what you have already invested in the new Viper, I guarantee my input will be worth it. I want this car to be the car it should be, mainly so that I can eventually buy one instead of the new Z06 which at this point in time is way ahead in terms of styling and performance. Send me a private message if you would like this to be the great GT car it deserves to be or ignore me if your not concerned with a true enthusiasts point of view. Without quick and drastic measures the new Z06 will be the nail in the coffin for the Viper.
Jul 29th, 2014 8:49am
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Aygo Aygo
In addition to what the other posters have said, I also think the slow sales could be down to the withdrawal of the Dodge moniker when this Viper first launched.
Jul 29th, 2014 12:06am
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hms88 hms88
Would it be possible to have a viper srt without that big ugly nav screen? or its standard now. please help.
Jul 28th, 2014 9:23pm
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ScottCampbell ScottCampbell
I still do not know why the sales are poor, with exotic V10 and great styling. Corvettes are on every corner and offered by most rental companies which is not too exotic.
Jul 28th, 2014 8:17pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
Corvettes are also half the price and also don't guzzle as much gas which makes it more accessible to not so incredibly rich consumers.
Jul 28th, 2014 9:40pm
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IGoSlow IGoSlow
One thing that i admire about this car is their continuation of the 8.4 litre block. Takes guts to not follow the trend every single other manufacturer has of smaller engines. But I still can't grasp why it's output is comparatively low. This thing should be pumping out 800 minimum.
Jul 28th, 2014 5:51pm
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3546 3546
"An extra 5 bhp won't improve sales" why the need to state the obvious? i doubt the engine even produces 5 more hp than last year's. but 650 vs 645 is probably a better psychological benchmark from a marketing perspective.
Jul 28th, 2014 5:12pm
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haji haji
chrysler, exporting this magnificent supercar would help.
Jul 28th, 2014 4:11pm
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HermanCampbell HermanCampbell
I dont get why this car isnt selling well. This current gen is probably the best looking and has bar far the best interior of any Viper. The car is still fast with better road manners, but still has that edge to it.
Jul 28th, 2014 4:04pm
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adrian.padeanu adrian.padeanu
My guess is because many find it too expensive.
Jul 28th, 2014 4:06pm
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IGoSlow IGoSlow
Because of the exciting new alternatives. Every manufacturer seems to be pushing boundaries in terms of design, aesthetics and performance. This Viper, as good as it is just seems boring, cumbersome and archaic in comparison. No major leaps. They need to cut their losses and reinvent this car completely. Like the z06 for example.
Jul 28th, 2014 5:26pm
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3546 3546
there's also that stigma of owning a viper. shame, because this generation of vipers is actually pretty decent compared to past generations.
Jul 28th, 2014 5:45pm
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sensei sensei
The Corvette C7 stole all its thunder because the Vette is a true evolution forward for that car. This Viper, great as it is, is not worth the asking price. The tables have turned from the early 1990s where the Vette had become stagnant and the Viper was a breath of fresh air. Now, the Viper has become complacent.
Jul 30th, 2014 4:47am
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I like adrian padeanu news, he give the news by saying the real truth. another characteristic is " korean car crashed into a italian car, both german drivers are ok "
Jul 28th, 2014 12:46pm
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