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).