For better or for worse Dodge’s first EV muscle car is finally here. It is called Dodge Charger Daytona SRTand it did four things for the brand: It enabled To dodge to be established in performance of the EV market, it was the first retro-futuristic electric car, it brought back the iconic old name from the 1960s and did justice to the Charger after it was converted into a four-door sedan. Chrysler is embracing electrification across the board, and Dodge isn’t the only American brand under the Stellantis banner to do so. That being said, this new direction opens up new opportunities to reinterpret other iconic models and if there’s one nameplate that deserves a comeback, we can all agree it has to be the Dodge Viper.
Should the viper be reborn?
To answer this question, we have to look at what Dodge Viper will compete with. So far we have only received a virtual representation of a hypothetical sixth-generation Viper, but if it does happen, it will almost 100 percent be a high-performance EV positioned above the Charger Daytona EV. The segment of high-performance electric vehicles is not yet crowded. When it comes to full performance models, the main contenders are Rimac Never and finally Tesla Roadster.
Will the Viper EV make sense?
I can already hear some of you talking about the absurdity of this statement. While I agree that the biggest charm of the Viper is that it’s one of the last analog sports cars, and it wants to kill you at times, an all-electric successor is more possible than you think. The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT rides on the STLA Large platform, which is one of Stellantis’ skateboard platforms reserved for BEV applications.
We know that the all-electric Dodge Charger Daytona SRT has all-wheel drive, which means at least two electric motors. Stellantis promises that the 800-volt system will provide more performance than the Hellcat. Although actual horsepower figures are not yet given, we have come across the 1,000 horsepower number more than once. So far, enough for an EV successor hellcat, that’s nowhere near enough for the Viper if it’s looking to compete with its ilk Tesla Roadster and Rimac Nevera.
That being said, there’s no reason why the Dodge Viper EV can’t use the same STLA Larger platform as the Charger Daytona SRT. If that estimated 1,000 horsepower figure comes from two engines, just double the engines and you’ve got a power level that rivals the Rimac Nevera. The 2+2 coupe layout will simply be sacrificed for a sleeker look with more classic proportions, likely reminiscent of the Viper of old. I can already imagine an all-electric Dodge Viper with a design inspired by earlier models.
Will the EV successor affect the value of the original Viper?
One thing to consider when it comes to the Dodge Viper is its collectability. Although it is often compared to Chevy Corvettebefore Vipers actually competed with the likes Ferrari, Lamborghiniand Porsche, which technically made it an exotic car from America. Each Viper was built by hand, and was not as mass-produced as the Corvette. In fact, Chevy wanted to steal a piece of the Viper pie by introducing the V-12-powered C4 Corvettebut it never went into mass production.
The last Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line in August 2017, marking (again) the end of an era. The Viper left once before, in 2009 when the fourth generation was discontinued, only to return in 2013. This time, however, Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles was adamant that the Viper was dead, as “Dodge wants to preserve value by not building them endlessly.”
That being said, the Venom Snake’s electric successor likely won’t break the value of the previous generations, especially if it’s more mass-produced rather than hand-crafted like its predecessors. While it will undoubtedly be the fastest Viper ever made, it will be stripped of what made the Viper special, at least in the eyes of hardcore fans. Despiteaa It?
As nostalgic as the 2024 Daytona SRT Charger
It’s clear that the 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT wants to be as futuristic as it is nostalgic. It may be all-electric, but Dodge decided to give it a “manual” transmission that you can shift yourself. It also comes with a fake exhaust that will produce up to 126 decibels. Dodge’s “performance made us do it” approach will likely apply to whatever Viper successor the company decides to come up with … if it happens. What do you think about it? When the Viper returns as a high-performance electric car, competing with the Tesla Roadster, should it use Dodge’s next-generation supercharged V-8or should it rest forever?