You can mark this in the ‘ridiculousness that is the Dodge Viper’ news area. Let’s be honest, the Viper has always been a bonkers car for people who really don’t know how to drive very well. They’re claim is that, if they can drive a Dodge Viper and survive each trip to the office, they’re the best driver(s) in the world.

With 8.4-liters making 600 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, the Dodge Viper was retarded. No traction or stability control meant, if you’re going around that corner sideways, you will most likely die. Still, it had a weird aura that made everyone, including myself, want to at least see if we’d survive any sort of driving trip in it. Ridiculous, but too damn cool.

However, in my opinion, the Viper faithful are buffoons. Anyone who tells you it’s a safe car to drive is like someone telling me that 9/11 really wasn’t that bad of a day for air travel.

But no matter, because Dodge Viper owners everywhere are about to have something new to try and impress everyone with: An 8.7-liter V10.

The Dodge Viper was killed off in 2010, and there have been multiple rumors about when it would come back, what it would look like, and whether or not Mercedes-Benz would have a hand in making it. Now we do know that we’ll see the next generation, the 5th-gen, Viper in stores some time in 2012 as a 2013 model (you can see it testing in the photo above). Obviously we’ll see the car come with traction and stability control systems, since those are now mandated by the government, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be bonkers and ridiculous, especially with a potential 8.7-liter V10. I mean, what’s in store for the next generation after this one coming up, a 12-liter V16?

[Source: Autoblog via Allpar via]