According to Car and Driver, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is currently mulling a plan that would see the Viper powered by a V10 derivative of Ferrari's next-generation V8. The move would not only help Fiat to cut costs, but could help re-launch the Viper as Chrysler halo vehicle.
Per the initial plans, the new engine family would be based around a 90 degree, modular V8. The Ferrari version would use a flat-plane crank layout, with Maserati adopting a more conventional cross-plane crank. Staying true to its American roots, the Viper version would gain two-cylinders and employ a pushrod setup.
No word on when the Fiat-powered Viper powerplant might bow, but the new range of powerplants is likely still several years off.