The Dodge Viper is – again – forced into retirement, but at least its spirit will never die in the heart of fans and garages of affluent buyers that opted to secure a VLF Automotive Force 1 supercar.
This mod has been designed in cooperation by Henrik Fisker, former General Motors chairman Bob Lutz, and well-known Viper racer Ben Keating – the coup version has been introduced back in January last year. Now we also have the first previewing teaser for its open top relative, though we can hardly make up many details since these are simple design sketches probably showcasing two prototypes, with what appears to be a retractable soft top, covering the two-seater cabin. There are no performance details to discuss at this moment, but we can be sure the new roadster will put the same naturally-aspirated 8.4-liter V10 engine as seen in the coupe to good use.
The tuner has added another 100 horsepower (74 kilowatts) and 38 pound-feet (52 Newton meters) of torque to the powerplant, compared to the regular Dodge Viper. This means the VLF cabrio should be capable of sprinting to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in around three seconds, just a few tenths of a second slower than the 3-second straight coupe. VLF Automotive is tipped to feature the introduction of the new roadster in distant China during the Shanghai Motor Show next month, instead of the more traditional New York Auto Show also happening in April.