Report – 2016 Dodge Viper SRT could get cabrio and another power upgrade image

According to a report coming from Automotive News, the hand-made supercar could get a subtle mid-life refresh next year, during which the power of the V10 would be again lifted and a cabrio model would finally get reintroduced.

The guys at Automotive News managed to piece together a timeline of the plans Fiat Chrysler has designed for the Dodge brand and among them we can also find the useful information about the 2016 Dodge Viper SRT.

The model – which now has readopted the Dodge brand name – has already been slightly upgraded for the 2015 model year: along with minor tweaks and changes, the 8.4-liter V10 engine’s power climbed 5 hp to 645 bhp (481 kW) and 600 lb-ft (812 Nm). According to other reports, after the Dodge brand introduced the incredible SRT Hellcat versions for the Challenger and Charger models – each with 707 horsepower under the hood – the maker needs to up the ante on its supercar model. So, according to rumors, the rather old for today’s standards V10 would get updated with the addition of a supercharger – leading to a substantial power increase, jumping from 645 to around 800 hp (596 kW).

The new report though indicates there are more important changes coming next year, with the novelties implemented on the 2016 model year car. The engine could get a more important upgrade in terms of power and maximum torque. The cabrio version is also slated to reappear in the line-up, after limited-series conversions proved successful among customers of the Viper SRT.