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Old June 17th, 2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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Mercedes SLS AMG Was Supposed to be the Next Dodge Viper


Mercedes touts its new SLS AMG supercar as the first-ever ground-up vehicle build by the company's high-performance AMG division, but now it appears as though that might not be entirely the case. In fact, according to a shocking new report by InsideLine, the SLS AMG started life as the next-generation Dodge Viper.

As the story goes, Dodge has designed an all-new aluminum chassis for the Viper long before the SLS had even begun production, but when Mercedes/AMG got word of the project they were immediately intrigued and began using the car as a stepping stone in their own development. The two projects were even being developed side by side for a while until the recession hit, Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection, Mercedes parent company Daimler sold off its stake in the company and Fiat subsequently picked up the pieces.

Meanwhile AMG engineers continued working on their project, only to complete the SLS and launch it as a new ultra-expensive exotic from Germany.

The whole situation just smacks of irony, with the entire development plan of Chrysler designed to use old Daimler (Mercedes) chassis for their vehicles. In the end, however, it was Daimler that grabbed a still-in-development chassis from the American automaker on which to base its flagship vehicle.

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Old June 17th, 2010, 12:39 PM   #2
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The Viper frame seems to hold up well...

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Old June 17th, 2010, 02:45 PM   #3
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Chrysler engineers have upstaged the Germans before by putting out a fully working prototype in under 2 years that matched or beat the Veyrons promised targets while the Veyron lagged behind for years due to engineering and design difficulties.

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The only thing wrong with it was they used a German engine to appease their owners when a Twin Turbo Viper V10 would have done far more than the quad turbo AMG V12
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Chrysler engineers have upstaged the Germans before by putting out a fully working prototype in under 2 years that matched or beat the Veyrons promised targets while the Veyron lagged behind for years due to engineering and design difficulties.

The ME4-12



The only thing wrong with it was they used a German engine to appease their owners when a Twin Turbo Viper V10 would have done far more than the quad turbo AMG V12
God I wish they would have produced that. It was ready to go; a fully functioning prototype. It was also designed to accommodate a driver up to 6'6" comfortably. Such a shame
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They just need to put a Viper emblem on that ME4 and call it good.
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Chrysler has 2 Viper V10(Gen 2) that is TT one made 800hp the other made about 1000hp....at least that is the rumor I heard.
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They just need to put a Viper emblem on that ME4 and call it good.
I don't agree, the lay out is wrong.
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