Sergio Marchionne appears to have dashed Dodge Viper hopes

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Marchionne: A new Viper “has to have a distinctly American engine,” but “it’s not in the plan.”

Despite speculation of late, Sergio Marchionne appears to have dashed any hopes that the Dodge Viper will return.

“Viper cannot stand by itself,” the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO said June 1 in Italy, while laying out the company’s plans for the next five years.

But then Marchionne sounded for a hot second like he might be considering a way to save the supercar, which ended production last year.

“We need to share the architecture,” he said. “And we can’t put a European turbo engine in it — it has to have a distinctly American engine.”

So maybe a way can be found?

“But it can’t stand alone,” he continued. “I think it was a great old car. I would love to have it, but it’s not in the plan, if that’s what you’re asking.”

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