LONDON -- The Dodge Viper SRT-10 will be introduced in Europe in December as part of a plan to turn Dodge into a global player.
The Chrysler group expects to sell several hundred Vipers annually in western Europe.
The two-seater has an 8.3-liter V-10 engine that produces 500 hp.
Previous-generation Vipers were sold in Europe between 1993 and 2001 as Chryslers.
"The Viper is the Dodge brand icon and the ultimate American sports car," says Dan Knott, director of Street and Racing Technology for the Chrysler group.
The car will be Europeanized by British performance-engineering specialist Prodrive Ltd.
The trademark side exhaust outlets will be moved to the car's rear to meet European drive-by noise regulations. Prodrive says the change will not affect the vehicle's performance.
Whenever possible, modified parts have been developed by existing Chrysler group suppliers. These parts are fitted to Europe-bound Vipers during production in Detroit. But Prodrive re-engineered more than 50 of the Viper's components to help it pass the tests required by the European Union.
The modifications, including the exhaust system changes, will be done in a Prodrive-managed plant in Zeebrugge, Belgium, after Vipers arrive from the United States.