Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of product cycles for the Viper.
Whether it's the apocalypse or the arrival of the midengine Corvette, if you predict something long enough, you're eventually gonna get it right. So we might as well get the rumor machine going with regard to the dearly departed Dodge Viper, which ended production last year.
Actually, Car and Driver is leading the speculative charge. In a recent report citing unnamed sources, the magazine said that a sixth-gen Viper could make its debut as soon as 2019 with sales slated for 2020 or 2021.
This rumored car would get some type of new V-8 engine in a front-midmounted configuration, a manual transmission, a convertible at launch and a coupe to follow.
So, the trademark V-10 seems to be off the table for any future Viper incarnations. But building an engine with one low-volume application is tough to justify — and besides, the very first Viper prototype was V-8-powered.