The Dodge Viper has always been known for its brutal nature and raw driving style. The monster V10 powered sports car will never be mistaken for a subtle machine so it was a solemn day when Mopar waved farewell to the snake. Now that the Chrysler Group has begun its renaissance, the Viper is rumored to make a return for 2012.

There is however (as always), a “but”. A new federal law will mandate all 2013 model year cars to feature some sort of electronic-stability control. With the rumored next-generation Viper to see production in 2012, it will more than likely be labeled as a 2013. This means that for the first time since the start of the 1990s, a Dodge Viper will have stability control. The real question is: will this turn the once raw and brutal pure driving machine into a computer on wheels? We will have to wait and see.

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