This is the Viper SUV we should all expect soon
We're getting the Mustang Mach-E, a rumored Corvette-based SUV, so why should this be so unsettling?
One day you'll wake up tired, fat, and balding. The years will have made you long in the tooth. Parts of your body will ache and others won't be as beautiful or work as well as they once did. You'll be exactly like the current crop of sports cars turned SUV. The names have been around far too long for someone not to go and make them exactly what they've become - bloated from years of excess and burning the candle at both ends.
Why is this Viper SUV concept, by our friend Oscar Vargas @wb.artist20, so unsettling? Is aging so disgusting? Are we forever to see all things beautiful turn grey and decay before our eyes? Or should we strike this concept up to a snake merely packed full with its last meal swallowed whole? If that's the case, this snake swallowed a capybara in one gulp!
I mean you could tow your Viper to the track with a Viper SUV?! - Oscar Vargas @wb.artist20 IG
Seeing the Mustang Mach-E and a small glimpse of a possible Corvette-based (inspired?) SUV doesn't make me so sick looking at this Viper SUV. My stomach has been tempered by the monstrosities named after deities. The automakers are doing their best to sell every last SUV before the market crashes into everyone wanting something else. Do they always have to dilute a name in order to make more money?! Mustang, Corvette - even Viper - means something... and that something is not SUV!
Maybe I don't hate this Viper SUV so much because we already have the Durango SRT Hellcat. If Ford and Chevy had been stuffing their most powerful engines into SUVs - a la Hellcat - we'd be much more apt to accept the formula with a sacred name. Or maybe you're in the camp of leaving all dead things in their grave? The Viper is dead; unless we get another snake, don't use the name... even if it's a really fat snake.
It does look less truck than the Durango... - Oscar Vargas @wb.artist20 IG
The criticism for Oscar's Viper SUV was less than positive, but that's the point. He has shown us just how crazy this world could get. If we were all spies in the Stellantis board room; the shock we'd have to see someone actually bring forward a concept like this! Don't doubt it too much! Far crazier things have happened. Oscar has given us a time machine into the future. This is so much more of a possibility after the green lights were given to the Mach-E and whatever-the-hell Chevrolet is building with Corvette tailights.
The concept itself has some dimensions similar to the Durango SRT Hellcat, yet it is completely Viper-inspired. The headlights are all 5th generation snake, the front fascia, and even the side pipes. This SUV snake even has the same side profile as its healthier sibling. If only Dodge had produced this thing ten years ago - a big V10 Viper SUV with a hatchback. We can sit back and wonder at the possibilities or even the future thanks to this concept - and that's exactly what we're meant to do with a concept; to think about the possibilities and brainstorm.