New York 2012: SRT Viper
Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 4, 2012
The wait is now over. All of the rumor, speculation, teases, Hot Wheels, video captures, and whatever now can end. SRT introduced the new Viper at the New York Auto Show today.
The design of the new Viper is evolutionary. Elements of the first and second generation Viper make their presence known on the new Viper, including the double-bubble roof, hood scoops, gaping side vents, and side exhaust.
Under the skin, the Viper has changed in some places. The clamshell hinged hood, roof, and hatch use carbon fiber. The doors are made out of aluminum. The structure, rumored at one time to be from the Alfa Romeo 8C, is the steel structure seen on the last Viper.
This being a Viper of course, there has to be a V10 engine under the hood. There is; an 8.4L V10 producing 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque. SRT says the V10 in the new Viper is 25 lbs lighter thanks to a new composite intake manifold, aluminum flywheel, and sodium-filled exhaust valves. The V10 engine will be hand built at Chrysler's Conner Avenue assembly plant.
The transmission will be a six-speed Tremec manual. The box the box has been reworked to reduce shift effort, increase accuracy, and improve acceleration. With launch control, SRT says the Viper can reach 60 MPH in the mid-three-second range, and deliver the quarter mile in the high 11s.
The new Viper is also equipped with for the first time, stability control. But don't fret, you can fully turn it off.
One of the other big changes the 2013 Viper has is a luxurious interior. Gone is the plastic and rubber interior of old Vipers, the new Viper is draped in leather and other quality materials. The seats are made by Sabelt, the company used by Ferrari for their seats. The instrument cluster is dominated with a LCD center tachometer that is customizable. The center console uses a 8.4 inch touchscreen that is available with Chrysler's UConnect infotainment system and a Harman Kardon audio system.
The Viper will come in two different models; base and GTS. The GTS comes with a new, driver-selectable two-mode suspension system, additional Sport and Track settings for the stability control, unique wheel designs, and standard Nappa leather throughout. SRT will offer Track package that adds ultra-lightweight wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa soft-compound tires, as well as lightweight two-piece brake rotors from StopTech.
The new Viper will launch in the fourth quarter of this year.
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