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New York 2012: SRT Viper


William Maley
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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Interesting...nice evolution of the current Viper design. A couple exterior details I don't care for--the faux quarter window or scoop on the c-pillar behind the side window looks out of place, and the carbon fiber taillight surround is tasteless...
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Most of the body is carbon fiber....they let a little of it show through the paint.
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Most of the body is carbon fiber....they let a little of it show through the paint.

I figured that...I just have an aversion to the appearance of CF..seeing it up close in person gives me the dry heaves...
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still has that kit car look. the upgrades are impressive tho. Corvette will really need to be a notch above this hodgepodge when it comes out.
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has a mix of american and european feel from the front picture.
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This is the most god awful looking waste of natural resources I have ever seen - we laugh out loud at these (along with Hummers) whenever we see them on the road. No improvement over all the other ugly looking ones out there -
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I love it, I think it's a great evolution of the both past Vipers, but especially the first gen. The only thing I feel needs a little extra flair is the headlights which don't seem as aggressive as they could be given how angry the Charger looks. That is my only minor complaint about it, I love the interior, I'd take this over a 'Vette without a second thought.
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This is the most god awful looking waste of natural resources I have ever seen - we laugh out loud at these (along with Hummers) whenever we see them on the road. No improvement over all the other ugly looking ones out there -


You must have a sad, miserable life if you can't find better use of of your time.
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I love it! It's got the feel of the original GTS, but even more taut and menacing. I love the long low hood and low nose. Rare to find that in today's pedestrian-friendly cars with 4 foot high flat noses. I like the restrained use of exposed carbon fiber on the exterior.

The interior is such a huge leap forward compared to the old car. I wouldn't call it warm and inviting, but certainly cozy and intimate with a much more modern, cohesive design and lots of upgraded materials as well as nice detailing. I especially like the detailing of the handle and the HVAC vents.

Best of all perhaps, is the V10, which true to form, remains naturally aspirated, and is now the most torque-rich N/A engine in the world.
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i LOVE this car. from the outside headlights grill tail lights. the hits of carbon fiber here and there. it is a true sports car. the interior is EXACTLY what i was hoping for when i said they should take a lesson from Ferrari. the 2 tone interior with the sporty accents. the perfect evolution from the 2nd gen. its a very mean and intimidating looking car. and with the massive V-10 that's going in its gonna scream.
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I think it's wonderful. not a thing on it i would change. I'm amazed they brought back the front-hinged clamshell hood, too. Overall, I must say I'm impressed.
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interior looks pretty cool.
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Gorgeous! In the front you can definitely see the Italian influence. Interior is amazing. This raises the bar big time for the C7.
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This is the most god awful looking waste of natural resources I have ever seen - we laugh out loud at these (along with Hummers) whenever we see them on the road. No improvement over all the other ugly looking ones out there -


You must have a sad, miserable life if you can't find better use of of your time.


No I Just Have Good Taste -
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Posted ImageDodgefan, on , said:


Posted Imageyougojay, on , said:

This is the most god awful looking waste of natural resources I have ever seen - we laugh out loud at these (along with Hummers) whenever we see them on the road. No improvement over all the other ugly looking ones out there -
You must have a sad, miserable life if you can't find better use of of your time.

No I Just Have Good Taste -


if you laugh at a viper you obviously do not. why not laugh at something that is actually ugly like a Nissan Cube.
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I love it! It's got the feel of the original GTS, but even more taut and menacing. I love the long low hood and low nose. Rare to find that in today's pedestrian-friendly cars with 4 foot high flat noses. I like the restrained use of exposed carbon fiber on the exterior.

The interior is such a huge leap forward compared to the old car. I wouldn't call it warm and inviting, but certainly cozy and intimate with a much more modern, cohesive design and lots of upgraded materials as well as nice detailing. I especially like the detailing of the handle and the HVAC vents.

Best of all perhaps, is the V10, which true to form, remains naturally aspirated, and is now the most torque-rich N/A engine in the world.


They drove two of them on stage, the Viper plus the racing Viper. both sounded insane!
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This is the most god awful looking waste of natural resources I have ever seen - we laugh out loud at these (along with Hummers) whenever we see them on the road. No improvement over all the other ugly looking ones out there -


You must have a sad, miserable life if you can't find better use of of your time.


No I Just Have Good Taste -


That's the funniest thing I've heard all day. You have good taste like a dog turd has a good understanding of the Higgs boson.
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whatever...
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Looking at all the pictures, the new viper has grown on me. I clearly see the Viper DNA is there, the quality of the interior is a throw down to Corvette and any other High End 100,000 dollar performance car. The nicest I have ever seen on the Viper.

The Exterior I wish they had pushed the envelope more in being truly Viper, I feel they cross bred the Viper with a Ferrari which I know is truly subjective as some love Ferrari and other do not. I would rather have seen it cross bred with a Lambo.
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i love the cross breeding that was done. it went Italian without getting rid of its american roots. it kept and boosted its power. it has alot of tech options to help with handling. it will be a fantastic car.
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i love the cross breeding that was done. it went Italian without getting rid of its american roots. it kept and boosted its power. it has alot of tech options to help with handling. it will be a fantastic car.


I am not saying it will not be a fantastic car, but where you love the style of Ferrari, I do not like it at all. I think Lambo is a far better style. VIPERS instill fear in others, This version of the VIPER should use all the technology to build a world class driving car, but keep the style to one that instills fear in others by saying I am not gonna mess with him. This current style is nice, but it does not instill fear. It does not say "Don't Mess with Me!"

I get this I can beat most cars and I have no problem racing, but you might win.

IMO :)
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Problem is that its more Ferrari than Italian. Ferraris don't do it for me. If I wanted Italian, I'd get a Lambo.
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I can see a little Ferrari in the style, which makes sense given the family relationship. I wouldn't expect any Lambo as that is a VW brand.. Other than the Miura, I've never really cared for Lambo styling, esp. compared to Ferrari.
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It's not bad, though really not my cup of tea (I was more excited about the debut of the '13 Ram than I was for the Viper). I will say I think they didn't go far enough to differentiate it from the last Viper, but I can see where it went new. I would be just as disappointed with thenext Corvette if it kept most of the last generation in its design.
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ok, enough with the back and forth at each other, back and forth over the car....


i love the cross breeding that was done. it went Italian without getting rid of its american roots. it kept and boosted its power. it has alot of tech options to help with handling. it will be a fantastic car.


I am not saying it will not be a fantastic car, but where you love the style of Ferrari, I do not like it at all. I think Lambo is a far better style. VIPERS instill fear in others, This version of the VIPER should use all the technology to build a world class driving car, but keep the style to one that instills fear in others by saying I am not gonna mess with him. This current style is nice, but it does not instill fear. It does not say "Don't Mess with Me!"

I get this I can beat most cars and I have no problem racing, but you might win.

IMO :)


That's because you can't hear it.
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