Dodge Viper

Dodge Viper

  The Dodge Viper had four long generations spanning from 1992-2010. There were actually no 2010 models, only extended 2009 models, and 2011 saw zero production Vipers at all. Dodge is planning on picking up the Viper once again in 2012 with a fresh look and feel. The Viper came in two different trims: the SRT10 and the ACR. The 8.4L V10 powered Viper delivered 600 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque, and was mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The 0-60mph sprint was done in fewer than four seconds, while the quarter mile came in at 11 seconds. Careful with this one though, it doesn't come with electronic stability control.

SRT Viper

The SRT Viper is one of the hottest models on the tip of all of our tongues and we are all excited to see it hit showrooms in November. We have seen many weird things, however, when it comes to its official release. In a report, we learned that only about 15 to 20 percent of all Chrysler dealerships will “earn” the right to sell it by having their entire team trained on the car, among other odd qualifiers.

Well, we have finally found out exactly what this all boils down to for dealerships. The “training” program that Chrysler is making dealerships put their employees through will run the dealers a whopping $5,000 to have completed. Following that, the dealership still has to pay an additional $20,000 just for the right to sell the Viper, given the dealership meets all of the customer service criteria.

That brings the grand total to sell the viper to $25,000, or roughly one-quarter of the price for one base model SRT Viper SRT Viper . We are all for Chrysler wanting to get this release right, but to gouge your dealers like that is simply inexcusable. Regardless of how much money you may think dealerships make, keep in mind that the average new car sale nets the dealer less than $2,000 in profit.

That would mean that a dealership would have to sell roughly 10 to 15 SRT Vipers (at the average profit number) to break even on bringing the damn thing into the showroom. I worked at a high-volume Dodge Dodge dealer and allow me to tell you that the two Vipers we had on the showroom floor never left their spot on the floor – even for a test drive – in the year I worked there.

Chrysler is likely making far more profit on the SRT Viper than the dealers will and it needs to step up and provide these cars at a lower rate than $25K. The $5,000 training fee is understandable, but $20K just to “earn” the right to have it grace your dealership’s lot… Yeah, we feel a collective “Screw You Chrysler” coming from the majority of dealerships.

Source: AutoNews

The new generation SRT Viper was recently launched onto the market and already it has been joined by a stellar special edition. The Viper GTS Launch Edition was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours and since many of us did not get the chance to be at the show, here’s a video that shows the exterior and interior of the new Viper, along with some driving scenes.

For those who do not remember, the new SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition is painted in the company’s famous blue finish combined with bright-white racing stripes. Under the hood, this special edition maintains the same 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 640 HP and 600 lbs=-ft of torque. It will only be built in a limited run, so anyone interested may want to hurry up and send in a check!

When the new SRT Viper first arrived, some loyalists were up in arms that the traditional Viper paint scheme – solid color with a pair of racing stripes – was left out. Well, for those traditionalists, SRT has an answer for you in the form of a special Launch Edition model.

This 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition will don the deep GTS blue with a pair of full-length, bright-white racing stripes, just like those found on Vipers from 1996 through 2006 . The “Stryker” logo on this special edition Viper also varies from the standard Viper, as its background is blue, instead of the typical gray found on all other SRT Vipers.

The wheels on the Launch Edition are also slightly different, as they are deep-section design with five spokes and are manufactured from forged aluminum.

On the inside, there are a few changes too. SRT wrapped the seats, door panels, steering wheel, grab handle, shift knob, and center console in black Leguna leather with contrasting stitching, giving the inside a custom look. In addition, you get alcantara covering the headliner and the bezels are finished in satin silver, setting off the entire package.

Under the hood there are no changes. The standard 8.4-liter V-10 engine that pumps out 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque carries over from the standard Viper GTS. Fortunately, that engine is definitely no slouch.

The SRT Viper Launch Edition will debut on August 18th and 19th on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. You can get a sneak peak at this model before its official debut from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 17th during “The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering” at the Quail Lodge. The production model will debut very early on in the Viper’s production, which is set to happen sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012, and will be a very limited edition. No exact production numbers or price has been released yet.

We’ll keep you updated as more information come up on this vehicle.

Click past the jump to read SRT’s official pres release.

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Our latest Photo of the Week is arguably the most artistic photo we’ve seen to date and was taken by none other than Notbland aka Webb Bland.

Taken in the Mojave Desert in early 2011, the impromptu photoshoot where this photo is featured took place in just a 45-minute session with no lights and no assistance. Yet to our amateur photography eyes, we can’t even begin to think of how this photo could have been improved.

Depicting an extremely unique 2009 Dodge Viper ACR , this particular image is so special because the Viper ACR’s masculinity has been captured beautifully with the setting sun in the background helping to pull this photo off. Then there’s the lovely wooden structures in the background of this generally abandoned desert and the juxtaposition between the technologically advanced Viper ACR and the surrounds.

As a reminder, the 2009 Dodge Viper ACR features a massive 8.4-liter V10 engine producing an incredible 600 horsepower and 560lb-ft of torque. It is consequently able to sprint around the Nordschleife in what was a record time of just 7:12.1 late last year after bettering the record which was previously held by the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package .

On a side note, be sure to check out Notbland’s Facebook fan page, his flickr account and his personal website for more amazing work.

We absolutely love the new SRT Viper , and have since the second Chrysler’s performance arm started teasing it. We also love videos of racecars zipping around tracks with awesome flyby shots. Well, you can imagine our excitement when a video of the new SRT Viper SRT Viper GTS-R – the car set to tear apart the American Le Mans Series – was released, showing it ripping up Virginia International Raceway.

This isn’t the first time we have seen the Viper GTS-R in action, but this video is a very telling one. All of the testing videos of the Viper GTS-R were on random tracks that the ALS does not use in its series. Well, VIR just so happens to be a part of this year’s ALS, and SRT has promised us that the SRT Viper will debut this season, but haven’t given a date.

With the VIR race coming up in September, and the fact that the SRT Viper looks just about race ready in the video – sans a little paintwork – we are thinking that the VIR race on September 15th is the likely debut date for this new machine. We could be completely off base here, but on the surface it looks this way.

Regardless of its actual debut day, we do know one thing; we cannot wait to see this thing on the track. Many moons ago, the Dodge Viper used to dominate this series, and we certainly expect to see the Viper jump right back into the 1st place slot that other cars have been keeping warm in its absence.

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Just days after we brought you news of a 2013 BMW M5 crashing on the autobahn , we have yet more bad news from what seems to be a haunted-stretch of road. Not only has one supercar crashed on the Autobahn in recent days, four high supercars were actually totaled on the same stretch of German highway in just a few days.

This horrific chain of events all started last week when a luxurious, silver Maserati GranTurismo crashed on Wednesday while in the hands of its brand new owner. Arguably the most expensive car to crash out of the lot was a grey McLaren MP4-12C which was wiped out on Friday, after its 27-year-old owner lost control but fortunately managed to escape the incident uninjured.

The following day, the two remaining supercars were involved in separate incidents with the first car of the two to be written-off being an extremely exotic Dodge Viper ACR which had only been rented for the weekend with the renter having only been in possession of the 612 horsepower behemoth for just three hours. Unless the car was insured from the rental facility, the driver could be looking at an extremely hefty bill.

And finally, the forth supercar to crash along the same stretch of Autobahn was a silver Chevrolet Corvette Z06 , which met its untimely demise by sliding off into an embankment.

Thus far, only the McLaren has been confirmed as a write-off while the Dodge Viper ACR and GranTurismo aren’t far off needing entire re-builds. It’s currently unclear if the German police are investigating these incidents and possibly looking into any faults in the road surface which may have played parts in each of the crashes.

With the newSRT Viper GTS-R unveiled at the New York Auto Show last week, Dodge is preparing to return to the legendary American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race. The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron has unveiled a very cool documentary that takes a look back at the history of the Dodge Viper in the American Le Mans Series.

The documentary starts with the race of 1999-2000 when the Viper GTS-R won six straight races and held the fastest lap times. The car was driven to success by Olivier Beretta who took home the Drivers’ Championship title.

The 2013 Viper GTS-R is based on the road-going version Viper also unveiled in New York. It is powered by a 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V10 engine that delivers a total of 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque.

All car buffs can appreciate when a new car comes out and pumps out 40 horsepower more than its predecessor and even blows away the old version in looks. What separates the typical car buff from the car nut is if they really care how the car got to that point. So many times I will sit and discuss gear ratios, camshaft lift and duration, compression, and weight with people and all they have to say is “How much horsepower does it have.”

Well, SRT obviously thinks its customer base is full of car nuts, as it released five videos with the engineers and designers of the 2013 SRT Viper discussing various parts of the design process, including: general overview, powertrain, interior design, handling characteristics, and exterior design. All we can say about these videos is “Wow.” SRT went above and beyond in developing this car, then went even further to draw us all into the engineering and design rooms.

All of the videos are great, but one of my favorite parts is how the designer states that the point of the interior is to keep it simple yet refined. That is a huge thing with us, as some cars go way overboard with the high-tech gadgets, to the point that it’s overwhelming. It’s pretty funny that they specifically single out Corvette owners and how they complain about the “video game” feel to the controls.

The engine video is great and the engineer really puts to bed some of the issues that the Viper has had in past years. The biggest issue by far was the uneven cooling of the engine and head gasket issues. Both of which seem taken care of with the revised cooling system.

Our favorite video by far is the “Handling Characteristics” video. First off, you can tell the engineer is a car dude and loves this stuff. But hearing about the adjustable stability control and the nasty launch control feature just made us all warm and fuzzy.

Before we give it all away, check out the videos yourself, they are an awesome lesson in how to design a car correctly.

Additional videos after the jump.

Over the past few years, we have seen the craziest limousines out there, including a Ferrari 360 Modena limousine. Now, we can add another crazy sports car limo to the list. This is a one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper convertible limousine that made its debut a couple of weeks ago at the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR race in Las Vegas. It took the first lap around the track chauffeuring Oscar Goodman, the grand marshal of the race, around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

This special limo was specially designed by a company called Unique Movie Cars, which specialize in creating models specially for the big screen. You may remember models like the Mutt Cutts van from Dumb and Dumber and KITT from Knight Rider - both of them were the company’s proud creations.

It seems that the new Viper limousine will offer interior room for six people, but we don’t know just yet the technologies it will offer.

Source: AutoGuide

With almost one month before the official start of the 2012 New York Auto Show, the 2013 SRT Viper has been leaked on the internet again. This time, two images of a 1:64 die-cast model offer up a new glimpse of what the new American sports car will look like.

It is already known that the next Viper will come with a more aggressive design, featuring all-new bodywork painted 25 times in candy-apple red. It will feature a completely restyled front end with newly shaped headlights, a new front bumper, and a new hood. Ralph Gilles, Head of Chrysler, said: "there won’t be a part of the car that’s untouched."

Under the hood, there are two engine possibilities: Chrysler’s new 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with some form of forced induction or an 8.7 liter V10 engine - the largest engine ever used in a Chrysler production car.

Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming 2013 SRT Viper .

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