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.

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 .

The 2012 New York Auto Show is still about two months which means we will have to wait that long before the official debut of the new generation SRT Viper . We’ve been lucky enough to get a few teaser images thrown our way by Chrysler, but we want the real deal, and we might just be looking at it.

The quality of the image is terrible with very little resolution, but it looks like a Viper that has been completely overhauled as Ralph Gilles, Head of Chrysler , stated it would be: "there won’t be a part of the car that’s untouched."

Squinting our eyes at the image, we can see a completely restyled front end with newly shaped headlights, front bumper, and hood. These elements blend in nicely with the design of the first teaser image revealing the shape of the new Viper .

There’s no way of knowing whether or not this is the real thing until the New York Auto Show opens its doors. What we do know is that the SRT Viper SRT Viper will be housing a new powerhouse engine that should be able to blow our minds. Rumors suggest this engine could be a variation of 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.

As we all patiently wait for the new generation SRT Viper to debut in April at the 212 New York Auto Show, the previous generation Viper ACR-X has just established a new record at the Nurburgring race track. The sports car managed to lap the ’Ring in an impressive 7:03.058. This is a 10-second advantage over its road-going sibling – the SRT Viper ACR .

The Viper ACR-X is powered by a 8.4 liter V10 engine that delivers a total of 640 HP - a 40 HP increase over the standard model. The model is also 160 lbs lighter than the standard. It comes equipped with a roll cage, a lone racing bucket, Momo Corse steering wheel, and self sealing fuel cell.

Enjoy the video and stay tuned for the official unveiling of the new generation Viper.

Source: DriveSRT

Logos are a pretty important factor in establishing your brand, especially when it involves a car that has a rich American history like the Dodge Viper . The venomous Viper has been in hibernation for the past two years, but now that it’s scheduled to slither back into showrooms, Dodge is hyping up the return by introducing a new logo for the American sports car.

Following in the wake of "Sneaky Pete" and "Fangs," Dodge is set to welcome "Stryker," the third official logo of the iconic Viper.

Designed by Chrysler designer and proud Viper owner Vince Galante, the new logo "Stryker" logo is the result of what Dodge wants to capture: the "sinister look" and "evil grin" of Sneaky Pete.

The stylized viper head is the most distinguishable feature of the Stryker. The slits on the eyes have a look of malicious intent, something that adds even more allure to the returning Viper while the fact that it carries the pose of a snake that’s coiled and ready to strike is a shout-out to Viper competitors, as if saying, "yeah, I’m itching to attack."

With the sports car’s return drawing closer and closer, we actually thought that it was a good idea for Dodge to package the new Viper with a lot of new elements. The new "Stryker" logo is just one-piece of the puzzle, but it’s a pretty important piece nonetheless.

A few days ago, Chrysler created an official Facebook page for their upcoming SRT Viper and promised that if the page received 10,000 likes by February 1st, they would reveal a teaser image of the next Viper. As expected, the page had received 10,000 likes in just a few hours and now Chrysler has kept their promise. This first teaser image isn’t much, but at least it allows us an idea of how cool the new Viper will be.

As many already know, the future supercar will drop the "Dodge " name and will instead be simply called the SRT Viper. It has been rumored that the next generation Viper will keep its V10 engine, but unlike the previous generation, will use an 8.7 liter displacement instead. Output is believed to be in the 700 HP area.

The new SRT Viper will be making its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April. Stay tuned for more details!

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SRT Viper

Dodge has announced that the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit has been reopened in preparation for the production of the new generation Viper . In addition to that tidbit of news, the company has also announced that the new generation Viper will drop its usual Dodge name and will be simply called SRT Viper.

"The next generation Viper will make its return to the product lineup in late 2012 as a 2013 model," said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer - SRT SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC."We’re extremely excited that our ultimate American sports car will continue to live on and be produced exclusively here in the Motor City."

Conner Avenue will begin building the new Viper in late 2012, but employees began reporting for training and orientation this fall. The plants have the capacity of building about 12 Vipers per day. The 2013 SRT Viper will be revealed at the New York Auto Show in April 2012.

SRT Viper

All you anxious and restless fans of the Dodge Viper can now rest easy. After a one-year "sabbatical," the 2013 Viper is coiled up and ready to strike at the 2012 New York Auto Show on April 6, 2012.

According to Viper Club of America, no less than SRT President and CEO Ralph Giles confirmed the date for the Viper’s return, complete with a new halo look that is bound to make fans welcome the sports car back with open arms.

Patience has truly been a virtue for Vipermaniacs who have waited long and hard for the Viper to come back from the ashes. Understandably, Dodge execs have been very tight-lipped about the car, opting to keep us sweating at what lies in store for us when the 2013 Viper returns.

There have been many rumors surrounding the new Viper, most of which surround the type of engine that will be found under the hood. The first rumors suggested it would get a new direct-injection 8.4-liter V10 engine that would deliver around 700HP. However, European magazines are talking about a V8 engine with an output of 500 HP for an entry level version. A Viper mule was recently caught testing with the new Viper front end attached to the old body style. Something was cooking under that hood and whatever engine that may be, it will need plenty of fresh air to keep it cool. There was a big air intake in the front bumper and what looked to be three air intakes in the hood. This engine will be a beast and Dodge is doing whatever it can to keep it at bay. Rumors suggest this new engine will not come from Ferrari, but could be a variation of Chrysler’s new 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with some form of forced induction.

Whatever engine is finally chosen, at the very least, we now have an official date to circle on our calendars. With all the secrecy surrounding this car, that alone is already a battle won.

Usually, when an automotive conversion is taking place, it’s a road car getting tuned up for the track. But every once in a while, there’s a racer that’s so badass, tuning firms have to make it street legal. This is the case with the Dodge Zakspeed-Viper GTS-R by Heurich Classics. Dodge may be working on their new generation Viper , but for many, the second generation is the true calling for the sports car and the 1998 Viper GTS-R was just too good to be left alone.

The 1998 Viper originally belonged to Zakspeed Racing, but was purchased in 2010 by someone who wanted to recreate the Viper in the original design present during the vehicle’s win at the 1999 legendary 24 h at the Nürburgring, and make it street legal. For this, they turned to Heurich Classics, a Germany tuning firm that specializes in maintaining and repairing vintage classics.

Many changes had to take place in order for this classic racer to be turned into a street legal mad machine. The Viper had to get its spoiler cut, its rear diffuser removed, and its side channels rebuilt, as well as its brake system changed. New tires and wheels were special ordered and a new hand brake system with CNC-machined caliper carriers was installed. For the interior, the seats, harness, and glazing were renewed, and new passenger seats were installed. All of the electrical work was also redone. The finishing touch was provided with the traditional colors and livery of the original Hasseroder Viper GTS-R.

After completing the work on the exterior and interior, the tuner turned its focus on the engine. The steering angle had to be increased, the cooling system changed, additional fans installed, engine peripherals modified, and the exhaust system adapted to get the Viper up to code. As a result, the 6.2-liter V8 engine now delivers a total of 600 HP, combined with a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox.

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