The Dodge Viper was the first V10 powered vehicle in the world when it debuted in 1992, and after 20 years on the market, Dodge felt the need to strengthen its image by recreating it. When the new Viper debuted in 2012, Dodge had gone further in the rebirth of the American sports car by dropping the Dodge name. The SRT (Street and Racing Technology branch of Chrysler became a separate brand and the Viper would now be simply called the SRT Viper.
When SRT unveiled the 2013 Viper back in September 2012, the company announced that the new supercar be delivered to dealerships by the end of December. However, as you can see it is already the end of January 2013 and the new Viper still hasn’t arrived to dealerships. In fact, it has been confirmed that the first Vipers won’t reach dealers until mid-February.
In a recent interview with The Detroit Free Press, Ralph Gilles — president and CEO of the SRT brand — officially apologized to the company dealers and announced: "we are just holding ourselves to a higher standard."
He also confirmed that each dealer has received a letter that explains that a "hand-made car takes a little finesse to get everything perfect." This desire for perfection is the apparent reason for the delay – don’t know if we’re buying it, but okay…
Gilles also confirmed that SRT plans to build a total of 1,600 Vipers in 2013 and 800 of those units have already been spoken for.
In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, MotorTrend has put face to face two of the greatest sports car: the 2013 SRT Viper GTS against its domestic rival, the 2012 Corvette ZR1. The test drive was held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and behind the wheel was pro race driver Randy Pobst.
If you remember, at the end of 2012 there was a real fuss with the two models when MotorTrend announced that ZR1 managed to set a new Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca lap record with a time of 1:33.70, while the SRT Viper achieved a time of only 1:35.77.
This result was impressive, considering that both deliver pretty much the same output: 640 horsepower for the Viper and 638 horsepower for the ZR1. But we guess it was aerodynamics that made the difference, right?
Watch the video to find out which of the two cars has the bigger "bollocks."
Prospective owners of the new SRT Viper have to be squeaking in delight right now after the first production model of the reborn American sports car finally rolled off of the production line.
As expected, this was a very big deal for fans and future owners of the Viper, as a lot of them have been waiting years for this moment to come. The special ceremony — yes, the event deserves a ceremony — was attended by the higher ups of the Chrysler management chain, including Chrysler Group LLC chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne and SRT brand president and CEO Ralph Gilles.
As for the lucky owner of the Viper VIN #001, that distinction falls on the lucky shoulders of Scott Thomas of Oklahoma City, who actually paid a whopping $300,000 for the car at the Barrett-Jackson auction last year, benefiting the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
Check out the video of the first production SRT Viper as it finally sees the light of the outside world. Exciting stuff, indeed.
The hunk of sweet Mopar goodness known as the 2013 SRT Viper GTS is all set to hit dealerships and the streets at the control of civilians. Before this can happen, all of us experts had to run it through the ringer and Edmunds sure got a good long look at the new snake. During this testing process, Edmunds somehow managed to get SRT’s permission to put the SRT Viper on the dyno – something that a surprising number of automakers would never allow out of fear of huge horsepower loss through the drivetrain.
As we all now, the Viper GTS has been dubbed the “most powerful Viper ever,” thanks to its 8.4-liter V-10 engine that pumps out 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. While stated output is all well and good, what really matters is how much of that power actually makes it to those monstrous rear tires.
With the Viper on the dyno, Edmunds lets us know what to expect from the resurrected serpent. Wanna know the results? You’ll have to check out the video to find out…
The latest episode from MotorTrend’s “Ignition” features one of the coolest supercars launched in 2012, the SRT Viper GTS. The Viper GTS was put to an extreme performance tests by Carlos Lago and professional racecar driver Randy Pobst hit the Laguna Seca racetrack to see if he can charm this snake. Both drivers come away with some positives and negatives.
As a reminder, the new Viper is powered by an all-new 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. The new engine is mated to an improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission and sprints the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.4 seconds. The Viper GTS tops out at 206 mph.
So, does MotorTrend think it’s worth paying $124,990 to buy the new SRT Viper GTS? You will learn that by watching the video. Enjoy!
Most CEOs prefer to do their jobs from a desk in a high-up corner office with a breathtaking view of their surroundings. SRT CEO Ralph Gilles, however, prefers a different approach. See, the man tasked with developing the new Viper GTS sports car is as hands-on with the project as he can be.
So hands-on, in fact, that Gilles doesn’t mind rolling up his own sleeves, heading over to the SRT factory, and, with the help of SRT team leader, Tony Banks, holds his own in putting in work to build the sports car.
Of course, it’s worth noting that Gilles is building the SRT Viper that will soon grace his own driveway, so it’s safe to assume that he’s going to the extra mile to ensure that his Viper is built with no stone left unturned.
Either way, it’s pretty cool seeing the head man of a company not caring about getting down and dirty to help out his employees. That’s some strong leadership right there.
Just yesterday we reported that Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has set a new Laguna Seca record during a recent test drive made by Motor Trend against the new SRT Viper. The time difference between the two models was quite big: 1:33.70 vs. 1:35.77. This result made the new Viper slower than both the Corvette ZR1 and the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR whom held the previous record.
As no surprise, SRT officials were not happy with these results and SRT boss Ralph Gilles expressed his frustration on his Twitter account. According to him, SRT tested both cars at several tracks and never seen a gap like that.
His frustration continues with statements like: "many drivers needlessly fear the Viper", "there’s a lot more left in the car, Randy has always struggled with the Viper" or "raise your game and you’ll find the last 10 percent."
We are pretty sure that SRT is soon going to Laguna Seca and post an official result, but Motor Trend magazine will also have to say something about his complaints.
The only question is: who’s going to make the next move?
SRT has unveiled a new video for its latest Viper sports car. The video is dubbed "Music Video" and does exactly as it says — shows the Viper in action with a nice soundtrack in the background. One of the coolest parts of the video is that is shows off the viper in several colors, so we get better look at the available-color pallet.
For those of you who still do not know, the SRT Viper is powered by a new 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. The new engine mates to an improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. This combination launches the Viper from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and allows it to hit a top speed of 206 mph.
The Viper can be all yours for a price of $97,395, or $120,395 if you opt for the GTS version. If you’re still a little short on cash, you can simply enjoy the video for now.
When the last model for the previous generation Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line, many of us took comfort in knowing that the next generation had already been confirmed for production. The new generation SRT Viper was rumored and teased for a good amount of time, building up the suspense for the new design and powerful engine. Now, it’s finally here, bringing its new look and ditching the Dodge title in the process.
The new SRT Viper has received an all-new, timeless exterior design with a new carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid, and aluminum door panels. As a first, the Viper will be offered with LED taillamps that integrate stop-and-turn illumination in one element.
Under the hood, the new Viper features a new 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine that will deliver a total of 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque. The new engine will be mated to an improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission.
For the new generation, the Viper will be offered in two different versions: standard and GTS. The GTS will offer more technologically advanced solutions, like two-mode active suspension for those clients who want to enjoy it on the race track.
UPDATE 04/24/2012: SRT has unveiled another video for their new Viper. This time, the company goes into detail about the history of their gorgeous sports car. Check it out!
UPDATE 09/11/12: Are you wondering how much the SRT Viper is going to cost? Wonder no more because SRT has released the official price of the iconic American sports car. Find out how much it’ll burn a hole in your wallets after the jump.
UPDATE 09/12/12: Chrysler has unveiled a new video of the new SRT Viper during its automotive test drive at Gingerman Speedway, South Haven, Michigan.
UPDATE 11/21/12: We have just added a series of 110 new high res images to our SRT Viper picture gallery. SRT also announced today the official performance numbers for the SRT Viper. It features a top speed of 206 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time in low-3-second range. The Viper launches through the 1/4-mile in the mid-11-second range. It is capable of running a 0-to-100-to-0 mph relay less than 12 seconds and boasts braking distance from 60 to 0 mph of 106 feet. Lastly, the SRT Viper’s coefficient of drag (Cd) is a slippery 0.369.
UPDATE 12/05/12: SRT has released a new video of their 640-horsepower serpent, complete with awesome background music that further ramps up the awesomeness of the American sports car! Check it out by clicking the photo above.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 SRT Viper.
One of the 24 projects to be displayed by Mopar at the 2012 SEMA Show at the end of October is a stunning customized SRT Viper. Inspired by the company’s racing vehicles, this special Viper features a yellow exterior paint finish and lots of carbon fiber parts.
The sunny exterior finish is bordered by carbon fiber on the underhood and the performance cross X-Brace trimmed in a satin finish with a decal-cut Viper "Stryker" logo in the center. The engine cover is also made of a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber and features the standard SRT logo. The package continues with a carbon fiber aero package and new Mopar coil springs to aid in suspension performance.
For the interior, Mopar is offering accents in the same yellow found on the exterior with black Katzkin leather seats with yellow accents and a six-point safety harness. The final addition for the interior is a new, race-inspired, sand-blasted aluminum Mopar bright pedal kit, with the Viper logo etched in the pedals.
As an option, Mopar is also offering "Track Pack" wheels finished in hyperblack, a front tow hook, and an LED fog lamp kit.
Updated 10/31/2012: Mopar has unveiled today at the SEMA Auto Show a very impressive list of parts and accessories they are offering for the 2013 Viper. Hit the jump for the full list and prices.