We’re pretty sure that if you want to buy an American sports car this year, you may opt for the SRT Viper, and not the new Corvette Stingray. While Chevrolet failed to capture the usual Corvette allure, SRT did an amazing job in developing an awesome sports car - no slight to the Corvette, of course.
The SRT Viper is powered by a new 8.4-liter, all-aluminum V-10 overhead-valve engine that will deliver a total of 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. The new engine will be mated to an improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission.
According to Hennessey Performance, which was the latest one to dyno test the 2013 Viper, the new Viper develops a total of 558 rear wheel horsepower and 515 pound-feet of torque. So, how do we get from here to the numbers announced by SRT? Well, simply add forced induction; In fact, you will obtain almost double than SRT announced with some pressurized air flowing through the intake.
The auto industry has been bitten by the web series bug. How else do you explain its proliferation these days with numerous automakers taking to that approach to give outsides like us a chance to see the inner workings of the company.
A few years ago, Chevrolet Racing ran the "Track to Street" series, which chronicled its participation in a couple of ALMS seasons. Koenigsegg also had one earlier this year and Pagani just recently showed a teaser of its web series a week ago.
All this leads us to Dodge, who is following in the steps of Chevrolet Racing to give us "Beyond the Checkered Flag", its own web series that will chronicle Dodge and SRT’s racing season in the ALMS series this year. The first episode is scheduled to be revealed next week, but for now, the company has prepared a nice little teaser for us to enjoy, which you can check out by click past the jump. Full story
When a maker develops a sports car, one of the first steps it takes is to head to the drag strip to see what it can run the quarter-mile in. While SRT continues to hem-haw around releasing the official performance numbers of the new Viper, the folks over DragTimes were lent a Viper and pushed it to the extreme at Palm Beach International Raceway.
The best result obtained by the SRT Viper was scored when the sports car’s launch control system was on. This run turned in an 11.1-second quarter-mile time at a speed of 127.4 mph. During the same test, the SRT Viper ran from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, from 0 to 100 in 7.1 seconds and from 60 to 130 mph in 8.08 seconds.
The SRT Viper is powered by a new 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine that delivers a total of 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. According to SRT, the new Viper can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in low-3-second range – verified by DragTimes – and can hit a top speed of 206 mph.
How many times do you have the chance to see two 2013 SRT Vipers racing against each other? Not too many times, that’s for sure! But this past weekend two brand-new models were put head to head at the 2013 Spring Texas Invitational. While the Viper is absolutely gorgeous when you see just one on the street, but two in the same place is an absolute godsend.
The 2013 Viper is powered by a new 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve 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. With this amount of power, the Viper sprints from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 206 mph.
If you want to own a Viper, you can buy one for $97,395.
For all the attention paid to a car’s looks and its accompanying performance credentials, a good sports car can sometimes go down to its color.
Mess that one up and you’re looking at an eyesore. Hit on it and you’re looking at a potential goldmine.
In the case of SRT, paint finishes play an important role in the overall package of the SRT Viper. Whether it’s the classic colors or more of the attention-grabbing hues, giving a car like the Viper the right color finish is a pretty important deal.
In this video, SRT takes us on an up close look at how it cooks up different colors in its "color kitchen.” It’s a task that sounds easy, but it’s really not. SRT stresses that putting in the right colors often involves meticulous detail that includes transforming computer-generated colors into paint samples and eventually spraying a whole car to see if the end results is right up to par with expectations.
Suffice to say, it’s a science that a lot of us take for granted. Fortunately, this video will show us that it’s far from an easy task.
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In the grand scheme of auto sales, the majority of buyers will opt for the base model of any particular car, leaving the top trims for those clients with more money. However, it appears that this rule has been flipped on its ear in regards to the SRT Viper. According to SRT, who was as surprised as we are, almost 90 percent of the orders placed for the new Viper are for the more luxurious GTS trim.
To put this in perspective, the standard SRT Viper is priced at $97,395 and the GTS version is set at $120,395 – a massive $23k hike. For this extra scratch, customers get an increased level of luxury that includes: Sabelt seats wrapped in Nappa premium leather in black, red or caramel, lots of Alcantara, a standard 12-speaker sound system, standard navigation, red brake calipers, and advanced suspension and stability control systems.
Considering that SRT is also going to offer a Viper TA Edition, it is safe to say that the standard version won’t enjoy the success SRT initially hoped for, but these upper-level models should make up for it.
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Back in January it was announced that deliveries for the 2013 SRT Viper would be delayed in order to obtain desired perfection. Back then it was rumored that deliveries would begin in mid-February, but it took until now for the company to start shipping the new Viper.
Finally, the first batch of 800 Vipers have left the automaker’s Detroit Conner Assembly plant last Sunday. This plant can only develop a total of 14 units a day because developing such a model is "really a laborious process."
The first 800 units were delivered using at least 10 trucks and most of them will arrive to U.S.-based customers.
The first Viper was auctioned for a pediatric cancer charity and the second one went to SRT brand chief, Ralph Gilles, who drove it to the New York Auto Show. He opted for a white exterior because "it’s easy to maintain, doesn’t show any scratches, looks good for years."
When Motor Trend tested the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the SRT Viper GTS some months back, the results didn’t sit too well with SRT boss Ralph Giles.
Determined to gain back a measure of revenge, SRT decided to expedite the build of the car it deemed as capable of wasting away the ZR1’s glory. And so, at the New York Auto Show, SRT will be bringing the latest Viper incarnation, the Viper TA.
The "TA" stands for Time-Attack, which shows you the reason why SRT decided to build the car in the first place. It comes with a host of new improvements to the suspension and handling, critical areas where the SRT GTS fell short of in its throw-down with the ZR1.
But the question is, does it all matter, or does the ZR1 just have the Viper’s number?
Updated 03/28/2013: SRT has unveiled a new set of images and a video showing the new SRT Viper TA in action on the race track. Enjoy!
The answer to that question, as well as the full details about the SRT TA, can be found after the jump. Full story
The previous-generation Dodge Viper was often criticized that it has lost the essence of earlier years. Things seems to have been solved, as the new Viper has not been inspired by the model it replaces; instead, SRT designers looked back at the first- and second-generation Vipers which were the most appreciated ones.
In this video, Viper’s Head of Design, Mark Trostle, explains how the design of the new Viper took shape. According to him, designers focused mostly on keeping the essence of the first two generations, but also the unmistakable proportions of the Viper. According to him, even if there is a car cover on, people will still know what car it is. And the final element, the new Viper combines functionality with beauty.
Enjoy the video and let us know in the comments section below what generation Viper you prefer.
SRT announced that once the 2013 Viper was put on sale, customers would also be able to choose the new Track Pack that reduces a total of 62 pounds from the car’s total weight. The new package can be ordered for both the standard Viper and top-of-the-range Viper GTS model.
The new Track Pack includes ultra-high-performance Pirelli Corsa tires, two-piece brake rotors, and lightweight wheels sized 18-by-10.5 inches on the front and 19 inches-by-13 inches on the rear.
The car’s braking system includes brand-new brake cooling vents specially designed to offer maximum cooling and increase the downforce. The new brake rotors weight 8 pounds less than the ones offered in the standard Viper, so that the new braking system offered in the Track Pack sheds 32 of the 62 pounds. The other 30 pounds are dropped through the use of the lighter wheels and tires.
The new Track Pack is priced at $3,500.