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2014 SRT Viper TA


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.

Exterior

SRT Viper TA

Not a lot of exterior changes were done to the Viper TA from the standard model. It does come with a new Crusher Orange paint, which looks pretty awesome on the sports car. Plus, a number of 2D TA logos can be found just behind both front wheels with a black Stryker logo on the front fascia and a new set of matte black, ultra-lightweight Sidewinder II wheels.

The Viper TA does come with an advanced exterior aerodynamics package, featuring carbon-fiber components that include front splitters, a rear spoiler and a carbon-fiber rear applique that not only adds accentuates the rear width proportions of the sports car, but also provides performance improvements as well.

Interior

SRT Viper TA

The interior package for the Viper TA isn’t extensive, but it’s also not something you can just sneeze at. It also comes with the same premium ballistic fabric racing seats from Sabelt that the standard Viper has, as well as options to accommodate either a 3- or 6-point harness for the racing belts.

Meanwhile, the Crusher Orange color applied to the body of the Viper TA can also be found on the interior in the form of accent stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors.

Performance

SRT Viper TA

The engine powering the Viper TA isn’t different, too. It comes powered with an 8.4-liter V-10 overhead-valve engine that produces 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. The latter, in particular, is very impressive because that’s the highest level of torque any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world produces.

Performance numbers have yet to be released but Motor Trend did some testing and found out that it’s the fastest Viper on the block, capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.3 seconds with a quarter-mile ET of 11.3 seconds at 129.3 mph. As for top speed, we expect it to also be north of the 206 mph mark set by the standard model, possibly even hitting 210 mph.

Suspension and Handling

SRT Viper TA

The biggest difference between the standard Viper and the Viper TA lies in the suspension, as the latter comes with one that has been uniquely tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track use.

The installation of a two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system may not be a sexy addition, but with firmer levels of damping and a smaller spread between modes than what you can find on the current Viper models, that difference makes for improved handling for the Viper TA model.

A host of other suspension components have been retuned for the specific purpose of improving the sports car’s on-track credentials. Shock dampers, springs and road-racing-derived stabilizer bars were all given the ’ol bump in class, while the standard aluminum structural X-brace was taken out in favor of a lighter carbon-fiber brace that ties the four corners of the engine compartment together. Again, not exactly standard fare, but the 50-percent improvement in torsional rigidity and stiffness ensures that this baby can handle the rigors of some of the meanest race tracks in the world.

Finally, the car’s brakes were also improved, thanks to a tie-up with Brembo and the co-development of a system that increases thermal capacity and optimizes heat dissipation providing improved extreme use.

Pricing

No word on pricing yet but we expect the Viper TA to retail north of the $120,000 price tag of the Viper GTS. What we do know is that only 33 units will be made which makes it all that more exclusive.

Competition

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

It’s no secret that SRT built the TA model as a response to Chevrolet’s Corvette ZR1 , especially after the latter spanked the Viper GTS at Laguna Seca, drawing the ire of SRT boss Ralph Giles.

Well, Giles now has an opportunity to redeem SRT with the Viper TA and if you want to see how this track-focused Viper did against the Corvette ZR1, we invite you to watch this Ignition episode from Motor Trend to see whether the Viper TA does strike back against its nemesis.

Conclusion

SRT Viper TA

Well, the Viper TA did it. Professional driver Randy Pobst managed to clock a time attack lap time of 1:33.62 at Laguna Seca, besting the ZR1’s then record time of 1:33.69.

Ultimately, that’s all Giles probably cared about and if you’re in the same line of thinking as he is, that’s probably all that matters too.

The ZR1 threw down the gauntlet and the Viper TA picked it up and run away with it.

LOVE IT
  • Lighter means faster
  • Love the color choice
  • It beat the ZR1!
LEAVE IT
  • Price
  • Could’ve probably saved a few more pounds
  • What’s Chevrolet’s response?

Press Release

SRT Viper TA

Configured in-house by the Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) team in collaboration with professional road racers, the exclusive, street-legal and single-spec 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) package is specifically built for the performance enthusiast driver who likes to exercise their machines at the more than 150 road-race courses around North America.

Less than one year since the long-awaited world debut of the new 2013 SRT Viper at the New York International Auto Show, the 2014 SRT Viper TA is set to make its public debut on March 27, 2013 on the same show floor at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Based on the SRT Viper model – the lightest vehicle in the lineup, the 2014 SRT Viper TA package builds upon the legendary on-track capability of the American hand-built supercar using a majority of pre-developed components straight from the SRT stable, that are combined into a carefully balanced package that extract the most out of the Viper ultralow center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world.

“The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineering for the dedicated track enthusiast, who still wants to drive to the track and take their hobby to the next level” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We’re re-launching some of the fastest production-built cars that people can buy straight from the factory. Our engineers revised the suspension settings to refocus the Viper specifically for track duty, using a blend of components from the GTS and the SRT models, add in the extensively developed aero package and the new Time Attack package is born. We’re not only saluting the existing capabilities of our current models, we’re also targeting another niche in our customer base with a tremendously capable track machine.”

SRT Viper TA

The suspension on the 2014 SRT Viper TA is uniquely tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage and to maximize the performance of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires which are mounted on ultra-lightweight, multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels. A two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system features firmer levels of damping and a smaller spread between modes than what is found on the current Viper GTS models.

Shock dampers, springs and road racing derived stabilizer bars have been retuned for optimal on-track performance. The standard aluminum structural X-brace is replaced with a lighter carbon fiber brace that effectively ties the four corners of the engine compartment together and contributes to the 50-percent increase in torsional rigidity and stiffness across the Viper lineup.

Based on the outstanding performance of the world-class brake system on the 2013 SRT Viper, SRT engineers are working in parallel with Brembo on a system that increases thermal capacity and optimizes heat dissipation providing improved extreme use. The brake calipers on the 2014 SRT Viper TA feature a black anodized finish with the Viper logo shown in Crusher Orange.

The unmistakable exterior of the SRT Viper TA features exclusive Crusher Orange paint with black 2D TA logos behind both front wheels, black Stryker logo on the front fascia and matte black, ultra-lightweight Sidewinder II wheels.

An advanced exterior aerodynamics package includes carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler, while a carbon fiber rear applique accentuates the rear width proportions and adds another level of detail.

Under the hood of the 2014 SRT Viper TA is the handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front
V-10 overhead-valve engine. Performance ratings are 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world.

SRT Viper TA

Inside, the performance driver-oriented cabin of the 2014 SRT Viper TA uses the same standard premium ballistic fabric racing seats from Sabelt, featuring a lightweight fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Both driver and passenger seats can also accommodate a 3- or 6-point harness for racing belts.

The standard black interior combination includes unique Crusher Orange accent stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel (through the cowl), center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors.

Curb weight is an estimated 3,348 pounds.

Only 33 units of the 2014 SRT Viper TA in Crusher Orange will be built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, beginning in third quarter 2013.



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