To say that we’ve been waiting for this car pack to arrive can be construed as a massive understatement. If you’re wondering why, look no further than the featured car of Forza 4’s September Car Pack: The SRT Viper GTS-R.
Back in June, we got to play around with the SRT Viper - included in the June pack - in the game. Now, though, things get a little juicier with the inclusion of the SRT Viper GTS-R that competed in the ALMS series over the summer into Forza’s latest car pack. Both cars, #91 and #93, have been added to the game, which means that we can have double the fun destroying the competition with these two venomous bad boys finally in the game.
Chrysler’s Viper conversion from Dodge to the new SRT name wasn’t going to venture down the new path on its own. Rumors have been floating around that the company was also reviving the "Barracuda" name as a replacement for the current Dodge Challenger, but Automotive News is adding a side note to those rumors.
Turns out, the Challenger will be replaced with the Barracuda, but not entirely. The SRT Barracuda will take the place of the Challenger SRT8, but the standard Challenger will maintain its branding. This coincides with SRT’s goal of only producing high-performance sports cars; the 305 HP Challenger doesn’t quite fit the bill.
The future Dodge Challenger will be entering its new generation in 2015, so we’ll see the SRT Barracuda around the same time. The new Barracuda will be built on an entirely new platform and will be powered by a new 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that will debut in 2014.
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.
Next to the road-going version of the SRT Viper at the 2012 New York Auto Show was the SRT Viper GTS-R - a model that marks SRT Viper Racing team’s return to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2012. There will be two GTS-R models entering the competition with four drivers currently being signed to drive including Dominik Farnbacher, from Ansbach, Germany; Marc Goossens from Geel, Belgium; Ryan Hunter-Reay from Dallas; and Kuno Wittmer from Montreal.
The GTS-R racing version will be based on the standard Viper, but the model will be updated for track use. The GTS-R version was built in cooperation with Riley Technologies, based in Mooresville, N.C. Both models will race on Michelin GT tires.
"Racing has been a significant part of the illustrious history of Viper not only with wins on the track, but also in the continued development of the street cars – and our new 2013 SRT Viper models are proof of those lessons learned," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "Now with our new team and the launch of the GTS-R, we’re excited and proud to begin writing more chapters in the racing history of the Viper later this summer."
UPDATE 07/06/2012: The new SRT Viper GTS-R has been taken to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a new testing session. Check out the sports car in action by clicking on the image above!
UPDATE 07/13/2012: Chrysler announced today that the company will return to the American Le Mans Series with the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R. The return has been made after 12 years of absence and Chrysler has big hopes for their first racing appearance on Aug. 4 at the Mid-Ohio (Lexington, Ohio). "We’re thrilled to return to the world-class competition in the American Le Mans Series with our flagship American supercar," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. ’The new SRT Viper GTS-R represents a rebirth for us on the race track. It epitomizes the best of what our new SRT performance brand represents and showcases the Viper’s natural affinity for road courses. Now the time has finally come to go head-to-head with the best sports car teams from around the world."
UPDATE 08/08/2012: The new SRT Viper GTS-R made its official racing debut at the American Le Mans Series racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. According to the company, it was a pretty impressive racing debut, with the car finishing in the top ten. The video we’ve added includes brief scenes of the Vipers on the track, and the reactions from SRT Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles and driver Kuno Wittmer.
The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing now and medals are quickly adding up. We started wondering what about the varying cars of the world? There is no auto racing in the Olympics and a love of awesome cars is one thing that is shared throughout the entire world. So why not include them?
Here at Topspeed, we felt it was time to give our 4-wheeled friends a fair chance and display the top supercars from each of the countries participating in the 2012 Summer Games – those that produce supercars. So let’s have a look at what these countries have to offer. You may be surprised to find out what countries produce some awesome supercars and what ones don’t produce any at all.
We stand to learn a lot about the world of supercars while putting this piece together, so we are certain you will learn a ton right along with us.
Click past the jump to read our entire list and check out our full infographic.
When SRT unveiled the new generation Viper, we were a little disappointed to see that the classic racing stripes that made the previous generation Viper so famous were gone. Don’t get us wrong, the cherry red was nothing short of spectacular, but the car was still missing a little something. Turns out, SRT read our minds and have revealed the first image featuring the new Viper with its famous stripes. In fact, this is the first time we’ve seen the new supercar wearing anything else other than a solid exterior paint finish. The photo also comes with the following announcement: "the new Viper just passed its dry-track stability control testing with flying colors."
As a reminder, the new Viper is powered by an 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine that delivers 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. it is rumored that the car will be priced somewhere in the $110K area.
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 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.
Chrysler kicked off its new sub-brand, SRT, with the unveiling of the new generation Viper and the cars will just keep coming from here on out. The sub-brand’s second model will be the new generation Barracuda that will join the line-up for the 2015 model year and, according to MotorTrend, SRT is already working on a third model for their line-up.
Details on the third model are a bit unclear at the moment, but it could be either a successor to the Dodge Ram SRT10 or a small, two-seat sports car. Obviously, our hopes lie in a new sports car. Chrysler has already teased us with a Dodge Demon Concept designed as a competitor for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and now that Mazda and Fiat have teamed up to build a new RWD sports roadster, we are hoping that Chrysler will consider offering a production version of the Demon.
Any thoughts on what this new model could be? Hit us up in the comments section below!
Now that the world has officially been introduced to the new generation SRT Viper, the most logical next step would be to imagine the roadster version of the sports car. While an official debut is still at least one year away, here’s our first rendering of the drop top Viper.
The roadster version will keep the same exterior design language with aerodynamically functional details integrated into the high-tech carbon fiber and aluminum skin. The main, and more than likely only, difference will be the fabric roof (seen in recent spy shots) that replaces the fixed roof.
Under the hood, the Viper Roadster will maintain the 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine found in the coupe model with an output of 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be mated to an improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission.
Expect to see the future Viper Roadster launched sometime at the beginning of 2013, most likely at a major show. Do we smell a Detroit reveal?