The SRT Viper is sliding into 2014 on a plume of tire smoke and V-10 rumble: sure of victory over the new Corvette in its launch specification.
The new Viper suffered a serious black eye when it ranked behind the outgoing Corvette ZR1 in a few big comparison tests, so the SRT crew has been busy refining the model with a new Bilstein DampTronic adjustable suspension, a ‘Rain’ mode on the stability and traction control, and matte-black paint on the new-for-2014 Anodized Carbon Edition.
SRT is fresh off a class victory at Road America with the racing GTS-R version of the latest Viper, but is this V-10-powered brute still in touch with sports car buyers in the age of the Nissan GT-R?
The most impressive is the yet-to-be-seen 2014 Viper Anodized Carbon Edition, which packs all the interior and exterior carbon options from the 2013 Time Attack model, but brings Chrysler’s first-ever matte-black paint job.
The T/A model shares its handling refinements with the base and GTS Vipers for 2014 via a track pack that also cuts the big supercar’s curb weight by 57 pounds.
How does the new Viper compare to its rivals like the all-new Corvette Stingray that barely costs half as much as the SRT? In the $100,000 super-coupe segment, is the Viper’s newly-gentrified cockpit enough to lure in Porsche 911 Turbo buyers?
Updated 9/18/2014: This review has been updated with all of the official details for the 2014 SRT Viper.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 SRT Viper, with info on the new Uconnect with built-in WiFi and the new-for-2014 Anodized Carbon Edition.
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.