The 2013 SRT Viper is all-new after spending two years in hibernation, and we say, "Welcome back." While immediately recognizable as the outrageous supercar it has always been, the 2013 Viper hosts big changes. First, it drops the "Dodge" nameplate, and is now exclusively branded as an SRT vehicle. The new Viper is lighter, dropping hundreds of pounds thanks to a new carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid, and aluminum door panels. The interior, however, gets the most radical revision, and finally looks like it belongs in a car that commands the high price sure to accompany the new Viper. Not only is the new interior the roomiest ever squeezed into the car, for the first time in the Viper's 20-year existence, every major interior surface has been wrapped and sewn, with more padding be added to comfort areas, a new, flat-bottom steering wheel, cleverly integrated grab handles, aluminum accents, and carbon-fiber trim. Put short: It doesn't look like an afterthought anymore. Two models will be available, a standard, lower-cost and slightly stripped down Viper and the more luxurious Viper GTS coupe, which comes with an interior wrapped in leather with accent colors applied to the seats, doors, center console, and stitching.
Think the Viper's gone soft? How about the 640-hp 8.4-liter V-8 engine under the hood, a six-speed manual transmission, adjustable suspension, signature side-pipes, and over-the-top exterior styling? They're all present and accounted for.
Who's It For
Two types of people will add the 2013 SRT Viper to their garage: Professional racecar drivers and those who make professional racecar-driver money. While pricing hasn't been made public for the 2013 SRT Viper as of yet, we expect it to start just north of $90,000, the base-price that the prior model commanded. The Viper's 8.4-liter V-10 engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and is responsible for around 640 horsepower. The transmission has also been configured to have a shorter throw making it even easier to breeze through all six gears. The latest Viper has a modern interpretation of the traditional "double-bubble" roof, which not only makes the most of the headroom, but also makes it easy for someone wearing a helmet to ride comfortably around the track.
The 2013 SRT Viper is the most technologically advanced Viper to ever come out of the Conner Avenue Assembly facility in Detroit. The super snake is loaded with features that put the pressure squarely on cross-town rival Chevrolet's super car, the Corvette. Some of these features include:
- The interior. For the first time in its history, the Viper actually has an interior worthy of its price tag. Every surface has been wrapped on the base Viper while the Viper GTS gets the full leather treatment.
- More interior space than any other Viper in history. Seating position has been lowered by 20 millimeters (just under an inch) while seat travel has been extended 90 millimeters (around 3 inches).
- Driver-configurable instrument panel. A 7-inch instrument panel can be customized by the driver to include icons that are easily understandable to the driver.
What We Think
The all-new 2013 SRT Viper looks like a snake of a whole different color when compared to Vipers past. That's not a bad thing either, in fact it's quite the opposite. While we only had a brief time to see the interior for ourselves, it was blatantly obvious the Viper is headed in a new (and much needed) direction. All of the new additions to reduce weight -- right down to the snake-skin texture on the taillight lens -- show the SRT team really worked to make the Viper a viable American sports car again. But perhaps our favorite feature is what appears on the dash when you fully shut off the stability control: A Viper leaving a flaming burnout behind it. .
With all of the new changes the Viper has gone through to become the flagship vehicle of Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology division, we're itching to get behind the wheel. Stay tuned for our full write-up once we're able to score some more alone time with SRT's new snake.
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