The previous Viper was a total animal. It had a great big lump up front(8.4 l V10 to be precise) and was a monster to control. Perhaps that is what made it so interesting. To some rich folk though, it was downright crude and unrefined.
But no the 2013 Viper. Dodge has smoothened out any rough edges. But not to say the animal has gone soft...
Now its got an all-aluminium 8.4 l V10, producing a humongous 640 bhp of power and 810 N-m of torque, more torque than any street legal naturally aspirated production car is making in the whole world right now. Its competitors are also brand new- the Ferrari F12, Aston Martin Vanquish AM310 and the Lamborghini Aventador. Dodge also makes the iconic Charger and the all-muscle Challenger.
At a dealer conference on September 14, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, Chrysler Group and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne was reported to have concluded his remarks by unveiling a rolling 2012 Dodge Viper prototype to dealer applause. There would be no 2011 Viper. Key quotes from the Detroit News piece from Ralph Gilles that hint to the future of the brand include:
- "The new Viper is not based on anything else".
- "The Viper cabin is very rearward and the hood is very long. Few cars in the industry are designed with those proportions anymore."
- "I want the new Viper to be a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people. We've never had stability control on a high-performance car, which is about to happen on the new car."
The Viper was also on display for one night only in Salt Lake City, UT at the 11th Viper Owners Invitational or VOI 11 from September 30, 2010 to October 3, 2010. CEO Ralph Gilles was present gathering feedback from the owners themselves on new exterior design of the snake. The Generation 5 badge was unveiled as well at this event on each dining table in the enormous hall.
In Autumn of 2011, Ralph Gilles announced that the Gen V Viper would debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2012.
Preliminary specifications include following:
All-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 rated 640 horsepower (477 kW; 649 PS) and at 600 lb·ft (813 N·m), it has the most torque of any naturally aspirated engine in a street legal production car, Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission with final drive ratio 3.55, 50 percent improvement in torsional stiffness over previous model, electronic stability control, traction control, 4-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS), carbon fiber and aluminum skin with .364 drag coefficient (Cd), Pirelli P Zero Z-rated tires, 4-piston Brembo brakes with fixed-aluminum calipers with vented 355x32mm diameter rotors, 20 mm lower seating position, 7-inch full-color customizable instrument cluster, Uconnect RA3 or RA4 Access in-vehicle connectivity system with optional SiriusXM Travel Link, Harman Kardon audio system, bi-xenon projector headlamps with white light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps and LED turn signals, LED taillamps with integrating stop-and-turn illumination and snakeskin texture lens, five-spoke forged aluminum "Rattler" wheel with fully polished (standard), fully painted Hyper Black or fully painted low-gloss black finishes. It will be the first to feature Vipers third logo, nicknamed "Stryker".
SRT Viper GTS includes leather upholstery, accented colors in seats, doors, center console and stitching; Gun Metal trim on cluster bezel, HVAC outlets, window switch bezels, shifter base, park brake bezel and the integrated passenger grab handle on the center console; Sabelt racing seats with Kevlar/fiberglass shell, carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid and aluminum door panels, split six-spoke forged aluminum "Venom" wheel with polished face with graphite-painted pockets (standard), fully painted Hyper Black or fully painted low-gloss black finishes.
Optional SRT Track Package includes Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, StopTech slotted two-piece rotors, ultra-lightweight wheels in Hyper Black or matte black finishes.
The 2013 SRT Viper was unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
SRT Viper GTS-R (2013-)
It is a race car designed for the GT class of the American Le Mans Series, designed and built by SRT Motorsports and Riley Technologies. It includes Michelin GT tires.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
The SRT Viper Racing team entering 2012 ALMS included Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Kuno Wittmer.
SRT Viper will be built in the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI with production beginning in late 2012.
As part of Chrysler's plan of turning Street and Racing Technology as a separate vehicle brand within Chrysler Group LLC, the SRT Viper became the brand's halo vehicle.
The second generation, phase II SR Vipers were exported to Europe, where they were sold as Chryslers.
The third generation, phase I ZB Viper was being sold in Europe during 2005–2006, the first model to be sold as a Dodge, as part of Chrysler's new sales strategy for the European market. In the United Kingdom it is referred to as a Viper, but it is actually sold as the Dodge SRT-10, as the Viper name is a registered trademark in the UK. Prodrive currently handles the importation and modification of Vipers to meet European laws.
The all-new 2013 SRT Viper will be the most technologically-advanced Viper ever. It finally features a cruise control and controls on the steering wheel. U Connect Bluetooth phone with Bluetooth Audio Streaming is standard, as is a full 8.4-inch touch screen display like that on the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Journey. It also will feature a high-end Alpine surround-sound system and many exterior, interior, and wheel combinations. There is also a four-inch reconfigurable Thin-Film Transistor display in the gauge cluster to display important vehicle information, system messages, and has controls to turn the traction control, stability control, and other features off. It also has a "Track Mode" with a built-in track timer, "stoplight" countdown timer display, and other features. Power seats, keyless entry, and heated seats are also new options. A navigation system by Garmin is also an available option, as is Sirius-XM satellite radio and HD radio. A built-in HDD for storing music and photos JPEG and MP3 will also be included as standard equipment.