Gentlemen and gentlemen, this is the 2013 SRT Viper, the new interpretation of the Dodge Viper spirit. For those who don’t know, this is the fifth generation of the iconic American sports car and according to Chrysler it will be hand-built in Detroit by the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand team. Two new models will be built at the Conner Avenue Assembly plant, the SRT Viper and the SRT Viper GTS. The 2013 SRT Viper will be powered by an 8.4-liter all-aluminum V10 engine delivering 640 hp and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. The mighty engine will be mated to the Tremec TR060 six-speed manual transmission, which has been improved with a shorter throw shifter closer gear ratios and a final drive ratio that has been shortened to 3.55 from 3.07. The engine is “blocked” with a new aluminum “X” brace which ties the suspension pickup points to the magnesium cowl super casting and contributes to improved torsional rigidity and stiffness.
The rear suspension was also re-engineered with the toe link moved forward of the axle for better tow control and dynamic stability. A new, driver selectable two-mode suspension system, featuring Bilstein DampTronic Select shock absorbers with both street and track settings, is standard on GTS models. The 2013 SRT Viper models are fitted as standard with the high-performance Pirelli P Zero tires. An optional SRT Track Package that features Pirelli P Zero Corsa, “soft”-tuned, "racing-type" compound tires is available. Stopping power comes from four-piston Brembo brakes with fixed-aluminum calipers, and vented rotors with a diameter of 355 mm by 32 mm, which are used at all four corners.
The available SRT Track Package features lightweight and slotted two-piece rotors from StopTech. The interior features a completely nee design and for the first time, all the major surfaces are sewn and wrapped with additional padding applied in comfort areas. Sabelt developed the high-performance racing seats and according to Chrysler they feature a lightweight Kevlar/fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Seating position in the 2013 SRT Viper is 20 mm lower in order to offer more room, but for the first time the seat height can be adjusted by up to 40 mm – manually on the SRT model and power controlled on the GTS. The SRT Viper also features a custom 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument cluster display. Moreover the Viper customers can choose between two Uconnect Media Centers, RA3 and RA4, which provide a range of new features and multiple ways to control media in the vehicle. Regarding the design, we find it impressive, but we’ll let you decide!