2013 SRT Viper with improved engine to land in dealerships in late 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 9, 2012

Chrysler Group's 2013 Viper with a more powerful variant of its former engine will be available in dealerships late this year. The 2013 Viper is the company's fastest-ever production automobile at 206 mph. Last week at the New York Auto Show, the company introduced the two-seater high-performance vehicle with a new brand badge: SRT.

It has a back-lit snake emblem above the license plate at the back. The 2013 SRT Viper will be fitted with a more powerful variant of the automaker's largest engine -- the 8.4-liter, 640-hp V-10 -- which produces 600 pounds-feet of torque. The improved engine has 40 more horsepower compared to the one in the previous Viper, which was marketed as a Dodge and was phased out in 2010. 

Ralph Gilles, who oversees Chrysler's SRT brand as well as the design for Chrysler Group, related that they have been "very conscious" of what the Viper is all about.

The refurbished Viper will come only with a six-speed manual transmission. At 3,320 pounds, it is around 100 pounds lighter compared to its predecessor. The Viper also features electronic stability control as well as the 8.4-inch information screen utilized in the flagship 300 sedan of Chrysler.

This information screen will enable drivers to chart lap times. Gilles commented that the weight and powertrain of the Viper "were an obsession" for the automobile's team. Texas-based dealer Bernie Katz at Tomball Dodge disclosed that he already has 26 people waiting for the vehicle. The dealership sells the performance coupe through its website at viperexchange.com.

On the other hand, some fans were worried that the Viper might lose some of its American DNA after the takeover of Chrysler in 2009 by Ferrari-owner Fiat S.p.A. However, Gilles stated that while he did check with Maserati and Ferrari on working with low-volume suppliers, the only "real" component that they have a common supplier for is the seats.

Topics: dodge, dodge viper, srt

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