The new 2014 SRT Viper TA continues with the tradition built by Dodge Viper of a more hardcore version coming out after it has launched a powerful sports coupe. What makes it different from the old Challenger T/As is that the Viper’s suffix doesn’t describe the Trans-Am racing series.
In fact, SRT said that the new suffix refers to “Time Attack,” or the ability to set the best lap time around a course. Its name is appropriate, considering that Dodge/SRT sent the last Viper ACR out to visit famous road courses such as Laguna Seca and the Nurburgring to establish new lap records. With regards to the ACR, the TA is said to be the ACR of the new fifth-generation Viper. It’s a hardcore package that sacrifices comfort just to improve track performance.
All the bizarre options offered on the SRT Viper and Viper GTS can’t be seen on the Viper TA. Consumers get the chance to choose from three colors: white, black, and a new Crusher Orange hue, of which only 33 samples will be made. The TA will offer many amazing options as standard. These include the $4800 Carbon Fiber Aero package, which features a two-way front splitter, and a rear wing that puts in 300 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. The brakes now have bigger Brembo front rotors that are about 5 mm larger and add about two pounds each.
To counteract the weight gain, the vehicle makes use of carbon fiber, rather than aluminum, engine X-brace, with leads to savings of around two pounds. Another half pound is saved by the use of stickers instead of the car’s exterior badges.
In addition, the Viper TA gets bespoke suspension spring rates and anti-roll bar tuning. It uses the adjustable suspension reservoirs from the Viper GTS. However, their two track modes are now “smooth” and “rough.” The car uses the same Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires as a GTS model. It also comes with lighter, matte-painted wheels and a $5100 Exterior Carbon Fiber package that features a cool carbon panel between the taillights.