The unveiling of the new, limited-edition 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition model marks the first official appearance of the Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand. This took place last weekend at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” event in Monterey, Calif. A sneak peak of the SRT flagship supercar took place at the Quail Lodge on August 17.
The SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition is also set to be showcased on August 18-19 at the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Previous Viper Coupe introductions in 1996 and 2006 seem to be the inspiration for the 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition. It gets the symbolic GTS Blue paint and dual Bright White stripes, which are exclusive to Launch Edition models.
These can be seen along the length of the all-new exterior that uses iconic Viper styling cues with a modern execution. Aside from the paint scheme that has a historical significance, the wheels on the SRT Viper Launch Edition models have a modern deep-section design that features a five-spoke polished forged-aluminum design. Its exclusivity is more evident with the “Stryker” badges placed on the hood and steering wheel.
And instead of grey, a blue background can be seen on all other 2013 SRT Vipers models. The name of the new Stryker logo was given by owners who were present at the 2010 Viper Owners Invitational event in Salt Lake City. This is Stryker’s first new emblem for Viper since 2003 and the third time that a Viper logo has been made, after “Sneaky Pete” and “Fang.”
The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition’s interior is composed of a serialized dash plaque that boosts collectability by lining up the build sequence number with the vehicle identification number. It also uses black Laguna leather with contrast stitching that covers the seats, door trim, instrument panel, steering wheel, grab handle, shift knob and center console. The headliner is covered with Alcantara while the white bezels have a Satin Silver finish.