A Chrysler spokesperson has confirmed that the 2013 SRT Viper won’t be offered in Europe. Before the announcement, there had been plenty of speculations about this matter. Chrysler is a bit vague with its explanation, saying only that it aims to focus its resources on successfully launching the two-seater in the U.S.
Launching this $100,000 sports car would not be an easy task due to the financial problems in Europe, the poor state of the new car market, and an unfavorable exchange rate.
Making things more complicated, Chrysler's dealer network in Europe is especially small so it’s likely that the car would be sold next to Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo products in several countries.
Chrysler has yet to confirm if the Viper has been permanently ruled out or if there’s a chance that it will be reconsidered after two years.
Europeans who want a 640-horsepower SRT Viper could probably get it through gray market importers if they’re willing to pay the bloated price tag. This has been the case too for the Ford Mustang and the Ram pickup.
The 2013 SRT Viper packs an 8.4L all-aluminium 10-cylinder V engine. Weighing 25lbs lighter, the new SRT’s fully dressed engine boasts up to 640hp and 600lb.ft. of torque. These features make the new Viper more dynamic and driven to perform.
Viper’s naturally aspirated engine is mated with the new improved Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission. All new Viper models can reach the top engine speed at 6,200rpm using the 6th gear. The Tremec also delivers 3.55 shorter final drive ratio than the previous 3.07 gear ratios.
SRT Viper’s latest enhancements include the new flywheel for lesser reciprocating losses and catalysts that reduce backpressure. Meanwhile, the introduction of the new sodium-filled exhaust valves plus the highly advanced intake manifold forged pistons significantly improves its performance.
Developed with Viper GTS-R and Competition Coupe SRT models in mind, the new Viper offers an additional 50% torsional rigidity due to its stiffer structure. Similarly, the new beams at the front serve as excellent impact absorber aside from distributing the weight evenly and cutting down the overall mass of at least 100lbs.
Several changes were actually done on the chassis to achieve structural rigidity, which involves reducing and reshaping some of its components. Other new upgrades include the new aluminium brace on the suspension that also helps deliver better torsional strength. For a more stable dynamics and tow control, the toe link at the suspension has been placed ahead of the axle.