Ferrari Chairman “speechless” when he saw the 2013 SRT Viper

Article by Christian A., on May 4, 2012

It appears that the latest fan of the 2013 SRT Viper is no other than Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. According to InsideLine, he told his boss a.k.a. Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne that he has “speechless” after he got up-close-and-personal with the brand new sports car. Marchionne also added that Montezemolo’s opinion is a hell of a compliment.

2013 SRT Viper was launched back in April at the 2012 New York Auto Show and made quite a buzz, as this month it appears on the cover of four big automotive magazines.

The vehicle is powered by an impressive 8.4-liter all-aluminum V10 engine delivering 640 hp and 600 lb.-ft. of torque.

The engine uses a Tremec TR060 six-speed manual transmission. According to Chrysler, the transmission was improved with a shorter throw shifter closer gear ratios and a final drive ratio that has been shortened to 3.55 from 3.07.

2013 SRT Viper was launched at the 2012 NY International Auto Show, signaling the iconic two-seat supercar’s much-anticipated comeback into the high-performance sports car market. However, the fifth generation Viper has evolved to now incorporate a host of new, cutting-edge technologies, superior craftsmanship, and ergonomic improvements while also respecting its instinctive legacy of outright performance.

Ralph Gilles, Chrysler Group LLC President and CEO - Street & Racing Technology Brand & Motorsports, said that after a period of uncertainty, their team is proud that their flagship supercar, which is hand-built in Detroit, is now back and more ready than ever to take on the world of performance cars. According to him, beyond being the legendary flagship vehicle for Chrysler’s new SRT brand, the unveiling of the 2013 Viper is proof that they wouldn’t let the carmaker’s performance icon die.

The SRT team under their new leadership is motivated to live on by one special performance enthusiasts group inside the company as well as across Viper Nation. This team was challenged to not only continue the Viper, but also to produce a world-class supercar that showcases the very best that they can offer.

Two new Viper models will be hand-built for 2013 at the Detroit Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which is the Viper’s home since 1995. The SRT Viper and the SRT Viper GTS models both offer new exterior and interior designs that incorporate premium materials as well as new exterior surfaces that boast aerodynamically functional details beautifully integrated into their high-tech aluminum and carbon fiber skin. On the inside, the design and engineering team had strived to rethink every touch point and upgraded all technologies and material appointments.

Gilles added that the SRT Viper model offers a perfect blend of deliberate preservation of the iconic Viper DNA and of extreme performance. They strived to come up and deliver a supercar that brings you as close to the machine as possible, he said.

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