Rumor: 2013 Dodge Viper may receive an 8.7-liter V10 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 28, 2011

As you may know already, Chrysler is working hard on the new Dodge Viper and as usual reports regarding the new car are starting to appear on the web. The last one is that the 2013 Dodge Viper will receive an immense 8.7-liter V10 engine (around 531 cubic inches), the largest engine ever used by Chrysler in a production car.

The engine used by the current Dodge Viper uses an 8.4-liter (510 cubic inches) V10 delivering 600 (450 kW) horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. (760 N•m) of torque.

With these numbers, the Viper hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 4 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph or 325 km/h. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via the heavy-duty six-speed manual transmission, through a ZF Sachs twin-disc clutch that reduces rotating inertia by 18 percent.

Moreover, the Viper 14-inch brake rotors gripped by Brembo 44/40 dual-opposing piston calipers in the front and Brembo 42/38 dual-opposing calipers in the rear. The system offers world-class braking performance of 60-0 mph in less than 100 feet. The 2013 Dodge Viper is expected to improve these performances, but for the moment we have no details regarding its performances!

The Viper has returned! Yes, the iconic two-seat, American-built supercar is returning to the high-performance sports car market, as marked by the unveiling of the new 2013 SRT Viper at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The fifth generation Viper has now evolved into a supercar that boasts of not only remarkable craftsmanship, but also ergonomic enhancements and an array of new technologies.

Two new models of the SRT Viper are up for grabs for performance buyers for the 2013 model year, both offering new interior and exterior designs that incorporate premium materials. On the exterior, these two new models – the SRT Viper and the SRT Viper GTS – feature new surfaces with aerodynamically functional details elegantly integrated into their high-tech carbon fiber and aluminum skin.

Inside, the new SRT Viper features modified touch points and upgraded appointments and technologies. Both SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS models will be hand-built at the Viper’s home at Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.

SRT Viper GTS builds on the SRT Viper and integrates more advanced solutions -- like the two-mode active suspension – that would allow it to reach new levels of track performance. Essentially, the SRT Viper GTS represents a more premium and mature evolution of the Viper’s extreme performance formula. Moreover, the Viper GTS comes with premium features and materials both on the exterior and its interior, enabling it to offer world-class comfort, interior technologies and advanced drivetrain.

Ralph Gilles, president and chief executive for Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports at Chrysler Group LLC, quipped that the SRT takes pride in the return of the Viper SRT flagship supercar, now well-endowed to take on the performance car world. He noted that aside from being the flagship of the new SRT brand, the 2013 Viper is proof that the team would not allow the performance icon of the Chrysler Group to just die.

He added that the new SRT team was challenged to not just continue the iconic Viper, but also to create a world-class supercar that showcases the best that the brand could offer. Gilles quipped that the new SRT Viper model was designed to offer an ideal blend of extreme performance and a preservation of the iconic Viper DNA.

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