This is the first official image of the next-generation SRT Viper from the Chrysler Group. Displayed at 11:59 pm Monday on the driveSRT Facebook page, this image of the new performance coupe is a black-and-white line drawing that shows parts of the roofline, hood line, and headlights, as well as the logo.
For this Viper image to be unveiled, the driveSRT page had to have at least 10,000 “likes” and Facebook users were very eager to rise to this challenge.
Nearly 12,000 people have “liked” this Facebook page as of Monday. Chrysler hasn’t released the complete details for this upcoming Viper except to say that it plans to resume operations of its Conner Avenue Assembly plant where the vehicle will start production later this year as a 2013 model. The previous Viper ended production in 2010.
In May 1992, New Mack Assembly Plant started to roll out the Viper. Production then moved to the Conner Avenue site in October 1995. All these Vipers were hand-built using a low-volume, modular process. During the 15-year production at Conner Avenue, 12 Vipers a day were built to reach a total of 22,070 units.
What makes the SRT 2013 Viper stand out is the fact that it is a passion project. Exquisitely made, the Viper comes with an 8.4 liter, V-10 engine which screams ultra performance.
The 2013 model year comes with a number of modifications on the previous models including the introduction of even more lightweight metals, a reduction in the amount of pressure in the back with a set of refined catalysts, the inclusion of an aluminum flywheel and sodium-filled exhaust valves. All these changes have brought out a reduction of 25 lbs in weight on the engine alone which has gone to improve many of the other elements of the sports car such as the performance. The V-10 Viper, engineered by SRT, has a horsepower of 640 and is capable of 600 pounds per feet of torque. In terms of naturally aspirated engines, this has ensured that the Viper has more torque than any other sports car in the world.
Coming with the Tremec TR6060 six-speed transmission as standard, the engineers have worked hard to improve the shift ratio and the movement and size of the shifter as well as to make sure the Viper's maximum speed, 206 mph, is achievable and it can sustain 6,200 rpm.
Outside of the engine, the development teams using data from the Viper GTS-R and Competition Coupe's have modified the chassis to make it much more rigid. They have also added some more aluminum in the form of the x-brace which reinforces the suspension pickup points, which again add some further rigidity to the V-10. Finally, the impact beam at the front of the vehicle has been replaced with an aluminum one as it reduces the weight of the Viper and sacrifices none of the protection.