The new 2014 SRT Viper TA continues with the tradition built by Dodge Viper of a more hardcore version coming out after it has launched a powerful sports coupe. What makes it different from the old Challenger T/As is that the Viper’s suffix doesn’t describe the Trans-Am racing series.
In fact, SRT said that the new suffix refers to “Time Attack,” or the ability to set the best lap time around a course. Its name is appropriate, considering that Dodge/SRT sent the last Viper ACR out to visit famous road courses such as Laguna Seca and the Nurburgring to establish new lap records. With regards to the ACR, the TA is said to be the ACR of the new fifth-generation Viper. It’s a hardcore package that sacrifices comfort just to improve track performance.
All the bizarre options offered on the SRT Viper and Viper GTS can’t be seen on the Viper TA. Consumers get the chance to choose from three colors: white, black, and a new Crusher Orange hue, of which only 33 samples will be made. The TA will offer many amazing options as standard. These include the $4800 Carbon Fiber Aero package, which features a two-way front splitter, and a rear wing that puts in 300 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. The brakes now have bigger Brembo front rotors that are about 5 mm larger and add about two pounds each.
To counteract the weight gain, the vehicle makes use of carbon fiber, rather than aluminum, engine X-brace, with leads to savings of around two pounds. Another half pound is saved by the use of stickers instead of the car’s exterior badges.
In addition, the Viper TA gets bespoke suspension spring rates and anti-roll bar tuning. It uses the adjustable suspension reservoirs from the Viper GTS. However, their two track modes are now “smooth” and “rough.” The car uses the same Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires as a GTS model. It also comes with lighter, matte-painted wheels and a $5100 Exterior Carbon Fiber package that features a cool carbon panel between the taillights.
2014 SRT Viper TA boasts an all-new yet timeless exterior design that joins together evolutionary refinement and contemporary execution. It features a new carbon-fiber hood, decklid, roof, and aluminum door panels, which are a first for the SRT Viper. These elements result to improved high-speed stability, significantly reduced weight, and slippery .364 drag coefficient.
Moreover, the new SRT Viper’s forward-hinged hood bears the redesigned Viper badge, which is aptly called "Stryker" by Viper Club of America, and is positioned in the center. The hood also gives you unobtrusive access to some service points and to the SRT V-10 powerplant.
What’s more, classical low-stance and extreme cab rearward proportions, which became the iconic supercar’s unmistakable silhouette, are making a comeback in the 2013 SRT Viper. Also present is the dramatic fender "gills," which is yet another traditional Viper design element and which aids in extracting heat coming from the engine compartment.
Additionally, the 2013 Viper models offer a modern take on the brand’s traditional "double-bubble" roof configuration, which maximizes headroom while also keeping a low frontal area as well as allows additional space for helmets when on recreational competitive driving mode.
Furthermore, the vehicle has dual-function, bi-xenon projector headlamps that are tightly packaged with white LED daytime running lamps as well as LED turn signals in "snake eye" configuration. It also has functional "blisters" that are incorporated into its 70-millimeter projector headlamp lenses, creating a 3D view that gives it a distinctive glare.