Dodge Viper is not quite a best-seller and everyone knows this. In fact, Chrysler idled production of the Viper for several times due to slow sales. In addition, Dodge introduced Hellcat versions of the Challenger and Charger, which are powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers 707 hp and 650 lb-ft (881) Nm of torque.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat models are more powerful than the Dodge Viper, but it appears that this is about to change as Chrysler’s engineers are working on a supercharged version of the 8.4-liter V10 engine hat powers the Viper.
We expect the supercharged V10 engine to deliver over 707 hp, in fact we hope to deliver around 800 hp as it needs to retain its title as the halo model. We don’t know if the new engine can boost sales but the beast really needs some more hp under its hood.
For those who don’t know, the engine 8.4-liter all-aluminum V10 engine found on the current Viper delivers 640 hp and 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) of torque.
The engine is bolted to a Tremec TR060 six-sped manual transmission improved with a shorter throw shifter closer gear ratios as well as a final drive ratio shortened to 3.55 from 3.07.
According to Dodge, the Viper is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the low 3-second range, runs the quarter mile in mid 11-second range and has a top speed of 206 mph or 331 km/h.
Pricing starts at $102,485 excluding the destination charge. So, if the rumors are true, we will see a more powerful but also a faster Dodge Viper powers by a supercharged V10.
The new SRT Viper is endowed with an all-new, timeless exterior design that combines contemporary execution and advanced levels of refinement.
For the first time, SRT Viper models employ a new hood, roof and decklid made from carbon fiber and door panels made from aluminum. These lightweight parts allowed the new SRT Viper models to be much lighter and more stable at high speeds, while boasting of a coefficient of drag value of just .364 Cd.
The redesigned Viper badge – dubbed as "Stryker" by the Viper Club of America – is centrally positioned on the forward-hinged hood that allows modest access to several service points and to the SRT-engineered V-10 engine.
Previous iterations of the Viper feature an unmistakable silhouette defined by a low stance and the extreme cab rearward proportions. They also feature dramatic fender "gills" that help draw out heat from the engine bay. These traditional design cues continue to exist with the 2013 SRT Viper models, which also sport a more contemporary version of the traditional "double-bubble" roof configuration. This design helps maintain a low frontal area while maximizing headroom for both the driver and passenger, even allowing occupants to wear helmets during a competitive drive.
The new SRT Viper is gifted with dual-function, bi-xenon projector headlamps, white LED (light emitting diode) daytime running lamps as well as LED turn signals – all arranged to deliver a "snake eye" look. The 70-mm projector headlamp lenses feature integrated functional "blisters" that create a three-dimensional view.