SRT Viper ACR will debut in 2014 with no additional power to save the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Article by Christian A., on February 25, 2013

A track-focused SRT Viper ACR may have its debut in 2014, according to a Motor Trend report. This faster version of the 2013 SRT Viper was confirmed by SRT CEO Ralph Gilles. The previous Viper ACR had bigger brakes, lower weight, adjustable suspension, and new aerodynamics to offer a more impressive track experience.

It’s believed that this new car will provide the same types of enhancements compared to the 2013 SRT Viper. Development has been halted since SRT is working to get better tires. It’s believed that Michelin won’t sell the Pilot Sport Cups used for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to SRT.

This means that the SRT team is presently pressuring Pirelli to offer tires that have more grip than the P-Zero Corsa rubber used on the regular Viper. Motor Trend said that unfortunately, the SRT Viper ACR will probably not have additional power. Even if engineers could generate more than the present 640 hp from the 8.4-liter V-10, politics within the company make it unattainable.

Fiat, which controls Chrysler Group as well as Ferrari, doesn’t want the SRT Viper to offer a better power-to-weight ratio than the 731-hp Ferrari F12berlinetta. Even if Motor Trend said that the SRT may effortlessly create a Viper with more power, Fiat and Ferrari chiefs wouldn’t like it. Regardless of its output, it’s expected that the SRT Viper ACR will bow in 2014 with more upgrades to make it even more formidable on the race track.

With the F12berlinetta, Ferrari hopes that it will bring in a new generation of 12-cylinder models from the brand. This is a model that is fitted with a new and excellent engine ensuring that it is able to offer performance that is truly unmatched. Handling is truly extraordinary with its level of aerodynamics and design innovations. Not surprising given that since introducing the first 12-cylinder sports car back in 1947, the brand has shown something new for each new release.

Ferrari revealed that this could be likely attributed to the fact that the first model was the 125 S. This is a model that was a 12-cylinder itself or what purists consider as an engine having the same performance as that of a 12-cylinder. Even then, each time the brand reveals a new version, it does not fail to signal the beginning of a new period.

In fact, a number of 12-cylinder models that we manufactured at Maranello have gone on to become part of automotive history mainly because of the excellent technology and the performance they brought to the table. A good example was during 1953 with the release of the 375 America. The engine inside it was one that was taken directly from the then single-seater F1.

There was also the 1960s, particularly the 250 GTO. When it was launched, it showed an excellent combination of performance and style. That said, the 365 GTB4 must be included in such a list. Released in 1969, it was dubbed the Daytona and due to the implementation of a balanced architecture, was able to offer more distinct driving emotions.

Many of these models and engines are now being hunted by many collectors worldwide, given that each of them were considered as big generational leaps forward. Everything that was great with the past models remains true with the new F12berlinetta. Not only is it the newest 120-cylinder mid-front model from the brand but it is also projected to be the first in an entire new generation.

Ferrari revealed as well that this may turn out to be the best-performing model there is considering that it is able to deliver exceptional performance and combined with new levels of efficiency. Further, when compared to the previous version, the new model has fuel consumption, as well as emission levels, that is lower by 30%.

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