2013 SRT Viper Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 13, 2012
FAST FACTS
  • All-new redesign
  • Marketed under new SRT brand
  • Aluminum and carbon fiber construction
  • Hand-built, aluminum V-10 engine with 640 horsepower
  • Multi-stage traction, stability and launch control
  • Available Uconnect Access technology

Introduction

The Viper sports car returns for 2013, except now it's a Street and Racing Technology (SRT) model instead of a Dodge. Key Viper design and engineering hallmarks remain, wrapped in a modern new package.

Exterior Features

Though it is completely redesigned compared to the previous Viper, the stiffer and lighter hand-built 2013 SRT Viper is instantly recognizable thanks to its proportions and design cues such as exhaust outlets exiting just forward of the rear wheels, a double-bubble roof design, large side fender vents, and a substantial rear spoiler. Representing a modern touch, LED lighting graces the front and rear of the new sports car.

Interior Features

Larger inside than previous models, the new 2013 SRT Viper is equipped with lightweight Kevlar and fiberglass racing seats, the driver's chair facing a thick-rimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel. A new Viper GTS model features upgrades such as leather upholstery, extended leather cabin trim, and an 18-speaker premium Harman/Kardon audio system.

Optional Features

The new Viper can be equipped with a navigation system, as well as a Uconnect Access multi-media and smartphone integration system with a color 8.4-inch in-dash touch screen. An optional SRT Track package adds racing-compound performance tires, slotted lightweight two-piece brake rotors, and ultra-light aluminum wheels painted Hyper Black or low-gloss black.

Under the Hood

An 8.4-liter V-10 engine making 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque is tucked under the new Viper's hood. A 6-speed short-throw manual transmission delivers power to the rear wheels. An automatic transmission is not available.

The new Viper does, however, come standard with 4-wheel ventilated discs squeezed by 4-piston Brembo brake calipers, and the Viper GTS adds a Bilstein DampTronic active suspension system with driver-selected Street and Track modes.

Safety

For the first time, the Viper is equipped with a traction and stability control system. The multi-stage system features a setting designed to offer a higher threshold of wheel slip prior to engagement, and can be turned off completely for full driver control of the Viper's at-the-limit handling, the automaker says. A new launch control system is also standard, designed to help maximize forward velocity.

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