The 2012 New York International Audio Show was the place where the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper first saw the light of day. As a fifth generation American-born supercar, the Viper is back even more perfected and updated. The company is determined to make their name live on by making this extraordinary vehicle available to the public. There are two models that will be hand-made in the city of cars – Detroit: SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS with new stylistic approach for both exterior and interior. The GTS is based on the regular SRT Viper model, and is complemented with amplified performance features.
What makes the SRT Viper invincible is the V-10 powerful engine, 8.4 l, all-aluminum and hand-assembled; 640 hp and 600 lb of torque and Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission. For both models Pirelli P Zero tires are used for all weather conditions. Standard equipment includes a steering-wheel-mounted launch control switch. Braking is supreme with Brembo brakes.
As to materials, the interior is fully updated and attention is paid to quality of surfaces as well as comfort. It is said that this model is the most spacious one made so far. Colors to choose from are: black/Caramel, black/Header Red and regular black with custom variations. The driver seat is made 20 mm lower than the previous Viper for more comfort and better driving experience. The exterior is made to help weight reduction of the vehicle by including features such as aluminum door panels, decklid, carbon-fiber hood etc. Viper’s badge in the front is nicknamed “Stryker” by the Viper Club of America. The front also enables access to many service points. Wheels are sized 18 by 10.5 inches for front side and 19 by 13 inches for the rear. Cruise control is standard equipment on both 2013 models and the entire construction of the car is driver-oriented. Offered colors for the exterior are: Bright White, Black, Race Yellow, Gunmetal Pearl, Stryker Red tinted Pearl, Shadow Blue Pearl and Viper GTS Blue Pearl. Stripe patterns come in Bright White, Black and Gunmetal Pearl.
Of the many features introduced for a first time, traction control and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) are also worth mentioning. ESC is a four mode system with a yaw sensor, speed sensors placed on every wheel, steering wheel angle sensor and lateral G. When the system is on “Full On”, both stability control and traction control are activated. When the system is on “Full Off” both stability control and traction control are disabled, but the anti-lock braking system remains active.
Steering is also vital for drivers with sporty spirit. Therefore, the Viper offers a new steering system with greater on-center precision. For regular drivers, the driving behind the new steering system is loaded with confidence, while for racers, it promotes extraordinary experience.
This 2013 SRT Viper GTS will be sold for about $97, 395 for the SRT version and $120, 395 for the GTS version. So if you are ready, take yourself to the next level.