The 2013 SRT Viper was first introduced to the public on the New York Auto Show. This Sport and Racing (SRT) is not under the name of Dodge, but goes solo. Many say it is a supercar, but until a car is tested, it’s all just empty words. The first 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster was a furious street vehicle. There was only one color to fit its temper – red, and a 8.0 liter V10 powerful engine with 400hp and 465 lb feet of torque. It was not the best racing car you have ever tried, or the best assembled, or the most equipped. That’s why in 2013, the story changes. Straight hardcore from the factory, it refused to adopt any new technologies such as ABS or ESC that were already adopted by other cars on the market. Chrysler did produce a great racing street car, but it had to make major changes in terms of comfort so it stopped its production in 2012 promising to build a new supercar that will blow everybody’s minds.
With new materials, the 2013 SRT Viper manufacturers managed to reduce its weight by 100 pounds on the chassis. Bodywork keeps the specific design of the 1996 predecessor but is modernized with new features. The V10 engine is 640 hp, 8 liter-10-cylinder, but lacks direct injection and four-valve cylinders. Braking is enabled with 14-inch ventilated iron rotors at 4 corners, plus an optional SRT Track Package. It has “Rattler” 18-inch alloy wheels on the front and 19-inch alloy wheels on the back, with optional “Venom” wheels.
The SRT Viper is available in two models: Viper and Viper GTS, both with the same powertrain and engine, but different in terms of customer types. Standard Viper goes for about $97, 395 + $1, 995 destination) and GTS model for around $120, 395 + destination). The interior in the SRT Viper is brand new, almost unrecognizable in comparison to previous models and is electronically and technically perfected. In addition, worthy of mentioning are things like remote keyless entry and ignition, standard power-adjustable aluminum pedals, standard automatic dimming edgeless rearview mirror, standard bi-xenon headlamps etc. Of the two models, more likely to handle a racing environment is the GTS model, due to the dual-mode dampers. Track mode is not to be used outside racing settings. Also, the four-mode stability control (ON, SPORT, TRACK and OFF) makes the Viper stable in all conditions.
The V10 engine was proven stable and provided an extraordinary racing experience. With all its features, the 2013 SRT Viper fulfilled all expectations of a true racing car. Unlike its ancestors, this car is nothing less than perfect when it comes to sporty cars. It may not be the best racing car ever, but it certainly aims to be. Even though racing often underlines rawness and roughness, this car is finally comfortable enough to meet the standards of all modern vehicles, competing with many other sports cars worldwide. All-American, Detroit-made, the Viper is vicious only in terms of performance. Otherwise, it is close to the driver’s needs and provides a very fun, adrenaline-rush and sporty experience.