AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chrysler unveiled the all-new 2013 SRT® Viper at the New York International Auto Show, marking their return to the high-performance sports car market. But conspicuously gone from the Viper is the Dodge name badge, which has been replaced by the new SRT brand (Street and Racing Technology).
This is the fifth generation of the two-seat, American-built supercar will be hand built at Chrysler's Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, which has been home to the Viper since 1995.
“After a gut-wrenching period of uncertainty, the Street and Racing Technology brand team is extremely proud that our hand-built in Detroit, flagship supercar is back and ready to take on the performance car world,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology Brand. “Beyond being the flagship for the new SRT brand, the launch of the 2013 Viper proves that we simply would not let the performance icon of the Chrysler Group die" Gilles said.
Two models will be available in 2013, the SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS.
“The SRT Viper model is meant to offer a perfect blend of extreme performance and a deliberate preservation of what has become the iconic DNA of the Viper,” Gilles added. “We strove to deliver a supercar that continues to bring the driver as close as possible to the machine.”
The GTS builds on the SRT Viper with with premium features and materials. Under the hood of both models is a hand-assembled 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine with 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated engine in the world.
Major updates include the addition of a new aluminum “X” brace under the hood that ties the suspension pickup points to the magnesium cowl super casting and contributes to improved torsional rigidity and stiffness. A new aluminum impact beam at the front of the car contributes to overall mass savings and improved weight distribution while providing excellent crashworthiness.
Structurally, many areas of the chassis were reworked to take advantage of new materials, reduce thickness in some areas and reshape components for more structural rigidity in others. The result is an overall weight savings of approximately 100 pounds.
The all-new exterior design is built around a carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid and aluminum door panels resulting in significant weight reduction, improved high-speed stability.