Dodge unveils their all-new 8.4L V8-powered 2013 SRT Viper – The Return of the Snake
The fifth-generation of the iconic American-built supercar returns as Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand’s flagship performance machine with more power and performance, superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts.
The all-new 2013 SRT Viper makes its long-awaited return to the high-performance sports-car market flush with new technologies and ergonomic improvements while respecting its legacy of American craftsmanship and visceral performance.“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 – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “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. Willed to live on by a very special group of performance enthusiasts inside the company and across Viper Nation, this SRT team under our new leadership was challenged to not just continue the legendary Viper, but to create the fifth generation of our world-class supercar that would showcase the very best we have to offer.”
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2013 SRT Viper At-a-Glance:
- Two new models: SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS
- All-aluminum, 8.4-liter mid-front V-10 engine delivers 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world
- Chassis enhancements boost torsional stiffness by 50 percent
- Triple-digit weight reduction contributes to best power-to-weight ratio of any Viper ever
- Available Track Package improves handling and precision on road or track, while accommodating further weight reduction
- Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and new 4-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
- Viper GTS model adds driver-selectable, two-mode suspension system for street or track use
- All-new, innovative interiors set new standards with premium materials, new technologies and impeccable craftsmanship
- Timeless exterior incorporates iconic Viper styling cues with a contemporary execution
- All-new carbon-fiber and aluminum skin sculpted for high-speed stability and .369 coefficient of drag (Cd
- Breakthrough Uconnect Access provides new level of in-vehicle connectivity
- Extensive array of exterior colors and stripes are a mix of classic and new shades and styles
The performance numbers:
- Top speed = 206 mph
- 0-60 mph acceleration = low 3-second range
- Quarter-mile elapsed time = mid 11-second range
- 0-100-0 mph elapsed time = less than 12 seconds
- Braking distance from 60-0 mph = 106 feet
- Coefficient of drag (Cd) = .369
Two new models 2013 SRT Viper Models:
For the 2013 model year, two new models of the iconic supercar will be hand-built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit – the Viper’s home since 1995. Both SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS models offer new interior and exterior designs incorporating premium materials and new exterior surfaces with aerodynamically functional details that are beautifully integrated into the high-tech carbon fiber and aluminum skin. On the inside, designers and engineers strived to rethink all its touch points and upgrade all its material appointments and technologies.
The all-new, timeless exterior design blends contemporary execution with evolutionary refinement. All-new carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid and aluminum door panels are firsts for SRT Viper models resulting in significant weight reduction, improved high-speed stability and a .369 drag coefficient while still achieving negative lift. The forward-hinged hood carries the redesigned Viper badge – aptly named “Stryker” by the Viper Club of America – positioned in the center; and offers unobtrusive access to several service points and the SRT-engineered V-10 powerplant.
Under the hood: V-10 powertrain
The heart and soul of the 2013 SRT Viper is its venerable, handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front V-10 overhead-valve engine.Improvements for 2013 include an ultra-high-flow, lightweight composite intake manifold; high-strength, forged pistons; sodium-filled exhaust valves; new catalysts to ease backpressure and an aluminum flywheel that reduces reciprocating losses. Approximately 25 pounds have been shaved from the fully dressed engine. Performance ratings for the SRT-engineered V-10 Viper are 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world.
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