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2013 SRT Viper

2013 SRT Viper
Completely redesigned, a little tamer but still wild.

By Alex Lloyd

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1. Overview
2. Walkaround and Interior
3. Driving Impressions
4. Summary, Prices, Specs

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Overview

The Viper has always been a legendary machine. The problem was, it was legendary for being overly dangerous and scary to drive. Never was there a problem with the Viper's brutish looks, but with its tacky interior and lack of comfort, the car was always deemed unlivable. That is, until now.

The birth of the Viper stems back to the Detroit Auto Show in 1989 where it appeared as a concept. Following the fantastic response received from the public, the Dodge division of Chrysler pushed to make the Viper a reality. Team Viper, a group of 85 engineers, began development that same year. In May 1990, Chrysler chairman Lee Lacocca granted the team official approval to create the vehicle and in January 1992 the first retail shipments began. The Viper was born.

2013 is the fifth generation of the Viper. The original iterations proved incredibly difficult to drive, particularly on high-speed bends where the car produced lift making the back of the car dangerously unstable.

By the fourth generation (2010 Viper) the issue had been vastly improved. But without traction control, stability control and practically any other creature comfort you can imagine, it still remained a machine for the highly skilled, serious enthusiast.

SRT assured things would be different for 2013. A tamer, more livable Viper was promised with an interior that wouldn't fill you with shame. And while all that sounds perfect, concerns bubbled about whether the Viper would lose the magic that made it so mythical in the first place.

Can you really achieve a compromise without compromising?

Yes you can. The new Viper is wild, raw and unleashed, just like the old Viper, but rather than frightening you to death, it now evokes pure unrivaled adrenaline.

The 2013 Viper is completely redesigned with a more modern, yet ruthless exterior. The 8.4-liter V10 engine produces more power. The chassis is lighter, stiffer and an abundance of tweaks designed to stabilize its notoriously unsanitary handling have been implemented. It's now better balanced. The interior is in a new hemisphere.

With the 2013 redesign, the Viper has finally become a car you could imagine driving on a daily basis.

The 2013 SRT Viper arrives in two trim levels: SRT and GTS. Both come with same 8.4-liter V10 engine, producing 640-horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque (both up 40 from the last generation Viper). Both models come standard with the one-day SRT Track Experience.

Model Lineup 2013 SRT Viper

Viper SRT ($97,395) is well equipped with the latest Uconnect system, navigation with 8.4-inch screen, nine-speaker audio system, Brembo four-piston brakes, Sabelt leather seating and (for the first time on a Viper) electronic stability control.

Viper GTS ($120,395) boasts additional interior leather, a unique front hood with fewer air scoops and split six-spoke forged aluminum Venom wheels, dual-mode Bilstein DampTronic Select shock, four-mode electronic stability control, 6-way power electric seats, 12-speaker audio system and the Grand Touring Package, which includes rear backup camera, floor mats, upgraded Uconnect and Sirius XM. (All prices are MSRP excluding $1,995 destination charge.)

Options include six exterior color choices on the SRT with the GTS model receiving an expanded color palette containing the seven-step Stryker Red Tri-Coast Pearl finish ($14,600) and premium Nappa leather and Alcantara ($3,000). Two body stripe configurations are offered: SRT features tapered stripes starting at the hood and finishing at the rear hatch ($4,500); GTS offers wide stripes running the entire length from front to rear fascia ($5,000). A 18-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system is available for SRT ($2,995) and GTS ($1,000).

Option packages include Interior Carbon Fiber Accents Group ($3,400), Exterior Carbon Fiber Package ($5,100), Advanced Aerodynamic Package ($4,800) with carbon front splitter/rear spoiler, SRT Grand Touring Package ($2,500), GTS Laguna Interior Package with premium leather upgrades, door panels, instrument panel, Alcantara headliner ($7,500), and SRT Track Package ($3,500) with StopTech vented rotors, lightweight track wheel, Pirelli P Zero Corse tires. A Launch Edition Package ($15,500) is available for the first 150 GTS models that incorporates classic Blue Viper coloring with white stripes, Rattler wheels, StopTech rotors, Stryker hood badge, Mopar dust covers, Laguna Package, 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and Stryker logo on the steering wheel.

Safety features include advanced multi-stage front air bags with Occupant Clarification System, ABS, child seat anchoring with passenger airbag switch, electronic stability control, traction control, individual tire-pressure monitoring, six point seat belt restraint system provisions and security alarms.


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