2013 SRT Viper
Well, let’s start under the hood. Beneath that new aluminum “X” brace, is where you’ll find Viper’s hand-assembled 8.4-liter(!), all aluminum V-10 overhead-valve engine.
That behemoth produces 640 HP and 600 pound-feet of torque. Earlier I made mention of “record-setting” power; it’s that torque figure I was referring to.
At 600 pound-feet, the Viper’s V-10 puts out more torque than any naturally aspirated engine in the world.
Engine improvements for the new model include ultra high-flow and lightweight composite intake manifold, high-strength forged pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves, new catalysts to reduce back pressure, and an aluminum flywheel. All that with the benefit of losing around 25 pounds.
Taking advantage of various weight losses and a 50 percent increase in torsional rigidity, handling has also been improved. The driver now has a selectable two-mode suspension system that includes street and track settings. It’s optional on Viper but standard with the GTS package.
Vipers will come with standard Pirelli P Zero, Z-rated tires. For the more aggressive driver, there is an optional SRT Track Package which features Pirelli P Zero Corsa, soft-tuned, “racing-type” compound tires. Those tires are mounted on wheels that are 18 by 10.5 inches in the front and 19 by 13 inches in the rear.
Okay, so let’s take a look into the cockpit already which, by the way, is the most spacious of any Viper to date.
There is nary an overlooked corner in this interior. All major surfaces are sewn and frequently touched areas received additional padding. GTS models receive leather on all major surfaces.
The Sabelt-sourced racing seats contain lightweight Kevlar/fiberglass shells to reduce mass and increase long-term durability.
Providing some contrast to the interior, the cluster bezel, ventilation outlets, window switch bezels, shifter base, parking brake bezel, and the integrated passenger grab handles are triple-painted in a gun metal finish.
The dashboard is comprised of a 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument cluster display. According to SRT, the display was designed specifically for the 2013 Viper.
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