SRT has finally dropped the bomb that is the 2013 Viper. After a few weeks of teasing – involving line sketches, the background story of the new logo, and sporadic image releases – SRT debuted its new car at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
Anyone worried that the Viper’s massive naturally aspirated V10 might have fallen victim to ever tightening emissions regulations should be happy to hear the 2013 SRT Viper is equipped with an upgraded 8.4 litre V10, producing 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The engine has been treated to a new, 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 that reduces reciprocating losses. The Tremec six-speed manual transmission has been given a shorter throw, closer gear ratios, and a shorter final drive ratio.
The 2013 SRT Viper will be offered in two different flavors, the standard high-performance SRT, and a GTS version. Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of SRT said of the standard car: “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.”
Stylewise, the 2013 SRT Viper takes plenty of inspiration from its father and grandfather. Although there’s still plenty of new stuff to ogle. Personally I appreciate the return to bulging muscular metalwork over the previous generation’s more angular lines.