SRT Viper

Production Cars 5 Apr 2012
SRT Viper

At the 2012 New York Auto Show SRT has presented the 2013 Viper, featuring the iconic 8.4-liter V-10 combined with a new carbon-fiber and aluminum body and a redesigned interior. It will go on sale in late 2012.

This year’s New York Show has marked the much awaited return of the Viper. The fifth-generation model is an evolution of the previous version – which went out of production in 2010 – and features many refinements in the exterior, the all-new interior and the chassis/powertrain.

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At the heart of the Viper is the 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine which delivers 640 horsepower and a record 600 lb.-ft. of torque.

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Among the technical achievements are a weight reduction of 100 pounds – also reached thanks to the new carbon fiber/aluminum body and a 50 percent improvement in torsional stiffness.

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The model range will include two versions: the Viper and the Viper GTS, featuring advanced solutions such as two-mode active suspension and an array of premium features and materials.

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Check the full gallery of 40+ images or read on selected information from the official press release.

Exterior Design

SRT Viper The all-new exterior builds on the distinctive cab rearward proportions and visual identity of the model.

Among the new elements is a new take on the traditional “double-bubble” roof configuration that maximizes headroom for the driver and passenger while maintaining a low frontal area – allowing additional room for helmets during recreational competitive driving.

All-new carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid and aluminum door panels result in significant weight reduction, improved high-speed stability and a .364 drag coefficient.

The forward-hinged hood carries the redesigned Viper badge – 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.

SRT Viper The fender “gills” are another traditional Viper design cue that helps to extract heat from the engine compartment.

The lower-front grille is an evolution of the traditional Viper low-profile cooling opening configuration and features a V-shape structure.

Dual-function, bi-xenon projector headlamps are tightly packaged with white light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps and LED turn signals.

Functional “blisters” incorporated into the 70 mm projector headlamp lenses create a three-dimensional view that gives Viper a distinctive glare.

SRT Viper The five-spoke, forged-aluminum “Rattler” wheel design is available with fully polished (standard), fully painted Hyper Black or fully painted low-gloss black finishes.

The Viper GTS has a split six-spoke forged-aluminum “Venom” wheel design with three available finishes, including polished face with graphite-painted pockets (standard), fully painted Hyper Black or fully painted low-gloss black.

Available SRT Track Package wheels are ultra-lightweight, track-ready wheels in Hyper Black or matte black finishes.

Interior Design

SRT Viper Interior

The all-new, driver-oriented interior cabins of the SRT Viper models have been totally revamped for 2013 with higher quality, premium material appointments and performance-oriented technologies.

On the Viper GTS model, all surfaces are fully leather skinned, and standard accent colors are applied to the seats, doors, center console and stitching.

Quality fit and finish across the lineup is showcased by triple-paint-finished Gun Metal appliqués on the cluster bezel, HVAC outlets, window switch bezels, shifter base, park brake bezel and the integrated passenger grab handle on the center console.

SRT Viper InteriorStandard high-performance racing seats from Sabelt feature a lightweight Kevlar/fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability.

Both driver and passenger enjoy improved comfort from thigh support and deep side bolsters designed to match the extreme lateral acceleration capabilities of the SRT Viper.

Seating position in the 2013 SRT Viper models is 20 mm lower for more room and enhanced performance-driving ergonomics.

Seat travel is extended by 90 mm overall, which enables expanded seating options from a more rearward positioned bulkhead. For the first time, seat height can be adjusted by up to 40 mm – manually on the SRT model and power controlled on the GTS.

The new 2013 Viper is the most spacious model in the history of the nameplate. The floor pan and bulkhead have been extended approximately 90 mm to provide improved legroom and more rearward seat track movement.

SRT Viper Interior

Designed specifically for the 2013 SRT Viper, the new 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument cluster display uses a full-time analog tachometer readout in the center to confirm the performance driving feedback philosophy of the Viper. Drivers have a wide range of custom and personal options such as an additional digital speedometer readout just below the tachometer.

The vehicle information is communicated with icons. Intuitively controlled through a simple four-way steering-wheel control, the driver can configure the screens to display the information they desire, easily mixing and matching information.

The 2013 SRT Viper lineup includes the new Uconnect® Access in-vehicle connectivity system that provides drivers with access to more information, emergency services, more entertainment and improved graphics.

Technical Features

SRT Viper Engine For the 2013 model, the 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine has 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. More than 25 pounds has been shaved from the fully dressed engine.

The unit is coupled with the Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission , with closer gear ratios and a shortened final drive ratio.

The car’s structure has been stiffened and now provides 50 percent more torsional rigidity.

Among the chassis updates is the 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 for saving weight and improving weight distribution and safety.

At the rear, the suspension has been re-engineered with the toe link moved forward of the axle for better tow control and dynamic stability.

A new, driver selectable two-mode suspension system, featuring Bilstein DampTronic Select shock absorbers with both street and track settings, is standard on GTS models.

SRT Viper models ride on standard Pirelli P Zero, Z-rated tires with substantially improved overall performance, cold weather performance, enhanced overall grip and steering response on a variety of road surfaces while also broadening the performance envelope.

All four wheels adopt four-piston Brembo brakes with fixed-aluminum calipers, and vented rotors with a diameter of 355 mm by 32 mm.

(Source: SRT)

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  1. Mohamed Eissa

    Sorry for being tough, but what is happening here is a big joke, but really silly joke. It seems that designers were too busy to work on Viper or may be they don’t know what the value of the most young american sport model.

    Copy/Paste was the key word here while any body can notice the Ferrari existance which is very clear on the bonnet design, maserati and Fisker for the front bumper. even that saturated degree of red is not american at all niether Viper. But it seems that they didn’t want to go far with copy/paste so they completed the car with the same charachter of the very first Viper which is really copy paste with no develope, check the Silhouette and side graphic, also rear design which you don’t know what to feel towards it. I’m really sad to see such a freak called Viper

  2. 10/4/2012

    Yeah. The design appears as a simple restyling of the old Viper body, without the freshness of the first and second generation Viper’s, that created an American legend!

  3. Diego Bezek


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