2012 NYIAS: SRT Viper

2012 NYIAS: SRT Viper image

Text: / Photos: | posted April 05, 2012 21:09

The return of the snake

The Chrysler group has just revealed the all new Viper. This time, however, the iconic V10 supercar is no longer under Dodge, instead it is branded as the SRT Viper.

“After a gut-wrenching period of uncertainty, 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. “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 a world-class supercar that would showcase the very best we have to offer.”

On the outside, the Viper retains the styling cues that made the originals true icons on the road; a long, slender hood with the cabin well towards the rear. At the heart of the SRT Viper is a new lighter all aluminum 8.4 liter V10 engine that delivers 640 horsepower.

The new SRT Viper is bred for racing, and has many enhancements learned through years of racing and competition. The chassis is lighter and has been stiffened for better handling, while the suspension has been re-engineered for better stability. The Viper drives on Pirelli P Zero tires and Brembo brakes.

Along with the launch of the Viper, Chrysler group also revealed the Viper GTS-R which will be competing in the American Le Mans Series.