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Christopher Bruce2012-04-04 18:46:13

2013 Dodge Viper Rolls Out with Help from Ferrari on Interior with Videos

2013 Dodge Viper Rolls Out with Help from Ferrari on Interior

After months of teasing, Chrysler has finally taken the wraps off of the new SRT 2013 Viper, and in a little surprise it will be racing in the American Le Mans Series. SRT is moving the vehicle into the 21st century with cruise control, stability control and traction control. 

The Viper retains the same 8.4l V10 as previous Vipers, but it is 25lbs lighter thanks to a composite intake manifold and aluminum flywheel. Power and torque are now 640hp and 600lb-ft of torque, both of which are 40 units better than the previous generation. The transmission is a six-speed manual with short-throw shifter and a 3.55 final drive ratio.

The new Viper has a massive upgrade in interior quality partially thanks to Ferrari. The seats come to Sabelt who also supply the seats to Ferrari. SRT also worked with Ferrari and Maserati to make the interior material quality better. The instrument cluster comes completely from the new Dodge Dart, but it has been modified with an extensive amount of custom software. For instance, instead of having shift lights, a red viper appears in the center of the instrument cluster when drivers hit the redline. 

SRT is offering two models: the SRT Viper GTS and SRT Viper. The GTS offers more luxury features with full leather for the interior, but the SRT VIper has a stripped out interior and more aggressive exterior. SRT says it is the most roomy interior of any Viper ever. 

SRT admitted that it looked at Italian platforms for the new Viper, but stuck with a modified version of the previous generation. There is an aluminum X brace under the car to tie the suspension to the cowl. While the chassis is based on the one from the GTS-R and Competition Coupe, the chassis has shaved 100lbs off the car. Pirelli has developed a custom compound for the tires that are 355mm wide in the rear. It comes with two-mode, Bilstein adjustable dampers with street and track settings. 

Looks are pure Viper with a large NACA duct up front. SRT says that the engine is pushed back far enough to be considered mid-engined.

As a big surprise, SRT revealed that the Viper will be racing in ALMS joining BMW, Porsche and Corvette in the GT Class. SRT says that the car will begin racing in 2012, but it has not announced which race yet. There will be two cars entered with the drivers being Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Kuno Wittmer. And here is a video of the racing version.

Viper Gen.5Viper Gen.5
V 10 (90º vee)
510 cu in
Top Speed
206 mph
6, Manual
Maximum power
640 hp @ 6150 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost


Humm, still undecided, looks great from some angles, front 3/4s looks a bit "big-headed". But it looks like a step forward for a American automotive icon, looking forward for more pics
04.04.2012 @ 19:11
I could really care less about the car. It's impressive but not really my thing. I am really happy it is GT racing though. Porsche, Corvette and BMW are not enough brands in ALMS.
04.04.2012 @ 19:59
I still can't help but think 640HP is not enough from 8.4 litres.
04.04.2012 @ 22:20
Well, it might not seem like enough, but the engine is still OHV, and it pulls massive torque numbers. I think it's adequate.
05.04.2012 @ 16:22
Back lights are Maserati inspired
06.04.2012 @ 23:17
They may look Maserati inspired, but the rear is based off the 1st gen Viper.
09.04.2012 @ 15:38


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