Today marks the day of the highly anticipated reveal of the 2013 SRT Viper. We’ve shown you the teasers and what many thought it may look like, but the guessing game is officially over. Behold the 640 horsepower 2013 SRT Viper.
At first glance there is no question that the new model is still very much a Viper. I’d almost say that it’s more Viper than the previous model. Of all the vipers ever produced, the GTS that was first introduced in 1996 best resembled the namesake of Viper. It’s curves were clearly serpentine in nature and the double-bubble hood only added to its reptilian demeanor. The second generation put down more impressive numbers but it lost some of the styling ques that made a Viper a Viper.
Looking at the 2013 model you can see some major call backs to the original GTS. The double-bubble roof (made to fit your helmet) and the aggressive air ducts cut into the doors are clear call backs to the first GTS. The squinted headlights are unique but still give the new Viper a very snakelike glare that truly set the original vipers apart from the crowd.
Many Viper fans feared that marriage between Chrysler and Fiat would taint the Viper replacement but I see this as a true decedent that would make any Viper owner proud. The same V-10 resides under the hood, with some notable improvements like weight saving materials and high-strength forged pistons to make a thunderous 640 horsepower. I can see some Italian refinement in these shots of the 2013 Viper but nothing that detracts from the true essence of the car.
Unlike the Vipers of old, the new SRT model will have stability and traction control. The brutal Viper days have been softened a bit with electronic nannies… but never fear… they can be turned off. Keeping with the current trend with Chrysler branding, the 2013 will be an SRT Viper and not a Dodge. Just like the new Ram trucks are just Rams. SRT will officially be its own brand – kind of like AMG with Mercedes. Regardless of the name and who’s financing the R&D, this new Viper will be one for the history books.
[Source: Motor Authority]