After a two year hiatus the Viper is back reincarnated as a luxury equipped sports car. This has not been a holiday the designers, engineers, and the racing team-they have all been hard at work during that time. Gone are the plastic curtains and lack of door handles from the original 1991 edition-they are now lost in distant memories. The new Viper has come of age; equipped the way you would expect a twenty-first century automobile to be equipped with all the creature comforts needed within easy reach. The Viper comes in two trim levels with a base model and the more uptown GT sport model although there is also the special “launch edition” which features the traditional Viper blue paint with two white lengthwise racing stripes.
The Viper for 2013 was introduced as a SEMA concept car in a coupe style. The car is very well finished with carbon fiber (CF) extensively used; under the huge CF hood a CF cross brace sports the Stryker logo prominently in its center; an aluminum oil filler cap also displays the SRT emblem. The interior is lavish with Katzkin leather trimmed buckets have six point shoulder harnesses –other appointments are finished in black with yellow highlights. There is an aluminum shift handle with the climate controls and bezels also of brushed aluminum. The car is equipped with the Mopar pedal bright pack with the Viper logo imbeded in each one with the polished chrome door step sills also etched with the vehicles moniker in aluminum this time lending a tasteful contrast. The firewall is made of CF and carries a universal quick release camera mounting bracket. This car has the hyper black track pack wheels and also sports an LED fog lamp package
The technical features this year include an 8.4 inch touch screen with a separate 4 inch thin film transistor display which co-ordinates the traction and stability controls. This small screen also displays the track mode and the timer with a built in “stop light”-its mounted side in the instrument cluster. It shows other important vehicle information and also displays operator messages-it is configurable as well. Blue tooth audio streaming is not an option for the Viper-it is basic equipment along with a high quality Alpine surround sound stereo system. So the operator does not have to take his hands off the wheel or eyes off the road or all the necessary controls are redundantly mounted there for easy access; as is the cruise control. The Gamin navigation, Serius satellite, and HD radio are available as optional choices but the HDD is included-it will store music along with photos, a JPEG plug and MP3 insert are also basic equipment.
The cars revision started out as a slight tweaking but it turned into a major overhaul with an all new chassis and a weight reduction of around 150 lbs. All the electronics and safety features imaginable are factored in the curb weight of a leaner 3297 lbs. with the track package also included with the figure. The over head valve 8.4 Liter V10 now puts out 640 hp and delivers 600 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of around 205 mph. Also the six speed manual transmission now has a much shorter throw than previous models had.
Whatever version you choose the car will have stability control but the base unit has two settings and the GTS comes with four modes. The option of the track pack will give better stopping power with upgraded Brembo brakes and the Pirelli PZero tires with lower profile 18 inch wheels on the front but very wide 19 inch on the back.
The car is very quiet in the passenger cabin the only road noise you may hear is from the monster tires and the best news of all is you will get your new Viper for under $100,000.00-provided you purchase the base version and there is no tax charged in your place of residence.