2013 SRT Viper
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, by now you’ve heard that the Viper is back. Now known as the 2013 SRT Viper, it returns with more of everything. More power from its all-aluminum V10 engine, more handling capability, more technology, more electronics, and of course more style. Thank goodness it still looks like a Viper! Though body panels are now a mix of carbon-fiber and aluminum, the proportions remain the same, with a long hood covering that 640-horsepower engine mounted behind the front wheels. The double-bubble roof gives a boost to headroom for helmet wearing occupants of the cab-rearward cockpit, and exhaust still exits out the side in front of the rear wheels.
A stiffer structure and additional bracing means a more forgiving suspension, and available Bilstein DampTronic Select shock absorbers allow for separate street and track settings. This will be a kinder and gentler Viper, as stability and traction control will be standard. Launch control will also take some of the bite out of the snake and make for much easier fast getaways.
Inside, materials have taken a sharp turn, and accelerated towards a more premium mission. There’s even navigation in Chrysler’s huge Uconnect media center. Look for both the Viper and higher performance Viper GTS to hit the showrooms and streets by the end of this year.