The 2013 SRT Viper debut to be broadcast on Facebook
The debut page of the 2013 SRT Viper on the official Facebook page was hidden until last night but with a hidden QR code embedded in the recent 2013 Viper interior picture, Mopar enthusiasts are streaming into the page where the debut of the new Viper will be broadcast from the floor of the NY Auto Show. Right now, that special “secret” Facebook page only has the shadowy teaser of the 2013 Viper front end with the declaration that “hibernation ends” with a clock counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the new Viper meets the world.
Based on the time remaining on the clock at the time this article went live, we can expect that the 2013 SRT Viper will make its debut right around noon on April 4th, 2012. This Facebook Viper reveal page also promises that the 2013 Viper will be completely restyled and completely reinvigorated but Chrysler has done an incredible job of preventing any information from sneaking out ahead of the 2012 NY Auto Show debut (so far). While shots of what many believe to be the 2013 Viper in Hot Wheels form have hit the internet (Click here for a look at the 2013 SRT Viper toy), the only real information about the new Viper has come from the company itself.
We know from company statements that the 2013 SRT Viper will feature a new stability and traction control system (a first for the Viper) and last night’s interior teaser picture revealed that the new Viper will come with a proper 6-speed manual transmission (click here to look at the new SRT Viper interior teaser). However, beyond those two bits of information the rest of the Viper discussions over the past two years are just based on rumors and speculation. It is expected that the new Viper will benefit from a larger V10 engine, displacing 8.7 liters and packing in the range of 650-700 horsepower. This would be the biggest engine ever offered in a Chrysler Group production vehicle and with the estimated power output – the 2013 Viper will also most likely be the most powerful Chrysler Group production vehicle ever.
When the original Dodge Viper arrived in the early 1990s, the American auto industry had never seen anything like the brutal supercar. Over the years, competition (read: Chevrolet Corvette) have worked to catch up to the Viper even though the V10 monster has continued to be among the best performing cars in the world. However, with the introduction of the 2013 SRT Viper, we can expect that the Chrysler Group will try to make as much of a splash with the new Viper as they did with the original Viper some 20 years ago.