The GTS is back - introducing the 2013 SRT Viper & Viper GTS (video)
The rebirth of an American legend
SRT brand CEO and President Ralph Gilles began the presentation by walking the media in attendance and the millions watching around the world through the reinvented supercar, pointing out special aspects of the 2013 SRT Viper like the low curb weight of just 3,354lbs (100lbs lighter than the 2010 Viper) and the output of the 8.4L V10 engine – now producing 640 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque. A new frame featuring an x-brace, magnesium supports and loads of high strength steel, the 2013 SRT Viper chassis is 50% stiffer than the 2010 models which, when combined with the low curb weight and the increase in power should allow the 2013 Viper to stake its claim as one of the best performing cars in the world. Most importantly, Gilles stressed that the 2013 SRT Viper was designed in Auburn Hills and it will be built at the Detroit Connor Avenue – accentuating the authenticity of this truly American supercar.
“The SRT Viper model is meant to offer a perfect blend of extreme performance and a deliberate preservation of what has become the iconic DNA of the Viper,” Gilles added. “We strove to deliver a supercar that continues to bring the driver as close as possible to the machine.”
Gilles went on to explain that the 2013 Viper will also feature a new SRT Track Package that cuts the final weight to just 3,297lbs – making for a final power to weight ratio of 5.15 pounds per horsepower. For comparison, the supercar world uses “dry horsepower to weight ratio” to compare numbers on an even plane and when the specifications of the 2013 Viper are applied to those techniques, the result is a ratio of 4.91 pounds per horsepower. This figure puts the 2013 Viper third among the world’s most powerful and fastest supercars, trailing only the 1,000+ horsepower Bugatti Veyron (4.10) and the brand new Ferrari F12 (4.17). The ratio of 4.91 puts the 2013 Viper above such notable supercars like the new Lamborghini Aventador (4.96), the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1(5.01) and the new Porsche 911 Turbo (6.22)…reinforcing the obvious fact that the new Viper is instantly among the best supercars in the world before it even sets foot on a track.
2013 SRT Viper – design inside and out
The 2013 SRT Viper begins on the outside, where the SRT engineers have called heavily upon the design of the original Dodge Viper GTS Coupe in styling the sides, roof and rear of the car. The lines of the 2013 Viper are remarkably similar to those of the 1999 Viper GTS but unlike the original hardtopped Viper, the 2013 model has a body comprised mostly of lightweight carbon fiber. The hood, roof and decklid are all carbon fiber while the doors and door sills are constructed from superformed aluminum for a body that is 32% lighter than the previous Viper body. The front end is where the 2013 Viper differs the most from the old school Viper with a fresh front end design, large LED projection headlights bracketing the sunken, darkened crosshair grille and air extraction openings in the traditionally designed clamshell style hood flanking the large air intake opening. Out back, the Viper has a rear end that flows back from the rounded quarter panels, once again very similar to the original Dodge Viper GTS Coupe but a set of angular new LED taillights gives the 2013 Viper a very distinct look. The back end of the new Viper is finished off with a “dole light” or third brake light that is the new Viper Striker logo, integrated into the subtle rear spoiler.