The 2013 SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS-R
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The SRT Viper finally rolls into the Motor City for the 2013 NAIAS

While the 2013 SRT Viper is the only American performance car that is actually built in Detroit, the 2013 North American International Auto Show brought about the first appearance of the newest Viper to the Detroit Auto Show – with two of the gorgeous American supercars there in both GTS and GTS-R form.

The 2013 SRT Viper GTS made its grand debut last year at the New York International Auto Show and has shown itself at a handful of big shows around the country including the 2012 SEMA Show and the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show but not until the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has the mighty Viper been on public display in the city where it is built. Of the American performance cars, the Viper is the only one built in the Motor City with the Corvette being built in Bowling Green Kentucky and the Mustang being built in nearby Flat Rock Michigan while the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger are both built in Canada so this comes after Detroit Rock City has waited months to see its local supercar on display in Cobo Hall.

The arrival of the 2013 SRT Viper at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show didn’t come with any new information about the supercar – no new packages or trimlines were announced in conjunction with the 2013 NAIAS. However with the prominent Viper showcase set at the center of the massive Chrysler Group area offering the Motor City crowd their first chance to admire the stunning Detroit-built supercar in person, this is one of the most popular displays at the ongoing show. The display features both the 2013 SRT Viper GTS along with the #91 SRT Viper GTS-R race car driven by Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher.

I have seen the 2013 Viper in person several times but this is the first time that I have seen the road-going Viper GTS in this bright red and it is truly an amazing red that puts an emphasis on “bright”. Against the dark carbon fiber flooring and the black video tower along the back of the display (shown in the image on the right with simply “SRT” across it), this 2013 Viper GTS lit up the room with its incredible red. Don’t get me wrong – the #91 Viper GTS-R is cool to see in person but there is just something about a bright red American supercar that gets my blood pumping. I have seen the new Viper in blue, blue with white stripes, yellow and the gorgeous deep metallic red named Stryker Red Tinted Pearl that was on the debut car at the New York Auto Show but having seen the Viper in person in Adrenaline Red at the Detroit Auto Show – I have a new favorite color in which the Viper in dreams will wear.

Finally, joining the two 2013 SRT Vipers, the large LED screen behind and the lovely young lady keeping them company in the display was a glass box next to the display that housed the new 8.4L V10 engine that provides 650 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque for the new Mopar supercar. This allows show goers a chance to see what makes the Viper tick – or roar as the case may be – with a look at the V10 inside and out.

So, on the off chance that you have read this entire article without opening our gallery of the 2013 SRT Viper display from the NAIAS, click any of the thumbnails for a closer look.


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