Friday, April 13, 2012

2013 SRT Viper Revealed

2013 SRT(R) Viper. (PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC)
Intellectually, I don’t see the need for a V-10 engine that kicks out 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a lot more power than most cars and yet our daily drivers do just fine. How much more power? According to Chrysler, the new Viper has more torque than any other naturally aspirated engine.

Unless you have access to a racetrack, where are you going to drive something like that? But after seeing footage of the new SRT Viper (I keep wanting to call it a Dodge Viper, but SRT—Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology group—is now its own brand), I desperately want one. I don’t care how impractical it it, it is unbelievably gorgeous. Sounds great, too. Not in my budget, of course, which is why it’s here in my virtual garage rather than sitting in my driveway.

Check it out for yourself in these two videos from Chrysler.

The first video shows the Detroit plant where the 2013 Vipers, both the street legal SRT and the racing SRT GTS, will be hand-built. Shelly Brown Alore, the plant’s operations manager, claims she has no trouble with absenteeism. I believe her. Who wouldn’t want to be part of the team that puts these cars together?

The second video is footage of the unveiling of the two Vipers last week at New York’s International Auto Show, followed by stills and video of the SRT Viper in action. Take a look. Isn’t that one stunning car? And wouldn’t you love to have the president and CEO OF SRT, Ralph Gilles’, job?

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