New-Car Review: 2013 SRT Viper
2013 SRT Viper: What Is It?
The 2013 SRT Viper is Chrysler’s resurrected ultra-high-performance car. After a 2-year hiatus, the Dodge Viper returns, but as an SRT-branded model. The Viper is generally on par with the Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar XK-Series, and Porsche 911 in terms of performance, exclusivity, and price.
2013 SRT Viper: What’s New?
The previously rough-hewn Viper has been sent to finishing school. Whereas the previous Dodge Viper was basically a race car for the street with all its vices intact, Chrysler says this redesigned iteration is much more refined and livable. This Viper has a new engine, more creature comforts, and, for the first time, traction control and an antiskid system. Body panels are made of carbon fiber and aluminum for weight savings.
2013 SRT Viper: Model Lineup, Features, and Options
The new Viper is available in two models: Viper and Viper GTS. The former is the base model, a “no-frills” trim level that is focused mainly on performance. This trim includes launch control, high-performance brakes, gray-painted interior accents, Sabelt-brand racing seats, and a touchscreen infotainment system. The GTS is the range-topping model and includes those features, plus such niceties as a two-mode suspension, full leather-wrapped interior, power seats, upgraded audio system, and unique wheels. Optional features include uprated performance brakes, racing tires, lightweight wheels, rearview camera, high-end audio system, navigation system, satellite radio, and carbon fiber interior and exterior styling accents.
2013 SRT Viper: Engines, Transmissions, and Drive Wheels
The 2013 SRT Viper uses an 8.4-liter V10 engine that packs an estimated 640 horsepower. It is connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. All Vipers are rear-wheel drive.
2013 SRT Viper: Fuel Economy
The EPA has not yet rated this vehicle. Viper requires premium-grade gas.
2013 SRT Viper: Safety Features
The 2013 SRT Viper comes with ABS, traction control, and an antiskid system. Unlike the majority of vehicles on today’s market, the 2013 Viper does not have front-side airbags or curtain-side airbags, only dual-front airbags.
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