[ Chrysler Group LLC press release ]
2013 SRT Viper -- The Return of the Snake
Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand's flagship performance machine
returns with more power and performance, superior craftsmanship, new
technologies and creature comforts
- Two new models include SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS
- All-aluminum, mid-engine 8.4-liter V-10 delivers an estimated 640
horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque -- the most torque of any naturally
aspirated sports car engine in the world
- Chassis enhancements bring 50 percent improvement in torsional stiffness
- Triple-digit weight reduction results in Viper best power-to-weight ratio
- Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control,
traction control and new 4-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
- All-new, innovative interior designs set new standards with premium
materials, new technologies and superior craftsmanship
- All-new carbon-fiber and aluminum skin is sculpted for high-speed
stability and a slippery .364 drag coefficient (Cd)
- Timeless exterior design incorporates iconic Viper styling cues with a
April 4, 2012, Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2013 SRT Viper was unveiled
to the world today at the New York International Auto Show, marking its highly
anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market.
The fifth generation of the iconic two-seat, American-built supercar has been
deliberately evolved to incorporate superior craftsmanship, a host of new
technologies and ergonomic improvements while respecting its visceral legacy
of outright performance.
"After a gut-wrenching period of uncertainty, the Street and Racing Technology
brand team is extremely proud that our hand-built in Detroit, flagship
supercar is back and ready to take on the performance car world," said Ralph
Gilles, President and CEO -- Street and Racing Technology Brand and
Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "Beyond being the flagship for the new SRT
brand, the launch of the 2013 Viper proves that we simply would not let the
performance icon of the Chrysler Group die. Willed to live on by a very
special group of performance enthusiasts inside the company and across Viper
Nation, this SRT team under our new leadership was challenged to not just
continue the legendary Viper, but to create a world-class supercar that would
showcase the very best we have to offer."
Two new models for any performance buyer
For the 2013 model year, two new models of the iconic supercar will be hand
built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit -- the home for Viper
since 1995. Both SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS models offer new interior and
exterior designs incorporating premium materials and new exterior surfaces
with aerodynamically functional details that are beautifully integrated into
the high-tech carbon fiber and aluminum skin. On the inside, designers and
engineers strived to rethink all touch points; and upgrade all material
appointments and technologies.
"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."
The SRT Viper GTS builds on the DNA of the SRT Viper model with more
technologically advanced solutions, like two-mode active suspension, to allow
this world-class GTS to find new limits on the track while also opening up its
envelope as a more premium and mature evolution of the classic, extreme
performance formula. Designed and built with premium features and materials
inside and out, the Viper GTS will compete with the best performance vehicles
in the world with a wide range of creature comforts, advanced drivetrain and
"We've purposely evolved the iconic soul and raw performance formula that
Viper has maintained over the years," Gilles said. "Our returning customers
will see the world-class levels of pride, quality and hand craftsmanship built
into the 2013 Viper. With two price classes of the SRT Viper and SRT Viper
GTS, we have offerings for both the traditional core Viper customer and for
the new customer who wants the same performance in a package with more
technology and premium creature comforts."
Awe-inspiring V-10 powertrain
At the heart and soul of the 2013 SRT Viper is the venerable, hand-assembled
8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine.
Improvements for 2013 include a new, ultra-high flow and lightweight composite
intake manifold, high-strength forged pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves,
new catalysts to reduce back pressure and an aluminum flywheel that reduces
reciprocating losses. More than 25 pounds has been shaved from the fully
Preliminary performance ratings for the SRT-engineered V-10 Viper are 640
horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque -- the most torque of any naturally
aspirated engine in the world.
The Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission has been improved with a
shorter throw shifter, closer gear ratios and a final drive ratio that has
been shortened to 3.55 from 3.07. The 2013 Viper models will be more engaging
to drive and top speed is now achieved through 6th gear with maximum engine
speed (redline) at 6,200 rpm.
Outstanding ride, handling and capability
Starting with a stiffer structure that provides 50 percent more torsional
rigidity, the chassis of the 2013 SRT Viper benefits from numerous
enhancements -- many learned through racing efforts with Viper GTS-R and
Competition Coupe models.
Major updates include the addition of a new aluminum "X" brace under the hood
that ties the suspension pickup points to the magnesium cowl super casting and
contributes to improved torsional rigidity and stiffness. A new aluminum
impact beam at the front of the car contributes to overall mass savings and
improved weight distribution while providing excellent crashworthiness.
Structurally, many areas of the chassis were reworked to take advantage of new
materials, reduce thickness in some areas and reshape components for more
structural rigidity in others. The result is an overall weight savings of
approximately 100 pounds.
At the rear, the suspension has been re-engineered with the toe link moved
forward of the axle for better tow control and dynamic stability.
A new, driver selectable two-mode suspension system, featuring Bilstein
DampTronic Select shock absorbers with both street and track settings, is
standard on GTS models.
For 2013, SRT Viper models ride on standard Pirelli P Zero, Z-rated tires with
substantially improved overall performance, cold weather performance, enhanced
overall grip and steering response on a variety of road surfaces while also
broadening the performance envelope. An optional SRT Track Package features
Pirelli P Zero Corsa, "soft"-tuned, "racing-type" compound tires that improve
handling and precision further on the road or the race track.
For the first time, standard safety technologies such as electronic stability
control and traction control help to maximize traction performance at
virtually any speed and driving environment.
All 2013 Viper models will come with a steering-wheel-mounted launch control
switch, allowing for optimal acceleration from standing starts.
Stopping performance for the 2013 SRT Viper is engineered to provide shorter
stopping distances, better modulation, improved durability and balanced brake
performance without fading under extreme conditions.
Four-piston Brembo brakes with fixed-aluminum calipers, and vented rotors with
a diameter of 355 mm by 32 mm, are used at all four corners. Brake calipers
are forged and weight optimized by fully machining all surfaces. The calipers
are among the stiffest available with distortion from heat nearly eliminated
even under the most demanding braking conditions.
The available SRT Track Package features lightweight and slotted two-piece
rotors from StopTech.
New premium materials, craftsmanship and technologies
The all-new, driver-oriented interior cabins of the SRT Viper models have been
totally revamped for 2013 with superior craftsmanship, premium material
appointments and performance-oriented technologies.
For the first time, all major interior surfaces are sewn and wrapped with
additional padding applied in comfort areas. On the Viper GTS model, all
surfaces are fully leather skinned, and standard accent colors are applied to
the seats, doors, center console and stitching.
Quality fit and finish across the lineup is showcased by triple-paint-finished
Gun Metal appliquéon the cluster bezel, HVAC outlets, window switch bezels,
shifter base, park brake bezel and the integrated passenger grab handle on the
Standard high-performance racing seats from Sabelt feature a lightweight
Kevlar/fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding
technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Both driver and
passenger enjoy improved comfort from thigh support and deep side bolsters
designed to match the extreme lateral acceleration capabilities of the SRT
Seating position in the 2013 SRT Viper models is 20 mm lower for more room and
enhanced performance-driving ergonomics. Seat travel is extended by 90 mm
overall, which enables expanded seating options from a more rearward
positioned bulkhead. For the first time, seat height can be adjusted by up to
40 mm -- manually on the SRT model and power controlled on the GTS.
The new 2013 Viper is the most spacious model in the history of the nameplate.
The floor pan and bulkhead have been extended approximately 90 mm to provide
improved legroom and more rearward seat track movement.
Designed specifically for the 2013 SRT Viper, the new 7-inch, full-color,
customizable instrument cluster display uses a full-time analog tachometer
readout in the center to confirm the performance driving feedback philosophy
of the Viper. Drivers have a wide range of custom and personal options such as
an additional digital speedometer readout just below the tachometer. The
vehicle information is clearly communicated with easy-to-understand icons.
Intuitively controlled through a simple four-way steering-wheel control, the
driver can configure the screens to display the information they desire,
easily mixing and matching information.
Uconnect Access provides new level of connectivity
The 2013 SRT Viper lineup includes the new, next generation Uconnect Access
in-vehicle connectivity system that provides drivers with access to more
information, emergency services, more entertainment and improved graphics.
Viper customers can choose between two Uconnect Media Centers, RA3 and RA4,
which provide a range of new features and multiple ways to control media in
the vehicle. The system includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen along with a set of
hard keys for commonly used functions, including traditional knobs for tuning
the radio bands and radio volume. Touchscreen buttons along the bottom of the
screen allow drivers to easily access the radio, climate controls, navigation,
phone, and new, select, certified applications. The new, highly sculpted
steering wheel has a host of finger-tip mounted controls for audio, Uconnect,
cruise control (first application) and launch control.
SiriusXM Travel Link also is available with Uconnect, providing premium data
services and information to make every trip more efficient. SiriusXM Traffic
works with the vehicle's navigation system to display traffic speed and
traffic flow information along with accident information to assist drivers in
routing around congested areas. An expanded SiriusXM channel lineup includes
exclusive programming, including the new SiriusXM Latino channels, an auto
A range of Harman Kardon surround-sound systems are available across the SRT
Viper lineup that feature the latest in audio system technology. All Harman
Kardon audio systems include a high-voltage class D amplifier with tracking
power supply and up to 11 channels of amplification. The Harman Kardon system
with exclusive Logic 7 surround-sound processing is available in the Viper GTS
model with a total of 18-speakers, including four subwoofers located behind
the seats. All Harman Kardon systems in the 2013 SRT Viper lineup include
high-performance, high-efficiency GreenEdge technology loudspeakers that are
extremely light and include rare earth magnets. The magnets inside each
speaker ensure efficient speaker operation and enhanced performance. The audio
systems operate on 32 volts -- so the new and improved sound system achieves
more than double the acoustic power of the current system.
Refined evolution of SRT's hallmark -- aggressive and functional exterior
The all-new, timeless exterior design blends contemporary execution with
All-new carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid and aluminum door panels are firsts
for SRT Viper models resulting in significant weight reduction, improved
high-speed stability and a slippery .364 drag coefficient.
The forward-hinged hood carries the redesigned Viper badge -- aptly named
"Stryker" by the Viper Club of America -- positioned in the center; and offers
unobtrusive access to several service points and the SRT-engineered V-10
The classical low-stance and the extreme cab rearward proportions that have
become the unmistakable silhouette of the iconic supercar, return on the 2013
SRT Viper models along with the dramatic fender "gills" -- another traditional
Viper design cue that helps to extract heat from the engine compartment.
The 2013 Viper models feature a contemporary take on the traditional
"double-bubble" roof configuration that maximizes headroom for the driver and
passenger while maintaining a low frontal area -- allowing additional room for
helmets during recreational competitive driving.
Dual-function, bi-xenon projector headlamps are tightly packaged with white
light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps and LED turn signals in a
sinister "snake eye" configuration.
Functional "blisters" incorporated into the 70 mm projector headlamp lenses
create a three-dimensional view that gives Viper a distinctive glare.
The lower-front grille is purposefully designed as an evolution of the
traditional Viper low-profile cooling opening configuration and discretely
carries a refined V-shape structure.
The exhaust system continues to exit forward of the rear wheels and now
carries further refinement with cast aluminum, sill-mounted exhaust bezels.
For the first time, the 2013 SRT Viper models carry LED taillamps that
integrate stop-and-turn illumination in one element. Snakeskin texture in the
lens carries the surface work seen in the gills and hood textures. With
dark-masked lenses, the horizontal lamps appear dark until the LED elements
fire. Each lamp carries 50 LEDs that provide a unified "crystallized"
The five-spoke, forged-aluminum "Rattler" wheel design on the 2013 Viper model
is available with fully polished (standard), fully painted Hyper Black or
fully painted low-gloss black finishes.
The Viper GTS has a split six-spoke forged-aluminum "Venom" wheel design with
three available finishes, including polished face with graphite-painted
pockets (standard), fully painted Hyper Black or fully painted low-gloss
Available SRT Track Package wheels are ultra-lightweight, track-ready wheels
in Hyper Black or matte black finishes.
The Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand uses a
successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks:
awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability;
benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and
high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.
The expansion of the SRT vehicle lineup in the 2012 model year features four
new products that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest
in safety technologies and creature comforts. These products include the
Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep
Grand Cherokee SRT8.
Making its highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market
in late 2012 is the new 2013 SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS. The SRT flagship
performance machines arrive with more power and performance, superior
craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts.
( View Full Size version. )
( View Full Size version. )
( View Full Size version. )