2013 SRT Viper and Viper GTS officially unveiled in New York [video]

A legend is reborn

SRT has officially unveiled the 2013 Viper at the New York Auto Show.

Looking sleek and sinister, the model features an evolutionary design with bi-xenon headlights, a double-bubble roof and side-exiting exhaust tips. The rear end bares some resemblance to the Maserati GranTurismo but adopts a massive rear spoiler and LED taillights.

While the previous Viper had a parts-bin interior, the new cabin is significantly improved with higher quality materials and advanced technology. Notable highlights include leather upholstery, a digital instrument cluster and Sabelt racing seats which sit 20mm lower and have an additional 90mm of travel. There's also metallic accents, a Harman Kardon audio system and an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system.

Motivation is provided by an 8.4-liter V10 engine which has been equipped with a composite intake, high-strength forged pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves and new catalysts. Thanks to these modifications, the aluminum mill produces approximately 640 hp (477 kW / 649 PS) and 600 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque - 40 hp (30 kW / 41 PS) and 40 lb-ft (54 Nm) more than the previous engine. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via a speed-sensing limited-slip differential.

Besides being more powerful, the Viper has gone on a diet full of lightweight components. The car's tubular steel space frame has a magnesium cowl and is covered by a body which features a carbon fiber hood, roof and liftgate as well as aluminum doors and plastic quarter panels. This enables the entry-level model to tip the scales at 3,354 lbs (1,521 kg) which is approximately 100 lbs (45 kg) less than the previous Viper.

To ensure the car handles like a proper supercar, it rides on a new chassis which is 50 percent stiffer than its predecessor. In order to get this impressive figure, engineers installed an aluminum X brace that "ties the suspension pickup points to the magnesium cowl super casting and contributes to improved torsional rigidity and stiffness." Elsewhere, there's a new rear suspension, Brembo brakes, electronic stability / traction control and 18- / 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires.

The standard Viper will be offered with an optional SRT Track Pack and in GTS trim. The Track Pack adds Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, a four-mode traction / stability control system and unique Brembo brakes. On the other hand, the GTS has a leather-wrapped dashboard and driver selectable Bilstein DampTronic shock absorbers.

Check out the press release for additional information

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 contemporary execution 

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 interior technologies.

"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 dressed engine.

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.

Benchmark braking

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 appliqués on the cluster bezel, HVAC outlets, window switch bezels, shifter base, park brake bezel and the integrated passenger grab handle on the center console.

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 Viper.

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 industry first.

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 designs

The all-new, timeless exterior design blends contemporary execution with evolutionary refinement.

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 powerplant.

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" illumination effect.

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 black.

Available SRT Track Package wheels are ultra-lightweight, track-ready wheels in Hyper Black or matte black finishes.

About SRT

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.


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Comments (43)

Kiing Kiing
Is the Nürburgring track outline imprinted next to the window button? http://www.worldcarfans.com/112040443098/2013-srt-viper-and-viper-gts-officially-unveiled-in-new/highphotos#43
Apr 6th, 2012 9:50am
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velsatis velsatis
In my eyes everything about this car looks cheap, like the manufacturer is broke and trying desperatly. Just a cheap, bad looking, tastless facelift. Chrysler, shame on you, we ain´t all idiots
Apr 5th, 2012 8:23pm
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you may say that youre not an idiot, but you sure make sound like one with your crap comment...
Apr 6th, 2012 6:42am
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velsatis velsatis
You didn´t like my comment but ure reply sure is idiotic. At least reply with something more logic than just insults, u just look like a kid who´s candy was taken lol
Apr 7th, 2012 6:40pm
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ok i get the joke, dont steal my candy LOL... but why do you think it looks cheap? i dont think that it was never intended to look like an upscale exotic or performance car. i think the intention was to look like something that when you see it on the road unless you have something like a ferrari or lamborghini you really dont want to mess with it, a rough around the edges performance car.
Apr 7th, 2012 10:09pm
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velsatis velsatis
Just look at the car and compare it to the previous version, a new car???? really??? so much time to develop a car that just looks like a facelift?? It just looks like they made a new car out of the old one and thats cheap in my opinion
Apr 8th, 2012 10:33pm
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velsatis velsatis
thats the best realease video they could come up with??? Didn´t they save any money for marketing??? A kid could have done that. Facepalm
Apr 5th, 2012 5:15pm
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zyzyphe zyzyphe
Porn movie
Apr 5th, 2012 3:55pm
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demon59999 demon59999
Really nice and aggressive as it used to be.. the interior just got better from older models, it looks little bit like the new ferrari berlinetta in front but overall nice work.. but it should be launched with blue color and white strips which really suit the car.
Apr 5th, 2012 12:01pm
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Too much details Maserati tail lights too much carbon every where not in the right places looks and proportion not right just another American car trying to push it trying too hard
Apr 5th, 2012 10:49am
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August Horch August Horch
Apr 5th, 2012 5:54am
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16000rpm 16000rpm
Dont like it very much.Sorry I know its good (dont thumb me down on this)but it is really very tough looking like the last gen
Apr 5th, 2012 5:08am
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Alux Alux
Still think the engine is a mistake. Yes, an 8.7 V10 can be made lighter, but imagine how much more lighter (and fuel efficient) it would be with a smaller forced induction unit. That massive engine at the front will always stop it from handling as well as it could. HOWEVER! I do think this new version of the Viper looks fantastic. You can see the FIAT influence; the GranTurismo rear lights are superb.
Apr 5th, 2012 4:16am
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
And it's nice to see a manufacturer keeping a big engine, naturaly aspirated, with no boring turbos.... Despite the size, these engines can be pretty light. the 7.0 V8 from a z06 is a very light engine, and quite fuel eficient. Congratulations for this Viper... I'm european, and I used to make fun of american cars, but today, they're making some nicer cars than europeans. American cars now can corner, and are simple, 1 engine, 1 manual gearbox, RWD... that's it... I'm getting tired of every brand going to smaller engines, and turbos, killing the fun with automatic gearboxes...
Apr 5th, 2012 3:35am
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Automophile6683 Automophile6683
I'd say "Look out Ferrari" if they were not siblings, but you gotta love the rivalry. I have always been more of an import fan but if i had to choose between this viper and the new Ferrari, i wouldn't have to think about it...this viper is my choice. It's time for america to live up to the hype, We can be the best in the world if we compete for the title. The next president should take note, Economy, pollution, civil satisfaction...we can rebuild it(the USA), we have the technology!
Apr 5th, 2012 2:58am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
I don't like it a lot but okay. It, has a heritage to maintain
Apr 5th, 2012 2:45am
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swifthead swifthead
Wooow what a car...probably the best what Americans can offer:) good looking andmuch improved interior! exterior is a little bit Ferrari-esque but nothing wrong with that, Maserati gave rear tail light..nice, very muscular and the definition is comparable to the SLSformula -big front NA engine, RWD, 2seater, long hood and greenhouse in back, wide appearance...bubble roof....would be perfect pair with SLS...finally americans learned something!
Apr 5th, 2012 1:39am
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eddie eddie
A little euro/Italian styling always helps. It is nice they kept the original Lamborghini developed engine. Way better looking than the generic looking Corvette ZR1
Apr 5th, 2012 1:31am
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DBaskov DBaskov
Apr 5th, 2012 1:23am
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BanfSnieder BanfSnieder
Well executed, it has a solid look to it. Nevertheless it would be perfectly fine without the now tacky LEDs; they take more away from it's character than they add to it.
Apr 5th, 2012 12:16am
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Wow. That is all.
Apr 4th, 2012 11:48pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
it looks like it's from a cartoon, but i guess that's the intention, it's a car for the inner child.
Apr 4th, 2012 10:42pm
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Beautiful car. But why only 640 out of this massive engine? And the interior design inspired from the R8
Apr 4th, 2012 10:32pm
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
Interior from a R8? WTF? where did you see that?
Apr 5th, 2012 3:34am
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I mean that piece in the right side of the console like the R8
Apr 5th, 2012 11:57am
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LucDesormeaux LucDesormeaux
Looks awesome. From some angles I think it looks a bit too corvette-ish but that isn't a bad thing since the new vettes are pretty cool too. Good job.
Apr 4th, 2012 10:25pm
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ahargra ahargra
Looks like they borrowed some elements from Ferrari and some Japanese brands, but overall a great looking car that still retains it's muscle car look and sound. Never been a Viper kind of guy, but this car is breathtaking.
Apr 4th, 2012 9:56pm
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