Ferrari boss Montezemolo 'Speechless' over 2013 SRT Viper - Marchione

 Ferrari boss Montezemolo Speechless over 2013 SRT Viper - Marchione
2013 SRT Viper 04.4.2012

According to Chrysler chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne in an interview on Detroit radio WJR-AM, Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was "speechless" after getting a close look at the 2013 SRT Viper.

"I had the chairman of Ferrari down here for the board meeting last week and he had a chance to look at the car, and he was speechless. I mean, for Ferrari to admit that the car is a unique vehicle is a hell of a compliment to the work that's gone on here. So I'm delighted. I mean, so far, knock on wood, we're doing well."

Marchionne did not specifically mention di Montezemolo's name, only the person's title, his reference of "speechless" ca have a positive or negative connotation.

Ferrari and Chrysler are both owned by parent company Fiat.

The all-new second generation Viper was revelaed last month at the New York Auto Show under the newly created performance orientated Chrysler brand SRT. The Viper features an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 engine which produces 640 hp (477 kW / 649 PS) and 600 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque.

Production gets underway at Chrysler's Connor Avenue assembly plant in Detroit later this year.


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Euhm, I thought it was a typo at first but 4 iterations of "Viber"?
May 4, 2012 11:37 am
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What i dont´like about the what i´ve seen soofar from SRT on the Viber is that they all sounding so Panicked - Grapping every little thing and blowing it up, just like this message above. Like said by others comments "Speechless" can mean several things. It seems that even Non Viber Fans like the looks including myself. They have also said that the handling should be better. And for the Viber Fans the engine cant´ be a disapointment at all. SRT done a damn fine job with the new Viber, so why so panicked - it´s uncool and does not fit this car´s brute image and reputation.
May 4, 2012 11:18 am
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Nice looking car, is it still made from thin plastic?
May 4, 2012 10:33 am
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hey WCF- "The all-new second generation Viper " - surely this is the 3rd generation right?
May 4, 2012 3:41 am
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What this news post basicly says is "'Luca Cordero di Montezemolo thinks that the new Viper is amazing, but it might not have been him. And he might not have liked it at all, because he didn't say anything." What the hell?
May 4, 2012 1:06 am
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Ferrari Chairman should visit Pagani Factory right beside his feet in Modena. He'll be left speechless for life.
May 3, 2012 7:14 pm
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You might want to double check your info...this is the 3rd generation Viper, not the 2nd.
May 3, 2012 7:08 pm
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Honestly, although im not into american cars, this SRT is just fabulously gorgeous. Well Done!
May 3, 2012 6:42 pm
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The Definition for Speechless in this case is: Oh sh_t, American Cars got competition. and we better upgrade some more says Ferrari chairman. I simply Love this Viper Design, suspension it's just perfect.
May 3, 2012 3:43 pm
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Ceramic Rabbit
You realize this isn't an American car anymore don't you?
May 3, 2012 5:41 pm
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Again, just because Chrysler is owned by Fiat does not mean that Chrysler cars are not American. You do know that Chrysler was owned by Daimler before Fiat!? Which is also not an American company.
May 3, 2012 9:41 pm
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you realize that you might me drunk
May 4, 2012 11:55 am
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This is still an American car. It's going to be made in Detroit. It even says so in the article: "Production gets underway at Chrysler's Connor Avenue assembly plant in Detroit later this year."
May 5, 2012 10:48 am
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with such low tech, i would be speechless as well
May 3, 2012 1:00 pm
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And what makes the Viper low tech?
May 3, 2012 1:25 pm
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Big engine without the expected power to justify the engine size, I think the reason why people dislike the viper is because they want to love it and be thier super hero, because it looks great and is COOL as hell, but how do you justify a 8.4L engine without putting numbers down like 800 hp? I dont think if they made this thing a V10,6-7L,700 HP,high reving to atleast 7k rpm that people will be disapointed and say its not a viper anymore, I think they will gain more customers and have a wider client base, people will say hey viper is more advanced and that you didnt just stick a big a$$ engine in a light body car and say here you go customers, may god have mercy on your soul suckers!!!
May 3, 2012 8:49 pm
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Big engine is what defines Viper. If people want a smalyer engine for the car, then they should look else where, there are lots of cars out there that use small engines, with pansy little turbo/super chargers and it's a good thing that the Viper isn't one of them.
May 3, 2012 9:37 pm
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You know one of the reasons the Prowler didn't do so well was the fact it had a 6cylinder engine. To guys buying into that niche market anything less than a V8 will not do. Besides these cars are driven maybe 2-3 times a month for fun. Fuel efficiency less of a factor than fun. Also...I have a forced induction 4 cylinder engine car and a 6 cylinder car of similar output. The feel is different. There is an old adage that there is no substitue for displacement.
May 4, 2012 12:34 am
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pzigly didn't say anything about forced induction, and it isn't pansy either. He's just noting that with such high displacement it should be putting down more power.
May 4, 2012 2:34 am
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I never said give it a small engine, i never said turbo charge it, I said give it a better engine, I am sure no one is going to mind having better fuel efficiency, more hp, more torque, and better handeling. If this car was only ment to go in a straight line-muscle car, then they would be doing tests at "the ring". and I wouldnt call a zr1 a pansey supercharger, I wouldnt call the turbo chargers in the f-40 pansy either, if lambo can pull off 700hp from a 6.5L engine then viper can atleast get 750-800 hp from a 8.4L
May 4, 2012 2:49 am
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@ pzigly , you must be new to cars, so go and look up the difference between OHC and OHV engines. Also torque.
May 4, 2012 8:13 am
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Its the difference between a hemi and and a regular engine.... whats ur point? And the difference between a high torque engine and a higher reving engine is that you can launch the high rev engine off the line faster than the high torque engine and you can get out of corners quicker, and the turbo chargers will keep you in front of the high torque engines after you have beaten them off the line. This is why ferrari, bimmer, lambo, etc are soo sucessful with their 0-60 and quarter mile times with high reving engines smarter high tech engines. This is why all benz amgs with over 500 hp couldnt break the 4.2 second 0-60 mark (anyone of the 55), because of the excessive amount of torque the engines had
May 5, 2012 7:07 pm
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it has a truck engine..
Jun 28, 2012 5:22 am
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Marchionne is Chairman of Fiat which has a controlling interest in Chrysler. Chrysler is not a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat. The Ferrari boss was most likely shocked by the challenge represented by the refined Viper to the Ferrari brand which is generally not allowed within the Fiat group. I could see a more direct rivalry with Lamborghini developing with further Viper SRT models...
May 3, 2012 12:33 pm
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there is no way this car can compete with any Ferrari even though it does look good. This car is still a dodge and Ferrari is still Ferrari, the cheapest car Ferrari is selling right now would be twice as much as the price tag of this car as the quality
May 3, 2012 12:58 pm
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If Fiat owns Ferrari you can't say Ferrari is still Ferrari.
May 3, 2012 5:25 pm
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Um...I don't even think SRT's trying to compete with Ferrari in the first place. Which, if you ask me, shows just how far Chrysler's come.
May 5, 2012 10:59 am
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Although i'm disappointed by their decision to continue using such a large engine (i'm no engineer, but surely a smaller, much lighter engine with turbo/supercharger would be more fuel efficient and result in better handling?) this Viper DOES look good. I'm interested to see a proper video review of it in action. Hopefully Autocar.co.uk can get their hands on one.
May 3, 2012 12:06 pm
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Well the truth of the matter is that there is a market for cars like this. Sure there are other ways of making a car go fast, but this is simple brute force and no doubt, this sledgehammer will excite like no other car in the world. In a straight line at least. lol. IF it corners as well, then more power to SRT. Appreciate it while it lasts. :)
May 3, 2012 3:07 pm
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Han Solo
I have to agree with Alux...I love big engines, but hey...if you can get the same amount of Power from a smaller Forced Inducted Engine...why not.
May 3, 2012 10:26 pm
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@Hans_Solo it's about the character of the car. Sure you can squeeze 640hp from a smaller blown V8, but the noise won't be the same, the powerband won't be the same, the torque curve etc etc. It will totally switch the character of the car. Unless they can pull off what Bentley did with their Continental GT and find a smaller V8 yet keep the character of the big bruiser V10, then By all means bring it on. With Chrysler being in such a shoddy state of affairs though, I can't see that happening anytime too soon. The V10 is this thing's heart and soul. Without it, it would be just another American car.
May 4, 2012 6:33 am
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Id you want small turbocharged engine then get a different car. It's the whole idea behind Viper to use huge not sophisticated engine just to give you the same driving expierence as in Shelby Cobra as it was Carol Shelby's idea to build a Viper.
May 4, 2012 4:34 am
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@ Alux , the 911 has the engine in the "wrong" place, Ferrari has high rev engines, other use turbos, Viper has a simple, huge engine, that's its thing.
May 4, 2012 8:06 am
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wait a sec, what has the chairman of Chysler got to do with the viper. The Ciper is under the SRT brand name. And just because ferrari is speechless, could be a bad thing too.
May 3, 2012 11:42 am
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Marchionne is the chairman of FIAT, who own the Chrysler Group. Hence he's also the chairman of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and all sub-brands including SRT.
May 3, 2012 12:05 pm
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who really care who owns SRT. Just because the guy was speechless, does not mean that he no words on how fantastic the car is, could very well have been that as they say. If you have nothing good to say then dont say anything.
May 3, 2012 1:32 pm
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@dmanero...i hope you see the irony in your last comment^^, take your own advice kid...hint: read your last sentence
May 3, 2012 7:43 pm
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This comment was really an astute PR move from a brilliant businessman. Marchionne may just be the smartest car boss there is right now.
May 6, 2012 7:11 pm
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