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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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Comments (38)

 Ivo_205 Ivo_205
Euhm, I thought it was a typo at first but 4 iterations of "Viber"?
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May 4, 2012 11:37 am
 StewartSorensen StewartSorensen
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.
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May 4, 2012 11:18 am
 Ivo_205 Ivo_205
Nice looking car, is it still made from thin plastic?
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May 4, 2012 10:33 am
 nahidrahman nahidrahman
hey WCF- "The all-new second generation Viper " - surely this is the 3rd generation right?
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May 4, 2012 3:41 am
 AshleyTankard AshleyTankard
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?
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May 4, 2012 1:06 am
 e36mmm e36mmm
Ferrari Chairman should visit Pagani Factory right beside his feet in Modena. He'll be left speechless for life.
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May 3, 2012 7:14 pm
 ThomasLiger-Belair ThomasLiger-Belair
You might want to double check your info...this is the 3rd generation Viper, not the 2nd.
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May 3, 2012 7:08 pm
 mojtaba2 mojtaba2
Honestly, although im not into american cars, this SRT is just fabulously gorgeous. Well Done!
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May 3, 2012 6:42 pm
 kayutr90 kayutr90
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.
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May 3, 2012 3:43 pm
 Aesthetics Aesthetics
with such low tech, i would be speechless as well
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May 3, 2012 1:00 pm
 autoficianado autoficianado
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...
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May 3, 2012 12:33 pm
 Alux Alux
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.
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May 3, 2012 12:06 pm
 dmanero dmanero
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May 3, 2012 11:42 am