|2013 SRT Viper|
Featuring a all-aluminum, front-mid-engine 8.4-liter V-10 delivers an estimated 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque through a six-speed manual transmission - "the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world" says Chrysler, chassis enhancements bring 50 percent improvement in torsional stiffness, standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and new 4-channel anti-lock brake system, 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 .36 drag coefficient (Cd), and a timeless exterior design incorporates "iconic Viper styling cues with a contemporary execution" gloats Chrysler from it's official press release. Please note that the engine does not offer any high-tech features like direct injection or supercharging - it's a naturally aspirated (but huge displacement) petrol engine.
The Viper is no longer sold as a Dodge - it is now sold as a "SRT" brand model instead (Chrysler's new high-performance division). Ultra-high-performance versions include a special "track" package with upgraded Pirelli sport tires and a GTS variant with a more luxurious interior, offering better interior materials and leather. Chrysler has moved away from it's pure sports car roots with this new-generation Viper by offering standard safety nannies such as electronic stability control and traction control help to maximize traction performance - and to keep over-confident drivers from launching the Viper into low-earth orbit and to keep lawsuits to a minimum. Finally, Chrysler will hand-build the Viper at its Connor Avenue assembly plant in Detroit, bringing approximately 150 auto workers back from layoff - which is good news for Detroit. No pricing has been released yet, but the Viper will definitely be very rare and very expensive. I personally think this new Viper looks sinister and mean, and looks like it would eat Corvettes for breakfast.
[Edited 2012-04-04 15:38:26]
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