2013 SRT Viper Packs Devilish Details
By Greg Migliore
The 640-hp V10, the curvy fenders, heck, even the carbon treatments—there are enough spotlight features on the 2013 SRT Viper to outfit two or three sports cars of lesser pedigree. While the potent engine and the striking design are clearly the signature elements of SRT's macho machine, there are a few subtle design cues lurking inside for sharp-eyed enthusiasts.
Let's call them Easter eggs, and they're intricate yet intriguing.
Inside, in very small detail, are outlines of tracks conquered by the Viper's ancestors. Most prominent is a tracing of Laguna Seca in the center-console storage tray. That's right, the place where one drops keys or iPhones is marked with one of the West Coast's greatest circuits.
Crossing the Atlantic, or the cabin, leads to Germany's famed Nürburgring. The Nordschleife is the site of another Viper record, and SRT designers placed outlines in the small area where passengers grab to pull the doors closed.
Obviously the materials and layout are the critical parts of the cabin makeover, but details such as the tracks add a bit of a bespoke feel. SRT boss Ralph Gilles argues that this will allow the new Viper to no longer have to fight an uphill battle against other upscale supercars.
“Even though it's built in a factory, it feels hand-built,” he said.
You can judge for yourself when deliveries begin later this year.
This new viper is a disaster! It has lost the signature look of its predecessor. The rear looks like Aston Martin, the headlight is like that of old Honda NSX and front bodyline reminds Corvette, and
the hood air intakes has a bit of Ferrari apperance. Only side bodyline along with the airvents and the roof are the only remnants of old glory. It's most likely due to its new European ownership. Viper is no longer true American car any more. Really disappointing and sad.
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