I always relish the opportunity to test different iterations and trim levels of the same model, perhaps because it helps me determine whether the inherent goodness (or badness) of a given car is innate, or limited to a specific loaded-up example. In the case of the Dodge Challenger, my experience with the model line had thus far been limited to the full-fat SRT8 392 model with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. I thoroughly enjoyed that car, loaded as it was to a near $50k price tag, but would its core values be retained in the 95-horsepower-tamer R/T Coupe? Only one way to find out.
Resto-modders, listen up: stop tearing apart perfectly salvageable classic muscle cars, fitting them with wide wheels and tubbed fenders, and instead go straight to your nearest Dodge dealer. There, you’ll find the Challenger SRT8 392, a classic 70s muscle car disguised as a brand new, modern five-seat coupe with a warranty. The Challenger looks as tough as those resto-modded vintage rides, hunkered down the way it is on its 20” 5-spoke wheels, a deep chin spoiler splitting the flies up front and a pair of over-the-roof vinyl stripes the only decoration on what is otherwise a totally throwback body.
Chryler’s SRT Motorsports chose Circuit de la Sarthe to unveil the newest race version of the Viper, officially named the SRT Viper GT3-R. The Viper GT3-R has been developed as a direct descendant of the SRT Viper street car with a collaboration between SRT Motorsports and Riley Technologies. Riley is well known in the sports car racing community for their winning Grand-AM Daytona prototypes, to their successful GT racing endeavors.
The SRT Viper GT3-R builds off the knowledge already gained from the ALMS/GT version of the Viper, the GTS-R and has been equipped with a GT3-spec aero kit. The transmission is an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters and a multi-disc race clutch, six-piston brake calipers up front and four-piston brake calipers in the rear. Power comes from the iconic V10 engine found in every Viper. Power numbers have not been released, but we expect this to vary based on the needs of the race series the Viper GT3-R will be competing in.
Deliveries to customers begin in late 2013, and prices for the SRT Viper GT3-R begin at $459,000. We’ll take two.
Greetings, loyal readers! My name is Kasey Kagawa – some of you might remember me from a few years ago when I hosted the Speed:Sport:Life Radio news podcast – and now I have returned to once again bring you warmed-over news and half-witted commentary, just in this new, textual form that we shall call Speed:Sport:Life News. The 2013 Chicago Auto Show started today, and like all auto shows, there’s announcements with a little “A”, and Announcements. And so, we’ll start this off with the bits of fluff and bother that warrant little more than a brief mention.
Chryler’s SRT brand unveiled the new, limited-edition 2013 SRT Viper Launch Edition in Monterey yesterday, marking the brand’s first appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours. Like past Viper Coupe reveals in 1996 and 2006, the SRT Viper Launch Edition comes painted in the iconic GTS Blue paint with white racing stripes. Each of the Launch Edition Viper models carry exclusive “Stryker” badges with a blue background instead of the grey on other 2013 Viper models, as well as a serialized dash plaque on the interior.
The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition will be showcased at the Quail Lodge on August 17th, as well as at the Rolex Monterey Reunion at Laguna Seca on August 17-19th.
We just can’t get enough of the 2013 Viper and get a little too excited when Drive SRT publishes videos like the one above. The video is 39 seconds of raw American awesomeness featuring the 2013 Viper GTS-R testing at Virginia International Raceway. The Viper GTS-R is expected to make its début at one of the remaining 2012 American Le Mans Series races but SRT hasn’t announced exactly which race it will début at. Our money is on Road America in August.
Chrysler’s SRT team has the Viper GTS-R on display here at Le Mans, which we hope is foreshadowing to next year’s race. First shown at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April, the Viper GTS-R recently performed its first track test at Carolina Motorsports Park. SRT Motorsports stated that the shake down test was a resounding success and that the car performed better than the team expected.
The SRT Viper GTS-R is scheduled to make its GT class debut during the 2012 American Le Mans season, however the specific race has not been announced. All we can wish for is a return to the grid at Le Mans for the Viper GTS-R program, and the car on display here is a good indication that the SRT team might be thinking along those same lines.
The street legal 2013 SRT® Viper unveiled to the world today at the New York International Auto Show isn’t the only high-performance snake making a triumphant return in 2012.
The purpose-built, non-street legal and competition-ready SRT Viper GTS-R also was revealed as part of the Chrysler Group’s announcement that a factory-backed SRT Viper Racing team will return to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2012.
“Racing has been a significant part of the illustrious history of Viper not only with wins on the track, but also in the continued development of the street cars – and our new 2013 SRT Viper models are proof of those lessons learned,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “Now with our new team and the launch of the GTS-R, we’re excited and proud to begin writing more chapters in the racing history of the Viper later this summer.”
In case you missed it on Facebook last night, here is the 2013 SRT Viper teaser that DriveSRT shared with fans last night around Midnight. SRT says this is the only glimpse we’ll get of the 2013 SRT Viper before it gets unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show in April. There isn’t a lot to see here but from the teaser you can tell they’ve definitely tried to keep it true to form. This is the most anticipated car of the 2012 auto show season here at S:S:L and Byron Hurd will be on the ground to get up close and personal.
Earlier this week, the Chrysler Communications blog ran a piece that we all knew was coming, but few true enthusiasts wanted to see. The Dodge Viper SRT-10 Final Edition is here. It’s bittersweet, to be sure, the end of the line for the consummate American two-seater. Apologies to the boys and girls down in Bowling Green, but no other vehicle embodies the history of American sports car racing the way the Viper does–the biggest engine in the smallest car with the fewest frills. It’s a legacy that goes back to the days before closed circuits and seat belts.
And for the first time in nearly twenty years, the world will be without it.