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.
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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.