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.
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.
In an effort to show that the Dodge brand still has plenty of life left in it, the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team showed up to Laguna Seca with a shiny new 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR. While the 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR will officially debut at the 2009 LA Auto Show in a week, Dodge was eager to show that the updated 2010 Viper was much more than just a pretty face. Chris Winkler drove the Viper to a 1:33.915 lap, besting the previous production car record of 1:35.075.
The 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR features a few small but noteable upgrades over the previous year SRT10 ACR models including a revised short-throw shifter, shorter fifth gear ratio, and a retuned rear aero package. More details will be announced next week when the LA Auto Show kicks off.
Check out the video of the record breaking lap after the jump!