Completely new for 2013, the Dodge SRT Viper is a two-seat, mid-engine sports car with a 0-60 time of 3.0 seconds. Under the hood drivers will find a 8.4-liter V-10 engine that produces an astounding 640 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, the most torque of any naturally aspirated engine in a street legal car. RWD is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Performance features consist of side-exit dual exhausts, Pirelli Z-rated tires, 4-piston Brembo brakes, and a carbon fiber-aluminum skin. Features include HID headlamps, rear backup camera, navigation system, automatic climate control, and hands-free phone capabilities. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, limited slip differential, and anti-lock braking (ABS).Read more Read less
After a 2-year hiatus, the SRT Viper returns. The name "Dodge" has been dropped from the title, but what remains is a hard-core performance machine that's new in just about every way. The styling retains the familiar long, low nose and sweeping cabin, but every surface is updated for an attractive, modern-day super car look. The new Viper is still powered by an 8.4L V10 engine, which is still mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, but it now produces 640 hp -- 40 more than the previous model -- and 600 ft-lb of torque. Gear ration are now closer and shift throws have been reduced on the transmission. One big change in the new Viper is its lighter weight; in fact, at 3,354 pounds, it is nearly 30 percent lighter than the car it replaces. The Viper also rides on an all-new chassis, which SRT claims to be 50 percent stiffer than its predecessor. Two models are available--the base and the loaded GTS, which features goodies like leather interior and 2-mode adjustable suspension. Unlike the utterly raw driving machine the Viper once was, the new car features driving aids as standard, such as launch control and stability control, though both can be switched off. The 2013 SRT Viper starts at $97,395.
Gorgeous exterior styling; powerful V10; precise 6-speed manual; available creature comforts; driving aids now standard
The Viper's evolution from a raw, violent roadster in 1992 to the sleek, world-class super-coupe of today is proof of its lasting appeal. With vastly improved creature and driving comforts -- like seat height adjustability, available leather, navigation and driving aids -- the Viper seeks to attract a more gentile crowd. But its brute power and precise 6-speed manual place it strictly in the "driver's car" category, and it's not for the faint of heart. Strictly speaking, no other car offers a visceral driving experience quite like the SRT Viper--certainly not for under $100,000.