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The Viper is back with a sting- upgraded performance and quality.


In 2010 Dodge put a hold on production of Vipers, but Dodge Viper Phoenix fans will be happy to know, they’re back and better than ever. Dodge announced earlier this year that they are releasing two new models:  the SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS. Both models have features that clearly resemble the original ferocious Viper. But with new designers and engineers working together, the Viper has been reborn. 

The exterior body still remains modeled after snakes and the human body, with smooth curves, low stout, and upkicked tail but has been redesigned to be more aerodynamic. The use of premium materials, such as high-tech carbon fiber and aluminum, and new practical details, bring the Viper into the higher quality category of “supercar”.  Under the hood the 2013 Viper is powered by the shockingly powerful, all-aluminum pushrod V-10 engine that creates 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The new intake manifold runs off a high-performance computer-based simulation with Formula 1 aerodynamics and even features nuclear submarine performance to ensure a silent ride.

 A Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual is still standard and allows the car to be every bit as fast as previous models. New to the SRT Viper is a two-mode suspension system that features Bilstein DampTronic Select shocks, which are known to be extremely efficient on both the road and the track. Electronic stability control and launch-control system, with steering-wheel buttons, are both standard, and aid in allowing the car to have the fastest possible launch from a dead stop. The revised camshaft profile also works with Viper’s variable-valve timing for lower emissions and fuel consumption, while still providing power. The new model also features upgraded Brembo four-piston unit brakes, with fixed-aluminum calipers and vented rotors. A revised catalyst wash-coat process also enables a 20-percent overall increase in power output.

The interior has visibly significant changes, in comparison to previous models. Both 2013 models will feature high-performance racing seats, special upholsteries, trims, and accents. Chrysler has also guaranteed that anyone up to 6’-7” will be able to fit comfortably in the car, with the addition of an extended floor pan and bulkhead. Sitting in the driver seat there is also added convenience features such as the customizable gauge cluster, infotainment unit with Uconnect media center, integrated SiriusXM Travel Link, and 18-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. With all of these added features the new Viper still weighs 100 pounds less than the older model.

The 2013 SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS are guaranteed to keep both track and street drivers happy with performance, speed, convenience, and a new quality standard. Chapman Dodge and Dodge Arizona dealerships will have the car available for test drive in fall 2012.

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