The Dodge Viper will be known as the Dodge SRT Viper, it has been announced

The new Dodge SRT Viper has been revealed at the New York motor show. The new American performance icon is lighter, more powerful and features a much more premium interior that borrows some materials from SRT's Chrysler Group siblings Ferrari and Maserati.

SRT boss Ralph Gilles said that using a Ferrari or Maserati platform was considered for the new Viper, but the right proportions could not be met and instead the outgoing car's high strength steel platform was completely reengineered.

The structure is said to be 50 per cent stiffer than before, partly thanks to the adoption of a magnesium beam and cross frame.

The 8.4-litre V10 engine is 13kg lighter than that of the old Viper's. Peak power is improved to 631bhp at 6150rpm, up 59bhp, and peak torque is boosted to 600lb ft at 4950rpm, up 40lb ft and available 150rpm lower. The torque figure makes the SRT's engine the highest of a naturally aspirated engine in the world.

The bodywork is made chiefly from carbonfibre and weighs 32 per cent less than that of the old car’s. Superformed aluminium is also used for the doors and door sills.

The SRT Viper has been designed and engineered in Detroit and will be built at the re-commissioned Conner Assembly Plant.

Design features externally include side exhausts and 'snake eye' headlights. The front hinged clamshell bonnet also makes a comeback.

The car features bespoke Pirelli tyres, 355mm at the rear and 295mm at the front. The compounds are different front and rear, too.

Launch control is a Viper first, and other electronic aids include traction control and a four stage ESP system that can be switched off completely.

Inside, Gilles said lessons had been learned from Ferrari and Maserati, and customers had complained the old car's interior was "a bit of a joke".

The TFT instrument cluster is borrowed from the Dodge Dart and redesigned, featuring a glowing snake instead of a gear shift indicator.

The seats are sourced from the same supplier as Ferrari and help contribute to a 90mm increase in interior space.

Two versions of the SRT Viper will be offered, including a base model and a pluckier GTS variant. A racing version of the Viper was also shown, which will compete in the American le Mans Series.


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4 April 2012

I'm glad it will be keeping a V10, and I do hope those rumours are correct - an 8.7-litre engine would be great!

4 April 2012

More pictures here.

I really like it. A well-executed evolution of the Viper design, with some welcome new details. And that V10, of course!

4 April 2012

Looks fantastic, bet it will sound amazing and really pleased they're taking it racing again.

4 April 2012

This looks fantastic. In Blue with Stripes for me!

I really hope the SRT brand makes a trip to Europe.

5 April 2012

Absolutely glorious.

5 April 2012

Looks really good to be honest, its got the upgrade it finally deserves! That V10 will no doubt be off the scale i cant wait to see it driven

5 April 2012

[quote Fidji]

I'm glad it will be keeping a V10, and I do hope those rumours are correct - an 8.7-litre engine would be great!

[/quote] Well i'm not, an ideal opportunity has been missed, a V-8 hybrid, or is that too castrating for Uncle Sam?

Peter Cavellini.

5 April 2012

Great News they are going back racing. I drove one in China about 2004 - fantastic. Also with 8 litres up front the hottest car ever made. When I got out I stripped down to my knickers while my wife held a hosepipe over my head and the Chinese spectators laughed at me…… Oh and a bloody awful gearbox. But what a noise!

5 April 2012

V-8 hybrid? what's the point of that? Esp given that Uncle Sam's understanding of a hybrid is a big whacking V8 and 2 AA Duracell batteries strapped into whatever area they can find the space. I'll take the V10, it's the major defining feature of the Viper

5 April 2012

Ferrari may be supplying engines to Maserati and Alfa, but to much lower specs than the ones found in actual Ferraris! The same could have happened with the Viper I guess, but then again it might have cost much more than retaining the V10. Furthermore that big, truck derived V10, is so fitting to this Yank bruiser!


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