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If there’s one car that we’ve been looking forward to seeing at this year’s New York Auto Show, more than any other, it’s the next generation Viper. Very nearly sold off during Chrysler‘s turbulent years under Cerberus, like any great icon, it managed to endure.

Not only that, but even before the last fourth generation SRT 10 examples were rolling out the door, a plan was underway to introduce a new one; an American super car re-imagined for the 21st century. Now it’s been revealed to the world for the first time.

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology Brand perhaps summed it up best. “Beyond being the flagship for the new SRT brand, the launch of the 2013 Viper proves that we simply would not let the performance icon of the Chrysler Group die,” he said to raucous reception. Indeed.

The fifth generation car, now called SRT Viper, will be offered in two forms a convertible and GTS coupe. Advancements in material technology mean the new Viper is both lighter (by some 100 lbs) and stronger than its predecessor. There’s a massive X-brace that links the suspension attachment points to the cowl, which itself is a magnesium super casting. The rear suspension has been updated to improve stability while weight distribution is also better than the old Viper.

Under the hood is a 8.4-liter V10, but it’s gained new high strength forged pistons, lightweight composite intake manifold, aluminum flywheel and changes the exhaust. The result is a lighter but more powerful engine. How powerful exactly? Well horsepower is an honest 640 hp and torque a monster 600 lb-ft, ranking the Viper as the torquiest naturally aspirated production car engine in existence.

To help harness the performance, the Tremec six-speed gains a shorter final drive, while the Viper now gets driver aides, including stability control, traction control and a launch control feature to enable those 355 (yes 355 mm wide) tires to hook up. However, it is after all a Viper, so there are four different modes for the driver aids, ranging from full on to non existent; which should still please hard core Viper fans.

On the outside, the clamshell hood reappears, while carbon finer construction for this, the roof panel on the GTS and rear decklid, plus aluminum doors contribute to the overall weight savings.

However, one of the biggest changes concerns the interior. There are a few parts bin pieces, like the Dodge Dart sourced instrument cluster, but the rest of it looks and feels like a high pedigree European hyper car. There’s high quality materials and stitching everywhere while the driver and passenger now get enveloped by a pair of Sabelt racing seats with lightweight Kevlar/Fiberglass shells. Thanks to greater seat travel (some 90 mm) tall people can now actually drive the Viper too.

Techie features include a 7-inch fully customizable instrument panel screen, UConnect Media (offered in two different forms) available Sirius Travel Link and a range of Harmon Kardon surround sound systems.

As has been the case since 1995, the 2013 SRT Viper will be hand assembled in a special corner of Chrysler’s Conner Avenue plant in Detroit. If there was ever something for the Motor City to celebrate, this American supercar, which goes on sale late this year, surely must be it.
See all the live 2013 SRT Viper photos at AutoGuide.com
 

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:drool::drool::drool::drool:
 

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There are much better pics online now, suprising on Yahoo. I throughly enjoyed my brief time owning one and miss having a musculey-armed supercar.
 

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i think the car looks good, the interior looks really good.
some of my viper brothers are a bit peeved with the "euro" look, they dont think it looks mean enough.
a bit disappointed with "only" 640hp.
i look forward to reading about the test drives and impressions.
for now the price tag is out of my reach, so reading the reviews is about all i can do.
 

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Honestly I was expecting 700 HP. The Viper was known to stay 100 HP ahead of the competition.
 

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Every time I look at it, I see something different.

I see some of the Ferrari concept stuff (612?) in there. I see the original Viper. I see some of the Mazda concept stuff. Heck, I almost even see a little Shelby Daytona Coupe.
 

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Agree with the "euro" look / 1995 RX-7 look. Not aggressive enough.
 

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I knew it would be back. How many Final Editions is that for it now? 3?
Agreed, 640hp isn't exactly a mind blowing 'come-back'. The last edition had 600hp and the last ACR-X had 640hp.
Front end has too much Ferrari-esque/Vette qualities. Back end has a little Aston Martin ass to it.
I thought of getting one before. Test drove one. It's a beast of a car, but only in a straight line. That's why I chose the Lotus. Better all-around performer.
But still the Viper in general is OK in my books, even though it's a Chrysler product.
Yet Hennessey will now have it in his line-up to scam and rip people off with.
That's my rant, what yours?
 

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Anyone else think the headlights look like the current elise lights?


 

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Absolutely stunning. It's like they took the best previous model which was already, IMHO, the very very best of the "retro" designs (The Gen 2 GTS) and made it current.
 

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I knew it would be back. How many Final Editions is that for it now? 3?
Agreed, 640hp isn't exactly a mind blowing 'come-back'. The last edition had 600hp and the last ACR-X had 640hp.
Front end has too much Ferrari-esque/Vette qualities. Back end has a little Aston Martin ass to it.
I thought of getting one before. Test drove one. It's a beast of a car, but only in a straight line. That's why I chose the Lotus. Better all-around performer.
I don't know what year Viper you drove in comparison, or how much time you had in it, but the idea that Vipers don't handle is way, way wrong. I can't speak to your personal preferences - we all have a certain "feel" that we like, after all - but in my experience, Vipers drive very "small," on track at least. Put another way, I suspect there is absolutely NOTHING I couldn't do in a last-gen Viper - particularly an ACR - that I could do in a 111-series Lotus.
 

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I don't know what year Viper you drove in comparison, or how much time you had in it, but the idea that Vipers don't handle is way, way wrong. I can't speak to your personal preferences - we all have a certain "feel" that we like, after all - but in my experience, Vipers drive very "small," on track at least. Put another way, I suspect there is absolutely NOTHING I couldn't do in a last-gen Viper - particularly an ACR - that I could do in a 111-series Lotus.
Yeah most people never based their opinions past the first Viper. The last gen Vipers were very good all-around.
 

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Too bad its not mid-engined - that would have caught everyone surprise! It would have given them more styling choices too. The tiny cockpit and straight up windshield angle combined with the extremely loooooong hood make something look out of proportion. I dunno.... it'd be smoother looking with more "rear-deck" area and slightly less hood real esate. You could go bowling on that hood though! :D
 

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Too bad its not mid-engined - that would have caught everyone surprise! It would have given them more styling choices too. The tiny cockpit and straight up windshield angle combined with the extremely loooooong hood make something look out of proportion. I dunno.... it'd be smoother looking with more "rear-deck" area and slightly less hood real esate. You could go bowling on that hood though! :D
Nothing wrong with hood length. If I am compensating, I would want people to know about it!!

The front end.us growing on me. However I think overall the car is pure sex.

Anyone know the cost?

I too expected to see 700-750 hp.
 

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I knew it would be back. How many Final Editions is that for it now? 3?
Agreed, 640hp isn't exactly a mind blowing 'come-back'. The last edition had 600hp and the last ACR-X had 640hp.
Front end has too much Ferrari-esque/Vette qualities. Back end has a little Aston Martin ass to it.
I thought of getting one before. Test drove one. It's a beast of a car, but only in a straight line. That's why I chose the Lotus. Better all-around performer.
But still the Viper in general is OK in my books, even though it's a Chrysler product.
Yet Hennessey will now have it in his line-up to scam and rip people off with.
That's my rant, what yours?
final edition refers to the end of a generation, not the product line.
which viper did you drive that was only a beast in a straight line?
the ACR is setting track records all over the world.
 

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I agree with Mikey.

In was nice in the first pic, but in those track pics, it looks 'off'. The hood is long and I don't mind that. Hell, the Jag eType is one of the most beautiful cars ever made and has a super looooonnnng hood, but this looks almost comically exaggerated.

I like it, but don't love it.
 

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I think the hood has been lengthened to allow aerodynamic exhausting of the radiator. The nose has been lowered in front for better aero as well.

(I was going to say aerodynamic penetration, but ... :eek:)

It is also painted in the nearly the same mirror-like burgundy seen on the very cool Alfa Romeos. If this had an Alfa badge, it would be twice the price.
 
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