Seven Days of Dream Car Garages: Day Five by Sami Haj-Assaad

Seven Days of Dream Car Garages: Day Five by Sami Haj-Assaad
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2. 2013 SRT Viper Anniversary Edition

I can’t get the image of the 1996 Dodge Viper out of my head. With its white-stripes on blue paint-scheme, it was a jaw dropping sight to behold. While the Viper took a break in 2012, it came back in 2013 with the SRT team, bringing with it a modern take on the original Viper motif

The Viper has an incredible origin story, akin to a super-hero comic, with 85 hand-picked engineers to make up ‘Team Viper.’ Amazing contributors popped out of everywhere, with famous names populating the Viper’s credit reel: Lee Iacocca, Carrol Shelby, Bob Lutz, and even Lamborghini played a part with the Viper’s birth.

Honestly, I’m a little intimidated to drive the older Vipers. Too many journalists telling campfire horror stories come up when discussing the earlier generation vehicles. Today though, the Viper is a bit tamer to drive, and still features a fiesty exterior and soundtrack. With it’s all-aluminum 8.4-L V10 engine making 640 horsepower and at 600 lb-ft of torque, the Viper really has some bite. The ultimate SRT Viper in my eyes is the Launch edition, which mirrors the look of the earlier Vipers. I saw this in the flesh at Pebble Beach, and couldn’t take my eyes off it.

  • Johnny Tightlips

    What year is this guy living in? There are more cars from the ’60s and ’70s on this list than anything else. Get with it!

  • Acha_larka

    The only intelligent list on here… all the others had stupid cars that don’t even exist.

  • J Mack

    Is it just me or are these lists sorely lacking in awesome American cars? Way to hate America, fuckers.

  • huwtm

    Why was the open top (one off because Connery was to tall for it) cooler? The coupes lines are perfect.