In response to news reports that it has demanded as many as 100 donated Dodge Viper sports cars be destroyed, Chrysler has released a statement declaring the cars both obsolete and insignificant.
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Make no mistake, this IS as much of a bucket-list as it is a dream list of cars. I’ve yet to drive many of these sublime examples of motoring, but if I was ever given the opportunity, I’d jump at it, potentially re-scheduling a birthday party, religious holiday or anniversary to get a chance behind one of these vehicles. If (or until) these opportunities arise, I’ll have to just dream.
At the purest level, being a passionate car guy is a selfish game. Somewhere along the line a bug with gas in its veins and a love for all things mechanical wriggles underneath the skin and settles in for a lifetime of gear-head glory. That’s something Halvor Sorhus and his Chevrolet S10 build know very well.
Given the long list of high-horsepower sports cars available today, it’s easy to forget where the Dodge Viper came from — or more importantly how it came to be.
Desperate to get a glimpse of the 2013 Viper when it’s unveiled at the New York Auto Show tomorrow? Why wait?
Several screen captures have leaked online showing the American supercar in all its shiny red glory. It’s expected they’re from a video that will be shown during the car’s world premiere in Manhattan tomorrow.
Undeniably a Viper, there’s certainly some Italian flare in the new car with hints of the Alfa Romeo 8C and the Ferrari 575. Other notable style elements include the large side vents, the large hood scoop, side exhaust and sculpted roof.
The flagship of the newly-minted SRT performance brand, what isn’t yet clear is what high-output engine will power 2013 Viper.
GALLERY: 2013 SRT Viper
You have to give it up to the folks at SRT, they just don’t give up. Even after their latest teaser campaign on Facebook failed, they still gave the crowd what they wanted. Today they’ve stopped fishing for likes and released a new image (above) for their loyal fans.
The new pictue shows a lightly dimmed front profile of the Viper. You can see a vague outline of the vehicle, including the signature hood-scoop, and if you squint you can notice the new ‘Stryker’ logo.
The new Viper is set to be officially revealed at the New York Auto Show later this week. SRT has set up a live webcast for the reveal, stating that “Hibernation is ending in 2 days.” This of course is in reference to the Dodge Viper ending production in 2010. Now though, the Viper is coming badged as an SRT car, not a Dodge.
Be sure to check back with us on April 4 for full official details on the SRT Viper, live from the New York Auto Show floor.
Despite the small army of auto journalists best efforts since noon yesterday, it seems the social media world is refusing to drink the Kool-Aid on the DriveSRT Facebook fan page.
Literally millions of people collectively read posts on automotive news sites every day, so it’s real shock that the latest teaser campaign for the SRT Viper failed at achieving its goal — garnering 2,013 new “likes” on the group’s Facebook fan page in 2013 minutes. The challenge started yesterday and will end at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and though the page is crawling toward its goal, they still need around 1,000 more “likes.”
This is the second time SRT tried to run a social media stunt for the 2013 Viper using “likes.” Last time it worked perfectly: enough people participated and the picture you see above got released. Maybe people got the memo that even if they agree to have their timelines spammed, nothing cool comes to light.
In light of the failed first attempt at revealing the teaser, the DriveSRT folks have changed the paramaters, posting a new update at 9:30pm that explains that if said post gets 300 “shares” they will post the picture. 300 is a quite a departure from the original 2013 “likes” that they were looking for, obviously feeling the defeat and opting for an easy way out. There is no time limit on this one either, so it will undoubtedly eventually hit the 300 mark.
It is simply surprising that the American muscle car isn’t getting the attention that it once did, and surely deserves.
The all-new SRT Viper has had a very strange approach to its inevitable unveiling. First we had teaser photo after teaser photo, then Hot Wheels may have accidentally leaked what it looked like in pixelated picture form as a 1:64 scale model.
The SRT brand is now taking to Facebook to garner up more “likes” on its page, teasing its fans with another glimpse of the 2013 SRT Viper. If the page accumulates 2,013 new likes in 2,013 minutes, we get teased — again.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the page is well on its way. SRT is looking to hit 22,246 fans and at the time of this posting they were about 1,400 short. We’ll keep our eyes out if they hit their goal and we’ll be sure to post the teaser when we see it.
Something tells us we’ll be underwhelmed, as is the case with the teaser photos so far.
[Source: SRT Facebook]
The American version of BBC’s Top Gear has released a video taken from the debut episode of the first season. This footage features a dramatic chase between a Dodge Viper SRT and a Cobra attack helicopter.
The challenge was for hosts Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood to take the Viper on a 10 mile round trip through Griffin, Georgia, all while being hunted by the Cobra. Just like a video game, the Viper had three lives to make it to the finish line. If the Cobra got close enough for the kill three times, game over. The Viper tries to outrun, outwit and out maneuver the Cobra – it even tries to hide out in a car wash and a cemetery in an effort to shake the Cobra off its tail.
We won’t give away anymore spoilers, you can watch it for yourself below.
Making its debut at the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR race in Las Vegas this Saturday, a one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper convertible limousine will be taking the first lap around the track.
The Viper limo comes courtesy of Unique Movie Cars, a company that also rents out the Dumb and Dumber Mutt Cutts van and KITT from Knight Rider. It will be chauffeuring Oscar Goodman, the host committee chairman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, former mayor and grand marshal of the race around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway today just before 2 p.m.
Even if you’re not the grand marshal, you can still get a closer look at the custom Viper convertible limousine. Feel free to take a gander of this 25 door “beauty” following the Nationwide series race.
We’re all anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 2013 SRT Viper by Dodge, scheduled to debut in April at the New York International Auto Show. Until then, all that SRT (or Dodge) has done is tease us with images of the upcoming model. Toy maker Hot Wheels may, however, have just accidentally revealed the new Viper.
Hot Wheels released a list of thumbnail preview images of its upcoming toy cars and mixed in all of it was what they titled as a ’13 Viper. And while skeptics might believe that they took a little liberty in determining the design of their toy car, Hot Wheels has a reputation of generating very accurate models.
It is without a doubt what many would envision the next-generation Viper to look like – aggressive, sleek body lines, without abandoning the traditional and infamous shape of the Viper model. Either way, it’s the best that we can get and it will be rather interesting just how accurate this model toy car image is to the real thing.
While we anxiously await the new SRT Viper to finally make its debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, it appears that Dodge wants to remind us just how powerful its previous iteration of the Viper was.
The Viper Club of America has released a new video showcasing the race-only Viper ACR-X taking on the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7:03.058, which is almost 10 seconds faster than the street-legal Viper ACR, which depending on who you ask is the current production car record holder.
For a race-only production car, the ACR-X has an impressive time, but it’s no the fastest – not even close. Depending on how obscure you prefer your exotic cars, the Ferrari 599XX managed a 6:58, the Radical SR8LM has posted a 6:48 lap time in the past and the Pagani Zonda R tops them all with a blistering 6:47 time.
Watch the video below:
In the picture, what appears to be a carbon fiber hood scoop is shown, although the shot is so close-up and indistinct it could almost be anything off of the newest generation American supercar.
The teaser was released on the DriveSRT facebook page, and is getting a lot of attention. The detailed shot has ignited a guessing game as to what the picture is showing, with some fans saying its a hood scoop, a rear differential cooling vent, a carbon fiber cupholder, and even a carbon fiber exhaust tip.
Think you know what it is? Let us know in the comments section below.
DriveSRT posted a sign on their Facebook fan page last week saying they would release a teaser of the 2013 SRT Viper if the number of “likes” they got exceeded 10,000 before February 1.
Needless to say, it did so without much difficulty. We published an article last Friday talking about the fan page. The Viper’s return is sure to be one of the more exciting things to happen this year. We’re extremely eager to see how the 8.4-liter, 600 hp V-10 we saw in 2010 has evolved. Dodge cars are seeing some serious changes, like the 2013 Dart, under new owner Fiat.
It’s been a good thing: according to the Detroit Free Press, Chrysler is expected to report its first annual net profit since 1997 at $600 million. That said, we’re curious to see how much of the raw America spirit the Viper maintains.
Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
GALLERY: SRT Viper Teaser
If there’s really such a thing as car porn, then DriveSRT is the fluffer. They’re offering to release a teaser video of the 2013 SRT Viper if their Facebook fan page gets 10,000 hits before February 1.
Enthusiasts are aware, but in case you somehow missed it, Dodge discontinued the Viper in 2010 because of money problems to much hissing by the automotive community.
While any information on the iconic car is a titillating promise, we’re starting to feel a little teased. As of publication, their page had well over 10,000 “Likes” and that number grew larger every time we tapped the refresh button.
The 2013 Viper is one of the more exciting releases slated for this year and we’re feeling as impatient as a high school senior on prom night. The page says they are “racing towards 10,000 fans” and that they will unlock something that will hint at the lines before the official unveiling in April.
We’re not sure if they mean that this “unlocking” will happen on February 1, or if they’re just taking their sweet time on giving up the goods. Your best bet is to check the page frequently, though we’ll be doing the same and letting everyone know as soon as we get a glimpse.
There are only two Devon GTX supercars in the world. One of them was up for sale at the most recent Barrett-Jackson auction and it sold for a ticklishly low price.
The chromed-out version of the Dodge Viper that promised individuality to its lucky owner came to a hard halt when Dodge stopped producing the Viper in 2010, but with a half million-dollar price tag it’s tough to see what’s essentially the bling-bling edition of Dodge’s V10 tire shredder going very far. On the other hand, $220,000 might be a justifiable price for someone in the market for such cars, and that is what the GTX took on the auction block including buyers commission.
We had no way of guessing what the GTX would sell for just over a week ago when we reported that the car was going up for auction with no reserve, but the 60 percent discount it ended up selling for was far from our minds. Alas, such is life in the world of no-reserve auctions on items with extremely limited marketability.
GALLERY: 2009 Devon GTX
It was a good idea, if only it had worked. A few years back, a man by the name of Scott Devon decided that the world needed a new American supercar. So he appointed a Swede (Daniel Paulin) to design his dream car.
Being a start-up company, Devon did not have the money to develop his own platform or design his own engines. So what he did instead was to take a perfectly good Dodge Viper, and give it some new clothes.
Actually, he did more than that as this was no mere body-kit. The car had a custom, coachbuilt body and a completely unique interior. Oh and he tweaked the Viper’s 8.4-liter, V10 motor to produce a modest 650-hp.
The end result looked very impressive, and it also worked. Thanks to its aerodynamics package, the GTX was very capable around a race track. It in fact set the fastest lap-time for a production car at both Willow Springs and the Laguna Seca Raceway. We use the ‘production car’ term loosely here, read on to find out why.
Devon wanted to put the GTX into limited production, but their plans got cut short when Dodge announced the stoppage on Viper production in 2010. This would hurt Devon’s supply if anyone wanted one. Another reason the project didn’t work was because the order books remained empty. We reckon the $500,000 asking price had something to do with that.
In the end, just two cars were produced, and now one of those can be in your collection. Lot # 1296 at this month’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ., is a beautiful black Devon GTX.
We will have to wait and see what it fetches at the auction, but if you’ve been looking for something very rare and unique, this might be the car for you.
GALLERY: Devon GTX
When it debuts, the Viper will be the flagship model for the new SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand, which has evolved from being an in-house tuning division to its own entity, headed by Chrysler design boss Ralph Gilles. Other models in the brand include SRT performance versions of the Challenger, Charger, Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Demand for the new American sports car will be significant and so as to reward loyalty Chrysler has decided to limit the few thousand first year units to only Viper owners and members of the Viper owner’s club.
The 2013 Viper SRT is already high in demand – and it’s not on the market yet. If you’re one of the many who can’t wait to buy one, you may be out of luck – unless, that is, you already own a Viper or belong to the Viper Club of America.
Word on the street is that first dibs for the 2013 Viper SRT will go to existing owners – and no, you can’t rush out and buy any old Viper after reading this post in hopes you’ll get on the list. The honor of owning the initial deliveries of the 2013 Viper SRT will go to members of the Viper Club of America. There is no confirmation, but potential purchasers will probably be decided by a lottery comprised of interested members.
The original Viper was produced for 18 years, but in 2010 Chrysler shut down production due to finances and revised safety regulations. The 2013 Viper SRT will make its official debut at the New York Auto Show in April.
[Source: Motor Authority]
Today’s total nonsense rumor comes from Chrysler fansite Allpar, which is reporting that the 2013 Dodge Viper will get an 8.7L V10 and doesn’t cite any source, anonymous or otherwise.
While Chrysler boss Ralph Gilles has said that the Viper will retain a V10 engine, we have a hard time believing that an 8.7L motor would appear during a time when everyone is downsizing. Sure, the Viper has never been about fuel economy, but there’s no reason for Dodge to go this route whatsoever.