SRT Viper Assembled in Part by CEO Ralph Gilles

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

He still isn’t the “director of excitement,” but SRT CEO Ralph Gilles has a pretty cool job.

When he isn’t dealing with the latest products coming from Chrysler’s hot-rod SRT division, he can often be found on Twitter having conversations with fans. Most recently, he got the chance to help build an SRT Viper, something most of the folks he tweets at probably dream of.

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“Today was an exciting day,” Banks said. “Ralph is passionate about all things SRT, especially the Viper. He earned the title ‘craftsman’ today and we appreciate his work ethic.”

The SRT Viper was first unveiled during this year’s New York Auto Show and offers 640 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque from its naturally aspirated 8.4-liter V10. Only a small number of dealers are being allowed to sell the halo car, which reaches into the six-figure range at $97,395 to start or $120,395 for the GTS model.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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