2013 Dodge Viper: Back with a Bang

2013 Dodge Viper GTS

Just by having a first glance at how the 2013 Dodge Viper looks, you’ll feel threatened - in a good way. The name says it all: this is a car that has got the speed in its DNA and boldly incorporates one of the most aggressive lines out there on the market.

Marking a fresh start for a model that had gone out of production in 2010, Viper’s reinvention is also a symbol of how exciting this moment is for Chrysler, its producer, which is enjoying a great performance (+23% in revenue in this year’s second quarter) after the perils it went through in previous years.

Including all that one would want to dominate the road, Dodge Viper is certainty among this year’s top supercars. With its 8.4-liter V10, which boasts an astounding 600 lb-ft of torque and the best power-to-weight ratio ever on a Viper, this vehicle’s performance beats the fierce competition from the likes of Lamborghini Aventador and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Available in the SRT and GTS trims, the latter will incorporate two-mode active suspension, extra Sport and Track settings to adapt the driving experience to the circumstances. With both models including Pirelli P Zero wheels, Viper’s performance is incredibly exciting regardless of the option you decide to go for.

2013 Dodge Viper SRT

The SRT’s 8-4 litre all-aluminium V10 benefits particularly from the high-strength forged pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves and new catalysts, and also manages to weigh 25 pounds less than its predecessor. Boasting 640 horsepower, a ride on this beast is an experience to remember, something that will make you want to go all the way up to 6th gear pretty soon.

Built around Sabelt seats and including 7-inch LCD display for the driver, the technologically advanced interiors also rely on an 8.5-inch Uconnect Media Center and Harmon Kardon sound system: these are sensible improvement on the Viper’s traditional approach to interiors, which previously had a reputation for being quite basic for such a hi-performing car.

An example that best embodies the Viper’s great level of detail, the seats are built on Kevlar cushions and lightweight fiberglass, with thigh support and lateral bolsters that match the lateral acceleration of the vehicle.

But the cool aspects of the new Viper are not just limited to what lies within: all around it, in fact, is carbon fibre. The hood, roof and hatch are produced in this advanced material, which is as tough as it is light on the wheels. Elsewhere, the doors and sills are in aluminium, and all is completed by a magnesium firewall. Such structure makes for a great reduction in weight and improved high-speed stability.

2013 Dodge Viper GTS

Completing the looks of a car that’s one of the sexiest and easiest on the eye in recent years of American motoring, are the dual-function, bi-xenon projector LED headlamps and the trademark V-shaped lower-front grille.

If the challenge ahead for a model that had gone out of production just two years ago seems daunting, the answers coming from the 2013 Viper are all the right ones: its two years away from the scene have helped Chrysler elaborate a more complete and technologically advanced model. The raw and fierce new look, the roar of its engine and Dodge’s renewed attention to detail are there to seduce any supercar lover.