• Jan 9th 2007 at 1:18PM
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In their final press conference of the Detroit show, the Chrysler Group focused exclusively on the Dodge brand, and the highlight was the official unveiling of the 2008 Dodge Viper. Driven onstage by NEXTEL Cup driver Kurt Busch, the new Viper SRT-10 dons the brass knuckles to throw down with the Corvette Z06, over which it now holds a 100-horsepower advantage because, you know, 500 horsepower is so passé. The new snake improves upon itself with a revised 8.4L V10 that now dishes out 600 horsepower and 560 lbs of torque. That, in turn, facilitates 0-60 time of under four seconds and a 0-100-0 time that comes in at under twelve ticks. Let the horsepower wars continue! This is fun to watch.

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Even More Venom: Dodge Unleashes New 600-horsepower 2008 Viper SRT10

• Additional 90 horsepower on tap from new 8.4-liter Viper SRT10 V-10 engine
• Dramatic new hood features restyled, functional air extractors
• 0-60 mph in under four seconds, 0-100-0 mph in just over 12 seconds, braking in under 100 feet
• New exterior, interior colors provide customers with increased customization options

Detroit - The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 boasts more of what performance aficionados crave: kick-in-the-pants, throw-back-in-the-seat power, combined with benchmark braking, world-class ride and handling, a race-inspired interior and bold exterior styling.

While every SRT vehicle offers balanced, overall performance, the heart and soul of the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is its standout powertrain. For 2008, SRT ups the ante with a new, 8.4-liter aluminum V-10 engine that produces an astounding 600 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque.

"A legendary big-game hunter once said, 'Bring enough gun!' – and with the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10, we've created some very powerful artillery for sports-car enthusiasts," said Kipp Owen, Director – Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Engineering, Chrysler Group. "With 600 horsepower – 90 more than before - and 0-to-60 performance in less than four seconds, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 sets a new benchmark for the ultimate American sports car."

The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 will arrive in Dodge showrooms in North America this summer with a new level of customization options, including five new exterior colors, four new interior color combinations and a new wheel design.

Standout Powertrain

When SRT powertrain engineers set out to get more venom from the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10's powerplant, their objectives included not only increasing performance, but also complying with stringent regulatory requirements, such as federal Tier 2, Bin 5 and California's Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) 2 mandates.
Working with specialists from McLaren Performance Technologies and Ricardo, Inc., SRT engineers began by following the racer's basic formula for more power: bigger displacement, more efficient breathing and higher engine speed.

The new Dodge Viper SRT10's deep-skirted V-10 aluminum engine block was revised for a 1-millimeter larger bore, raising the displacement to 8.4 liters from 8.3 liters. With strengthened bulkheads and improved water jackets for better cooling, the block includes pressed-in iron cylinder liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps for strength and durability.

The Viper SRT10's 8.4-liter engine breathes through new cylinder heads equipped with Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)-shaped combustion chambers, larger valves and Variable Valve Timing (VVT). VVT electronically adjusts when the exhaust valves are open and closed according to engine speed and load, allowing the engine to "breathe" cleaner and more efficiently.

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 V-10's two-piece intake manifold combines a cast aluminum lower with smooth runners for better air flow, bolted to a die-cast aluminum upper plenum. A revised air-cleaner box with a low-restriction filter sends air through a dual electronic throttle control into the intake module.
The air-fuel mixture in the cylinders is ignited by platinum-tip spark plugs fired by new individual plug coils mounted on the cylinder-head covers.

Within the cylinders, pistons are equipped with larger-diameter floating pins with bronze bushings for high-load capability. Forged powder-metal connecting rods are secured with aircraft-quality fasteners for increased fatigue strength.

Engine lubrication is managed by a larger oil pump and a swinging oil pickup adapted from Viper competition engines, to improve oil pressure in high-rpm and hard-cornering conditions.

Spent gases exit through tubular air-gap headers, which not only improve exhaust flow, but also ensure quick catalyst light-off for improved emission control. The headers' stamped stainless-steel outer shell acts as a thermal heat shield for the individual stainless-steel runners that contribute to better flow separation and exhaust tuning.
SRT engineers didn't stop there. Upgrades were developed to handle the 8.4-liter V-10's increased horsepower and torque levels, while improving traction, driveability – and durability.

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10's V-10 channels its power through a new, smaller-diameter, twin-disc clutch (a change from the previous larger-diameter, single-disc setup). The new clutch reduces rotating inertia by 18 percent, resulting in reduced clutch-pedal effort and improved engagement feel.

The transmission is the latest evolution of the Tremec T56 six-speed manual, known as the TR6060. It features 10 percent wider gears for higher torque capacity and a new synchronizer package. A new shifter system results in reduced shifter travel. Club racers will applaud a new provision for adding an external transmission cooler.

Benchmark Braking

Stopping power is another key attribute of the Dodge Viper SRT10 formula, with 14-inch brake rotors gripped by Brembo 44/40 dual opposing piston calipers in the front and Brembo 42/38 dual opposing calipers in the rear. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) prevents lockup during hard braking. This system results in a benchmark braking performance of 60-to-0 mph in less than 100 feet.
World-class Ride and Handling

The ride and handling of the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is defined by a race-bred, fully independent, four-wheel suspension featuring lightweight, high-performance aluminum control arms and knuckles, damped by lightweight coil-over shock absorbers.

Where the power goes right to the road, SRT engineers retained the tried-and-true Dana M44-4 rear axle and outfitted it with a new GKN Visco-Lok speed-sensing limited-slip differential for improved traction.

The Dodge Viper SRT10 rides on polished, forged aluminum, 18 x 10-inch front and 19 x 13-inch rear wheels now available in three styles: the five-spoke, the H-spoke and the all-new Razor wheel with five U-shaped spokes. The wheels are clad in Michelin® Pilot® Sport PS2 tires. The four-groove tread-design tires provide maximum grip, reduced road noise and superior handling in both wet and dry conditions.

Bold Exterior Styling

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 remains available in two body styles – Roadster and Coupe. Both feature a dramatic new hood with a larger, more efficient hood scoop for air induction and larger, functional hood louvers to facilitate a greater cooling effect for the more powerful 8.4-liter, 600-horsepower V-10 engine underneath.
Eight exterior colors will be introduced throughout the model year – five of which are all-new including Venom Red, Snakeskin Green, Viper Violet, Viper Orange and Bright Blue. Racing stripes continue to be an option with six dual painted stripe colors available: white, black, silver, graphite, blue and red.
Several exterior differences exist between the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Roadster and Coupe. In fact, the only body panels they share are front fascia and fenders, hood and doors. However, all of the iconic Viper SRT10 design cues have been maintained including the signature crosshair grille, deep-cut side scallops, swept-back fenders and lowered hood lines.

The Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe's hard top with its "double bubble" styling makes it even more torsionally stiff than the Roadster. The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe offers increased downforce and high-speed stability with its sloping roofline and deck-lid spoiler. Plus, the Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe has an additional 6.25 cubic feet of trunk space than the Viper SRT10 Roadster, for a total of 14.65 cubic feet. The roof and headliner structure offer more room to accommodate a safety cage, while maintaining as much headroom as possible.

Race-inspired Interior Design

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Roadster and Coupe cockpit retains its characteristic red push-button starter and performance-oriented, highly functional instrument panel with center-mounted tachometer and 220-mph speedometer.

Five interior colors will be available in 2008: black, and four new color combinations in black/red, black/blue, black/slate or black/natural tan. A choice of bezel finishes on the center instrument panel and console adds to the increased level of customization.

"The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 delivers die-hard performance enthusiasts a perfect combination of outrageous power, exceptional performance and stunning good looks," said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Motorsports and SRT Marketing and Product Planning, Chrysler Group. "And now with a whole new range of interior and exterior colors and options to choose from, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 redefines how a customer can personalize their Viper."

2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Safety and Security

The following safety and security technologies are featured on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10:

• Adjustable Pedals: Allow brake and accelerator pedals to move toward or away from the driver to help driver achieve a safe and comfortable seating position for improved control
• Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags with Occupant Classification System (OCS): Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of the impact. The OCS measures the conditions for activation or deactivation of the passenger side front air bag based upon the weight of the occupant
• Anti-lock Brake System (ABS): Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking or slippery conditions
• BeltAlert: Periodically activates a chime and illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver and front passenger to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without the driver being properly belted
• Center High-mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL): The shelf-mounted center high mounted stop lamp uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) for longer life
• Constant Force Retractors (CFR): Distribute force or load exerted on a seat belt, and then gradually release the seat belt webbing in a controlled manner
• Crumple Zones: Designed to compress during an accident to absorb energy, decreasing transfer of that energy to the occupants
• Energy-absorbing Steering Column: The manual-adjust steering column uses two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy absorption during a crash. The power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management
• Interior Head-impact Protection: Interior pillars above the beltline and instrument panel – including areas around windshield and rear window headers, roof and side rail structures, and shoulder-belt turning loops – specifically designed to limit head-impact force
• Knee Bolsters: The lower instrument panel and the glove-box door are designed to properly position the occupant, enabling the air bags to work effectively
• Remote Keyless Entry (RKE): System enhances personal security by locking and unlocking doors and turning on interior lamps. The system also arms and disarms the Vehicle Theft Security Alarm
• Three-point Seat Belts with Pretensioners: Three-point lap and shoulder belt retractors incorporate a pretensioning feature to enhance occupant protection in an impact by managing occupant energy
• Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM): Pressure-sensor modules within the valve stems of all four wheels send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver, and the system informs occupants when the pressure is too low

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 will be hand-built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.

Street and Racing Technology

SRT creates some of the Chrysler Group's boldest, most distinctive products by single-mindedly following its core vision: Deliver benchmark performance at the lowest price, and deliver it with absolute integrity and credibility.
Every SRT vehicle showcases five key aspects: Exterior styling that resonates with the brand image; race-inspired interiors; world-class ride and handling characteristics across a dynamic range; benchmark braking; and standout powertrain.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Steeda: I think Cheezedog has gotten it right; the key phrase in your post is "downright scary." The Corvette is, by contrast, manageable and livable as a daily driver. This has been the conclusion of every Viper/'Vette comparo I've read, with their performance always being close, one way or the other.

      Yes the Viper now has *95* more HP (not 100, as stated), but this forces Chevy's hand on the Blue Devil (if there was any doubt left), which will again be comparable to the Viper if not better, and more livable.

      Han P: What?? Take another look at a Gen 1 Viper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Viper). How can you say you love that one, but the current one is too curvy? The original is as curvy as most '90s cars, which is to say, so much so that the front end reminds me of the Miata of the same era. Are you sure you're talking about the right cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      A motor is a motor. Chevrolet had been putting the same venerable small block in trucks that went into the Vette. Different tuning of course, but the same engine. Does that make it a piece of crap? The Vette did pretty well I believe.

      Travis, you're living in a fantasy world......and I like it! I rounded the corners of my desk years ago.

      Oil down to $56 a barrel or there abouts. Yahoooooo! Environmentalists are blowing a vien. "We must save the world!!!!" Start walking baby! Check out CO2science.com and no it's not an oil company conspiracy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kendall You are a jackass! I would much rather have the COrvette over a F'd up Viper anyday. I agree with billy, this is nothing but a cheap car with a pickup engine and a lot of issues. Kendall, The Corvette is better, get used to it, there is nothing like a chevy small block and a livable sports car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What do u think a vette is ? It's one of the cheapest cars GM makes. Has been for years. It's just a matter of what u like. People are always saying, Chev better than Ford, or Ford is better than Chev. Bull, grow up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To say that this is a truck engine is to not understand what an engine is.

      Starting from a truck engine is one thing - lateral load, piston velocities, and the geometry involved are all done by the same (or ridiculously similar) controlling equations. Who cares if its in a truck?

      If I take a Ferrari V12, and put it in a truck, would it work? Yeah, it wouldn't be optimum, but you could do it. Would you not take that engine because 'its a truck engine'? If so, you shouldn't be allowed to use computers - or have a desk with sharp edges, you might hurt yourself.

      Lets say I design a 16 cylinder engine that gets 700 horsepower, gets 40 miles to the gallon in town, and puts out 650ft-lbs of torque from 1200-8000RPM, and has a 12,000RPM redline (this is all hypothetical) - now lets say I put this engine in a truck. Would you be UPSET if that TRUCK engine ended up in your sports car?

      I'm really surprised some people haven't swallowed their tongues already.
      • 8 Years Ago
      post #12 vette53 - I've had my Viper for 3 years w/o any issue, other than doing 60 in a 45 zone (still in 1st gear). You can have your one of 50,000 Corvettes made yearly, I'll take my 1 of 1800. Exclusivity. Same reason some people buy Ferrari's and Lambo's that are performance challenged by the C6, C6 Z06 & Viper - because they can. Personally, I love the amenities that the C6 Z06 comes with (pwr seats, navi, hud, ride quality, cruise control, etc.) but it'll never carry the rock-star status that the Viper does.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh , I see some guy with a hot toyota is it wants to run for pinks. You paid $12k for your car and you want to bet the title....ya right, if you lost that thing you'd swallow your tongue. You want to run it let me know, I'll bring a car to you!

      Next are these guys who say "Some people have more money than brains". Well I'll tell ya, if you had my brains, you'd have the money. What you think I got my money because I'm stupid? It gets old being insulted by those who can't accept the fact that others have surpassed thier best efforts. Grow up,take things for what they are, don't knock the other guy and remember, if you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch and stop barking. Be happy with who you are !!
      RL Price
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is certainly a fast car......should only take a few seconds to get from one gas station to the next one.......
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful car but the New Ford GT40 is still the winner in Class,Elegance,Handling and Performance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Total waste or money...I`ve driven a number of these things and they are bumpy riding,stiff handling and cramped..Perhaps on the autobahn in Germany it might come in handy but in any American city unless your goal is simply to look cool this thing is a junker...Plus aside from the engine and other performance features it has the same crappy stitching and cheap paint job as any $20,000 Dodge
      Bobby L.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Listen Travis, I'm on your side dude, but Jeez Louise!
      We all realize that you were trying to illustrate a point with that fantasy truck you came up with, but don't ya think it would have helped the cause a little more if your correlary had been, oh I don't know, let's say just a teensie bit plausible? Maybe somebody should come to your house and round off a few edges. Huh?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well both cars are nice in there own rights...

      The viper definetly is the jagged edge of performance. Its unrefined, overpowered, and requires you have high tollerance to pain because of it's bruital animal nature... If you like pealing rubber, and getting noticed.... the viper is you machine..

      The corvette on the other hand is much more refined, and easyer to live with. Its handling is good enough that it offen gets thrown into tests against products like the Porsche 911, BMW M3, Lamborghini, and Ferrari.

      Does the corvette really compair to these products? Sometimes... but it typicaly falls behind most of the compation untill price becomes a factor.. But still, its a good enough car to be invited to these sorts of compations because its got value, and equipment to compeat..

      So it really falls down down to your driving habbits... I personaly don't want to be noticed, and rather be able to easily be able to effectivly shoot through a serries of narrow corners... Plus the corvette when driven at reasonable Hwy speed can net nearly 30 mpg...

      But if your one with your animal spirt, and want everyone that can see you know that... then pealing rubber out of every stop light in a viper could be the ticket for you...

      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares whether or not this machine has an engine that may have been used in trucks? Not me. Chevy's 348 and "She's real fine, my 409" were both truck engines. Come to think of it so were both the 396 and the 454. Oh yeah, I once almost bought a 1958, 64 passenger, Dodge school bus that had a REAL truck engine in it. I think it was a 392, yeah, that's what it was! A 392 hemi! Boy, I sure wouldn't want ANY of those TRUCK ENGINES in one of my cars, would you? Come on, you'd have to be an idiot to not appreciate what this car is, and what it represents. The car is the culmination of years of hot rodding experience, and technology. This is the kind of car the "RAM CHARGERS" (A 1960's drag strip legend.) would put on the track today, and they'd love going through the corners in it too!!!
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