• Feb 24, 2012
While we wait for the unveiling of the 2013 SRT Viper, the inevitable speculation over what it's going to look like continues. In broad terms, we already know what we're going to get in the third generation of Chrysler's flagship sports car. We've seen enough teases, blurry Hot Wheels photos and spy shots to know that the final product is going to look like, well, a Viper – long hood, wide stance, massive grille, big wheels.

Ah, but the details. The big questions concerning what's under the hood and performance specs and such won't truly be answered until Chrysler actually rolls out some real cars. But perhaps more importantly, we do have a good sense of the Viper's new face. Its triangular headlights and triple hood scoops look to raise the aggro level, and those features have been nicely illustrated by one of our readers.

Dodge Viper Hot Wheels carSpen Oner created the rendering you see above, using that Hot Wheels image as its basis. As we noted in our original post about the Hot Wheels car, the wheels are a bit over-sized, and the angle of the shot only accentuates that. We also know that there will be something other than gaping black space in the grille area, as we've seen a stylized version of Dodge's crosshair grille in the shots of what we think are production molds for the hood and front end.

Thanks to Spen Oner and stay tuned for more news. We promise we'll do our best to make you sick of the Viper before it's even released!


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      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait for this car to embarrass cars that cost 5-10 times it's price again. Sure it's crude but that's what makes a Viper a Viper.
      Ralph Frosterschitz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This should give the Ferrari F620 GT the full beans.
      dondonel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why they did not make this by now is beyond me: http://www.dieselstation.com/wallpapers/albums/Chrysler/Firepower%20Concept/Chrysler-Firepower-Concept-widescreen-002.jpg yeah, it's a V8, but the chassis is from Viper and it still fits the V10 very well
        Blakkar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dondonel
        Daimler-benz was sacred of the Chrysler ME-412 for being a better car than their SLR for 1/3 the money with only a year's development time. The last thing they wanted was to have Chrysler building two sports cars that were better than anything MB was making for WAY less, the Viper and the Firepower. But the Viper IS so good the Daimler stole the Viper platform for the SLS.
      Spen Oner
      • 2 Years Ago
      COOL! and as for the vents.....Yeah i had them backwards. Sorry folks!
      fallen1ceb4
      • 2 Years Ago
      that would be accurate, if you realized that the two side vents are not intakes...they are designed exactly like the SRT8 grand cherokee and the caliber SRT4 ....they are exhaust vents...wouldnt make sense to have three forward facing intakes...not on the hood anyway. also, you forgot the split crosshair grille. nice attempt though
        Sam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        Heat extractors - I personally hope they're deep-draw, because they just look awesome. See the Shelby Series 1
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well the hood is inverted but it's a good try! http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/23/is-this-the-2013-srt-vipers-new-nose-and-hood/
        quackmanquackman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        And that side vent behind the front wheel looks a lot curvier in the real pic, like the 90s viper's.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope it has something like a supercharged hemi, instead of a giant V10 like people have been speculating about.
        Blakkar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        While it is possible a V8 option may happen with the Viper, an 8.7L, 700hp, V10 is still more likely for the relatively low production "budget" Supercar. It is unlikely CHRYSLER choose to or be made to ditch the V10. Also, CHRYSLER is not very well known for using forced induction. Not that they haven't use forced induction before, but it is so unlikely that it is practically a given that it will not going to happen. Besides the ONLY V8 Chrysler would actually use in that car is their Hemi 426 (6.9L) "Elephant". Making "only" 550hp it would be a decent lower tier engine for the car.
      4RR4Y
      • 2 Years Ago
      I understand that the 2013 Viper is highly anticipated, but this 'render' is complete ****. For one, the side profile is completely off compared to the pixelated image upon which this is based. I'll wait for the official unveiling.
      Steveo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why? Really? Just drop this car and move on. They probably sell 8 a year. They lose money on every car. Guaranteed!
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steveo
        Are those tangible or intangible dolalrs you are talking about??
        Blakkar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steveo
        Chrysler sold over 1500 Vipers a year. If they had continued to sell the car for the originally proposed $55K they still would have made money. But they saw dealers marking up the Viper up to and over $100K , and so Chrysler chose to up the price to about $80K to net the money they could have been making on each car. Chrysler has NEVER lost money on the Viper. Vipers make more money per car that GM does on the Corvette. The reason for the Viper's Hiatus has almost nothing to do with the Viper, but the underlying and overall finances of the company brought on by the economic collapse of 2008 and being bereft of resources by Daimler-Benz and then Cerberus. If the Viper were a lose leader, the car would have been canned or changed long ago. It is a common misconception or just wishful thinking by "haters" that cars like the Corvette and Viper must be losing money. They keep forgetting Ferrari and Lamborghini would be dead and gone if they were not purchased by other companies, or so niche they would actually still be special but not nearly as good.. Porsche would NEVER be able to afford going beyond the 911 and likely be dead and gone by now or still so rare they would actually still be special as well. Nissan could not and still barely afford to build the GT-R, and the 370Z is a known loss leader, without Renault. Honda can NOT afford to build the new NSX in Japan, if at all. Toyota could not afford to make the FR-S/GT-86/BRZ without help and they DO lose money on EVERY LF-A. Mazda lost money on the RX-8. The Viper and Corvette as well are a pair of sports cars done right by their companies. They are not just "throwing money out the window", unlike most of the sports cars on sale in the world.
      Smiley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely terrible! Not the rendering, the car. The real car better have a wide ass rear to balance out the aggressive front.
      Nathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol no
      DanDaMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn it!!!! I was working on a cubist-inspired oil painting version of the blurry hotweels image....damn you Spen for beating me to the punch with your cartoon image!!!
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