• Apr 2, 2012
It's April 2 today, which means we've made it through all the April Fools' Day gags (stay tuned for more on that front...) and it's time to turn to more serious stuff. And nothing is more serious than the 2013 SRT Viper that debuts on April 4 at the New York Auto Show.

While we've seen teasers and spy shots, renderings and some other assorted approximations of what the first Viper without a Dodge badge will look like, we think this latest one really kills it. Courtesy of artist Jon Sibel, this is one of those images that looks good enough to be the real thing. If it were, we'd be pleased with the new Snake. We imagine everyone at Chrysler would too.

Besides this great rear three-quarter shot, Sibel has done up a nice Viper roadster that you can see in our gallery.


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      Robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow...take a deep breath everyone! This is a rendering...an artist's interpretation based upon tidbits of info they have gleaned from limited sources added to what they think it might look like. This is not the production car that will be released on Wednesday. Hold your comments about how bad it looks until we actually see the real car.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front is ok, appropriately aggressive for the people who would be eager to buy this car. I hope hope hope the back looks better than this.
      travisjb
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks like pooh
      SatinSheetMetal
      • 2 Years Ago
      This article is vaporware. We are all excited about the new Viper, but I don't give a crap what some artist thinks it could look like, it will be revealed soon.
      alexkoolur
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dodge has already F'ed this all up. The rumor has it the sticker price of MSRP will be $138k for this car, that makes sense...sell none @$90k, raise the sticker 50% simply because you think SRT is a meaningful brand...lol...don't you still have to go to a DODGE DEALER to buy this? Deal with DODGE SERVICE. DEAL WITH A DODGE SALESMAN? They are also going to alienate all the Viper die-hards who won't be able to get into this car at this price point, because their used Viper is worth $45k now and not worth $100k more to trade up. The majority of the GEN V is on the GEN IV platform, with updated carbon body, some more power and electronic assist....it's funny how people are making a big deal about some possible interior improvements...like leather stiched dash...lol...geez porsche only had that 10 years ago...a mini cooper has it today...and finally dodge is up to par. Nobody is cross-shopping an AMG SL Merc and this car...nobody. What made the viper great was it was relatively attainable and gave you exotic car performance at a bargain price...now it seems like they are taking it up-market, yet there is no demand there. Time will tell, but the GEN IV sold like crap, to the point where you could EASILY get a new one at the dealer for $20-30k OFF MSRP They did the same crap to the SRT JEEP. Taking it way to up-market from the last model. It's almost $70k out the door...FOR A JEEP! Has NO MORE POWER than the model it replaces, which could be had for $40k new at the time. Another 50-60% increase in MSRP..and gues what...THEY ARE SITTING ON LOTS.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        If the new one is better in every way, then $138k is entirely reasonable. You think having the biggest production engine in the world, half million dollar supercar rivalling performance comes cheap? It does if the car is arguably shoddily built, unlivable, or complete with a depressing interior. I'm sure the Viper would be worth whatever the price of admission increases by, and be a kicking blue collared bargain all the same. If you make a car better, it usually costs more, and the good thing is, at these price levels, it is less of an issue. How many people said "I could only afford the old Murcielago, but the Aventador costs nearly $100k more. Deal breaker :("? Sure, some did, but the all new V12 still has waiting lists of nearly 2 years, with higher demand than the outgoing, but still a niche product by far. The Viper hardcore put off by the price increase would pale in comparison to the potential hordes of new customers who never would have considered the previous Vipers for many a reason, but are now. This isnt meant to sell as much as a Corvette or 911, its a specialty vehicle with not much variation in terms of style, price, and performance. And you are right, this is no SL AMG. It's 1000x better looking, 1000lb lighter, 100x more performance oriented than the numb steering luxobarge droptop, and 100x more masculine and hardcore. Not to mention it doesnt have 52 sensors making sure you arent asleep behind the wheel and 100 automatic aids so that you wont crash even if you are asleep. And even if the Viper did cost $138k, that's still like $100k less than an SL65, and half the cost of any European exotic that could match the performance. I would also point out that nobody knows any more about the price (for sure) than they know the amount of downforce the possible ACR version would produce at exactly 143.7mph.
          alexkoolur
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          LOL - Your entire post is funny. The market demographic you describe DOESN'T EXIST for this viper. Most Lambo buyers are extremely wealthy, have multiple cars, most exotics, so a move in the price point doesn't matter to them. Their disposable income could afford 100 lambos on average. The Viper demographic is COMPLETELY different. If you have ever owned a viper and been in the VCA for years (like I have) you would know this car 90% of the time was bought by people stretching beyond their means to get a taste of what exotic car ownership was like. The viper is exotic simply bcause you don't see a lot of them, not because of the price point. $90k S Class mercedes are a dime a dozen around here, Vipers - you may see 1 a year. The cars you describe, ferrari, lambo ALWAYS have a waiting list, they have for the last 10 years. The viper has NEVER had a waiting list, on the contrary the sales of Gen IVs were horrible, so much so that they could be easily had for mid $60s new. What has changed about this car that all of a sudden this huge new market will all of a sudden be interested in the Viper? 1 - Same Chassis 2 - Same powertrain 3 - Questionable looks 4 - Carbon body with singular front end = much higher insurance rates 5 - 700hp (100 more then last Gen, but easily reached with headers/exhaust) 6 - Traction control Yeah, surely people will line up now...lol. It all goes south when SRT explains you still have to take your $140k into a DODGE dealership to buy this car. Don't think that matters? Ask Nissan how many people are walking into Nissan dealers to drop $90k on a Nissan GTR....NO ONE. The dealership matters at that price point. The salespeople matter at that price point. The service matters at that price point. etc...etc...etc.... The dodge viper ownership experience is horrible. Owners put up with it because it was the cost of living the exotic car dream at basement bargain costs....now...the car is NO LONGER EXOTIC LOOKING....cost $140k.... Geee where do we line up? lol.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        alexkoolur
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're exactly right. At this price point, this car is now a joke. Dodge has spent too much time trying to brand the joke entity SRT, instead of actually enhancing the Viper and making it relevant. It's obvious the group that was responsible for the Viper being an ICON is long gone and this is what happens when a bunch of suits try to re-capture something they have no clue was really about.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      2013 GT500 with 650 hp, slower, but only $60K....... oh and can seat 4. Looks good, but if its much over $100K ouch, it better take care of a ZR1.
        me
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        A Mustang is not a sports car, it has poor driving dynamics compared to a real sports car.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @me
          @You guy Boss 302= Track car with shocks that are adjusted with a screwdriver. M3= Sports Coupe with luxury interior, electronically adjusted shocks, and other techno-gadgetry. Two different cars with two different design goals. Might as well be conparing the ZR1 Corvette with the Viper ACR.
          alexkoolur
          • 2 Years Ago
          @me
          Fair enough, but for this price point you could buy a 911 TURBO that would do circles around a Viper on the road
          You guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @me
          Boss 302 dynamics = M3 dynamics approximately [with solid axle!]. Isn't the M3 supposed to be a sports car?
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @me
          @You guy The M3 is the performance version of an entry level luxury car, and is designed to seat 4 comfortably, with luxury, and just happen to drive really well while being fast. So no, it isn't a pure sports car, it's an all round luxury sport sedan (or sedan based coupe/vert). The Boss 302 Mustang has similar dynamics, better performance, but is much more of a one trick pony, though that one trick for once encompasses handling as well as horsepower. Sport sedan!=pony car!=sports car!=supercar. != being the computer logic depiction of "not equal".
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        The GT500 also has skinnier tires, is front heavy, less aerodynamic, and heavier than the Viper. Not sure why you're comparing the two.
          protovici
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RodRAEG
          Not comparing the cars, but the price per performance. Obviously the mustang is a muscle car and the viper is a sports car! Why would I say "slower" in the comment? Take another read at the comment brah.
        alexkoolur
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        For $55k I can buy and put a blower on a GEN IV viper and SMOKE this thing.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      sad
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      That rear view is absolutely gorgeous and reminescent of of the Shelby Daytona Coupe. The front is a bit iffy, but until it's unveiled, I'm attributing that to the fact that it's being shown with the convertible bodystyle, which just isn't as appealing as the fastback bodystyle of the coupe. Regardless, the rear half is amazing. You have poor taste in car design if you think otherwise.
      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sure hope it doesn't look like that
      Jon Bowen
      • 2 Years Ago
      it looks like a...old viper...woohoo
      DTOlness
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sure hope it doesn't look like that. Looks same as it did in 1992...
        alexkoolur
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DTOlness
        It's been designed by comittee with countless re-works, they even asked Viper club members to provide their input - this will only = one thing...a frankenstein design that looks odd. Look how ferrari keeps pushing new model designs forward, with hints at their heritage, but competely NEW AND INNOVATIVE styling...dodge will never get there.
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