"Our mission for the gen-five Viper was to build the best Viper yet."

Those words pretty much sum up the seven videos we've embedded after the break. Of course, a whole heck of a lot of engineering went into realizing that mission, and the team from SRT is justifiably proud of what they have been able to accomplish.

From the evocative curves of the body to the subtle changes to the 8.4-liter V10 that were necessary to net 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, Chrysler turned the cameras on its own staff to show just how the 2013 SRT Viper went from the drawing board to an actual vehicle.

Wanna watch? Of course you do. Scroll on down for the video extravaganza.














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      Adam Ismail
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've always been a huge Viper fan, but up until now it was a bit too rough around the edges. SRT has really built the Gen 5 to be a world-class supercar in every conceivable way. From the lighter, stiffer chassis, to the use of carbon fiber and aluminum, to the gorgeous looking exterior and badly-needed improvements inside the cabin, it's clear that the engineers and designers poured their hearts and souls into this project. And what about the new GTS-R? How often do you see a manufacturer reveal the production model and its racing variant side-by-side? Chrysler has pulled out all the stops, and I cannot wait to see this car take it to the rest of the GT class later this season. Anybody who thinks the Viper has gone soft is missing the point completely. This is the most serious one yet.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Adam Ismail
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          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          Nope, Gen 5. There were 2 generations with the curvy RT-10/GTS bodystyle and 2 generations that were SRT10.
      Vu
      • 2 Years Ago
      The SRT Viper will be in Forza Motorsport 4 as both a drivable car and an Autovista experience!!! :D
      lingenfelter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never seen a low-volume car pushed so hard. I prefer the earlier Vipers and it's fine by me if others like the newer ones better. The car should stand on it's own merit if it's as good as SRT says it is. Regardless, low sales won't indicate it's a bad car... the Viper never was a high-volume seller, so where does that leave us to judge it? Performance? Surely it can manage. The last gen was a good performer and I don't see this one being a lesser machine.
        Kevin Potts
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lingenfelter
        I'm actually pretty impressed with their "push" of this car. It's the right thing to do to promote the SRT brand. The Viper is best car to showcase what the SRT brand can do. Hopefully people will take the brand seriously as thee best American performance brand. Now if they can put out a Dodge SRT with AWD...They'd be set.
      alexkoolur
      • 2 Years Ago
      its funny much "selling" of this car SRT feels they have to do, if it was the best viper yet "without question" surely everyone would reach that conclusion , having been at the NY auto show today and speaking with many viper owners like myself, the consensus was this new car is ok at best, that Chrysler has refined the "soul " out of much of it , clearly just to appeal to more people, NOT to make the greatest viper yet . Of course never technology means new models should have better performance , but is this viper the best at capturing the essence of what viper ownership has always been about ? No . In fact this car would rank last, and this reveal would,be the most lukewarm underwhelming launch of any viper in how its been received by those who actually would buy the car, no matter how many videos dodge pushes out . Few examples 1 - sorry in person, the front on appearance of this car is the weakest of any viper, in fact directly coming at you it doesn't even appear to be related or distinctive to what would immediately say viper. It does look more like a Corvette or ferrari , or masareti , then an Viper . Really sad, because the rest of the styling is ok, but the front just looks out of place and makes the while design fall apart. Those who think it may be better in person, it isn't 2., cheap plastic engine covers , viper covering its engine with cheap plastic that says "viper" on it, as of whoever is looking at it needs to be reminded. 3. The interior, while refined with better materials , looks like something a Porsche and a GTR would have. Gone are all the classic white gauges and orange needles that made you feel like you were in a true machine . Everything has been replaced with screens . That's fine in the GTR , but not in a viper. Even ferrari know to leave the big center rev gauge , this is going to have an illuminated one like an s class merc . And Luke the cheesy engine covers, dodge thinks they can make up for this by animating a snake on the mph display , this will get stupid after 2 times, let alone all the time. They simply don't get it 4. The one piece everyone changes day 1, the horrible stock shiftknob made its way onto this car, inventory depletion ? Either way , the fact that this made it over proves no one at Srt who was making decisions really understood what viper owners wanted 5. Candy Apple red to launch looks stupid . Give us something bold , a matte red or black. Blue with white stripes! I could almost hear the fire engine red with carbon accents Nissan GTR laughing at the viper in the booth next door 6. This thing is QUIET compared to old vipers. When it started up it didn't roar to life . It's also very quiet at idle and rolling, could barely hear it as it drove past me. My viper explodes to life and sets off car alarms all day long . They made this quiet and muffled There are many more examples like these, like having less HP then a $50 shelby etc...
        nikescar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        And I notice you say nothing about the improvements that actually matter. 1. Power is up by 40hp 2. Torque is up by 40 lb-ft 3. Weight is down by 260lbs 4. Chassis is much stiffer 5. Upgraded brakes But you are right. We should be concerned with the headlights, paint, gearshift knob and gauges.
          alexkoolur
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nikescar
          6 - looks like a dated gen III with a masareti front end - wooops
        nikescar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        1. I'm not sure about the front still. It doesn't scream Viper but then again they got rid of that awful grille. The Viper was due for a change in that department. 2. How does that even make your list? I couldn't give a ****. It's covered by the hood 99.99% of the time. 3. You are one of those people that are resistant to change of any kind. Why not just have one battery gauge like on the original Model T? 4. I agree. 5. You realize this will come in a variety of colors right? You do? Good. Then move along. 6. Why does a car need to be loud when idling. This Harley thinking has always been ridiculous. It sounds good to me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9MW4EOtSQk
        alexkoolur
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        Bottom line : this car wasn't built for viper owners, or to create the best viper ever that is just as outrageous and evoke the same emotion as the gen I did in its day. No, this car was built with one purpose, to try and expand the appeal to a much larger demographic by refining the hell out of it. Who cares about drag coefficient and track times. Give me insane HP in the most wicked body you can think of and hang on....that's what made the viper great and sure it wasn't for everyone (even if you had the $) but that was also the point, I love my vipers because I know my prissy friends in a 911 turbo would never consider it, they think its rude to me neighbors, and I love that. Now SRT is going after this demo and its a sad day. The have refined the soul out of what the viper was all about. It always made a statement and no it didnt make much sense, but sometimes the best things in life are enjoyed when you just experience and don't over think it and talk yourself out of it with logic That's what this new model is, an over-thought, commitee decicisioned softening of an icon. They can make all the videos they want and talk about all the things we don't really care about, but the days of a new viper being one of the most unique driving experiences not only because how it went, but how it looked doing it - are over . Can't imagine current owners getting out of their cars for this.
          Zero 1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @alexkoolur
          The problem with that to is that the "prissy" 911 owners get a better car. Not only better in terms of handling and other performance figures, better to drive, better to live with, higher quality interior etc etc... To stay alive a brand must evolve, it has to get better. It has to at least be on par with it's competition and the Viper never has been as fast as a similar class 911 around a race track. You need to understand this is about evolution and making something that allows the US to compete with the insanely priced European marks, the Japanese bargain speed machine GT-R, and the iconic Corvette Z06 and ZR1. It's like everyone bitching about the Lamborghini Aventador killing the "spirit" of what a Lamborghini is (a big over weight handling nightmare with a fast engine). If you watch reviews from people who have experience racing (Tiff Needel, Jason Plato etc) they love it. A scary car is not a fun car to drive fast. If you think so the only thing it says about you is that you have never been doing 150 or 160mph through a corner and have a car snap over steer on you or plow through a turn and then snap over steer on you. Quit complaining. Honestly. Do you drive a modern car thats reliable? You do? Go trade it in for a car from the 1920s with no roof, no safety features and no performance at all. The past is the past, if you want to revel in it leave the future to the people who want to improve and make things better and go buy an old **** box with tires 1" thick. I'm not hating on old cars, I'm just saying we are where we are today because people wanted to move forward and not revel in what used to be.
          Robert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @alexkoolur
          After seeing your negative posts over and over again on all the Viper articles this week I have to wonder if your dog was run over by a Viper when you were younger. That has got to be the only reason you have this much hate for such an inanimate object. We get it. You don't like the car. Those that like this car pay no attention to you and are not swayed by your constant diatribes against it. Those that might agree with you are turned off by your unending rants.
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        "There are many more examples like these, like having less HP then a $50 shelby etc..." That $50k Shelby will also have ~500 lbs more weight to move on skinnier tires. And a higher center of gravity. The GT500 has its hands full against the lower end of the 'Vette hierarchy when it comes to performance. Anyone who thinks that's going to change against this Viper needs to unfavorite Wikipedia and actually go drive a car for a change.
          alexkoolur
          • 2 Years Ago
          @msspamrefuge
          Wasnt comparing the overall performance, just the HP. Sure its heavier, it $70k less and not s sports car. Pick the smallest point to justify the butchering of the viper
          msspamrefuge
          • 2 Years Ago
          @msspamrefuge
          "Wasnt comparing the overall performance, just the HP. . ." Oh, I get it. And to that, I say that even if Vipers came from the factory making 1280 hp, your penis wouldn't be any bigger.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        We get it. SRT should have done more than consult and work with Viper owners in the development of the Gen 5, they should have listened exclusively to your irritating rants and made the car worse, or never bothered updating it. But for every one of you, there would be ten more (including Viper owners) getting riled up about having a car that hasnt taken any steps forward, and frankly, in terms of design, this beats the blunt faced 3rd and 4th gen any day of the week, and it's nice the face doesnt have to wear such an obvious crosshair grille. It looks like the right blend of Viper retro and modernistic, nothing European about it on a whole. And what is wrong with SRT "selling" their pet project? You expect them to just show it and say nothing about the work they put in? It's an auto show debut! People want to know why their favorite American sportscar has been in hiding for 2 years. I have seen the videos, there's nothing excusey about them, just typical promotional material. We'll see if their work paid off when the rubber hits the road, not your fingers hitting the keyboard to voice your opinion that we've all heard, disagreed, and downvoted several other times already. I feel this will make the Viper less of a joke among the elite supercar conniseurs while keeping (most, except you) Viper loyalists happy. Regarding the engine sound, it's the same bloody engine! And unless you have heard it personally in full volume next to its predecessors, your speculation on decibel measures based on a photo shoot style video, with 2 seconds of engine revs, are meaningless. Worst comes to worst, an owner could fit louder side exits if they so desire, though too protruding and their calves get the traditional iron hot branding. As for the GT500, you realize that they arent relatable in any way besides being based in Detroit, powerful and rwd? And it's not the first time Vipers have been outpowered by GT500s (usually super snakes) yet cream them anyways.
        Arturo Rios Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        Its hard to like a new viper when you are an owner of a previous model. I am a fan of the the 1996 gts viper. That is the one viper I love the most. To be honest this car has its flaws, but I have to admit that the changes made are welcome, specially the interior. The previous Viper had an ok interior, it was mostly the outside design that attracted buyers. This new one feels a bit more european, but the lines of the viper are still there. My only dislike at first were the headlighst, they simply dont say viper as the previous models have in the past. About the car been to quiet, well there is a whole aftermarket for this. Besides the viper sounds like a diesel truck, not really a sound you want to hear all the time. I have this viper below the 2nd generation but above all the rest.
      Zero 1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to say Dodge nailed it with this car. It looks great inside and out. I think the gauges look a little too cartoonish, but at the end of the day if you're concerned with things like that you're missing the point of this car. Can't wait to see some reviews, it looks beautiful from the outside. Everyone is bitching and moaning about this not capturing the essence of the viper doesn't really understand that past vipers weren't really that great to drive. Dodge stepped it up and thats what it takes in 2012 to get noticed. When you look at it's competitors ZR1, GT-R, 458 Italia (ok maybe a bit of a stretch the 458 is a tour de force), Porsche 911, etc etc, they can't keep rehashing the same uncivilized scary to drive, horrible handling big engine cars. Can't wait for some reviews.
        alexkoolur
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zero 1
        no, removing the guages and what makes an american sports car great is why this car sucks - you are missing the point. I take it you have never owned a viper, ever.
      Michael Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a Dodge enthusiast and a true Mopar Lover and also a new found love for the SRT brand , This car is hands down the best Viper ever built and the prettiest also, I worked for a Dodge Dealership back in 1990's and was privileged enough to be sent to the New Mack Plant and watch the Gen 1 being built and learn to love the Company that I had the privileged to work for and sell their products. Granted some of them weren't the best back then but I have never once underestimated Chrysler,Dodge,Ram,Plymouth or Jeep because I believed in their product wholeheartedly....I've seen this Great Company make strides in each and every vehicle they have produced and will continue to be awestruck with each New Car that they build !!!! Because I believe in the company and It seems to me that Fiat has brought back the fire that the Chrysler Group lost under the management of Daimler. Will I ever be able to afford a Viper probably not !!!! But I respect the car and their owners and LONG LIVE SRT
        alexkoolur
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Smith
        so says a guys with a goe tee - any suprise here? Long live "SRT?" it's a dodge. This sounds like a paid PR statement from SRT
          McMash
          • 2 Years Ago
          @alexkoolur
          Your immaturity is laughable.
      Mike Thepittbull Mis
      • 2 Years Ago
      im confused, theyre pegging this viper as a gen5 how is that possible when dodge only had 2 generations. also im not very thrilled that this machine looks like a ferrari from a distance. the only thing i see good out of this car is they kept the V-10 now with 640hp. now if dodge can develope a freakin twinclutch tranny.
        TheDarkKnight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Thepittbull Mis
        Shut up you idiot! This car is awesome! GO Chrysler Amazing job!
        Lee Warnock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Thepittbull Mis
        you dont know much about Vipers do you -_- this is Gen 5, first gen was 1992, 2nd i believe was the GTS in 1996, 3rd was in 2003, 4th was in 2008, and now this. they started with 400hp, then 450, (460 in the ACR) then 500, then 600, now 640. keeping up?
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Thepittbull Mis
        I accidentally upvoted for the first sentence but the rest of you comment would've received like, 5 downvotes. You'd be at like -6 right now.
        Robert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Thepittbull Mis
        There were four previous generations.....Generation 1: 1992-1995 Generation 2: 1996-2002 Generation 3: 2003-2006 Generation 4: 2008-2010. Each are explained at the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Viper
          msspamrefuge
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Robert
          "That breakdown makes no sense. How is this not LOGICALLY the 3rd gen model?" That breakdown actually reminds me somewhat of the most recent 911s in that a new generation is defined more by significant structural/electronic/mechanical changes or revisions. Stylistically, one can make a case for two predecessors. However, components/electronics/etc. may not be readily compatible between different 'phases' of the same body style.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Thepittbull Mis
        Why would the Viper need a twin clutch tranny? I dont think 4 pedals would fit in the footwell;). Seriously, this is one car that deserves to remain a manual for life.
        That_Dude
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Thepittbull Mis
        He is correct..... In 20 years this is only the third new design of the car.....
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Thepittbull Mis
        Gen 1: 400hp Gen 2: 450-460hp Gen 3: 510hp Gen 4: 600hp Gen 5: 640hp Gen 2's body is a slightly updated version of gen 1, gen 4 is a slightly updated version of gen 3, gen 5 is new.
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      With all the work, engineering and effort that went into changing the car (beneath the skin), WHY does it still look like the old Viper? Geez(!)...at least when Chevrolet 'changes' the Corvette, each model, the car at least LOOKS new(er).
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikelee
        If this looks exactly like any of the previous 4 generations and 2 body styles of Viper, you're either blind or barking mad.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stupid not calling it a dodge.
      Lee Warnock
      • 2 Years Ago
      this alex kids a queer first of all. second of all the 458 is a tour de force? HA, the ZR1! demolishes it, and the Old ACR demolished THAT. this Vi-er will walk anything from europe ( okay, not the F12, koenigseggs and Veyrons exempt) no porsche, vette, lambo will come close. the old ACR set and still holds records and that one had NOTHING this has. look at all the tech they put into it, the same **** that makes all the other cars come close to doing what the Viper could do, and now she has it. more power, bigger stickier tires, tune on the fly suspension, carbon fibre everywhere, 50 percent stiffer overall...new, faster transmission like theres no doubting what she will do. i cant wait to see a top gear, Jeremy Clarksons first orgasm lol. all the haters on here, are actually just pissed off inside cause they know its true, and dont wanna admit that the Viper is a world class car, track and strip. like i always say, dont believe me, the proof is in the numbers ;)
        Hatzenbach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lee Warnock
        there is no official ACR ring record. that thing was far from being stock (so was the zr1) or did these cars come with rollcages and bucket seats right out of the box?
        Zero 1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lee Warnock
        How do you figure? Around Willow Springs Street Course: GT-R- 1:20.25 458- 1:22.30 ZR1- 1:23.87 0-60 and Quarter Mile Times: 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia 0-60 mph 3.0 Quarter mile 11.0 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 0-60 mph 3.3 Quarter Mile 11.1 Sources: http://www.zeroto60times.com/Chevrolet-Chevy-0-60-mph-Times.html http://www.zeroto60times.com/Ferrari-0-60-mph-Times.html http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/willow_springs_-_streets_of_willow.html Check the facts before you run that trap.
      Hanson Bro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Ford - Please bring back an updated/more bad-ass version of the GT 40. America needs it.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish I could buy a viper and do 70 on the highway with the knowledge I COULD go much faster. Then I'd be cool.
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