• Apr 7, 2012
Cancer sucks. And pediatric cancer sucks the worst. Without hesitation, we would trade all the exotic cars in the world for a cure.

But you know what doesn't suck? The new Viper. So it's pretty cool that Chrysler will auction off the first one to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation For Pediatric Cancer. The organization, based in Chattanooga, TN, is an official charity of the American Le Mans Series, which is presumably why it was picked. At the Viper reveal at New York, Chrysler also announced it would resume racing in the series.

So the first 2013 SRT Viper will cross the stage at Barrett-Jackson Orange County, which goes down June 22-24. It'll be interesting to see what it brings in, considering the first 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible's $600,000 hammer price earlier this year at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.

And if you aren't deep-pocketed enough to get in on the Viper hunt, helping out the Hatcher Foundation doesn't require bidding – you can make a donation at the organization's website.

Click past the jump for the full press release.
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SRT VIPER REVEALED AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW TO BENEFIT THE AUSTIN HATCHER FOUNDATION FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER

Chattanooga, TN (April 5): April 4, Press Day for the New York International Auto Show, SRT revealed the long awaited and newly designed Viper. The all-new 2013 SRT Viper boasts nearly 660hp from its 8.4 liter V-10 power plant and has lines that rival any euro exotic. Along with the release of the new Viper, SRT announces the return of the Viper to the American Le Mans Series and international endurance racing. Through a partnership with the SRT brand the first production Viper will be auctioned at Barrett -Jackson Orange County to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, the American Le Mans Series official charity.

"We are thrilled that SRT has chosen us to be a part of this extraordinary opportunity," said Dr. Jim Osborn Co-founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation. "We are tremendously excited to see the 2013 SRT Viper. It is an amazing vehicle. We are also very excited that the first production Viper be auctioned at Barrett- Jackson Orange County to benefit the many families faced with pediatric cancer. We just can't thank Mr. Gilles and his team enough."

The New York International Auto Show will take place April 6-15 in New York City. The Barrett- Jackson Auction-Orange County will take place June 22-24 in Orange County, California.

For more information contact Christy McDonald at Christy@hatcherfoundation.org or Ray Lallier at Ray@hatcherfoundation.org

Or visit: www.hatcherfoundation.org/Viper



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The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer's mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child's quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer, as well as their families, in association with Pediatric Oncology centers and through the Foundation's cancer care center, Hatch's House of Hope. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of supporters. For more information, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org.



Hatch's House of Hope is a landmark pediatric cancer care center providing children and their families with the tools needed to cope and thrive at the onset of pediatric cancer, as well as the skills essential to live meaningful and productive lives as cancer survivors. The comprehensive services offered at no cost to families by Hatch's include: individual and group counseling, marital and family counseling, speech and occupational therapy, music and art therapy, cognitive skills remediation, academic coaching, financial counseling, and diversionary therapy events for family enrichment. Services are provided from diagnosis through treatment, during remission, and into adulthood. For more information, visit www.hatchshouse.org


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      Vu
      • 2 Years Ago
      the SRT Viper will be in Forza Motorsport 4 as both a drivable car and an Autovista experience!!!!! joy!!!!!!
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 2 Years Ago
      8.4 liter V10? BOOOOOOOOOOOO! Supercharged HEMI or GTFO.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joey Mcfreely
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      alexkoolur
      • 2 Years Ago
      Waiting for them to rename this site "ViperBlog.com" enough already about this "italian" viper
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        Why would you slam a Viper article about raising a ton of money for sick children? On top of that you should read the recent interview with Mr. Gilles - the new Viper has only a tiny fraction of Italian in it (interior) the rest is still American and includes upgrades that were developed from racing the old car (such as the X brace). Sounds fairly American to me.
          fuzzyfish6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          @alexkoolur You didn't "torn" anything to shreds, and judging from how people rated your comments, people don't agree with you either. So sit back, relax, and stop whining. You also asked why there appear to be only one in existence right now and seemed appalled by that for some reason. Good thing you don't work in the auto industry since this is a question that even regular Joes who know very little about the industry can answer, so here's a question to answer your question. Conner Ave isn't operational yet, where do you think they're building these mules and pre-production models?
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          @alexkoolur Dodge designed the car based on the feedback they got from Viper owners and they even let members of Viper Owners International get a sneak peak of it. The owners loved it. Dodge Viper owners are obviously not you, so quit crying like a baby. They fixed the things that both owners and reviewers complained about most with the Viper (plenty of Viper owners I've talked with get custom interiors installed to replaced the parts-bin interior it comes with), and kept what was liked very much the same. The look reflects this. The engine/transaxle combo reflects this. All the aids on the car can be shut off so it's like the original, if you so please. All new cars are required to have them, so it wasn't an option to sell the car without them. Describing the car as a fast boxster is the stupidest description I've ever heard, considering the driving dynamics of the two cars are going to be nowhere near similar. That is a given.
          alexkoolur
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          Cause is great, I applaud it. Gilles interview I have already torn to shreds. I don't need someone to tell me why I should like the viper, the car should do that. Sorry but this softening of an icon so we can "wear it, not manage it" is not what I want my viper to be. Maybe others do and that's fine, they can go send $140k on this fast boxster , I won't. I'm not alone in my opinions . The proof will come when dodge / Srt / whatever actually posts the sales of this new model and I know this, you won't be seeing many current viper owners dumping thief cars to get into this. So that means dodge needs to attract a new market , and not sure that exists at this price point . Time will tell
          Slideways
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          Dude get that sand out of your vag. We get it. You don't like the new Viper. The price tag of 130K, 140K or whatever is just speculation. There are reports that there is a less expensive stripper model and GTS. Also yes some Viper enthusiasts might have a hard time breathing for the higher price tag, but we live in a free world economy. I'm pretty positive that there will be quite a number of sales from people overseas. It's quite a bargain for a 130K price tag with that kind of HP and refinement if you ask me. Even though it lost some of its roots, I think it's still one of the purest sports/supercars there is. That tire shredding V10, manual and rear wheel drive? If I had the money, I'm sold. Many venom owners from viperclub praise the design. I don't get what you're on about. Cry more and accept the change.
        inthelv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        Did a pimp in a Viper turn your mom out or what? You seem to have really weird issues with Vipers and Gilles. Let it go...
        fuzzyfish6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        I love how you're claiming how the Viper lost it's balls based on some pictures, a few choiced words, and a spinning car on stage. Nobody outside of Chrysler had driven the car yet, relax. I hope most other people on planet Earth is more rational than you are, because you are anything but. BTW, since you so loudly proclaim to speak for all Viper owners, I just went on Viper Club of America and not too many share your sentiment. In fact there's a poll that showed 2/3 of members "loves" the car, while 8% "hates" it; I don't know about you, but 8% certainly isn't all or most viper owners, I hope you don't work in accounting with that type of math skills. You also claim that they would have a hard time attracting current Viper owners, we won't know the answer to that until the car goes on sale (but judging from the posts on Viper Club, I don't think they'll have much trouble moving the new Viper). I will tell you what they had problems moving, the 2010 Viper. They only sold 400 units the entire model year. The point of the Viper is the experience of driving and being seen in the thing right? Why don't you be quiet and actually drive and experience the new car before forming any sort of conclusion?
          alexkoolur
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fuzzyfish6
          Lets so who REALLY buys it. Again, just wait until the new MSRP is announced with a 40-50% jump. Spare me online polls
      Slideways
      • 2 Years Ago
      In before alexkoolur spams this page with ridiculous Viper rants.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      If a long in tooth C6 Corvette could rake in $600k just by lopping the roof off a Z06 (or dropping Z06 parts and engine into a C6 convertible), the all new Viper should manage substantially more. Maybe a cool million dollars? And all for a worthy cause: cancer deserves to feel the wrath of snake venom.
        Thipps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        i believe the first zr1 went for a underplayed 1 million for charity....but i think thats because of the corvette heritage and the fact that the zr1 was the fastest most expensive corvette ever
          - v o c t u s -
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          count on the same superlatives for this viper
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          This is the fastest, most expensive Viper ever, and it's all new, not an added model level. Who knows how much this could go for? $2 million then?
      Clipper44
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait until this Viper blisters the living sh!t out of the Nurburgring (and 'exotics' that cost at least double or triple). Time to bump the Gumpert and the LFA down one notch.
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      johnbravo6
      • 2 Years Ago
      How the hell does this get the green light and the Firepower concept drop off the face of the Earth?!?! Do American automakers just like losing market-share? I blame society.
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnbravo6
        Can you explain to me how the Firepower was a more viable product?
      SCOTTM
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is growing on me like mad. Looks BOSS as hell!
      Awjvail
      • 2 Years Ago
      *golfclap*
      Andrew TheBoss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bellissima. A perfect mix of Italian design and American muscles. Unfortunately in Italy will be a car for happy few... Usually here the prices are almost double than in America. And the gas is almost a 2€/lt.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      1.3 million
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