Official production of the 2013 SRT Viper kicked off this month with VIN No. 001 rolling off the Conner Avenue Assembly plant to a small celebration that included the car's owner and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. Now, The New York Times has released a video and some great pictures showing just what it takes to get the newest Viper from a bare frame and engine to the final product.

The fast-motion video shows various stations along the Viper's production line ranging from engine inspection and assembly to a dyno test of the body-less car (shown above). The video of the birth of these early Vipers is posted below, but be sure to visit the NYT site for a handful of images of the car, the plant and its workers.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Supercar of America.
      BombSquad
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll take the sinister black on black one at the end, please!
      wtymczyna
      • 1 Year Ago
      - I don't mind garage mechanics wearing Hawaiian shirts, but if someone is building my $100k car then I'd want them wearing a uniform with the company or product logo (similar to Ducati or Ferrari).
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wtymczyna
        Then buy a Ducati or Ferrari. Not buying a Viper because it's a Dodge would make much more sense than not buying one because of what shirt they're wearing.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wtymczyna
        They can be wearing frilly pink tutus while dancing to Gangnam Style, as long as they do their jobs properly and build the cars right.
          Finklestein
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          Normally, the company will establish a dress code that reflects something about the company (formal, casual, semi-casual, etc). However, in a "production" facility out of the public eye for the most part, I think it is perfectly reasonable for them to dress more casual. Although for purposes like this where SRT puts out a video, it would look a bit more structured and professional if they were all wearing uniforms or shop suits with Viper logos.
        v8eater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wtymczyna
        I agree with wtymczyna
        jlauth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wtymczyna
        I prefer that my mechanics only wear the finest gator skin lofers and a perfictly taylored Armni suit while they work on my car! Basically thats what you just said! As long as they know how to properly perform their job on that line i'm not too worried about their attire.
        Bud
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wtymczyna
        Wearing a clean a stylish clean uniform sets the tone of professionalism. It is worrying when a line worker walks into work wearing the clothes he wore yesterday and what he may have been out in all night. Casual clothing, means casual work environment, means potential sloppy work standards. Yes the viper workes should be wearing SRT uniforms that are clean and fresh each day - if they have any pride in what they are producing.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wtymczyna
        [blocked]
      EvilTollMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      They missed the part where they get high and drink beers at lunch
      Lucky Vanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Junk Dinosaur built & designed by inbred methheads,go to a AMG or M assembly line & see how a real performance car is built not a bunch of fat diabetic fatties in k-mart clothes.
        Zeb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        You know nothing about this and you never had driven this one.
          Luis A. Martinez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zeb
          I did drove plenty of them,hard to drive calm but that's the way,Hennessy GTS pearl white,GTS grey,blue and couple red,also a woman doctor that goes for service got a red one with white stripe,Porsche 993 Turbo,Hummer H1 and Lotus Elise for the weekends,never driven the new,new one but soon I hope and the last one was a silver coupe 2008 with heat on my arm from the side mufflers. Cars are part of my job and love to drive them a lot too,Funny how a wagon CTS-V wagon hav a useless back door opening and cheap front bumper cover but nice tried!!
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Best not to feed the trolls. Best let them pass and shuffle on back under their lonely bridges.
        Luis A. Martinez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        So did you know the Mercedes SLS is just base on this car? And for this car and this diabetic fatties is what sooner or latter we are all going to look. BMW is on another league and a big good one,unlike Mercedes and all the crappy product that is pulling out (thanks to the fatties that design the Cherokee is why there is a nice ML,the original was design by a Korean company Ssan Young in exchange of motor and transmission know how) My respect for those smart mans and woman's that work for Chrysler and help to make this beauty reality and sorry for you if you fell that bad for this,you may be like the Corvette that is just way to much of a mess and not as nice or have a reputation for real American muscle !! And I know you like BMW and is why your name is like but Jess is a car magazine and just keep it simple and calm,more like a real BMW owner and hope you always stay fit and young too!!
        BombSquad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Yet this car will bend over every car in their precision engineered lineups, and send them back to Bavaria. Who was that with the Nurburgring production lap record? Nice one, troll.
      D E S I G N
      • 1 Year Ago
      pathetic, and this cookie cutter plastic toy is worth over 100g's? wow...sad...i love how the engine cover is just banged on, now that's precision manufacturing....good 'ol dodge
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @D E S I G N
        Across the board, from Dodge to MB to BMW, if they aren't snapped on, they're held on with plastic screws. Dodge isn't the only one guilty of it.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @D E S I G N
        Its also great that you cannot afford one. At least some stupid is kept away from it.
        TitanSubZero15
        • 1 Year Ago
        @D E S I G N
        Strong username...
      FSLIV
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful, America at work !!! great vid!!! I love how clean the place looked.
      Brandon Weiss
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just want to say this new viper is one of the most beautiful cars to come out of modern america.
      Erica Boulder-Wanker
      My suspicion confirmed. No one listens to the simple golden rules taught by their mother. Including me. For example: IF YOU CANNOT SAY SOMETHING NICE OR POSITIVE, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. The comments of many mouthing off about the body type/size/weight of the assembly line workers is a disappointing statement regarding humanity, to say the least. To those who have commented with vile, negative attacks on personal appearance, I respond to you all: F&cK Off... Yo& F&cking C&nt A$$holes! How is that for a nice positive message to the nasty trolls? SRT: Your new Viper looks quite sporting. Thank you.
        Skean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Erica Boulder-Wanker
        Uh, golden rule there Erica, golden rule.
        Bud
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Erica Boulder-Wanker
        Thank you for your ill informed comment. One of the reasons that American cars cost so much is healthcare that manufactures pay as per union negotiated benefits. This video just highlights the obese workers who on general take far more days off due to work related conditions and paid for by manufactures through over generous benefits. Diabetes is a real problem with UAW workers, which it shouldn't be given the physical nature that the work should be. My suspicion, in your rant - as per your middle name, "boulder" might relate to some weight issues as well. Hiding behind the humanity thing, is not a get out of jail free card for poor health choices and being obese - that is a lazy argument.
      Lab Ninja
      • 1 Year Ago
      What do you do for a living? I build Vipers. How cool would that be?
        Lab Ninja
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lab Ninja
        \"I drive Naked vipers around the plant\" would be a coold job too!
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lab Ninja
        You've never done manual labor, have you?
        Bud
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lab Ninja
        It is back breaking tedious work under artificial lighting all day long....with no ability for self expression as the "process" has to be religiously followed. Mainly bolting and plastic snapping parts together....
          BahamaTodd
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bud
          ...while making over $30/hr with full benefits. Such BS.
      mumbojumbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, at the end of the video the driver's revving the heck out of that engine that was just assembled. That doesn't seem like a good idea.
      Cool people
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don\'t think anyone working on this Viper could even Fit in it! Need to have a work out room with a mirror wall and get rid of the soda machine in the plant.
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