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Review: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 [w/VIDEO]

Next January's Detroit Auto Show will mark the 20th anniversary of the Viper's debut as a concept. Back then, every car in Chrysler's lineup was still derived from the K-Car. The K-cars saved Chrysler from the jaws of bankruptcy, but an executive named Lutz decided the automaker needed a new halo car to generate some excitement as a new decade dawned. Another old guy named Carroll Shelby was sprucing up Daytonas and Omnis at the time, so they decided to revive an idea from earlier in his career. Together they created a minimalistic two-seater with a humongous engine that became an instant... Read More

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    First Drive: 2014 SRT Viper TA
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    SRT CEO Ralph Gilles could have been detailing his brand's top-secret plans for the next five years, or taking potshots at the Corvette for all I knew. I was only about 10 feet away from Gilles as he was telling a small group of assembled media something or other about the history of the Viper – just now enriched with this "Time Attack" TA model ...

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    Report: 2013 SRT Viper suffering from sales slump?
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    Nobody has ever accused the all-new 2013 SRT Viper of being slow, but even with the rebounding economy the high-performance coupe seems to be suffering from slow sales out of the gate. According to Automotive News, the Viper has sold 426 units since it went on sale in February with an additional 565 unsold units sitting around in dealer inventory, which ...

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    Video: eGarage interviews a couple with 65 Vipers
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    Owning multiple vehicles can be a hassle worth enjoying if you're willing to spend the time and the money required to acquire and maintain them. But when it's hard to make ends meet while underused valuable hunks of metal, plastic and rubber sit happily taking up garage space, journeys into the depths of other people's well-developed automotive obsessions ...

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    Read This: Chrysler 'at war' with world's largest Viper club?
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    The situation was bound to boil over at some point. Grumblings from former and current members of the Viper Club of America, and letters sent from Chrysler to VCA president Lee Stubberfield, allege that the non-profit club is being run illegally as a for-profit business, Jalopnik reports. The trouble reportedly started in 2007, when VCA member and former ...

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    Official: SRT Viper GT3-R is ready to kick racetrack butt
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    This weekend, SRT Motorsports will be focused on returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Viper GTS-R, but that doesn't mean it isn't looking a bit further down the road. While the GTS-R is the factory-backed racecar running at Le Mans and in the America Le Mans Series, SRT is also preparing to introduce this new Viper GT3-R for private race teams to ...

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    Featured: I sold my Viper, but the memories I'll keep
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    The following is written by auto industry veteran Tom Kowaleski. The words are his own, but the memories now belong to everyone thanks to his willingness to share. If you're an industry veteran with a story to share, contact us at tipsATautoblogDOTcom. It became the flame that started the fire of belief in the next life of Chrysler. I just sold a ...

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    Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: Viper Defender from '90s TV show
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    As car lovers, it's always hard to find a good television show with decent cars, but what the 1990s show Viper lacked in acting, scripting and plot, it more than made up for with cool cars. For starters, the lead car was a Dodge Viper RT/10, but, on screen, it was able to morph into its "Defender" mode making it an armored coupe with a full arsenal of ...

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    Report: NHTSA launches investigations into Ford Crown Victoria police cars, Dodge Viper and Porsche 911
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    Reuters reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating certain Ford Crown Victoria, Porsche 911 and Dodge Viper models for potential defects. NHTSA is currently looking into 2005-2008 Crown Victoria police car models for steering column failures that could cause the upper and lower portions of the steering shaft to ...

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    Video: 2013 SRT Viper spends its days living life a quarter mile at a time
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    There are lots of ways to measure the performance of a car, but there's only one that is quintessentially American: the quarter mile. And while we've already seen a proper comparison test or two that puts the new (and also quintessentially American) SRT Viper on a racetrack, we've yet to see what it can do when put in the hands of a proper drag racer for ...

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    New York: 2014 SRT Viper TA attacks Manhattan [w/video]
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    As if the 2013 SRT Viper GTS hasn't stirred up enough excitement, SRT has created a more specialized version of the car designed to attack any track. On display at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Viper TA has been enhanced for even better track duty, but production will be limited to just 33 units when it goes on sale later this year. Obvious changes to ...

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    Report: Will Fiat cap performance of 2014 SRT Viper ACR out of fear for Ferrari? [UPDATE]
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    Motor Trend has got word that an SRT Viper ACR – the acronym for American Club Racing – is headed for a reveal in 2014. However, at the same time as SRT is working to maximize the model's performance, the report says there's an internally imposed performance ceiling on at least one aspect of the super coupe that will keep it from being all the ...

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    Video: Watch new SRT Vipers snake down the assembly line
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    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 ...

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    Video: 2013 SRT Viper GTS dyno'd by Edmunds
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    First-time dynamometer runs for any production car are interesting business, at least for those with "car nerd" in their resumes. And the virgin public dyno testing of a new supercar like the SRT Viper GTS, well, that's just a bit o' heaven right there. So, when we heard that the number crunchers at Edmunds had gotten the new Viper into the test facility, ...

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    Official: 2013 SRT Viper options detailed and priced, 150,000 combinations promised
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    Many automakers are trying to trim down the number of available build combinations on new models in order to make the car-buying process easier and raise quality metrics, but Chrysler is making sure that customers in the market for the 2013 SRT Viper can get just about anything they want. In fact, Chrysler is promising that the new Viper will have close ...

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    Official: 2013 SRT Viper priced from *$97,395, new images released [w/video]
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    Come November, you'll be able to put a mean snake in your garage for $97,395, *plus $1,995 for destination. Chrysler has announced pricing information for the 2013 SRT Viper, with the base price seen above, and the higher-spec Viper GTS model at $120,395 (plus destination). Either way, SRT's latest snake will pack the same 8.4-liter V10 engine with 640 ...

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    Video: Watch SRT's Viper GTS-R return to professional racing at Mid-Ohio
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    Spectators at this past weekend's ALMS race at Mid-Ohio made sure to pay special attention to the two Viper GTS-R racers with their video cameras, and Chrysler's cameras were out in full force as well. It was the first race for SRT Motorsport's Team Viper after a lenthy hiatus. Both V10 racers had to run their 8.0-liter engines with an air restrictor ...

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    Video: Four-foot Dodge Viper shifter mod is a head-scratcher
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    Where the outlandish reigns supreme, functionality and practicality take a back seat. That's why we admire folks who poke fun at the insanity of the automotive aftermarket. Take this particular Dodge Viper owner. Rather than swap in the latest short-throw kit, the guy bolted on a four-foot-long shift knob. Why? According to his YouTube account, he was ...

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    2013 SRT Viper (re)earns its stripes
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    While this really doesn't qualify as "news," the above photo still has us excited enough to share. It's the first official image of the new 2013 SRT Viper with stripes. You see, we were a bit nonplussed when the Viper debuted at the New York Auto Show without its trademark livery. Perhaps it was to better focus attention on the sheetmetal's new curves, ...

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    Video: SRT swings by Jay Leno's Garage with new Viper
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    Look who stopped in to pay a visit to Jay Leno. The crew from SRT dropped off the 2013 Viper for our favorite denim-clad TV personality to play with for a spell. Leno owns two Viper models himself, including the very first black example ever produced. Needless to say, the guy knows his V10 snakes. Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing for SRT, chatted with ...

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    Motorsports: SRT Viper GTS-R completes first track test [w/video]
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    This week, the new SRT Viper GTS-R hit the racetrack for the very first time at Carolina Motorsports Park, in the wake of its surprise unveiling at the New York Auto Show in April. According to the SRT Motorsports team in attendance, the shakedown run was an overwhelming success with the car performing better than expected. "To basically build that car, ...

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