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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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    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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    2013 SRT Viper to require dealer certification; hardcore model planned? [w/video]
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    On Thursday night's Autoline After Hours, SRT boss Ralph Gilles sat down with show hosts John McElroy and Peter DeLorenzo, along with Autoblog and AOL Autos staffers to talk all things Viper. Among the interesting tidbits disclosed about the 640-horsepower supercar are plans for a new dealer certification process designed to encourage the sort of ...

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    Spy Shots: 2013 SRT Viper looking fly in yellow?
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    We've already seen the production-ready 2013 SRT Viper. In fact, we named it Best In Show after it officially debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show earlier this month. But what we haven't seen is the full color palette that will be offered, and our spy photographers recently caught a Viper prototype out testing sporting a fresh coat of yellow paint, as ...

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    Video: Original Dodge Viper Concept shows up in new Chrysler video
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    Got 13 minutes to spare? Of course you do – it's a Friday. Then we've got just the way to burn them. Chrysler has posted three new SRT Viper videos, the first being a nice seven-minute documentary about Viper history, from its origins to the present. We're happy to see the automaker make no attempts to distort the truth here, wisely including ...

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    Video: Watch this mini-documentary about Viper's domination of early ALMS
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    If you were confused when we chose the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R ALMS race car as the second-best debut (behind the 2013 SRT Viper production car itself) at the 2012 New York Auto Show, then maybe you're not familiar with the Viper's racing pedigree. Fortunately, the American Le Mans Series has produced this excellent mini documentary that helps explain why ...

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    Video: Watch SRT showcase the 2013 Viper with new series of videos
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    "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 ...

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    Video: Viper coming to Forza this summer, will include Autovista version [w/video]
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    Anyone with an Xbox 360 and Forza Motorsport 4 will be able to get their hands on a virtual version of the all-new 2013 SRT Viper. As revealed at its New York Auto Show debut, the hotly anticipated American supercar is headed to the game as part of an exclusive Viper Pack. Turn 10, the studio behind the game's development, has revealed that the Viper ...

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    New York: 2013 SRT Viper coils up to take a bite out of ALMS with GTS-R competition model
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    Arguably the biggest news of the New York Auto Show for enthusiasts is the debut of the new SRT Viper. But as the high-performance arm of Chrysler has pointed out, the street-legal Viper "isn't the only high-performance snake making a triumphant return" here at Javitz. No, Auburn Hills hasn't missed a beat in releasing the new super-musclecar's racing ...

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    New York: 2013 SRT Viper bites back with 640 HP, returns to racing [w/video]
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    The wait is finally over. Dodge... excuse us, SRT has officially pulled the wraps off the 2013 Viper, and it's everything we were hoping it would be. Let's discuss numbers: 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque from a front/mid-mounted 8.4-liter V10 and the best power-to-weight ratio of any Viper ever built. Two models will be available, the ...

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    Report: 2013 SRT Viper slithers out ahead of New York debut
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    Though it's never going to post particularly impressive sales figures, the 2013 SRT Viper is, at least to us driving enthusiasts, the most important debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. As such, it comes as little surprise that Chrysler has done its best to keep its new snake under cover ahead of its official debut. Despite those efforts, here we have ...

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    Teased: SRT drops one more official Viper teaser ahead of NY reveal
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    Chrysler will be showing the all-new 2013 SRT Viper at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, in what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest reveals of the show. While we've already seen spy shots, teasers, renderings, Hot Wheels cars, and unfinished parts from the forthcoming Viper, this new teaser is our best official look yet. Too bad then, that it's ...

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