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342014 SRT Viper Anodized Carbon Special Edition shows our kind of snakeskin

When I was out in the desert with my new, old buddy Ralph Gilles, we started shooting the breeze about matte paint jobs. Photo-ninja Drew Phillips had driven out to shoot the SRT Viper TA event, and had grabbed the keys to our matte gray Hyundai Veloster Turbo for the journey. Pointing to the Veloster, Gilles asked what we thought about matte paint in general, to which Drew promptly responded, "I think it's a fad." Nice work, Drew.

46SRT names three finalists in contest to name new Viper color

Ever look through a brochure or online configurator and wonder how automakers come up with the names for the paint colors? They research, deliberate and focus-group the heck out of them until they've arrived at a catchy name like... Rape Yellow.

112SRT holding contest to name new Viper color

Like every decision involved in a new car, picking the names of the color palette is a delicate process. The name of a paint option means more to buyers than you might think, which is why automakers go to great lengths to pick the right color name and why we sometimes wind up with silly names like Bulldozer (yellow-orange) on the Jeep Wrangler, Red Alert! (and yes, the exclamation is supposed to be there) on the last-generation Nissan Versa, Alien (green) on the Kia Soul and Nobel Spinel Mica (r

182014 SRT Viper gets rain mode, new colors

Apparently the folks at SRT thought Viper owners would benefit from a "Rain Mode" stability and traction control setting, and they're probably right. For model year 2014, the setting has been added to the base Viper's On and Off modes, and the Viper GTS's and TA Special Edition's On, Sport, Track and Off modes, according to Chrysler's blog.

40Check out Marchionne's customized SRT Viper

The SRT Design Team recently worked up something special in honor of Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. The crew whipped the sheets off of a one-off SRT Viper GTS at a Sons of Italy Foundation gala. The car features special Avorio Perla white paint, one-off black vapor chrome wheels and custom interior touches. The colors of the Italian flag run down the length of the seats, and tri-color GTS badges adorn the exterior.

1922013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 sets lap record at Laguna Seca, beats new SRT Viper

As you may have heard, Motor Trend recently threw the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2013 SRT Viper at each other. And while it was somewhat shocking to hear that the aging ZR1 actually managed to narrowly walk away as the winner of this particular scrap, something else interesting happened during the dust up. Motor Trend called on pro driver Randy Pobst to thrash the two bruisers around Laguna Seca, and thrash he did. Pobst managed to bolt out a time of 1:33.70 in the ZR1, besting the old

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