While most people around the country are aptly spending the day being thankful for poultry and football, some of us prefer to count our blessings with real American ingenuity.
Or American/Italian, in some cases.
Today it might be worth taking a moment to be thankful for the Italian ownership and American craftsmen and women behind the 2013 SRT Viper. Without them, the return of the iconic American snake might never have happened.
Let’s pause and give thanks.
By now most Americans know that Italian FIAT owns the majority of Chrysler, which in turn is the mothership to Jeep, Dodge, Ram and SRT. Because of the infusion of cash from the Italians and the subsequent turnaround of Chrysler’s fortunes, the company has the ability to bring back the Viper. And oh baby, does it ever sound amazing.
Early Vipers were essentially just a V10 engine with a body wrapped around it. The car was pure, brute power and not much else. The 2013 edition still makes use of a violent V10, but has added a level of refinement and class unseen in previous generations. That refinement and extra craftsmanship should make the 640 horsepower from its 8.4-liter V10 easier to handle and a little more friendly for driving on city streets. Not that the Viper will be most at home on city streets, especially when equipped with the optional Track Package, which includes slotted 2-piece lightweight rotors and ultra-lightweight multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa “racing-type” compound tires to reduce unsprung weight at all four corners. Selecting the Track Package also slices 57 pounds from the vehicle’s curb weight.
The new Viper retains its iconic shape, but uses a carbon-fiber and aluminum body to help reduce weight. Inside are standard racing seats, plenty of leather and a customizable instrument cluster along with a host of other previously unseen goodies.
SRT President Ralph Gilles says,
The Street and Racing Technology brand team is extremely proud that our hand-built-in-Detroit, flagship supercar is back and ready to take on the performance-car world.
I couldn’t agree more. Top speed should come in at 206 mph, while the 0-60 sprint will take about 3 seconds. Pricing for the base Viper begins at about $97,000.
The 2013 SRT Viper looks worthy of our thankfulness. Would you park one in your garage?