Return of the snake: new SRT Viper GTS headlines Chrysler Group stand at the Dubai Motor Show.[Not a valid template]
The new SRT Viper GTS has made its Middle Eastern debut at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show.
The Viper – now into its fifth generation and developed by the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand rather than Dodge – is the first such model from the iconic line since production on the fourth iteration ended in 2006. Lineage can be traced back to the first prototype tests in 1989. The Dubai Motor Show appearance follows the Viper’s launch in the region just last week.
Powered by a 8.4-litre V10, which is mated to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, the new SRT Viper runs 600hp and 640lb ft of torque, and is thus capable of hitting 100kph from standstill in, as SRT puts it, ‘the low 3-second range’. Top speed for the sports car is 331kph. Further performance-enhancing features of the Viper GTS include electronic multistage stability control (to maximise traction while cornering), new two-mode suspension system with Bilstein DampTronic Select shock absorbers, a new aluminium x-brace across the engine bay for improved rigidity, and Pirelli P Zero Z-rated tyres. An optional Track Pack – which includes stronger StopTech brake discs and ultra-lightweight multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels – slices a further 26kg off the new SRT model, which has already shaved 45kg off its predecessor’s kerb weight.
Distinctive features on the outside include a forward-hinged bonnet and redesigned Viper emblem, all-new carbon fibre bonnet and aluminium doors and a ‘double bubble’ roofline. On the inside of the Viper GTS, SRT has included a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a new information cluster and racing seats (20mm lower than the preceding Viper) with lightweight Kevlar/fiberglass shells. Colour options for the outside include Adrenaline Red, Venom Black, Gunmetal Pearl and five new other options.