Posted Feb 14th 2013 9:40AM
The all-new 2013 SRT Viper sheds its old skin and arrives in Canada with a fresh scowl, tuned up performance, and less weight holding it back. SRT went to great pains to ensure their new baby would be able to sink its fangs into some of its closest competitive sports cars, and the results are clearly seen on paper.
Under the long hood is the automaker's famed naturally aspirated 8.4-litre ten-cylinder engine. Burning premium unleaded gasoline, the V10 is rated at 640 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 600 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. The carefully updated 90-degree 20-valve sequentially injected all-aluminum engine now features sodium-filled exhaust valves, forged aluminum pistons, a forged steel crankshaft and a lightweight composite intake.
The aggressive styling of the bodywork is also hand painted for superior gloss; hand-sanded and later buffed by hand. The overall shape aims to pay homage to the original Viper GTS Coupe (circa 1996), but integrates modern bi-xenon HID headlamps (LED running lights) and diode-based illumination for the brakes and rear signals.
Hit the jump to get a closer look at the latest SRT supercar and watch the video below.