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Will Fiat cap performance of 2014 SRT Viper ACR out of fear for Ferrari?

Posted Feb 25th 2013 1:28PM

2014 SRT Viper - front three-quarter view in the wet

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 Viper it could be.

Having watched other super sports cars go super fast on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires – MT cites the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 as the prime example – SRT is looking to Pirelli for a set of rubber that improves on the Viper's P-Zero Corsas. Where the Viper ACR will be restrained is its power-to-weight ratio; rumour is that bosses at parent company Fiat have decreed that the Viper cannot outdo the 5.2-pounds-per-horsepower of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. It's also rumoured that Ferrari doesn't want the Viper to have more power than the 731 horsepower of the F12, even though SRT has said it would be "relatively easy" to increase output from the current 640 hp.

The last Viper ACR didn't get more oomph under the hood, so there should be plenty of ways to navigate Ferrari sensitivities. However, the last Viper club racer did offer a Hardcore Package that dropped weight by 40 pounds (18 kg). If the specific power-to-weight number really is a bright line for the coupe's development, it will be interesting to see if such a package is offered again and how SRT manages it.

Click here for a closer look at the current SRT Viper and watch it tear up the track in this video below.

2013 SRT Viper Tears Up the Race Track


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Not wise suggestion - Viper is a pony car of exotics when Ferrari is ...well it\'s the Ferrari of exotics! Performance doesn\'t necessarily works in team with the image.

February 25 2013 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply