The Viper returns

At the New York Auto show this week, Dodge unveiled the new 2013 SRT Viper.  After skipping the 2011 model year, Viper returns as an all new car for the 2013 model year.  Sporting a 8.4 liter V10 that produces 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, this will be a tire shredding machine.

Along with the road going machine, Dodge announced they’ve partnered with Riley Technologies to design and build the SRT Viper GTS-R with the intention of returning to the grid this year.  Taking the fight to Corvette, BMW, Ferrari and Porsche, they hope GTS-R with join the ALMS regulars later this year.

The original Viper GTS-R made its racing debut in 1996.  Over the next five years, the GTS-R dominated endurance racing and can be credited with producing the GT fields we see today.  Those old Vipers were some of my favorites to watch.  They just looked aggressively fast.

I’m excited to see a proper Viper back on-track.  The previous Vipers that competed were privateers and their cars just weren’t up to snuff.  With Fiat/Dodge/SRT financial backing, I hope they can recapture the old magic and reclaim the podium.

UPDATE: Just found this video via Autoblog.  I was at that ALMS race in Texas.

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