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First Coast Gears: 2013 SRT Viper Shows Off Its New Fangs

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NEW YORK CITY -- Chrysler has pulled off the cover on the next generation SRT Viper.  Although it's no longer being branded a Dodge, the look and power will be instantly recognizable to muscle car fans.

It starts with the all-aluminum, 8.4-liter V-10. Chrysler estimates it will debut with 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) folks at Chrysler say that's the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world.

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Unlike the original Viper, this time, Chrysler is doing something a little less raw, emphasizing "premium materials, craftsmanship and technologies."

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The first Vipers in 1995 came with side curtains and next to no creature comforts or safety gear. But this one will be loaded with technology performance features like a two-mode active suspension and a structure that's 50 percent stiffer than the previous generation.

Despite being a hundred pounds lighter, interior volume is going up. The seating position is also lower for that trademark low-to-the-ground sports car feel.

"The SRT Viper model is meant to offer a perfect blend of extreme performance and a deliberate preservation of what has become the iconic DNA of the Viper," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, in a news release. "We strove to deliver a supercar that continues to bring the driver as close as possible to the machine."

To help get weight down, an all-new carbon-fiber and aluminum skin is being used. Two new models include the SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS. No convertible was announced, but if history is any indication, it's a safe bet one will follow.

Introduced Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, SRT Vipers will be once again be built at Chrysler's Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, which has been home to the Viper since its beginning.

You can read more about the Viper at the SRT Viper website.

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