It’s been a busy couple of days for Chrysler and its performance arm, Street and Racing Technology. First, they released a second teaser image of the new 2013 SRT Viper and then a leaked image of a Hot Wheels’ toy emerged. Now adding insult to injury, our spy photographer snapped the photo above of a SRT Viper mule caught testing out in the wild.
The most glaring feature in this photo is the cloth roof the 2013 SRT Viper is sporting. This means the super snake will be available in convertible form and join the coupe variant already announced. While this Viper mule is still dressed in camouflage, there are a few styling accents that are visible. The expected giant brakes and red brake calipers are visible on the SRT along with side-exit exhaust pipes. A hood scoop and triangular air intake are also seen just like those on the first and second teaser images released by SRT earlier this month.
No other styling cues are visible on the SRT Viper. Most noticeably missing are the Viper’s door handles though we expect those to be added before the snake’s official unveil on April 4th at the New York Auto Show.
As for what’s under the Viper’s signature elongated hood still remains as speculation. However, we expect the 2013 SRT Viper to continue using a V-10 engine but overall power being bumped up to 8.7-liters. This translates to around 650 horsepower at the disposal of the driver, up 50 ponies from the prior snake. We also expect the Viper to continue using a six-speed manual transmission with power heading straight for the rear wheels. Thanks to recent government regulations, the 2013 Viper will see the addition of electronic stability control for the first time in the super car’s history.
The 2013 SRT Viper coupe is expected to bow officially at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April. As for the convertible version, we expect it will make its official debut several months later, perhaps in time for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show or the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Source: T-Hunted (in Portuguese)