On the latest installment of Motor Trend’s The Downshift, the freshly minted SRT Viper gets its close-up. This episode almost never became a reality, though, as Chrysler was forced to pull the Viper out on the open market when the automaker filed for bankruptcy back in 2008. Now, four years later, the Viper joins Chrysler’s newly formed stand-alone SRT brand.
The new Viper still keeps its iconic shape, a “naked woman lying on the beach” as SRT CEO and President Ralph Gilles once explained, but incorporates some new aesthetic details. Chrysler’s performance division is a firm believer that form follows function, and this latest version of the Viper is a prime example. Both of the Viper’s cooling ducts are incorporated into the Viper’s body language to cool the front and rear brakes. The front ducts replaces the normal grille and are wide open to gulp down as much air as possible. More brake ducting sits at the bottom corners of the cooling opening, too.
Perhaps the biggest difference in the new Viper is the interior. Gilles and his crew strove for a world-class interior that’s on par with its German rivals. Chrysler’s Uconnect system with the SRT racing apps rides on-board with the new Viper and offers all the same features seen in the Uconnect system in the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.
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