Back in 2009, Chrysler went through bankruptcy and a supercar was the absolute last thing on the automaker’s collective mind. Almost four years later, Chrysler is sustaining, with 2012 representing one of its strongest years sales-wise on record. Earlier this year, at the 2012 New York Auto Show, after some time of uncertainty, Chrysler brought its super snake back from the brink and unveiled the 2013 SRT Viper.
For today’s question of the day, we’re wondering what vehicle, either all-new or heavily refreshed and debuting for the 2013 model year, are you most interested in? First up, we have the 2013 SRT Viper, which was recently put through its paces with sister publication Motor Trend on Ignition, and is one of those vehicles we’ll be watching next year. As part of Chrysler’s restructuring, SRT- the automaker’s performance branch, will now coral the Viper instead of sibling brand Dodge. Not to fear though, the Viper is still as unrefined (but in a good way) as ever. It’s lighter, faster, and sketchier than the last generation but it still makes you work to go fast. With an 8.4-liter V-10 engine producing 640 horsepower, the 2013 SRT Viper is a brute, but as Ignition host Carlos Lago states, it’s probably “the worst sounding 640 horsepower ever.”
“The thing is about this Viper, for how huff and gruff and uncomfortable it is at low speeds, how much it doesn’t seem to like it’s driver, once you start throwing it around, once you start approaching the limits you feel like yeah, you might be able to control it. It’s a little bit rewarding maybe,” said Lago. “It’s still a Viper though, it’s still flipping hairy.”
Since going under SRT’s wing, the all-new Viper received an interior worth the $124,990 base price for a GTS trim. However, it’ll still make you work to go fast but that’s part of the Viper’s mystique.
“What SRT has done here is actually pretty admirable. They haven’t dilated the things that make a Viper a Viper. It’s still sketchy. It’s still intimidating. But at the same time, it’s a much better driving car,” said Lago. “It doesn’t have the finesse of some European sports cars, it’s still very brutish and very much a knuckle-dragger but it is a lot better and I’m happy for that.”
Check out the latest, and final installment of Ignition for 2012 below. What vehicle debuting for the 2013 model year are you most excited to see? Tell us about it in the comment section below.