What’s the best way to test drive a brand new 2013 SRT Viper? How about killing the brand new tires with a long and smokey burnout? Check out the video of this new SRT Viper with it’s 640HP 8.4L V10 and 6 speed manual transmission putting on a smokey show whileleaving a few long black strips of tire tread on the street behind.
If you’re in the market for new SRT Viper make sure and check the rear wheel wells for tire debris!
The team at SRT sent us a 2013 SRT Viper in Bright White to test out at the StreetCarDrags event at Palm Beach International Raceway on April 7th, 2013. The all new SRT Viper is powered by an 8.4L V10 with 640 horsepower and 600 ft-lbs of torque with a 6 speed manual transmission.
Our test car came in with 2,500 miles on the clock and was equipped with a set of Mickey Thompson drag radials to help out with traction at the drag strip. However, the tires were taller than the stock SRT Viper sizes making the SRT Viper’s already long gearing, especially 1st gear even longer which plagued us with a bog after the initial launch that we just couldn’t get away from. We tested launching Viper manually as well as with the all new launch control system. Results between the two launching methods were similar although our best run of the day 11.1 @ 127.4 MPH was using the launch control system. VBOX data shows 0-60 MPH time of 3.1 seconds, 0-100 MPH in 7.1 seconds with a 60-130 MPH time of 8.08 seconds.
To launch the new SRT Viper using launch control we staged the car with the traction control system off and pressed the launch button on the steering wheel. A message in the digital gauge cluster indicates to launch when ready. With the clutch pedal depressed and the car in 1st gear we then applied 100% throttle. The Viper would then rev and hold at 5,5k RPM at which time we released the clutch at a moderate tempo. Having done a burnout beforehand the tires were sticky and the car would come off nicely with no wheel spin. However as you can see in the videos, the long 1st gear would give us a decent bog near the end of the 60′ mark which would really slow us down thereby keeping us just out of the 10′s.
Weather was also not optimal being hot and humid with a Density Altitude (DA) over 1,200 feet. With the right weather and a shorter drag radial or even stock tires (Pilot Cup Sports or similar), we’re confident the new SRT Viper will be into the 10′s.
We didn’t get a chance to get the car on the Dyno, but Edmunds had a pre-production car on the their dyno where it put down 558 HP and 528 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels. Using a 14% driveline loss that puts the SRT Viper at around 648 HP.
Take a look at the pictures, videos, timesilps and vbox data below:
The all new SRT Vipers started leaving the factory last week after a slight delay and are now arriving at dealers nationwide. We found some pictures of this brand new SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition being offloaded at Woodhouse Dodge. The SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition is painted in the iconic Viper GTS Blue with White stripes, packs a v10 with 640HP and has a MSRP in the $143k range. Word has it this car is available for immediate purchase as the original buyer backed out!
We’ll be testing a new SRT Viper this weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway so checking back here for some real world drag strip numbers from the new SRT Viper!
A turbo Ford Mustang at South Georgia Motorsports Park gets totally airborne half way down the drag strip. Take a look at this amazing video and how he recovered without hitting the wall or anything else.
The new SRT Viper was tested by Motor Trend against the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in a heads up performance comparison down the 1/4 mile and at Laguna Seca Raceway. Powered by a 640 horsepower 8.4L V10 the SRT Viper ran a 11.4 @ 128.7 MPH, which tied the ZR1. The ZR1 edged out the Viper at Laguna Seca Raceway running 1:33.99 vs the Viper at 1:35.77. For $141,990 as well as all of the hype we expected quite a bit better from the reincarnated Viper. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with 662 horsepower is just a few clicks slower for under $60,000. We’re hoping to see some better real world numbers for the SRT Viper soon.
Take a look at this new 2013 SRT Viper painted in GTS blue with white Stripes coming Off the assembly line at the Conner Avenue Plant. This is the first striped version of the new SRT Viper we’ve seen and it’s looking much better than the plain red shown at the Viper’s debut earlier this year. These new SRT Vipers should be hitting the streets soon with their 640 horsepower V10′s and we’re looking forward to testing them out!
We attended the StreetCarDrags private rental on May 6th 2012 where we this 2005 Ford GT with a Heffner Pulley and Tune upgrade was racing heads up vs a 2008 Dodge Viper with Belanger headers, exhaust and a Mopar tune. The Ford GT was making 630 horsepower while the Dodge Viper was running 600 horsepower at the wheels. Reaction times and launches were pretty close with the Ford GT edging out the Viper with an 11.4 vs 11.6. Weather was pretty bad with a DA of over 2,000 so we expect both cars to perform much better with decent weather conditions.