2013 SRT Viper Drag Strip Testing

April 22nd, 2013

2013 SRT Viper Bright WhiteThe 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:

2013 SRT Viper Data Sheet

2013 SRT Viper Video

2013 SRT Viper Pictures

VBOX: 60-130 MPH Time: 8.08 Seconds

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