After the C6 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 gave the new 2014 SRT Viper a thorough thrashing at the track in a Motor Trend comparison test, Chrysler's Street & Racing Technology performance brand bites back with a special-edition new Viper specifically designed to smash lap times, and all comers.
The 2014 Viper TA, which stands for 'Time Attack', takes most of the performance goodies from the upscale GTS, along with extra race-bred equipment, and applies it to the lighter standard 2014 base car. The result is the quickest Viper in history, limited to just 33 units for the 2014 model year and only available in this outlandish shade of 'Crusher Orange'.
SRT has fitted the Viper TA a more robust brake package from Brembo, a new ground-hugging aero kit in carbon fiber, and lighter wheels wrapped in ultra-high-performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. Further weight savings are found in a carbon-fiber X-brace under-hood instead of aluminum, and even the replacement of all exterior badges with decals. Seriously.
Weighing in at just 3,348 lbs. and still making 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft. of torque from that mammoth 8.4-liter naturally aspirated V10, the Viper TA can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and blast through the 1/4-mile in 11.3 seconds at 129.3 mph. The suspension has been recalibrated and now includes two-mode, remote-reservoir shocks. Gone is the 'Street' suspension setting, leaving only 'Smooth' and 'Rough'. Clearly this a Viper built for track use above all.
The 2014 SRT Viper TA will be available in Q3 2013 in a super-limited production run of 33, so contact SRT now about placing an order. Pricing is unreleased, but will eclipse even the more-luxurious, but heavier, Viper GTS, which starts from $122,390.