When the Viper first debuted for the 1992 model year, it was a brash American muscle car that didn't worry about a driver's comfort. The roadster was so thoroughly purpose-built, in fact, that it even lacked exterior door handles, side windows and a top. As it progressed through the years, however, the Viper became more refined. Its elimination following the 2010 model year angered Viper enthusiasts, but the recent launch of the SRT sub-brand has brought it back for the 2013 model year.
The 2013 SRT Viper comes in a pair of trim levels: Base and GTS. Both models feature the same 8.4-liter V-10 engine that cranks out 640 horsepower and 600 foot-pounds of torque. The Viper has a manual six-speed transmission. There are no official numbers yet, but SRT claims the Viper will charge to 60 mph in the mid-3-second range.
The base Viper has faux leather seating with some genuine leather trim, a lightweight independent suspension and super-sticky Pirelli P Zero tires. The GTS model adds performance upgrades like dual-mode adjustable suspension, red-painted Brembo calipers and upgraded wheels.