Just this past week at the New York International Auto Show, a brand new Viper has been unveiled. However, unlike it’s predecessors, it’s not a Dodge Viper!
The move was done so that if Chrysler or its new parent company Fiat decide to liquidate its assets at time of sale at some point in the future, the company will have more brands to sell off. Hence all their pick-up trucks are now branded Ram, rather than Ram being a model name.
So the re-naming was done purely for business reasons, nothing more.
That aside, what is the new car like? To be honest, it doesn’t look all that new. It looks like the last Viper, only with some cosmetic surgery. It does not look like an all-new car, and the reason for that probably is; that it isn’t.
Dodge SRT will tell you that this is an all-new car, but if that is the case, why does it seem to be the same size as before and still has the same engine, albeit with a bit extra oomph.
To harness that power, this new Viper will have traction and stability control devices, a first for this snake/car. Hopefully this will improve the ratio of Viper’s actually making it to the new owners home in one piece (1 in 3 Viper’s are reportedly involved in some sort of accident within the first three days of ownership).
It also now gets a launch-control system, so you can get the best acceleration times. Exactly how quick and fast? Don’t know yet, SRT has not released any performance data yet, but an educated guess would be that it’ll be seriously fast, but will still probably lose acceleration combats with a Nissan GT-R.
As for what else is new, the interior looks to have benefited the most on this new Viper. Whereas the old Viper’s had very cheap and nasty interiors; the new Viper looks to have a much higher quality, and much better equipped living quarters.
When will it go on sale? Probably by this summer. How much? Not announced yet, but don’t expect any change from your $100,000.