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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Matt Degen - Updated Date: 1/7/2013

Most cars today are known for – and strive for – fuel efficiency, comfortable and quiet driving manners, and all-around practicality. The SRT Viper proudly champions none of those virtues. While it's true that this 6-figure American supercar, resurrected in coupe form for 2013 as the flagship vehicle under Chrysler's SRT performance brand, is more livable and much better equipped than previous versions, the Viper still puts performance over pampering. Like former models, the 2013 Viper uses a massive, naturally aspirated V10 engine that makes a staggering 640 horsepower and delivers head-snapping acceleration. With the SRT Viper's svelte new exterior also comes a cabin rich in technology and materials. The Viper is still a beast to be sure, but one with a bit more domestication.

You'll Like This Car If...

Despite its $100,000-plus price and exotic looks, the Viper feels more blue-collar wage earner than Wall Street wonder kid. It's a handmade American supercar whose power hinges on a massive engine, not gee-whiz technology. If you're of the mindset that there's still no replacement for displacement, this should all be music to your ears.

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We realize that if you're a diehard Mopar fan, no car outside the Chrysler brand will compare to the Viper. Just consider it trivia, then, that a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 makes more horsepower with two fewer cylinders than the Viper and costs half the price. The current ZR1, meanwhile, boasts similar performance – and a new Corvette is right around the corner.

What's New for 2013

The Viper returns after a 3-year absence with a sensational new skin, a cushier cabin, more technology, and something no other Viper has had: electronic stability control. Formerly under the Dodge brand, the Viper is now the flagship car for SRT. For now the Viper is only available as a 2-seat coupe, but a roadster is expected down the road.

Driving It Driving Impressions

This reinvented Viper is meant to be more civilized, and it is. But that's only relative to its past incarnations, the first of which didn't even have side windows. The 2013 Viper is indeed more comfortable and amenity-laden than its predecessors, but it's still basically a street-legal racecar. And what makes it work as a track car hinders it as an ordinary one. The interior is tight, visibility is limited, the ride is rough, and there's the constant roar of the engine and tires. Cargo space, too, is stingy, so you'll have to plan your shopping trip accordingly. But the Viper's performance is simply exhilarating. That massive, naturally aspirated engine just gives and gives, and those wide tires help the Viper cling to the road. We found the 6-speed manual transmission a bit notchy but enjoyed its short throws. And the stability-control system works just as intended, letting you enjoy a slide before it kicks in to tame the tail. As a daily driver the Viper is a compromise, but for jaunts on winding roads or at the track, it's a blast.

Favorite Features

8.4-LITER V10
The Viper's heart is also its headline. As it should be. This is what enables the Viper to rocket from 0 to 60 mph in the low 3-second range and propels it to a top speed of 206 mph. More than an engine, this is an adrenaline factory – and its product output corresponds with your right-foot travel.

The SRT Viper has brains with its brawn. We know what the brawn is (see above). The other is served up in the latest version of Chrysler's Uconnect system that combines entertainment features, phone connectivity, and vehicle information. The way you connect with it all is via an 8.4-inch color touch screen in the middle of the dash.

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