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2013 Viper GTS Debuts in Monterey

Aug. 17, 2012

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2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition. Photo courtesy of Chysler Group LLC.
2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition. Photo courtesy of Chysler Group LLC.

Chrysler Group is displaying its SRT flagship supercar at the auto events in Monterey, Calif., this weekend. The unveiling of the 2013 Viper GTS Launch Edition marks the Street and Racing Technology brand's official debut.

A sneak peak of Viper will take place from 10 a.m.4 p.m. today at the Quail Lodge as part of "The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering" event. The car will be displayed on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Saturday and Sunday.

"The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition model brings back the classic paint schemes that have adorned all previous Viper coupe launches to help us celebrate the return of our brand's flagship performance machine to the supercar market," said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO-Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports and senior vice president-product design, Chrysler Group LLC.

The paint scheme is classic GTS Blue with duel white stripes.

The Viper's all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 engine delivers 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, which Chrysler bills as "the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world." To aid in handling and stopping the monster, the Viper comes equipped with electronic multistage stability control, traction control and new four-channel antilock brake system (ABS).

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The limited-edition Viper will be built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.

"Our American-built supercar showcases the very best we have to offer by incorporating superior craftsmanship, the finest materials, a host of new technologies and ergonomic improvements while respecting its focus on outright performance," Gilles said.

In addition to its historically significant paint scheme, the Viper is decked out with five-spoke polished forged-aluminum wheels. Stryker badges adorn the hood and steering wheel, with a blue background replacing the gray found on other 2013 SRT Vipers.

Inside, a serialized dash plaque improves collectability by aligning the build sequence number to the vehicle identification number. Black Laguna leather with contrast stitching covers the seats, door trim, instrument panel, steering wheel, grab handle, shift knob and center console. Alcantara covers the headliner, and the white bezels are finished in satin silver.

The new Stryker logo was named by owners who attended the 2010 Viper Owners Invitational event in Salt Lake City. Stryker marks the first new emblem for Viper since 2003 and the third incarnation of a Viper logo. Previous logos were called "Sneaky Pete" and "Fang."

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