We know the Hellcat is an amazing machine, but Dodge has more to offer than a supercharged Hemi for 2015. After a brief stint as the head of a separate SRT brand, Viper is now back under the Dodge flag with a host of improvements.
A new Viper GT model offers some of the more popular suspension and interior options of the range-topping GTS at a more attractive price. New Bilstein DampTronic Select shocks work under control of a five mode stability system. Until now they have only been offered on the Nismo GTR and a few select Porsche track models, and will give GT owners the option of multiple suspension modes. Interiors are spiffed up with Alcantara and Nappa leather with accent stitching.
For the weekend racer, the Time Attack, or “TA,” edition has been heavily revised. It now bears the designation TA 2.0 Special Edition and incorporates some of the lessons learned by the factory SRT racing teams. A carbon fiber front splitter and a larger rear spoiler combine with other aero trickery to add 278 lbs of downforce at 150 mph. The underhood X-brace that stiffens the front suspension is now formed from carbon fiber instead of aluminum for weight savings. New Brembo 2-piece brake rotors are a whopping 32 mm (1.25”) wide for increased resistance against fading under hard use. Three new colors are Competition Blue, Yorange, and Venom Black. Only 32 examples of each color will be built.
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The Viper GTS now offers a stunning Ceramic Blue edition. Black stripes and five-spoke “Rattler” wheels are contrasted against satin black exhaust tips and carbon fiber brake inlets. Alcantara and carbon fiber permeate the interior to create the most exotic Viper to date.
Other changes breathe new life to all Viper models thanks to more power. Horsepower is up to 645 and the engine is 25 lbs lighter than its predecessor. Revised transmission gearing eliminates exhaust resonance on the highway and ups the top speed to a staggering 205 mph.
Built mostly by hand at Dodge’s Conner Avenue plant in Detroit, the SRT Viper remains America’s V-10 powered supercar.