Unveiled by the Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand in August at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” event in Monterey, Calif., the limited-edition 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition Model is the fifth generation of the American-built supercar-created specifically for performance enthusiasts and collectors.
“Designed with Viper loyalists in mind, 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 of SRT and senior vice president of product design for Chrysler Group.
The SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition dons symbolic GTS Blue paint and dual Bright White stripes that run the length of its exterior. Reminiscent of past Viper Coupe reveals in 1996 and 2006, the stripes are exclusive to Launch Edition models.
Named by owners who attended the 2010 Viper Owners Invitational, the “Stryker” logo marks the first emblem for Viper since 2003 and the third incarnation of a Viper logo, following “Sneaky Pete” and “Fang.” The “Stryker” badge can be found on the hood and steering wheel, with a blue background replacing gray found on all other 2013 SRT Vipers models.
The wheels on the SRT Viper Launch Edition feature a model deep-section design with a five-spoke polished forged-aluminum presentation. Its all-new carbon-fiber and aluminum skin is sculpted for high-speed stability and a slippery 0.364 drag coefficient, according to a press release.
The all-aluminum, mid-engine 8.4-liter V-10 power plant delivers 640 hp and 600 foot-pounds of torque, the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world, the company noted. Chassis enhancements bring 50-percent improvement in torsional stiffness, while triple-digit weight reduction results in Viper’s best power-to-weight ratio.
The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition is furnished with Black Laguna leather. Contrast stitching covers the seats, door trim, instrument panel, steering wheel, grab handle, shift knob and center console. Alcantara covers the headliner, and white bezels are finished in Satin Silver.
A serialized plaque also improves collectability by aligning the build sequence number to the vehicle identification number.