September 12, 2012, 6:00 AM
Chrysler Canada has announced a starting price of $99,995 for the all-new SRT Viper, which will resume production in November at the dedicated Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit that had been its home since 1995.
Now sold underg Chrysler's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand, the (formerly Dodge) Viper returns in all-new fourth-generation form after a two-year absence from the market, following Chrysler's financial difficulties and ultimate bankruptcy.
Two models will be offered – the SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS, both powered by an all-aluminum, mid-front-mounted 8.4-litre V-10 engine, rated at 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Chrysler says that's the greatest torque output of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world.
In its latest iteration, the SRT Viper is said to be a more premium and mature evolution of the classic, extreme-performance formula.
Canadian MSRP for the GTS model is $119,995 (all prices excluding destination charge).
Compared to the base version, the GTS adds more advanced-technology features such as two-mode active suspension.
Both models feature a new exterior design with aerodynamically functional details integrated into a high-tech carbon-fibre and aluminum skin, which also helps reduce weight. Chrysler says the Viper has a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio.
Inside, all touch points, material appointments and technologies have been upgraded, giving the new car a more civilized and premium feel.
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