2013 SRT Viper GTS launch Edition debuts at "The Quail"

New Launch Edition model is inspired by previous-generation Viper Coupe reveals

Published: August 20, 2012, 2:00 AM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 3:49 PM

2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition

Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand unveiled a new, limited-edition 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition model this weekend at "The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering".

"The Quail," held at at the Quail Lodge near Carmel, California, is one of the many Classic and exotic car events that take place each year in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The Viper GTS Launch Edition, which is aimed at the collector market, was on display on the Concept Lawn at the Concours as well.

Finished in blue with dual white stripes, it evokes memories of past Viper Coupe reveals in 1996 and 2006. That paint treatment will exclusive to Launch Edition models of the new, version of the fifth-generation Vipers.

"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 – Product Design for Chrysle.

New "Stryker" Viper badges found on the hood and steering wheel add to the launch Edition's exclusivity, with a blue background replacing the grey found on all other 2013 SRT Viper models.

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, following "Sneaky Pete" and "Fang."

Inside the Launch Edition, a serialized instrument-panel plaque further aligns the build sequence number to the vehicle identification number.

Black Laguna leather with contrast stitching is covers the seats, door trim, instrument panel, steering wheel, grab handle, shift knob and center console. The headliner is. Alcantara and instrument bezels are finished in Satin Silver.

The 2013 SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS models are set to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2012 with more power and performance and a host of new technologies and creature comforts.

The all-aluminum, mid-front, 8.4-litre V-10 engine is rated at 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque – said to be the highest torque figure of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world.

The all-new carbon-fibre and aluminum skin isn't as slippery as it looks, with a relatively high .364 drag coefficient, but it is said to be sculpted for high-speed stability. Chassis enhancements enable a 50% increase in torsional stiffness, while weight reduction results in the best power-to-weight ratio ever in a Viper.