Dodge Means Performance: SRT Comes Back to the Fold


With the Chrysler brand headed for mainstream battle against the likes of Ford, Hyundai, Honda and Chevrolet, the Dodge brand is about to take a much more specialized route: performance, and lots of it.

The bigger news: The SRT brand is being folded into Dodge, ending the confusion of whether it was something separate and apart. The focus on performance and the new directive not to compete with Chrysler brand means that some models will be discontinued, namely the Avenger midsize sedan and Grand Caravan minivan.

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High-performance variants of the Dart and Journey are on tap, with high-output turbocharged engines; the SRT versions of the Challenger and Charger will get supercharged Hemi V-8 engines. Here's what to expect from the Dodge brand over the next five years:

By Aaron Bragman | May 6, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 SRT Viper Stryker Green Photo Gallery (27 Photos)


If the Wicked Witch of the West were to trade in her broom for an image-appropriate whip to tear down the yellow brick road in, it would be the 2014 SRT Viper in Stryker Green. But don't be intimidated, the Chrysler-made supercar isn't exactly known for its subtlety, so there's no reason why the average Emerald City resident can't rock this wicked Oz-tentatious paint job — if they're willing or able to afford it, that is.

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Stryker Green is likely in line with the Red Tinted Pearl color, which costs just shy of $15,000 and is available only on the pricier Viper GTS and standard model with the GT package, which includes high-end stuff like Nappa leather seats. Check out the photo gallery below and see if this green is worth your green.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Dodge SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Special Edition Photo Gallery


Get a good look right here, or make your way this week to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where it's making its debut, because your chances of parking the 2014 Dodge SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon special edition in your driveway are less than stellar. Only 50 of the limited-run version of the "American exotic supercar" will be available starting in early 2014, according to Chrysler. The automaker says the Anodized Carbon paint job is meant to create "greater accentuation to the vehicle's form," as the metallic finish adds depth while the dark matte color amplifies the Viper's "sinister" quality. Beyond the color, unique exterior accents include Black Vapor Chrome five-spoke Rattler wheels, Gloss Black GTS badging, a Satin Black exhaust bezel, an Anodized Carbon fuel-filler door, orange brake calipers and carbon-fiber brake ducts.

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Interior accents include an Alcantara-wrapped headliner, door bolsters and knee blockers; orange accent stitching on the Nappa leather-wrapped door trim, center console and instrument panel and on the Nappa leather and Alcantara seats; carbon-fiber flourishes are added throughout the center stack, door panels and steering wheel; and an exclusive carbon GTS badge adorns the dashboard. Check out the photo gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Dodge SRT Viper Review


Remember the Aesop fable of "The Farmer and the Viper"? With an emphasis on cosmetics and interior luxury, the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper is like that. The two-seater dazzles with highfalutin options like leather-covered everything and a $14,000 paint job you'll consider a bargain. However, reviewer Aaron D. Bragman admonishes, once you're in the cockpit, this street-legal racecar turns on you, its intimidating V-10 taunting you to top 200 mph while pummeling you with sport-stiff suspension. Consider that parting exhaust burn on your leg payment for your "reward from the wicked."

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By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

What to Drive to the World's Biggest Classic-Car Cruise


The Woodward Dream Cruise happens every year on the third Saturday in August as it has since 1995, when a group of volunteers decided to try and relive their youth from the 1950s and 1960s, back when evening entertainment in the Motor City often involved aimlessly cruising up and down the well-known street.

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The street is M-1, Woodward Avenue, stretching 25 miles from the heart of Detroit into the suburb of Pontiac, crossing a dozen communities and the sites of many former drive-in restaurants. Since its humble beginning, the event has become the largest classic-car gathering in the world, with this year's event reportedly drawing 1.5 million people and more than 60,000 classic and modern specialty cars over the course of roughly a week. It is the ultimate event for the classic-car enthusiast, and the perfect place to take a classic, interesting or just plain fun car.

It just so happened this year that I had a test car that met all three descriptors. In a sea of extraordinary muscle cars, classic rarities and outrageous iron, what could possibly make the spectators sitting on the side of the road drop their Big Gulps, quickly whip out cameras, yell encouragement, flash thumbs-up and even in one case burst into applause en masse?

How about the redesigned 2013 SRT Viper GTS coupe in stunning, eye-popping Stryker Red Tinted Pearl?

By Aaron Bragman | August 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 SRT Viper at Roebling Road Raceway: Photo Gallery


The third generation of the erstwhile Dodge Viper returned from a three-year hiatus not only a "better car overall," says reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder, but no less outrageous. Faithful to its rep, the 2013 SRT Viper boasts showy features like a forward-opening hood, 18- and 19-inch wheels in front and back, respectively, and lightweight carbon-fiber and aluminum components. Similarly impressive are interior upgrades, which in the GTS trim Wiesenfelder drove at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Ga., included abundant Laguna leather that muted memories of its previous inferior interior. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | March 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 SRT Viper GTS at Roebling Road Raceway Video

Admirers of the former Dodge Viper should be thrilled with the 2013 SRT Viper GTS. Those who would never dream of paying $100,000 for a less-than-practical sports car aren't likely to become converts. Whatever one's attitude on it, the third-generation Viper is an all-around improvement on its predecessor, says reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. The new Viper has shed 100 pounds thanks to lighter-weight materials, helping its 640-horsepower, 8.4-liter V-10 achieve a low-3-second zero-to-60 time and a 206 mph top speed. Better yet, the track-ready SRT Viper has become an overall more manageable performance sports car without sacrificing its essential "Viper-ness." Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2003-04 Dodge Viper

Chrysler is recalling 3,660 model-year 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper performance sports cars due to a problem that could cause the airbags to deploy unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between Nov. 1, 2001, and June 30, 2004. A component in the airbag control module may fail, causing the front airbags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently, increasing the likelihood of a crash.

Chrysler will begin notifying owners of the recall this month, and dealers will repair the vehicles for free once a remedy is made available later this year. Owners with questions may call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236. They also can go to

The Viper recall is an expansion of one last year involving similar airbag and seat belt pretensioner issues in 744,822 model-year 2002-03 Jeep Liberty small SUVs and model year 2002-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 SRT Viper: First Drive


If you told me three years ago that I had written my last Dodge Viper review, I wouldn't have blinked. Certainly this noisy, crude, gas-guzzling ode to testosterone wouldn't survive an era defined by hybrids, soaring gas prices and its own manufacturer's bankruptcy.

No one counted on such a quick rebound for the Fiat-owned Chrysler Group or the lunatic vision of Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and designer/gearhead/leadfoot/executive Ralph Gilles, now the CEO of the SRT division. We found out at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year that the Viper would be back as a 2013 model.

As I made clear in what I thought would be my last Viper review, which was of the second-generation model in 2008, I liked the car. I respected it. But a car like that has no place in today's market. To make any sense at all, the 2013 will have to be more grown-up and refined. If my time in two development Vipers at South Haven, Mich.'s GingerMan Raceway is an indication, SRT has nailed it.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | September 9, 2012 | Comments (2)

SRT (Sort of) Teases New Viper

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After a lot of hype, Chrysler's SRT Viper reveal turned out to be a dud. The group announced a Viper sneak peek on its Facebook page and then unveiled just a partial sketch of the forthcoming 2013 SRT Viper

The drawing doesn't say too much about the new performance car, but we do know that the Viper trades the Dodge name in for the SRT brand for 2013. It's going into production later this year in Detroit.

The new Viper will meet the public at the 2012 New York auto show in April.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 31, 2012 | Comments (1)

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