Dodge Knocks $15,000 Off 2015 SRT Viper


Here's some math we can get behind. Want to get your hands on Dodge's V-10 stick-shift SRT Viper? The price of entry just fell by a cool 15 large. Dodge slashed its SRT Viper by $15,000 for 2015, dropping the starting price to $86,990, including destination. Any existing 2014 Vipers in inventory will be discounted $15,000, too. Get shopping; there are 501 examples currently in's new car inventory.

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Dodge points out that the Viper's new starting price reflects pricing of the original 1992 Viper, which had a starting MSRP of $50,700 back then. That's about $86,100 in 2014 dollars. Recall, too, that the '92 Viper was Spartan even for its day. It lacked air conditioning, antilock brakes and glass windows.

The 2015 Viper has all of those features and comes in four trims: the SRT ($87,990, all prices include destination), a new GT ($96,990), the TA ($102,990) and GTS ($109,990). Sales begin in early 2015. SRT models get new accent stitching and Alcantara accents on the doors and instrument panel; the GT adds Nappa leather seats, a two-mode suspension, five stability-control modes and upgraded brakes. Dodge will also offer special editions of the TA and GTS.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2014 | Comments (4)

Stryker Green 2014 SRT Viper Is the Least Stealth Car Ever


If you're an SRT Viper shopper or owner you likely don't mind being noticed. That's probably why the Chrysler Group developed a new Stryker Green paint color for the unapologetic sports car to debut on the 2014 model.

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The company describes the color as "enhanced green and yellow pigments and a 'liquid mercury' appearance."

That means it's bright.

By David Thomas | January 13, 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)

2014 SRT Viper: Name That Color


For 2014, Chrysler's SRT Viper gets a new hue — what it's called, however, will be up to you. Today, the automaker launched the SRT Viper Color Contest, allowing fans to give an official name to the Viper’s new blue exterior.

The new color will join other model-year 2014 additions, including a track-tuned TA Special Edition Package with a unique suspension and upgraded Brembo brakes. Also new is an Anodized Carbon Edition Package with matte black paint outside, orange stitching inside and carbon fiber accents throughout.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 17, 2013 | Comments (5)

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)

2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) at the 2013 New York Auto Show

  • Competes with: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 2014 Nissan GT-R
  • Looks like: A Viper competition car endorsed by Dreamsicle
  • Drivetrain: 640-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine; six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: 33 examples go on sale starting in third quarter 2013

The SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) is the Viper for track rats and those who want a more dedicated track package from the all-new Viper that debuted for the 2013 model year. Power remains the same at a chest-thumping 640 horsepower, and the package offers a more road-race-oriented suspension and aerodynamic package while remaining street legal.

It's also bright Crusher Orange, the only color available on the 33 planned production examples, and a single-spec trim level with no optional equipment.

An adjustable two-mode suspension borrowed from the up-level SRT Viper GTS combines with the low weight of the "entry-level" SRT Viper base model to make up the package's most notable change besides the retina-burning Crusher Orange paint. It's not a straight swap, however, as the two-mode Bilstein adjustable suspension is retuned with more track-oriented shocks, springs and road-racing derived stabilizer bars. The SRT brand says the TA has a smaller spread between the levels of dampening found on the Viper GTS models.

By Joe Bruzek | March 19, 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)

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Photo Gallery Two


If the stingray's stinger could deliver the viper's venom, could it become the most formidable fish in the sea? Chevrolet hopes to take that analogy to the high-performance sports car segment with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray, whose design cues from fellow American icon the SRT Viper are apparent.

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The 2014 Corvette Stingray, bowing this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, boasts Viper-like exposed headlights and a gaping lower grille. But with features like defined rocker creases and shoulder lines, this Stingray-badged Corvette tempers the hulking appearance of the Viper. Still, the Stingray retains enough classic Corvette flavor to satisfy the faithful while tempting higher-end enthusiasts.

Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2013 | Comments (5)

Chrysler to Offer Dealer-Activated Navigation Systems


Until now, new-car shoppers who want a navigation system have to pick a more expensive navigation-equipped vehicle at the dealership or have an aftermarket system installed into a lower trim level. At this week's 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Chrysler announced plans to address that with a dealer-activated navigation system. Basically, the automaker will offer standard — but deactivated — navigation in cars equipped with the Uconnect dashboard screen. Pay for the option and dealers will activate it. It's sort of like how your TV's cable receiver could play a gaggle of premium channels but locks them out until you pay up.

Dealer-activated navigation requires Chrysler's Uconnect Access system, the latest version of Uconnect. It debuts in the 2013 Ram 1500, 2013 SRT Viper and 2014 Fiat 500L, with screen sizes ranging from 6.5 to 8.4 inches. Dealers can activate navigation when you buy the car or if you decide you want it later on. Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said dealer-activated navigation will run $595 in the Ram, but there's no pricing on the other two yet.

We'll see if Chrysler finds many takers down the road. A handful of Ford owners are clamoring for a similar post-purchase option on cars that have MyFord Touch and its dashboard screen but not the navigation option. Dealer-activated navigation "is theoretically possible, but we’ve not seen the customer demand for it yet," Ford spokesman Alan Hall said. "Most people purchase navigation up front when they order or choose the car."

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