The new 2013 SRT Viper has barely hit the streets, but it's already slithered its way into Jay Leno's Garage. To be exact, not one, not two, but three new SRT Vipers--along with CEO of SRT and VP of Chrysler Design, Ralph Gilles--dropped by Leno's place, giving Jay the opportunity to see the new snake up close.
The revised 640-horsepower V-10 now features variable vale timing, and is 25 pound lighter. Gilles says it's really a revver now, with a redline of 6,400 rpm. We agree--and in our first drive of the new Viper, we noted it's almost completely different from the old Dodge Viper, and yet it's almost exactly the same.
As you'll see in the video, Jay thinks the car is beautiful, but you can still see the heritage. He thinks it is almost a little more Italian-looking. Ralph's a big fan of the classic Ferrari GTOs, so he's proud of how the new Viper turned out.
Gilles adds that the Viper now has cruise control, and it was an internal debate as to whether they should add it. The Viper also now features anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, all because these things are now mandated by law.
Between the large, high-res screen mounted on the dashboard, and the leather-swathed cabin, the interior certainly looks much better than ever before. It's also more technologically advanced than any Viper before it, but it's still a beast, we'd add.
For more information be sure to read our first driving impressions of the 2013 SRT Viper here.