After a three-year vacation from the market, the Dodge SRT Viper returns for 2013 with all of the things that made the original car memorable. It’s in-your-face styling has been updated, but not significantly changed, and a modernized V-10 still lurks under its lengthy expanse of hood.
Thanks to federal regulations requiring features like electronic stability control and traction control, the 2013 Viper is more forgiving of errors than the car it replaces. That’s not to say it’s been defanged, since owners still have the ability to turn off stability control completely, should they feel the urge to tempt fate or raise their insurance rates. If the previous generation of Viper was the automotive equivalent of a meat cleaver, the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper is a razor-honed and polished meat cleaver, fitted with a carbon fiber handle.
The improvements to the new car are noticeable, inside and out. There’s more attention to detail, and an obvious step up in fit and...