The 2013 SRT Viper may be the most anticipated sports car in the history of Chrysler Corporation. The original Viper enjoyed an 18-year production run, amassing a considerable number of fans, before finances and revised safety regulations forced its demise in 2010.

There has been plenty of rumor and innuendo regarding the next generation Viper, which will make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April. While we don’t yet know exactly what will be underneath the Viper’s yet-to-be-seen hood, we’re getting a feel for what it will take to own one.

No, we don’t have pricing on the new Viper yet (although we’re sure there are plenty of rumors floating around), but MSNBC’s The Bottom Line is reporting that initial ownership will be reserved for existing Viper owners.

And no, snapping up a used Viper from your local car lot won’t put you atop the list, either. In fact, initial deliveries of the 2013 Viper will be going to members of the Viper Club of America, and will probably be decided by some sort of lottery.

SRT, the Chrysler brand behind the new Viper (and the SRT8 versions of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger) expects that first-year demand will far outstrip its ability to build a few thousand Vipers. Even 1994’s production quantity of 3,083 units (a record for the Viper) may not satisfy pent-up demand.

We’ll bring you all the news that’s fit to print about the new Viper from the 2012 New York Auto Show. Be sure to follow our complete show coverage here.