By Anil Bhoyrul
Fifth generation car makes its long awaited return
The fifth generation of Viper, the iconic American-built supercar makes its long-awaited return to the high-performance sports-car market as the Street and Racing Technology (SRT®) brand’s flagship performance machine with more power and performance, superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts while respecting its legacy of American craftsmanship and visceral performance.
“The Street and Racing Technology brand team, led by Ralph Gilles, is extremely proud that our hand-built-in-Detroit, flagship supercar is back and ready to take on the performance-car world,” said Jack Rodencal, Managing Director of Fiat Chrysler Middle East.
“Beyond being the flagship for the new SRT® brand, the launch of the all-new Viper proves that we simply would not let the performance icon of the Chrysler Group die. Willed to live on by a very special group of performance enthusiasts inside the company and across Viper Nation, this SRT® team under our new leadership was challenged to not just continue the legendary Viper, but to create the fifth generation of our world-class supercar that would showcase the very best we have to offer.”
The performance numbers that have been synonymous with Viper throughout its history continue with the all-new SRT® Viper GTS, which has a coefficient of drag (Cd) of .369 and delivers a top speed of over 331 kmh and 0-100 kmh acceleration in the low 3-second range. Quarter-mile (0.4 km) elapsed time is in the mid 11-second range, 0-160-0 kmh time is less than 12 seconds and braking distance from 100-0 kmh is 30.48 m.
The SRT® Viper GTS is hand-built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, the Viper’s home since 1995, and features new interior and exterior designs incorporating premium materials and new exterior surfaces with aerodynamically functional details that are beautifully integrated into the high-tech carbon fibre and aluminum skin. On the inside, designers and engineers strived to rethink all its touch points and upgrade all its material appointments and technologies.
“The SRT® Viper GTS offers a perfect blend of extreme performance and a deliberate preservation of what has become the iconic DNA of the Viper,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We strove to deliver a supercar that continues to bring the driver as close as possible to the machine.”
The SRT® Viper GTS builds on the DNA of the SRT® Viper model with more technologically advanced solutions, like its driver-selectable two-mode suspension system that allows this world-class car to find new limits on the track while also opening up its envelope as a more mature evolution of the classic, extreme performance formula. Designed and built with premium features and materials inside and out, the Viper GTS will compete with the best performance vehicles in the world - and do so with a wide range of creature comforts, advanced drivetrain and interior technologies.
“We’ve purposely evolved the iconic soul and raw performance formula that Viper has maintained over the years,” Gilles said. “Our returning customers will see the world-class levels of pride, quality and hand-built craftsmanship built into the latest generation Viper.”For all the latest car news & reviews from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.