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BY: Bix

SRT Takes Us Under The Skin Of The 2013 Viper (w/Video)

Which is much easier, now that the car has shed.

The 2013 SRT Viper was definitely the highlight of this year's New York Auto Show (unless the Terrafugia Transition is the sort of thing that gets your motor going), but the info dump Ralph Gilles laid on us at the car's reveal was just the beginning of what there is to know about Chrysler's all-American super sports car.
April 11, 2012 at 05:22 PM
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BY: Bix

2013 Viper's Logo Gets A Name: Meet "Stryker"

Brought to you by the Saturday morning cartoons of the 1980s.

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Dodge SRT first showed off the snake logo that'll adorn the hood of the fifth-generation Viper back in 2010, but now we've learned Chrysler has given the new logo its very own name: "Stryker." Clearly, they never read many X-Men comics.

February 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
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BY: Alex

Smoke Show: Two Hours With The Shelby GT500 Super Snake

750 horsepower of raw American thunder.

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Story and Photography: Alex Bernstein

Last week, our friends at Shelby America invited us to take a break from the insanity at SEMA and go blast through the desert in a 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake. Of course, we were down with the idea. 750hp, rear wheel-drive, a big ol' 6-speed box and some meaty tires. Unfortunately, our test mule had a hard-lived 10,500 miles on it. 2nd gear couldn't really be engaged at a redline shift from 1st; and when you pulled off the hard 1-2 shift, my ears were met with a noise like two dentist's drills grinding together—held up to a megaphone.

And the power... Tough as it is to believe, the car just doesn't feel all that fast. Sure, it'll do a burnout, but so will a stock Mustang GT. The car floats at high speeds. Around 120 mph, you have to force yourself to stay in it because the cabin starts to drone and vibrate like a ride through an incinerator. It really begins to drain your confidence around 140. And it crawls up to 160.

But really, it's not all bad. I think the one we were handed was just heavily abused. For $30k+ on top of the price of the car, though, I think we could build one better ourselves. The Shelby GT350, for example seems like a more well rounded option. It's meant to handle, and with the optional 650hp blower it'd probably be a good balance between straight-line grunt and twisty prowess. Here’s to next time…

November 10, 2011 at 03:15 PM
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BY: Bix

Chrysler's Viper Troubles

Car maker having difficulty finding suppliers.

You know, if Dodge knocked on our door and asked if we'd like to help with an all-new Viper, a five-point harness couldn't keep us from jumping out of our seats to give them a hand. Apparently, though, many automotive suppliers don't feel quite the same way.
June 29, 2011 at 01:37 PM
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