Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Street and Racing Technology (SRT)
When the Chrysler Corporation nearly folded back in '08, it seemed sure that the Dodge Viper would be first on the chopping block. When oil prices double and CEOs start jumping out of office windows, a raw, expensive sports car with a huge engine isn’t very politically correct. Viper development ended in 2008, and production trickled to a halt in early 2010. Things looked grim.
But in late 2010, Fiat (Chrysler’s new owners) announced the development of a new Viper - a car built from the ground up with the same Spartan, no-frills, race-ready philosophy as the old: Big honking engine, rib-crushing braking power, insane grip... and ABS, stability control, a touch-screen infotainment system, Harmon Kardon audio, and Italian leather seats.