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    Last night, the Chrysler Group announced the first bits of
    pricing information for the 2013 SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS – with the “base
    model” Viper starting at $97,395 while the higher performance Viper GTS starts
    at $120,395.  This pricing information
    will allow dealerships to offer a 640 horsepower supercar for less than the
    2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 while also offering a higher end model with a price
    slightly above that of the ZR1.

    The starting price of the 2013 SRT Viper of $97,395 plus
    destination fee of $1,995 brings the “final” starting price to $99,390.  Compare that to the $112,600 (not including
    destination) price of the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2013 Viper offers
    prospective supercar buyers a smoking hot deal…some $13k less than the supercharged
    Corvette.  For this price, Viper buyers
    get the new all aluminum 8.4L V10 engine that sends 640 horsepower and 600lb-ft
    of torque to the rear wheels via a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission.  The new Viper also includes a reworked
    suspension system that should afford the 2013 Viper better handling properties
    than the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe…while also looking awesome in the
    process.

    Those who want more performance out of their new Mopar
    supercar can opt for the 2013 SRT Viper GTS which begins at $122,390 including
    destination.  In addition to offering a
    more high-end interior treatment featuring Nappa leather and a 12 speaker Harman
    Kardon sound system, the Viper GTS is equipped with Chrysler’s high tech dual
    mode active suspension system that should insure that this is the best
    road-going Viper of all time.  The Viper
    GTS also wears specific wheels wrapped in high performance rubber to help the
    driver get the most out of their new American supercar.

    It will be interesting to see actual real world performance
    numbers of the 2013 SRT Viper.  On paper,
    the new base Viper is an incredible value compared to the Corvette ZR1 but the
    question is this…can the base Viper compete with the ZR1 without the dual mode
    suspension system?  That new active
    suspension system is only offered in the Viper GTS, allowing both incredible
    handling on the track along with a smooth ride when supreme handling
    characteristics aren’t needed.  If the
    base 2013 SRT Viper is able to compete with the ZR1 on a road course, we can
    expect the Viper GTS to really make short work of the Chevy.

     
     
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