2013 SRT Viper pricing announced starting at $97,395

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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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