Meeting the 2013 SRT Viper GTS

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2013 srt viper gts.JPGYesterday I was privy to be invited to an event at the
hallowed grounds that are the Chrysler Group Chelsea Proving Grounds and while
there, I was formally introduced to the 2013 SRT Viper GTS.  I didn’t attend the New York Auto Show where
the new Viper debuted and while some local Detroit events have had the Viper
present – seeing it at a public event surrounded by the velvet rope is a far
cry from being able to climb in the newest American supercar at a private media
event.

There is a better chance than not that anyone reading this
piece has probably seen the 2013 SRT Viper GTS coupe in images and videos and
there is a good chance that you love how it looks.  Let me tell you…seeing it in person is 100
times better.  Even in a massive, poorly
lit banquet tent, the metallic dark red paint on the 2013 Viper GTS sparkles
with an inviting glow that makes it impossible to ignore.  Even though there was plenty going on outside
of the tent, I found it nearly impossible not to just stand and behold the
greatness that is the new Viper.

Ralph Gilles has said that the 2013 SRT Viper was designed
with the idea of a woman laying on a beach and when seeing it in person, there
is really no question to the sheer sexiness of the new Viper.  The long, wide front end and the sloping
greenhouse that melts into the rearend of the Viper bears a striking resemblance
to the original Viper GTS Coupe but the 2013 SRT Viper sports a sharpened feel
that allows this car to stand out from the models from the late 90s and early
2000s.

When you climb into the 2013 SRT Viper, you are immediately
encompassed in the cockpit-style driver’s area with the leather wrapped, race
inspired steering wheel just begging to be grabbed.  The shifter is almost directly next to your
left knee and with the sporty driver’s seat comfortably adjusted to fit a 6
foot tall guy – everything was within reach without ever having to lean
forward.  That is good, since the 640
horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque likely makes sitting forward difficult during
acceleration.

Unfortunately, I did not get to drive the 2013 SRT Viper GTS
but should the car gods smile upon me – I will be talking about just how
awesome the new Viper is when in motion.

If you are in love with the new Viper in pictures – make sure to find out when one will be close enough for you to go meet in person…it is worth it.

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