By Patrick Rall
The 2013 SRT Viper is the only American performance car on the market today built in Detroit but since being introduced last April at the New York International Auto Show, Motor City show goers had to wait until the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit’s Cobo Hall to see the prodigal supercar on display in its home town. In fact, after touring around the country to shows and events all over the USA, it seems like Detroit was one of the last major cities to see the Viper on a show stand but with the start of the 2013 NAIAS, locals finally got a chance to see the new SRT Viper in person.
The 2013 SRT Viper stands as the centerpiece of the massive Chrysler Group display at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with two examples of the new supercar nestled into the compact SRT section. First, the 2013 SRT Viper GTS in Adrenaline Red offered Detroit Auto Show goers a chance to see the top of the line road going Viper while the #91 SRT Viper GTS-R driven by Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher which – oddly – no longer wears the Forza Motorsports sponsorship livery. Joining these two gorgeous American supercars was a lovely blonde model in a black dress who was answering questions on the new Vipers along with posing for photos with the cars.
Behind these two new Viper coupes was a black tower with a large video screen that was looping various video clips of the Viper in action. Finally, the Vipers were joined by a glassed-in 8.4L V10 engine that had been cut up to show the various features of the motor that provides 650 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque in the 2013 SRT Viper.