By Patrick Rall
While you might be thinking “the 2013 SRT Viper has been here since being introduced at the 2012 New York International Auto Show” after reading the title of this piece – I am referring to a different sort of being officially here. The Chrysler Group issued their February 2013 sales report today and for the first time in a year, the Viper line had a number other than 0 next to it.
In February, the Chrysler Group officially sold the very first 2013 SRT Viper. Leading up to Viper #0001 being sold, the new SRT supercar only existed at auto shows and on the internet but with this first 2013 Viper being sold in February 2013, the new Viper has entered the real world. This means that Mopar lovers around the country can begin looking around for the new Viper on the open road – although the first Viper is most likely to be spotted in Texas.
We actually talked about this first 2013 SRT Viper back in early January when it rolled off of the Connor Avenue Assembly Line. Steve Thomas, the man who won the right to own the very first 2013 Viper at the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction for a whopping $300,000, was in attendance with his family when his Stryker Red 2013 Viper GTS marked the official completion of the first SRT branded vehicle ever sold to the public. While the Thomas family made the trip from Texas to Detroit to celebrate the production of their new Mopar supercar, they would have to wait until all of the quality control procedures were complete before taking delivery of it – meaning that they weren’t able to leave with the car when their trip to Detroit came to an end. Top Viper dealerships Tomball Dodge later handled the delivery of Viper #0001
The delivery process of the 2013 SRT Viper was expected to begin in February so over the next few months, more of the new Vipers should start hitting driveways and roads outside of Texas.
Get your cell phones ready Mopar fans – the Viper is on its way to a highway near you.