The Snake Returns! All the pictures



The all-new SRT Viper has been unveiled at the New York International Auto Show (April 4th 2012), marking its highly-anticipated return to the supercar arena. The fifth-generation Viper has evolved to incorporate superior craftsmanship and new technologies while respecting its visceral legacy of outright performance.

The styling represents a subtle evolution of the classic Viper design but clothed in carbon-fibre and aluminium body panels with bi-xenon headlamps and LED tail lamps; daytime running-lamps and turn signals shaped a sinister “snake eye” configuration.

Central to the Viper’s appeal has always been its immense powertrain and fans will be delighted to learn that the hand-assembled, 8.4-litre, all-aluminium, V-10 engine is back with a vengeance. Improvements include a composite intake manifold, forged pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves, new catalysts to reduce back pressure and an aluminium flywheel that reduces reciprocating losses. In addition, more than 11kg has been shaved from the fully-dressed engine.

Maximum power output should top 640hp and maximum torque will exceed 815Nm – the most torque of any naturally-aspirated engine in the world. The six-speed, manual Tremec transmission has also been improved with a shorter throw shifter, closer gear ratios and a shorter final drive ratio. There are no official performance figures at this time.

The chassis benefits from a 50 percent boost in torsional rigidity and is 45kg lighter than before, thanks to the use of stiffer lightweight materials and an aluminium “X” suspension/chassis brace under the bonnet. The toe link of the rear suspensions has been moved forward of the axle to improve stability and two-mode, adaptive, Bilstein shock absorbers are standard on GTS models.

Four-stage electronic stability and traction control is also offered in the Viper for the first time, complete with launch control operated via a steering-wheel-mounted switch. Four-piston, aluminium Brembo callipers and vented 355x32mm discs are standard on all corners.

The all-new cabin offers superior craftsmanship and materials, including Kevlar/fiberglass Sabelt racing seats and a new full-colour, customisable, instrument display. Other luxury features include a touch-screen infotainment system, cruise control, a Harman Kardon® surround-sound audio system and a fully leather-trimmed cabin (GTS). A special Track Pack will also be offered, with chassis and brake upgrades, and a factory-backed SRT Viper GTS-R will also return to the American Le Mans series this year, competing in production-based GT class.

There are no plans for RHD production and the SRT Viper will go on limited release in certain markets in Europe later this year.