If you were born in the late 70’s or early 80’s then you probably had the original Dodge Viper RT10 poster on your wall. Why wouldn’t you as it screamed America with its huge displacement engine, futuristic looks, and sex appeal. At the time this car was roaming the streets, I was in my early teens and when you saw one of these, you said to yourself, “damn that guys is loaded”. Car and Driver magazine went as far to say that driving the Viper was like “playing ping pong with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat.”. When the 2nd generation GTS coupe came out, things started to get competitive. Comparable to the Ferrari 355, Porsche 911 Turbo, Toyota Supra, and others, the Viper became a reason for people to stick with American muscle. However it is when the 3rd and 4th generation Viper came out that we started to get some more into styling, technology, and performance.
Trying to reach into the domestic muscle market, we picked up a 2005 SRT-10 Dodge Viper “Mamba” edition. We did some basic upgrades to improve handling and performance while planting our roots in the community. Having a chance to personally drive this car a couple of times around, I know what this RWD monster could do if not careful. We witnessed the destruction of a Viper first hand on the 2004 Gumball 3000 Rally. The Mamba was like driving a jet boat. Here you were smashed in the little cockpit and then in front of you was nothing but a long nose full of ponies. It sounded mean, it looked mean, but it was lacking. It had AC at least, but the interior was a little Chryslerish. Nothing to fancy for electronics, sound, or convenience. At least it had power windows unlike the Noble M400 we had!
As we continued to punch through Vivid Racing project cars, we knew we needed to be back with an American product. Should we do a Mustang? What about a Corvette? Camaro‘s are everywhere too. But when we saw the debut of the new SRT Viper in late 2012, we new this was our thing. Equipped with a MEGA 8.4L V10 aluminum block engine mated to a 6speed transmission, this is out of the box nasty fast. But this time around, they made the $100,000 car feel like one too. Featuring traction control, Brembo brakes, and a dashboard that is not looking like dirt track race car gauges, the new SRT Viper has it all. The interior has been sculpted and trimmed just as well as a Porsche 911 or Lamborghini Gallardo.
We look forward to accessorizing this new 2013 Viper Vivid Racing style and debuting it at the upcoming 2013 SEMA show. So stay tuned to our official Viper Gallery here for photo updates!