The Sleek Dodge Viper

Written by tonks on October 26, 2006

2004 Dodge ViperCompletely redesigned a two years ago, the Dodge Viper continues to symbolize extreme performance and extreme attitude.  It blends brute power with classic yet outrageous styling.  The Dodge Viper SRT-10 retains its title as the Ultimate American Sports Car and as the icon of the Dodge brand.

In creating the third generation of the Dodge Viper, Chrysler Group’s Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO) engineers set out to give loyal Viper owners new features they were asking for in a Viper, all the while ensuring certain attributes of the car its legacy, its Viperness would remain.  The result: a Viper that features greater levels of refinement, yet raises the benchmark for unmatched performance, retains Viper’s outrageous design and dominating road presence, while preserving its true American sports car heritage.

“The Dodge Viper SRT-10 screams outrageous passion and pure performance,” said Darryl Jackson, Vice President – Dodge Division, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. “It offers everything the automotive enthusiast could ever want. It boasts dramatic styling, extreme performance and an incredible racing legacy. Logically, it’s the flagship of Dodge’s ‘Race Inspired, Street Legal’ SRT family of performance vehicles. The entire Dodge SRT line of vehicles will live up to the standards the Viper SRT-10 has set.

The Dodge Viper SRT-10’s styling cues include lowered hood lines, swept-back fenders, and deep-cut side scallops reminiscent of the original, yet giving it a refined look. Body panels feature extensive use of advanced materials, including resin injection molded (RIM) and sheet-molded composite (SMC) panels, which comprise the windshield frame, cowl panel, rear quarter panels, front fenders, doors, hood, deck lid, and front and rear fascia. A bi-fold clamshell top with a single center latch makes the Viper SRT-10 a true convertible.

From behind the wheel in the Viper SRT-10’s race-derived, two-seat cockpit, the driver looks out over a highly functional, performance-oriented instrument panel with a bold, center-mounted tachometer and a 220-mph speedometer. A traditional pushbutton starter at the driver’s fingertips recalls authentic sports car memories.  But what is visible on the outside and from the cockpit is only part of the ultimate sports car package, as the Viper SRT-10’s true performance is defined beneath the skin.

An aluminum-block 8.3-liter, 505 cu. in. V-10 engine – packing 500 horsepower (372 kW) and 525 lb.-ft. (712 Nm) of torque powers the Dodge Viper SRT-10. A whopping 90 percent of the torque is delivered from 1,500 to 5,600 rpm. The engine has been recalibrated for 2004 to meet Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) requirements.

The Dodge Viper SRT-10 features an aluminum, four-wheel independent suspension, complete with lightweight high-performance aluminum control arms and knuckles, as well as lightweight aluminum-bodied front and rear coil-over shocks. The high-tech Viper SRT-10 suspension includes a Dana 44-4 Hydra-Lok torque-sensing limited-slip differential.
Other Viper SRT-10 performance estimates include 0-60 mph in less than four seconds, a top speed of 190 mph, and 0-100-0 mph in less than 13 seconds.  For 2004, a new exterior color Viper White joins Viper Red, Viper Black and Viper Bright Silver Metallic. In addition, red brake calipers are now standard.

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