New York: 2013 SRT Viper vs old Viper model [Photo Comparison] image

At the 2012 New York Auto Show, Chrysler unveiled the high-performance two-seater – the new 2013 SRT Viper.

The fifth generation of the iconic two-seat, American-built supercar is powered by a 8.4-liter V10 that is capable to produce 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via its only transmission option, a six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual.

Improvements for 2013 include a new, ultra-high flow and lightweight composite intake manifold, high-strength forged pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves, new catalysts to reduce back pressure and an aluminum flywheel that reduces reciprocating losses.

Bonnet, roof and tailgate are made from composites, while the doors are fashioned from aluminium. It’s enough to peg weight to a whisker under 1500kg.

The interior has also gotten an upgrade with LCD displays and and infotainment center, but it will be interesting to see if they have dealt with the “oven from hell” problem that the cabin of the old Vipers suffered.

Production starts at the end of 2012 in Detroit, the Viper’s spiritual home.

So yes – it is more powerful, more economic but – it is still instantly recognizable as the Viper?