Having waited so long for the 2013 SRT Viper, we’ll jump all over any new updates about the All-American muscle car. That’s why we’re so excited about the 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition, even though the only difference between it and the standard Viper is a couple of badges and a limited production run.
Oh, but that paint scheme! Chrysler had been mysteriously holding back their famous blue and white-stripe color combination on the new Viper, and now we know why. The classic paint is exclusive to the Viper GTS Launch Edition, at least for now, and many collectors will be happy to put a deposit down to have it.
The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition made its debut at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering in Monterey this morning, and will spend the weekend soaking up the rays at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“Designed with Viper loyalists in mind, the 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition model brings back the classic paint schemes that have adorned all previous Viper coupe launches to help us celebrate the return of our brand’s flagship performance machine to the supercar market,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Product Design for Chrysler.
The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition features the new Stryker logo on badges adorning the hood and steering wheel, with a blue background instead of the standard grey. Wheels are also Launch Edition exclusive; five spoke polished aluminum that add a different dimension to the classic Viper stance.
Under the hood, the Launch Edition has the same 8.4L V10 engine with 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft of pavement-churning torque. A serialized dash plate sports the build sequence number and VIN, announcing the exclusivity of your new slithering beauty.
As of now, it doesn’t sound like the Launch Edition has any specific launch features, which makes you wonder why Chrysler chose that name for the limited run. Because it sounds cool? That’s not a bad reason, but it would also be nice to see more than a couple of badges and a paint scheme that should be available on all Vipers.
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