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Viper Bites 2008 SRT10 promises 600 hp

Old 01-03-2007, 04:24 PM
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Here is the reason why I think we could see a 500 HP Challenger because bigger brother is moving up......but just my opinion.

Viper Bites
2008 SRT10 promises 600 hp


By MAC MORRISON

AutoWeek | Published 12/28/06, 12:00 pm et


The eternal battle between Corvette and Viper will evolve again this summer, when the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 arrives well ahead of Chevrolet’s Corvette SS “Blue Devil” supercar expected as a 2009 model.

Significant changes are signaled by the hood, which features a larger scoop and six new louvers designed to improve ventilation. When AutoWeek readers first spied test Vipers with this multi-ported hood last summer (“Killer Snake,” June 12, 2006), we speculated that Dodge might be working with Michigan-based American Specialty Cars to develop the McLaren-tuned Diamondback Viper featured on the ASC display at the 2006 Detroit auto show. Dodge says there is no connection between this Viper and the Diamondback, but SRT did go to the same specialists at McLaren Performance Technologies, as well as the tuners at Ricardo Inc., to put extra venom in this new Viper.



Extra underhood cooling is necessary to bleed off heat from the aluminum block V10, which receives a one mm larger bore to raise displacement from 8.3- to 8.4-liters. New cylinder heads, larger valves and variable exhaust valve timing—a Viper first—are part of an engine revision package that produces a staggering 600 hp, 90-hp more than the previous model. Torque rises by 25 lb-ft, to 560. The factory claims sub-four second 0-to-60-mph capability, and says the snake will run from 0-100-0-mph in the 12-second range.


Besides the engine mods, Viper receives a smaller twin-disc clutch that reduces rotating inertia and pedal effort, and a revised Tremec six-speed gearbox with stronger gears to handle the torque increase. The gearbox also utilizes different synchros and is connected to a new short-throw shifter. Brakes and suspension carry over, but a new GKN Visco-Lok limited-slip differential promises improved traction.


The 2008 Viper goes on sale this summer with a minor price increase expected over the current $86,995, keeping it well under the “Blue Devil’s” anticipated six-figure sticker. But with rumors suggesting the mega-Vette will push as much as 650 hp, General Motors might regain the upper hand as the American exotic car tete-a-tete continues unabated.

Your move, Chevy.


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The Viper is still too expensive and you can get a Challenger for say around $40K which is about half the price.
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ORIGINAL: Jeremiah 29:11

The Viper is still too expensive and you can get a Challenger for say around $40K which is about half the price.

Ya, and it's a stealth in comparison to the VIPER......it won't even get noticed by the boys with the red cherries!!
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Default RE: Viper Bites 2008 SRT10 promises 600 hp

and do you think that they are going to go from selling a 90k, 500ish hp car, to selling a 40k 500hp car? i doubt it greatly...
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Actually, I think that a 6.1L 500 HP Challenger may sell more like in the high 40's compared to the 600 HP Viper at 86K.
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Default RE: Viper Bites 2008 SRT10 promises 600 hp

I must give Dodge a hand for being able to add around 90 more hp, VVT, and a seriously upgraded manual for such a low price increase. I seriously thought it would be either in the six digits or right under it.

I'm still not sure they will offer 500hp in the Challenger (even though I hope they do), but if they did, I would expect it would be around $50K.
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