SRT lets the limited edition Viper "Time Attack" out of its cage
By C.C. Weiss
March 19, 2013
Chrysler primed the all-new SRT Viper for production a few short months ago. Now it's preemptively answering calls for more performance with the Viper TA, a limited edition road-legal package that enhances performance with track-inspired upgrades.
SRT worked with professional road racers to develop the TA (Time Attack) package that includes an aerodynamics kit with carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler to help the Viper TA slice and dice the air ahead. From there, SRT uses a combination of other components from the standard and GTS Viper models.
Back when it first launched the 2013 Viper, SRT identified the new aluminum X-brace as one of its major structural improvements. The TA gets further improvement from a lighter carbon fiber brace that takes over the duty of tying the corners of the engine compartment together, increasing torsional rigidity and stiffness.
The Viper's 8.4-liter V10 engine goes untouched, but the 640 horses and 600 lb-ft of torque can be put to more skillful use thanks to a track-focused suspension tune, including firmer levels of damping for the two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system. The suspension is finely honed to maximize performance of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires that cling firmly to the ultra-lightweight matte-black Sidewinder II wheels.
"The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineering for the dedicated track enthusiast, who still wants to drive to the track and take their hobby to the next level," said Ralph Gilles, SRT's President and CEO. "We’re re-launching some of the fastest production-built cars that people can buy straight from the factory."
The Viper TA conveys its no-nonsense track focus through a "Crusher Orange" paint job with black logos. The brake calipers on the re-tuned Brembo system finish off the look with a black anodized finish and Crusher Orange Viper tattoos.
Inside, the black-orange color scheme continues. Crusher Orange accent stitching pops against the black of the cloth seats, instrument panel, center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors.
Dodge will premiere the Viper TA at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, marking the one-year anniversary of the production model's debut. It plans to produce just 33 units beginning in the third quarter of this year.