It's no secret that the SRT Viper can be tricky to drive, what with its potent 8.4-liter V-10 engine dishing out 640 hp to the rear tires, but for the 2014 model year the serpentine coupe will be just a little bit easier to manage.
The 2014 SRT Viper gains a "Rain" option in its electronic stability control program, which makes the system more aggressive to help keep the sports car in line when driving in inclement weather. In fact, SRT says that inexperienced drivers may also want to use Rain mode in dry weather for an extra sense of security, or in cold weather when the Viper's standard Pirelli P-Zero summer-performance tires lose grip.
The base 2014 SRT Viper will thus offer three stability control modes: On, Rain, and Off. The Viper GTS and the hardcore Viper TA will have a total of five settings: On, Rain, Sport, Track, and Off.
In addition to Rain mode, the 2014 SRT Viper receives a couple of new visual options. To pay homage to Viper racing cars, the street car will now be offered in a Billet Silver paint scheme that matches the Viper GTS-R. And a new color called GTS-R Blue, inspired by the No. 91 Viper ALMS racer, replaces Shadow Blue Pearl. Finally, buyers who equip their 2014 SRT Viper with the Anodized Carbon Special Edition option will now receive matte-black paint.
As we reported earlier this summer, pricing for the 2014 SRT Viper has increased slightly compared to the 2013 model. The base Viper now starts at $103,990, a figure that includes a $1995 destination fee and a $2600 gas-guzzler tax. The price bump comes because the base Viper now has more standard equipment, including navigation, a backup camera, and a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system. Pricing for the 2014 SRT Viper GTS is unchanged at $124,990, and SRT has yet to reveal a sticker for the Viper TA.
The 2014 SRT Viper is available for order now.