The fact of the matter is this: the 2013 SRT Viper could probably go straight from the showroom floor to the racetrack (with a brief break-in period, of course) with little to no incident. But like the best of the classic American muscle- and supercar manufacturers, Chrysler’s SRT division just unveiled a gaggle of performance and visual upgrades to make the Viper look, go, stop, and sound even better.
It's a sign of the times, probably, that quite a few of these go-fast-or-look-faster upgrades make liberal use of carbon fiber. There's the handmade, 30-layer carbon-fiber x-brace that replaces the stock aluminum unit ($3175), carbon fiber engine covers ($880), and a carbon fiber-wrapped satchel (with the obligatory GoPro camera mount) for the rear bulkhead (price TBD), to name a few.
Viper fans looking to make their cars sound louder (and go that little bit faster) will be happy to know that SRT's selling all sorts of pipes. Owners can purchase a $668 performance cat-back exhaust system, or a full-on racing exhaust system that drops pressure to straight-pipe levels ($1005). If you opt for the second one, however, you'll also want to purchase the performance header kit, with dual 5-into-1 collectors and a 1.75-inch final pipe diameter ($3495).
To keep the horsepower party from getting out of hand, there are also a slew of upgrades to the brakes, suspension, and safety systems. StopTech now offers slotted lightweight rotors that combine with the stock car's Brembo calipers to reduce unsprung weight and brake fade ($1445 for either fronts or rears, $2890 for all four). There's a stage three, three-way-adjustable coilover suspension kit ($5995) that is supposed to sit between street and full-on race systems in comfort and control. Lest you think you're going to fall out of the Viper's new seats, there's also a set of six-point racing harnesses (price TBD).
Or perhaps you find the 2013 SRT Viper's stunning performance at base-spec just fine and would like to add some different touches to the interior and exterior. Fine by SRT: it'll sell all sorts of little design upgrades. Those upgrades include door sill guards with the Viper logo ($205), a billet aluminum/carbon fiber or black leather and chrome shift knob ($163 for billet, $158 for leather), aluminum alloy pedals with the Viper logo and a dead pedal with the Stryker logo ($255), and Lycra vehicle covers, which cost $352 and come in black, red, and blue. For fans of smartphones and Vipers, SRT will also happily sell owners an inductive charging pad ($275), making the Viper the second Mopar car, behind the Dart, to offer such a feature. For Viper fans who also love fancy interiors, there will soon be a suite of Katzkin leather interior options, ranging from embroidered seats to fully custom leather interiors. The price is TBD, but you can imagine it'll be quite expensive. Then again, the 2013 SRT Viper starts at $99,390 for a base model, so what's another couple thousand dollars?
Production of the 2013 SRT Viper begins next month, so expect these accessories to be availableby the time production cars reach dealers nationwide.