Ready for a faster version of the 2013 SRT Viper? The folks at SRT are -- at least according to the latest from our colleagues at Motor Trend. Citing both on-the-record comments from SRT CEO Ralph Gilles and off-the-record sources, MT says that a track-focused SRT Viper ACR could debut in 2014.
The prior Viper ACR (pictured below) had larger brakes, reduced weight, adjustable suspension, and new aerodynamic to deliver a more hardcore track experience. The new car is expected to deliver the same sorts of upgrades compared to the 2013 SRT Viper (pictured, top). Currently development is paused because SRT is trying to secure better tires: Michelin reportedly won't sell the Pilot Sport Cups used for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to SRT, so the SRT team is currently pressuring Pirelli to provide grippier tires than the P-Zero Corsa rubber used on the regular Viper.
Sadly, MT says the SRT Viper ACR is unlikely to have any extra power. Although engineers could reportedly coax more than the current 640 hp from the 8.4-liter V-10, company politics make doing so impossible. Fiat, which controls both Chrysler Group and Ferrari, doesn't want the SRT Viper to have a better power-to-weight ratio than the 731-hp Ferrari F12berlinetta. Although MT says SRT could easily produce a Viper with more power, doing so would incur the wrath of Fiat and Ferrari chiefs.
Whether or not it has more ponies under the hood, expect the SRT Viper ACR to bow next year with a long list of upgrades to make it an even more potent weapon on the race track.
Source: Motor Trend