story by Patrick Rall • photos by Marc Rozman
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While Mopar didn’t bring their take on the 2013 SRT Viper to the Centerline Michigan HQ, they did show off pictures of a bright yellow Viper headed to SEMA with that special Mopar touch. Aside from the unique bright yellow outside and the black/yellow interior layout, this Moparized Viper features a carbon fiber aerodynamics kit and other carbon fiber goodies under the hood and inside. The underhood items include a carbon fiber underhood X brace and valve covers while a Mopar coilover suspension kit improves the handling of the new Viper.
SRT’s Mark Trostle promised that we would learn more about this Moparized Viper at the SEMA Show including the improvements in terms of performance measures such as curb weight and downforce. I have had the luxury of being around the 2013 SRT Viper quite a bit. This car will be a showstopper at the 2012 SEMA Show.
The “Moparized” 2013 SRT Viper is a showcase for what may be done with a little imagination and a lot of Mopar products. The customized yellow SRT Viper uses many lightweight carbon fiber parts, including an exposed carbon fiber performance cross X-Brace, with a Viper logo. The Mopar X-Brace is close to 50 percent lighter than the factory version, with the same strength and functional stiffness.
The engine cover is also made of carbon fiber and aluminum, and emblazoned with the SRT logo, as is the prototype aluminum oil filler cap. Performance is also improved by a carbon fiber aero package, and for handling, Mopar coil springs aid in suspension performance.
The interior includes yellow accents, bringing the outside color to the inside. Further touches are added with a Mopar billet aluminum shift knob and billet aluminum HVAC bezels and controls.
A fun and unique appointment is the carbon fiber bulkhead satchel, with a universal integrated quick-release camera mount, for owners who like to track their adventures with the security and convenience of a mounted camera inside the vehicle. The Viper is also modified with bright, polished chrome door-sill guards that carry the Viper logo and a race-inspired, sand-blasted aluminum Mopar bright pedal kit, with the Viper logo etched in the pedals. The footrest pedal also carries the Viper logo. Exterior upgrades include optional black “Track Pack” wheels, a front tow hook, and an LED fog lamp kit.
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