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2006 Dodge Viper test drive - Main Viper test drive with past and future Dodge Viper info
The Dodge Viper was first introduced in 1992, the mating of an experiment in organizational culture and a truck engine. In 1996, the Viper GTS Coupe raised the bar by lowering the weight. When the 2003 Viper came out, the coupe was temporarily dropped - but it's back again as a 2006 model. The 500 horsepower V-10 remains standard, as does a 0-60 sprint time of under 4 seconds, and 0-100-0 in the low 12-second range. Like the Viper GTS Coupe, the SRT-10 Coupe has a "double-bubble" roof and unique rear styling with wrap-around taillamps; and like the first coupe, it is more rigid than the convertible (thanks to having a roof) and, most likely, lighter. It also was designed to have more downforce for high-speed stability.
The only bodywork that the Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe shares with the Convertible is the front fascia and fenders, hood and doors. In addition to the new canopy and decklid, the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe has a special windshield surround, door side glass, rear fascia, quarter panels, taillights, and color scheme. Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe-unique interior pieces also include various weatherstrip pieces, headliner, carpet and trim panels.
The decklid for the Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe was designed for customer convenience as well as structural integrity. The decklid opening is deeply integrated into the rear fascia, which offers a low lift-over height for stowing cargo. Gas struts hold the decklid in place when open; when closed, the decklid is secured with a lock that meets federal regulations for latch safety. Underneath that decklid are an extra 4 cubic feet of trunk space over the ragtop, providing a total of 6.25 cubic feet.
The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe design also took some of its cues from Dodge Viper’s heritage. For example, the Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) on the decklid, although all-new for 2006, looks similar to the “snake-head” design on the Viper GTS of 1996-2002.
The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe will be available initially in Viper Blue with twin Stone White racing stripes, harkening back to one of the most popular Vipers ever, the 1996 Dodge Viper GTS.
The "double-bubble" roofline does not just provide more headroom; it gives space for helmet clearance. The roof and headliner structure also offer room to accommodate a safety cage, while maintaining as much headroom as possible.
The body is built from a backbone tubular space frame with separate cowl structure with SMC and RIM body panels, aluminum sills, RIM front and rear fascias with composite impact beams. It's a front-engine, rear-drive car.
The magic numbers for the Dodge Viper SRT10 are 500/500/500 — representing 500 horsepower, 525 pound-feet of torque and 505 cubic inches of displacement. (That's 8.3 liters, 372 kW, and 712 Nm). Ninety percent of the torque is available to the driver across a wide band -- the 1,500-5,600 rpm range. Transferring the Dodge Viper SRT10’s power to the rear wheels is a heavy-duty six-speed manual transmission.
Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe braking power is defined by Brembo 44/40 dual opposing piston calipers in the front and Brembo 42/38 dual opposing calipers in the rear, gripping four 14-inch rotors. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) prevents lockup during hard braking. This system results in a world-class braking performance of 60-0 mph in less than 100 feet, and completion of SRT’s signature 0-100-0 mph test in the low 12-second range.
Handling and ride characteristics for the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe is derived from a race-bred, four-wheel independent suspension featuring lightweight, high-performance aluminum control arms and knuckles, damped by lightweight coil-over shock absorbers. Power is delivered to the pavement via a Dana 44-4 Hydra-Lok speed-sensing limited-slip differential. The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe rides on unique forged aluminum wheels -- 18" x 10" front and 19" x 13" in the rear. Each is clad with a Michelin zero pressure run-flat tire, and each tire includes a low-pressure sensor in the valve stem.
The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe will be available in Dodge dealerships in the fall of 2005. The car is still hand-built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.
All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.
10-cylinder, 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled, with sequential, multi-port, electronic fuel injection, 29 overhead valves, and roller-type hydraulic lifters. The block and heads are aluminum alloy, with cast-iron liners.
How Dodge Vipers are built • Plastic and resin body parts • Conner Avenue Plant • 2013 Viper Event
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