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2013 SRT Viper debuts at New York Auto Show

Updated: April 4, 2012 05:03 PM EDT

The 2013 SRT Viper (photos © Dan Meade)

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By Dan Meade

(WORLDNOW)�– Before the new 2013 SRT Viper could be seen, it could be heard. As lights dimmed and the excitement grew, a loud, deep growl could be heard coming from stage left. Seconds after the growl turned into the sound of a 640 horsepower engine revving, the Viper roared out onto on the stage looking as deadly and sexy as any femme fatale in a curve-hugging red dress ever did.

The Viper, no longer a part of the Dodge family but now the flagship of the newly independent SRT line of Chrysler vehicles, was presented as having two symbolic meanings on the first day of the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of SRT, said that the SRT Viper “shows that we still have a soul at Chrysler” and is meant to serve a message to other high-end muscle cars that “we want you to step it up.”

If the Viper represents the remaining “soul” of Chrysler it is because the car name was almost sold a few years ago in the aftermath of Detroit’s decimation during the recession of the late 2000s. That sale never went through, and the serpentine muscle car remained in the Chrysler family. Gilles, who likened the design process for this new model as “like being pregnant for 24 months” made the point that the SRT Viper was designed in America, and built in Detroit – both facts that play heavily in Chrysler’s recent ad campaigns and both of which drew applause from the crowd before him.

In fact, the Viper is being built in the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant which had been idle for two years. You could almost�use the story of this new model as an allegory for Chrysler as a whole: once nearly shut down and sold off, it has now roared back to life and is regaining market traction. All in the span of a few years.

But back to today. Coming in lighter and with a higher torque ratio than the last generation Viper, the SRT Viper has been built to be “one of the fastest cars in the world.” To prove those weren’t empty words, Gilles stepped off stage so that the SRT Viper GTS-R Le Mans racing edition could enter. Gilles would go on to announce that the SRT Viper Racing team will return to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) later this year.

The 2013 SRT Viper was built having taken into consideration the thoughts of the line’s fan base, known as “Viper Nation.” Increased seating space, the return of a clam-shell hood, customizable interiors and even a “launch” button to lessen the amount of smoke created upon ignition are all included in the 2013 model. For those who can’t afford to own one, the SRT Viper will also be featured in the Forza Motorsport 4 video game for X-Box 360, allowing “Viper Nation” members of all ages a chance to experience the sensation of driving one of the fastest cars in the world.

Dan Meade is the�Auto editor for WorldNow and has been covering the New York International Auto Show since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter here.�

via 2013 SRT Viper debuts at New York Auto Show – KPTV – FOX 12.

via 2013 SRT Viper debuts at New York Auto Show – KPTV – FOX 12.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Stealth


Stealthy Jeep Grand Cherokee Concept unveiled, will enter production

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 At the 2012 Houston Auto Show, Jeep unveiled a very stealthy looking Jeep Grand Cherokee Concept. Built with a ‘production-intent’ the stealth version of the Grand Cherokee could enter production later this year.

What’s the name of the new concept? Nothing – Jeep is holding an online contest “for consumers to name the new production-intent Grand Cherokee concept.” Whoever wins, will get a chance to win a new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

“Highlighted by a unique platinum-chrome front-end appearance and distinctive black-gloss 20-inch wheels and exterior treatments, our new Grand Cherokee concept provides a completely new look – one that is edgy and aggressive, and certainly different than any Grand Cherokee on the road today,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Jeep enthusiasts have always appreciated limited-edition models and the ability to customize their vehicles. This new Grand Cherokee comes with a unique, ‘factory-customized’ stealth appearance directly from Jeep, and is certain to attract interest from an array of potential customers.

Based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X model the model gets an aggressive, chrome and ‘blacked-out’ look with a grille surround in Black, and mesh grille texture in Platinum Chrome, a Platinum Chrome lower fascia applique, Black headlamp bezels and a Black liftgate light-bar.

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Inside the Jeep Grand Cherokee Concept gets standard leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a 9-speaker 506 watt amp sound system with subwoofer, iPod/MP3 connectivity, Parkview rear back-up camera, ParkSense rear-park assist system, Keyless Enter-N-Go, Chrysler Group’s Uconnect hands-free communications system, and more than 50 advanced safety and security feature.

On a side note, Jeep said that it sold 127,444 units of the Grand Cherokee in 2011, up 51 percent from 2010.

– By: Omar Rana