Many cars made their North American and world debuts at the New York International Auto Show last week, but the SRT Viper stole the show. The 2013 SRT Viper is the first of its namesake to not bear the Dodge name, and its stunning design was more than enough to keep Auto Show guests mouths watering.
Designers created the car with functionality in the forefront, and also paid attention to subtle details, such as the menacing snake-like headlights and the muscled "hips" that stand out above the rear wheels. The car, much like Vipers of years past, features an extremely pronounced front-end with numerous air intake cut-outs. The roof bubbles over the driver's and passenger seats, which allows for racecar drivers wearing helmets to comfortably fit inside the decadent muscle car.
Under the hood, the SRT Viper is even more impressive than many may imagine. The 8.4-liter V10 engine that comes standard in this sporty car boasts 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft. of torque, making it one of the most powerful vehicles in its class. It also features a revamped suspension to allow for better control.
The headlights feature low-profile LED dayrunners, and the turn signals mirror their shape across the top of the light. When the turn signals are used, they give the vehicle a devilish appearance similar to "angry eyebrows," one of the designers told CarBuzz. The rear lights are equally as eye-catching, and the recessed turning lights are nearly invisible, appearing black in the middle of the taillights when they're not in use instead of the typical amber associated with turn lights.
The new SRT Viper may not be in everyone's price range with an expected asking price of $100,000, but there are plenty of affordable used sports cars for the car enthusiast who is shopping on a budget. New Jersey State Auto Auction has a wide selection of makes and models from sports cars to more conservative vehicles.