SRT recently entrusted a Bright White 2013 SRT Viper into the capable hands of the guys at Dragtimes.com to test at the Street Car Drags event at West Palm International Raceway. The 8.4L V10 rated at 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft had about 2,500 miles on the dial and a fresh set of Mickey Thompson drag radials waiting to be burned up.
Because the drag radials were taller than the stock tires, the Viper’s already long gearing was lengthened and a bog could reportedly not be avoided during the initial launch.
Launch testing was done both manually and utilizing the 2013 Viper’s all-new launch control system with similar results. The launch control system beat the manual launch out for the best run however, with a quarter-mile time of 11.1 at 127.4 mph. The use of a VBOX told the crew that the Viper cranked out an impressive 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds, 0-100 mph in 7.1 seconds and a 60-130 mph time of 8.08 seconds.
Using launch control, they staged the car with the traction control system off and pressed the launch button on the steering wheel. The digital gauge cluster indicates to launch when ready, so the driver put the pedal to the metal with the car in first gear and his foot still on the clutch. The Viper revved to 5,500 rpm and the driver gently released the clutch. As long as the tires stayed sticky, the Viper hooked with no wheel spin. Unfortunately the bog monster reared its ugly head at the top of the 60-foot because of the long gearing, keeping the beast just outside of the 10-second time slot. Hot and humid weather also didn’t help the Viper reach its full potential.
The Dragtimes.com team is confident that given more conducive weather and a shorter tire the Viper could break into the 10’s with no problem. We’re betting they’re right.
Our friends at Motor Trend have also performance tested the new Viper on the car’s stock tires, with the base car hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds onto a quarter mile of 11.5 seconds at 128.7 mph. The Viper GTS came in one tick lower in each measurement. The Viper TA managed to pull off a 1:33.62 track time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, beating the Corvette ZR1 by .08, making it the fastest production car around the track.
View the Dragtimes.com test video and Motor Trend's Viper TA track test below!
Sources: Dragtimes.com, Motor Trend