Industry trade pub/website Ward's Auto reports that the '13 SRT Viper's initial 800-car run is sold out, and deliveries of the new ones gets underway this month.. Not only that, but Ward's Auto is also reporting that SRT boss Ralph Gilles told them (at this year's Chicago Auto Show) that about 80% of that 800-car run is made up of the more-expensive (MSRP $120,395) Viper GTS, which boasts a two-mode suspension system, leather cabin and extra sound deadening that the base Viper (MSRP $97,395) doesn't have.
As for a drop-top New Viper, Gilles says that's a possibility, given that the new-gen one was designed and engineered with both coupe and convertible versions in mind (& the chassis has the stiffness needed for a topless version), though Gillies didn't mention when an open-body Viper would return to production.
Gillies told Ward's Auto that, at the end of the previous-generation Viper's production a few years back, coupes were outselling the convertible version by a 60%-40% margin.
As for the racing version of the new Viper, Gillies told Ward's Auto that going with the coupe body first was a way for Viper to return to the American LeMans Series (ALMS). As it turns out, the 24 Hours of LeMans' sactioning body (L'Automobile Club de l'Ouest--ACO) has invited two SRT Viper GTS-Rs to run in this year's twice-around-the-clock enduro on the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe (in the LM GTE Pro class), set for June 22-23.
Team Viper is already testing their new Viper GTS-Rs, including a recent session at Sebring, and they're hoping to duplicate the success the last time they ran at LeMans --finishing 1-2 in the GTS class from '98-'00.
(Information courtesy Ward's Auto...Images courtesy SRT/Chrysler.)