Just a year after its breathtaking redesign, the 640hp SRT Viper receives only minor tweaks for the 2014 model year – namely three new colors and Rain Mode for the stability system.
While Dodge seemed reluctant to use electronic driving aids such as ABS and traction control on the Viper initially (to the delight of fellow purists), starting in 2013 the SRT team has really embraced such technology to make the fifth-generation a cutting edge supercar. And for 2014 the SRT engineers have taken that one step further by enabling further aids to help reign in the mighty 8.4-liter V-10’s 600 lb-ft of torque. While the stability and traction control systems are said to give the driver plenty of leeway, it seemed apparent that a special calibration would be need for more aggressive intervention in cold, wet and slippery driving conditions that prevent the SRT Viper’s Pirelli P Zero tires from finding adequate traction. And thus Rain Mode was created. Erich Heuschele, manager of SRT Vehicle Dynamics, says this setting is also perfect for a driver new to the Viper that is still get used to the car. While drivers of the 2014 SRT Viper can toggle between On, Rain Mode and Off settings, the GTS and TA Special Edition also has Sport and Track modes that work in concert with the Bilstein DampTronic Select adjustable dampers (in addition to the new Rain Mode). You’ve got to love racecar technology for the street.
Speaking of racecars, what better way to celebrate the SRT Viper’s return to the 24Hours of Le Mans competition and a class win at Road America than by making the GTS-R’s colors available for the street. Both Billet Silver, the primary color, and GTS-R Blue, the dark blue accent color on the No.91 ALMS race car, joins the color palate. GTS-R Blue replaces Shadow Blue Pearl, which may delight some 2013 owners as they now have a rare one-year-only color. Meanwhile a sinister matte black finish will be available only on Viper GTS models with the Anodized Carbon Special Edition Package.