The SRT Viper is back, and even more rowdy than before. With more power and a lighter body, will Ignition host Carlos Lago be able to keep the new 2013 Viper in check?
Although the new Viper is very similar to its predecessor, it’s been touched up in all the right places. Inside, typical Viper traits remain, such as the left-angled pedals, but an infotainment system with digital graphics is new. Its driving manner isn’t much different either, as Lago says it’s still rough and hard to see out of. But, while Chrysler never promised an all-new sports car, it did say its limits would be easier to approach, and Lagos puts that to the test in the gauntlet of MT tests.
The Viper hustled from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, reaching the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds going 128.7 mph, but the fun begins in the figure eight. Lago teases the Viper around the course, finding that the more you throw it around, the more controllable and rewarding it is to drive. While finesse is not the word he would use to describe the Viper, Lago praises its power and incredible grip. On the other hand, he finds braking is uncomfortable and takes a bit of extra work. Although there’s more understeer than he expected, he’s not complaining.
But what does professional race car driver Randy Pobst think about it? Lago’s crew took the Viper to the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway for a whirl around the track with Pobst.