With racer Justin Bell behind the wheel of a Viper, it’s like a flashback to the 1998 Le Mans race where Bell swept the GT2 class. However, it’s not 1998 anymore and this is the 2013 SRT Viper.
Looking quite dapper in a suit and tie, Bell flings the new Viper around both the dirt of an airplane graveyard and a road course. Why an airplane graveyard, you ask? Well, as Bell elucidates, test pilots love muscle cars and the 2013 Viper is the ultimate in American muscle. With a naturally aspirated 8.4-liter V-10 that pumps out a massive 640 hp, 600 lb-ft of torque, and a rip-snorting soundtrack, the automotive world doesn’t get much more muscle than the Viper. In true sports-car form, all that power is directed to the rear axle through a short-throw six-speed manual transmission. No, an automatic is not available.
Unsurprisingly, at first, the SRT Viper is a bit too much even for Bell to handle on the track – he apologizes to his mother for cursing – but he eventually tames the beast to discover that it still maintains all of the hardcore attributes that made the original Viper so outrageous. “Getting behind the wheel of the new Viper is very fulfilling,” says Bell. “You still have this feeling that it is so powerful and so strong, but if you conquer it and master it, it will really reward you.”
Check out the full video below of Justin Bell and the 2013 SRT Viper, and bask in the sinewy looks and sonorous sounds of the Viper. (Bell’s not so bad on the eyes and ears, too.)