The Collectible Car of the Future!
April 17, 2014
The SRT Viper has received multiple awards for its head turning design and powerful performance. Now the iconic supercar can add an award that solidifies its significance with car enthusiasts for many years to come.
The National Automotive History Collection has selected the SRT Viper as its “Collectible Car of the Future.”
“With fewer than 30,000 Vipers built since the nameplate’s launch in 1992, the Viper has earned its place as a unique, hand-built American exotic supercar,” Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of the SRT brand said.
Members of the organization vote annually to name the “Collectible Car of the Future” from North American-built vehicles launched during the previous calendar year. The SRT Viper was selected from 19 all-new vehicles introduced in 2013.
“We ask our members to predict which of the year’s new vehicles will command the highest attention at Detroit’s famous Woodward Dream Cruise 25 years from now,” Charles K. Hyde, president of the organization’s board of trustees said. “Car enthusiasts select this award, making it unique among vehicle-of-the-year awards. Quite impressively this is the third time Viper has been the recipient of this award, a testament to Chrysler’s visionary design team.”
“With fewer than 30,000 Vipers built since the nameplate’s launch in 1992, the Viper has earned its place as a unique, hand-built American exotic supercar,” Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of the SRT brand said. “The National Automotive History Collection award further recognizes the exclusivity and collectability of our flagship performance machine from FCA US.”
The National Automotive History Collection is the world’s largest collection of automotive books and historical materials, and is housed at the Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library. The group’s board of trustees raises funds and provides volunteer assistance for the collection.
The fifth generation of iconic American-built supercar returned in 2013 as the SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand’s flagship performance machine with more power and performance, superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts. Powered by an all-aluminum, 8.4-liter mid-front V-10 engine delivering 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque—the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world.
That powertrain, when combined with its reduction in curb weight, produces the best power-to-weight ratio of any Viper ever built. Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and anti-lock brake system.
Two models of the iconic supercar are hand-built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, the Viper’s home since 1995.
On the inside, designers and engineers strived to rethink all its touch points and upgrade all its material appointments and technologies. The Viper GTS model adds many premium features including a leather wrapped interior, five mode electronic stability control and an adjustable suspension.