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by Tim Beissmann

The unveiling of the limited edition 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California symbolises one very special thing: the snake is back.

Chrysler Group’s all-new high-performance arm, SRT (Street and Racing Technology), is celebrating the introduction of the fifth-generation Viper with a limited run of unique launch models in the lead-up to the start of full-scale production in the final quarter of 2012.

The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition’s blue paint and dual white stripes is reminiscent of past Viper reveals in 1996 and 2006, with the colour combination to be exclusive to the limited launch run.

Also unique to the Viper GTS Launch Edition’s exterior are the polished five-spoke forged aluminium wheels and the new ‘Stryker’ badge with blue background, replacing the standard grey of all other 2013 Vipers.

Inside, the Launch Edition features black leather with contrast stitching across the seats, doors, dashboard and steering wheel; alcantara headliner; satin silver trim highlights; and a dash-mounted plaque with the car’s build number.

Like the upcoming Viper and Viper GTS models, the GTS Launch Edition is powered by SRT’s 477kW/813Nm all-aluminium 8.4-litre V10 engine, which the Detroit-based manufacturer reminds produces more torque than any other naturally aspirated sports car in the world.

SRT has not revealed precisely how many Viper GTS Launch Edition models it will build, but SRT president and CEO Ralph Gilles insists the car has been designed with true performance enthusiast and collectors in mind.

“Our American-built supercar showcases the very best we have to offer by incorporating superior craftsmanship, the finest materials, a host of new technologies and ergonomic improvements while respecting its focus on outright performance,” Gilles said.

Australian enthusiasts will be forced to admire from afar, however, with the fifth-generation Viper to be built exclusively in left-hand drive, making it unavailable to our market.




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