2008 DODGE VIPER SRT10®: 600 HORSE

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A dramatic new hood featuring a larger, more efficient hood scoop for air induction and functional hood louvers to facilitate a greater cooling effect enhance Viper’s bold, aggressive looks. Viper design hallmarks including deep-cut side scallops, swept-back fenders, lowered hood lines and the signature Dodge crosshair grille remain.

The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 will offer a new level of customization with a choice of eight exterior colors, five dual-painted stripe colors, five interior colors and three wheel designs.

“A legendary big-game hunter once said, ‘Bring enough gun!’ — and with the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10, we’ve created some very powerful artillery for sports-car enthusiasts,” said Kipp Owen, Director – Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Engineering, Chrysler LCC. “With 600 horsepower — 90 more than before — and 0-to-60 performance in less than four seconds, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 sets a new benchmark for the ultimate American sports car.”

Exterior:
– Dramatic new hood with a larger, more efficient hood scoop and functional hood louvers
– Five new exterior colors: Venom Red, Snakeskin Green, Viper Violet, Viper Orange and Bright Blue

Interior:
– Four new interior color combinations: black/red, black/blue, black/medium slate and black/natural tan
– Choice of bezel finishes
– New advanced multi-stage driver and passenger air bags with Occupant Classification System (OCS)

Powertrain / Chassis:
– New 8.4-liter Viper SRT10 V-10 engine, delivering 600 hp (450 kW) and 560 lb.-ft. (760 N•m) of torque
– Compliant with federal Tier 2, Bin 5 and California’s Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) 2 mandates
– Improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission
– Variable Valve Timing featuring new CamInCam® technology
– Electronic throttle control
– Larger oil pump and new swinging oil pickup
– GKN ViscoLok speed-sensing limited-slip differential
– Choice of three different 18 x 10-inch front/19 x 13-inch rear polished, forged aluminum wheels: standard five-spoke wheel; optional H-spoke wheel; and all-new optional Razor wheel with five U-shaped spokes
– Michelin® Pilot® Sport PS2 non-run-flat tires

Design
The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 remains available in two body styles — Roadster and Coupe. Both feature a dramatic new hood with a larger, more efficient hood scoop for air induction and larger, functional hood louvers to facilitate a greater cooling effect for the more powerful 8.4-liter 600-horsepower V-10 engine underneath.

Eight exterior colors will be introduced throughout the model year — five of which are all-new including Venom Red, Snakeskin Green, Viper Violet, Viper Orange and Viper Bright Blue. Racing stripes continue to be an option with five dual-painted stripe colors available: white, black, silver, graphite and red.

Several exterior differences exist between the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Roadster and Coupe. In fact, the only body panels the Roadster and Coupe share are front fascia and fenders, hood and doors. However, all of the iconic Viper SRT10 design cues are consistent in both models, including the signature Dodge crosshair grille, deep-cut side scallops, swept-back fenders and lowered hood lines.

The Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe’s hard top with its “double bubble” styling makes it even more torsionally stiff than the Roadster. The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe offers increased downforce and high-speed stability with its sloping roofline and deck-lid spoiler. Plus, the Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe has an additional 6.25 cubic feet of trunk space than the Viper SRT10 Roadster, for a total of 14.65 cubic feet. The roof and headliner structure offer more room to accommodate a safety cage, while maintaining as much head room as possible.

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Roadster and Coupe cockpit retains its characteristic red push-button starter and performance-oriented, highly functional instrument panel with center-mounted tachometer and 220-mph speedometer.

Five interior colors will be available in 2008: black, and four new color combinations in black/red, black/blue, black/medium slate or black/natural tan. A choice of bezel finishes on the center instrument panel and console adds to the increased level of customization.

Engineering
The new Dodge Viper SRT10’s deep-skirted V-10 aluminum-block was revised for a 1-millimeter larger bore to 8.4-liters (510 cubic-inch) and generates 600 horsepower (450 kW) and 560 lb.-ft. (760 N•m) of torque. And all that power is compliant with stringent regulatory requirements, such as federal Tier 2, Bin 5 and California’s Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) 2 mandates.

The 2008 Viper SRT10 engine features new cylinder heads equipped with Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)-shaped combustion chambers, larger valves and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) featuring new CamInCam® technology. The VVT application used in the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 electronically adjusts when the exhaust valves are open and closed according to engine speed and load, allowing the engine to “breathe” more cleanly and efficiently.

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 V-10’s two-piece intake manifold combines a cast aluminum lower plenum with smooth runners for better air flow, bolted to a die-cast aluminum upper plenum. A revised air-cleaner box with a low-restriction filter sends air through dual electronic throttle control modules into the intake plenum.

The air-fuel mixture in the cylinders is ignited by platinum-tip spark plugs fired by new individual plug coils mounted on the cylinder-head covers.

Within the cylinders, pistons are equipped with larger-diameter floating pins in bronze bushed rods for high-load capability. The forged powder-metal connecting rods are secured with aircraft-quality fasteners for increased fatigue strength.

Engine lubrication is managed by a larger oil pump and a swinging oil pickup adapted from the Viper competition coupe engines, to improve oil pressure in high-rpm and hard-cornering conditions.

Spent gases exit through tubular air-gap headers, which not only improve exhaust flow, but also ensure quick catalyst light-off for improved emission control. The headers’ stamped stainless-steel outer shell acts as a thermal heat shield for the individual stainless-steel runners that contribute to better flow separation and exhaust tuning.

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10’s V-10 channels its power through a new, smaller-diameter, twin-disc clutch (a change from the previous larger-diameter, single-disc setup). The new ZF Sachs clutch reduces rotating inertia by 18 percent, reduces clutch-pedal effort and improves engagement feel.

Transferring the Dodge Viper SRT-10’s power to the rear wheels is a heavy-duty six speed manual transmission.

Stopping power is another carefully developed part of the Viper SRT10 equation, with 14-inch brake rotors gripped by Brembo 44/40 dual opposing piston calipers in the front and Brembo 42/38 dual opposing calipers in the rear. This system results in a world-class braking performance of 60-to-zero mph in less than 100 feet.

Dodge Viper SRT10 performance is further defined by a race-bred aluminum, fully independent, four-wheel suspension featuring lightweight, high-performance aluminum control arms and knuckles, damped by lightweight coil-over shock absorbers. Power is delivered to the pavement via a Dana M44-4 rear axle and a new 4-pinion GKN ViscoLok speed-sensing limited-slip differential for higher torque capacity and improved traction.

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 rides on polished forged aluminum 18 x 10-inch front and 19 x 13-inch rear wheels, clad in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 non-run-flat tires. Each tire includes low-pressure sensors in the valve stem.

Product Highlights
– The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 generates 600 horsepower (450 kW) and 560 lb.-ft. (760 N•m) of torque from its new 8.4-liter (510 cubic inch) V-10 engine
– SRT performance: 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds, quarter-mile time in the low 12-second range, 0-100-0 mph in the low 12-second range and 60-0 mph braking in under 100 ft
– Dodge Viper SRT10 performance is improved from significantly more horsepower – an additional 90 horses from revisions to cylinder block and heads, intake and exhaust systems, Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and engine calibration
– Dodge Viper SRT10 continues the Viper tradition of setting the definition of extreme, while delivering performance enthusiasts a refined, yet outrageous and powerful American sports car
– Dodge Viper SRT10 features Viper’s long-held back-to-basics sports car approach, including a traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with six-speed transmission; race-bred, fully independent four-wheel suspension; massive tires and wheels for maximum grip; and world-class brakes for benchmark stopping power
– Besides its increased horsepower and torque, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 features an all-new hood with functional air intake and extractors that contributes to its aggressive appearance
– Dodge Viper SRT10 is part of a broad lineup of Street and Racing Technology (SRT) vehicles developed under the credo: “Race inspired, street legal”
– Offering SRT’s signature “bang for the buck,” the Dodge Viper SRT10 outperforms sports cars costing more than twice as much.

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