For the Crowd: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10

 by Evander Klum

2008 Dodge Viper SRT10

2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe

Chrysler's Dodge division created the V10 powered sports car, the Dodge Viper SRT10, which built up a great name for itself in auto-making history. Its first production was at the New Mack Assembly factory in 1992. By 1995, the production of the two seat super vehicle was moved to the Conner Avenue Assembly factory. Since its debut, the model has been seen in a number of movies, TV shows, music videos and video games.

A lot of people say that the Dodge Viper SRT10 was inspired by the AC Cobra. However, it is a lot larger than the said iconic car. This Dodge model has been a futuristic version of those classic American muscle cars. The Dodge Viper SRT10 also had some help in its creation from industry legend Carroll Shelby.

The earlier concept behind the Dodge Viper SRT10 was developed at the Advanced Design Studies of the Chrysler Corporation back in 1988. It has been a modern day version of the Dodge Cobra, as what Chrysler president Bob Lutz suggested.

There have been prominent upgrades on the Dodge Viper for 2008. Included is its 600 horse power, leaving a great difference from its antecedent of 90 horse power. Even the torque has been bumped up to 560 lb/ft up 25 lb/ft from the previous. Its displacement has also gained improvement reaching 8.4 liters. According to a source, "The new vehicle will boast better flowing heads with bigger valves, as well as variable valve timing on the dual throttle bodies and the exhaust cam."

There were minimal changes made in the outside of the power plant. However, Ricardo Consulting Engineers along with McLaren Cars managed to make the little changes more significant.

Tremec TR6060 has replaced the classic T56 transmission of the Dodge Viper. Together with a revised shifter, there has been a twenty percent improvement in the shift speed when compared to the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

A GKNVisco differential has taken oven the Dana M44-4 rear axle that was on the 2003 model of the Dodge Viper SRT10. With its aid, there will be an easier grip on the tires when they are under acceleration.

Another great thing about this new Dodge Viper SRT10 is its new tires, the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 high-performance tires. It gives the vehicle an incomparable handling in almost all kinds of circuit.

Chrysler made a significant change in the 2008 Viper STR10's exhaust system. They had it without crossover, which is actually essential to reduce the amount of heat allowed to enter the cockpit. However, Dodge AC condensers and others remain on its premium state.

About the Author: Evander Klum is a Business Administration graduate who hails from Alabama. He enjoys extreme sports and he is also a car racing fanatic. At present, he works as a marketing manager at an advertising agency in Cleveland.

Article Source: Sep 14 2007

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