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Old 01-22-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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A Behind the Scenes Look at Manufacturing a Viper

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Official production of the 2013 SRT Viper kicked off this month with VIN No. 001 rolling off the Conner Avenue Assembly plant to a small celebration that included the car's owner and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. Now, The New York Times has released a video and some great pictures showing just what it takes to get the newest Viper from a bare frame and engine to the final product.

More pictures/words - http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/21/w...assembly-line/

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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The Viper is legit my favorite vehicle. My dad had an '01 Viper R/T. It was legit the only vehicle I have ever driven where I felt the most in control of being out of control. He sold it about a year ago - a little piece of me died when he got rid of that car. I've NEVER had as much fun driving any vehicle (including circle track late models) than I had driving that Viper.

I'm glad to see the Viper back!
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:47 PM   #4
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This car is going to be amazing! Best Viper to hit the market by 100 times. Ill be driving a white one with the caramel interior very soon.
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This car is going to be amazing! Best Viper to hit the market by 100 times. Ill be driving a white one with the caramel interior very soon.
couldn't agree more, that thing is BAD
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VERY cool car and cool video!

I want one. Even though it lost to the dated C6 ZR1.
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VERY cool car and cool video!

I want one. Even though it lost to the dated C6 ZR1.
I bet heffner performance or UGR will be coming out with some outrageous twin turbo kit for it that will fix that right up
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1st.

The Viper is legit my favorite vehicle. My dad had an '01 Viper R/T. It was legit the only vehicle I have ever driven where I felt the most in control of being out of control. He sold it about a year ago - a little piece of me died when he got rid of that car. I've NEVER had as much fun driving any vehicle (including circle track late models) than I had driving that Viper.

I'm glad to see the Viper back!
Was it legit? Just checking..........
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For that money, why on Earth would anyone purchase an American product (let alone a Chrysler) as opposed to a Porsche 911, M6, or even an Audi R8?
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For that money, why on Earth would anyone purchase an American product (let alone a Chrysler) as opposed to a Porsche 911, M6, or even an Audi R8?
all about the buyers personal preference. I wouldn't buy any american cars, but damn I respect the viper.
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who got vin #001? jay leno? he has corvette zr1 vin #1.
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all about the buyers personal preference. I wouldn't buy any american cars, but damn I respect the viper.
Had the same attitude when I bought a Wrangler JK Unlimited. Hadn't owned an american car in 10+ years. Bought it, had it for 3+years and almost 70k miles....... didn't have any issues with it..... can't same the same for my car....
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Had the same attitude when I bought a Wrangler JK Unlimited. Hadn't owned an american car in 10+ years. Bought it, had it for 3+years and almost 70k miles....... didn't have any issues with it..... can't same the same for my car....
Same here! I've had my wrangler since October 2010 and have 52,xxx miles on it. The only issue I've had is having to replace a window switch lol
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Wranglers are a different type of beast! But the interiors of american cars leaves a lot to be desired. My dad just purchased a 2013 F150 Platinum edition and for a ~52k truck the interior was not up to par with a german counterpart in the same price range.
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Wranglers are a different type of beast! But the interiors of american cars leaves a lot to be desired. My dad just purchased a 2013 F150 Platinum edition and for a ~52k truck the interior was not up to par with a german counterpart in the same price range.
Well yeah, american cars are know for crap interior for the most part.... but from a reliability standpoint, I think they are turning around. I can't tell you how many times the bmw was in the shop up to 70k miles compared to the Jeep....... But my service record folder speaks volumes One is about inches thick..... the other, not so much.

In the 3+ years I had the jeep, the only "issue" outside normal wear and tear like brakes/rotor/battery was a tranny leak, which was fixed after one trip to the dealer.

Hell, my tranny was replace at 70k on the bmw....... let alone all the other stuff done to it in the prior 70k.... coils, belts, sensors, recall this, recall that, etc etc...
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For that money, why on Earth would anyone purchase an American product (let alone a Chrysler) as opposed to a Porsche 911, M6, or even an Audi R8?
Because....

1) It has WAY more presence. There are at least 8 soccer moms driving 991s in my town. I have NEVER seen a non-enthusiast drive a Viper.

2) It looks better.

3) Its more fun.
4) Its more fun.
5) It's more fun.
6) It's more fun.

7) Its a comfortable vehicle for daily driving, and when driven normally, extremely easy to drive.

8) It's A LOT more fun.
9) Its FAR more exotic.

10) It's one of the most fun vehicles to drive ever.

The above comments are based on the SRT10 Viper, assuming this one is even better. I have driven the SRT10 on many occasions (friend owns one) and it puts a sh!teating grin on your face like nothing I have driven.

On a racetrack, sure, a 911 is probably sharper, etc, but as a street driven exotic? The Viper is in a league of it's own.

P.S. Chrysler is now owned by Fiat, which as you know, is Italian. Their CEO is Italian as well.
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Because....

2) It looks better.

3) Its more fun.
4) Its more fun.
5) It's more fun.
6) It's more fun.

7) Its a comfortable vehicle for daily driving, and when driven normally, extremely easy to drive.

8) It's A LOT more fun.
9) Its FAR more exotic.

10) It's one of the most fun vehicles to drive ever.

The above comments are based on the SRT10 Viper, assuming this one is even better. I have driven the SRT10 on many occasions (friend owns one) and it puts a sh!teating grin on your face like nothing I have driven.

On a racetrack, sure, a 911 is probably sharper, etc, but as a street driven exotic? The Viper is in a league of it's own.
Uhh... the Viper is extremely raw and probably worse than a 911 or R8 as a DD. It is faster (I believe) than a 911.

More fun is totally subjective. It is most definitely rawer.

I'd have to drive them extensively before making my mind up if I had that kinda cash. And I think a GT3 is a better comparison.

What is not subjective is that a Viper is not more exotic than an R8, and is probably equal to a 911.

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Wranglers are a different type of beast! But the interiors of american cars leaves a lot to be desired. My dad just purchased a 2013 F150 Platinum edition and for a ~52k truck the interior was not up to par with a german counterpart in the same price range.
I agree with you about the interiors of American cars (although the new viper supposedly has an excellent interior with the same material supplier as Ferrari) but when it comes to things like the Wrangler, the ShelbyGT500, etc, just like evos and stis, you are paying for the performance/ability, not the interior. If the Wrangler had the same interior as a range rover (or even a Grand Cherokee) it would cost $15,000 more. My wrangler is fully loaded since I do drive it daily, and while it's not a RR (hell, it's not even near an MDX) it is more than comfortable, and I have all the features I need.
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