SRT no more: Dodge Viper GTS-R unveiled
The Viper is returning to the Dodge brand after a brief stint as an SRT model.
Chrysler has revealed its latest Viper racecar, which has been rechristened as the Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R following SRT's shift from an independent division to a Dodge sub-brand.
In addition to the new name, the GTS-R - two examples of which will compete in the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship - receives a heritage-inspired ‘Viper Red' and ‘Race White' livery. The same colors adorned Vipers that emerged victorious from the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2000 and earned class wins in the 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the American Le Mans Series championships in 1999 and 2000.
"We are honoring the racing history of the Dodge Viper by returning to its classic colors as we are in the midst of celebrating the Dodge brand's 100th anniversary and 100 years of American performance,” said SRT chief Ralph Gilles. "The new livery not only brings back this classic look but also enables us to continue to connect our Viper racing program to its spirited racing heritage.”
The road-going Viper is expected to follow in the tire-marks of its track cousin and return to the Dodge brand for the 2015 model year, which will also bring a facelift and more power for the high-performance coupe.