liter (approx 513 cu) V10
hp per liter
under 4 seconds
Even More Venom: Dodge Unleashes New 600-horsepower 2008 Viper SRT10
* Additional 90 horsepower on tap from new 8.4-liter Viper SRT10
* Dramatic new hood features restyled, functional air extractors
* 0-60 mph in under four seconds, 0-100-0 mph in just over 12
seconds, braking in under 100 feet
* New exterior, interior colors provide customers with increased
Detroit, Jan 9, 2007 - The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 boasts more of
what performance aficionados crave: kick-in-the-pants,
throw-back-in-the-seat power, combined with benchmark braking,
world-class ride and handling, a race-inspired interior and bold
While every SRT vehicle offers balanced, overall performance, the
heart and soul of the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is its standout
powertrain. For 2008, SRT ups the ante with a new, 8.4-liter
aluminum V-10 engine that produces an astounding 600 horsepower and
560 lb.-ft. of torque.
“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
Group. “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.”
The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 will arrive in Dodge showrooms in
North America this summer with a new level of customization options,
including five new exterior colors, four new interior color
combinations and a new wheel design.
When SRT powertrain engineers set out to get more venom from the
2008 Dodge Viper SRT10’s powerplant, their objectives included not
only increasing performance, but also complying with stringent
regulatory requirements, such as federal Tier 2, Bin 5 and
California’s Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) 2 mandates.
Working with specialists from McLaren Performance Technologies and
Ricardo, Inc., SRT engineers began by following the racer’s basic
formula for more power: bigger displacement, more efficient
breathing and higher engine speed.
The new Dodge Viper SRT10’s deep-skirted V-10 aluminum engine block
was revised for a 1-millimeter larger bore, raising the displacement
to 8.4 liters from 8.3 liters. With strengthened bulkheads and
improved water jackets for better cooling, the block includes
pressed-in iron cylinder liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps
for strength and durability.
The Viper SRT10’s 8.4-liter engine breathes through new cylinder
heads equipped with Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)-shaped
combustion chambers, larger valves and Variable Valve Timing (VVT).
VVT electronically adjusts when the exhaust valves are open and
closed according to engine speed and load, allowing the engine to
“breathe” cleaner and more efficiently.
The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 V-10’s two-piece intake manifold combines
a cast aluminum lower 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 a dual
electronic throttle control into the intake module.
The air-fuel mixture in the cylinders is ignited by platinum-tip
spark plugs fired by new individual plug coils mounted on the
Within the cylinders, pistons are equipped with larger-diameter
floating pins with bronze bushings for high-load capability. 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 Viper competition 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.
SRT engineers didn’t stop there. Upgrades were developed to handle
the 8.4-liter V-10’s increased horsepower and torque levels, while
improving traction, driveability – and durability.
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 clutch reduces rotating
inertia by 18 percent, resulting in reduced clutch-pedal effort and
improved engagement feel.
The transmission is the latest evolution of the Tremec T56 six-speed
manual, known as the TR6060. It features 10 percent wider gears for
higher torque capacity and a new synchronizer package. A new shifter
system results in reduced shifter travel. Club racers will applaud a
new provision for adding an external transmission cooler.
Stopping power is another key attribute of the Dodge Viper SRT10
formula, 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. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) prevents
lockup during hard braking. This system results in a benchmark
braking performance of 60-to-0 mph in less than 100 feet.
World-class Ride and Handling
The ride and handling of the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is defined by a
race-bred, fully independent, four-wheel suspension featuring
lightweight, high-performance aluminum control arms and knuckles,
damped by lightweight coil-over shock absorbers.
Where the power goes right to the road, SRT engineers retained the
tried-and-true Dana M44-4 rear axle and outfitted it with a new GKN
Visco-Lok speed-sensing limited-slip differential for improved
The Dodge Viper SRT10 rides on polished, forged aluminum, 18 x
10-inch front and 19 x 13-inch rear wheels now available in three
styles: the five-spoke, the H-spoke and the all-new Razor wheel with
five U-shaped spokes. The wheels are clad in Michelin® Pilot® Sport
PS2 tires. The four-groove tread-design tires provide maximum grip,
reduced road noise and superior handling in both wet and dry
Bold Exterior Styling
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 Bright Blue. Racing stripes continue
to be an option with six dual painted stripe colors available:
white, black, silver, graphite, blue and red.
Several exterior differences exist between the 2008 Dodge Viper
SRT10 Roadster and Coupe. In fact, the only body panels they share
are front fascia and fenders, hood and doors. However, all of the
iconic Viper SRT10 design cues have been maintained including the
signature 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 headroom as
Race-inspired Interior Design
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/slate or
black/natural tan. A choice of bezel finishes on the center
instrument panel and console adds to the increased level of
“The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 delivers die-hard performance
enthusiasts a perfect combination of outrageous power, exceptional
performance and stunning good looks,” said Mike Accavitti, Director
– Dodge Motorsports and SRT Marketing and Product Planning, Chrysler
Group. “And now with a whole new range of interior and exterior
colors and options to choose from, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10
redefines how a customer can personalize their Viper.”
2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Safety and Security
The following safety and security technologies are featured on the
2008 Dodge Viper SRT10:
* Adjustable Pedals: Allow brake and accelerator pedals to
move toward or away from the driver to help driver achieve a safe
and comfortable seating position for improved control
* Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags with Occupant Classification
System (OCS): Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity
of the impact. The OCS measures the conditions for activation or
deactivation of the passenger side front air bag based upon the
weight of the occupant
* Anti-lock Brake System (ABS): Senses and prevents wheel
lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking or
* BeltAlert: Periodically activates a chime and illuminates
an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver and front
passenger to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without the driver
being properly belted
* Center High-mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL): The shelf-mounted
center high mounted stop lamp uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) for
* Constant Force Retractors (CFR): Distribute force or load
exerted on a seat belt, and then gradually release the seat belt
webbing in a controlled manner
* Crumple Zones: Designed to compress during an accident to
absorb energy, decreasing transfer of that energy to the occupants
* Energy-absorbing Steering Column: The manual-adjust
steering column uses two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move
relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for
enhanced energy absorption during a crash. The power-adjust steering
column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during
column stroke for optimal energy management
* Interior Head-impact Protection: Interior pillars above the
beltline and instrument panel – including areas around windshield
and rear window headers, roof and side rail structures, and
shoulder-belt turning loops – specifically designed to limit
* Knee Bolsters: The lower instrument panel and the glove-box
door are designed to properly position the occupant, enabling the
air bags to work effectively
* Remote Keyless Entry (RKE): System enhances personal
security by locking and unlocking doors and turning on interior
lamps. The system also arms and disarms the Vehicle Theft Security
* Three-point Seat Belts with Pretensioners: Three-point lap
and shoulder belt retractors incorporate a pretensioning feature to
enhance occupant protection in an impact by managing occupant energy
* Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM): Pressure-sensor modules
within the valve stems of all four wheels send continuous
radio-frequency signals to a receiver, and the system informs
occupants when the pressure is too low
The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 will be hand-built at the Conner Avenue
Assembly Plant in Detroit.
Street and Racing Technology
SRT creates some of the Chrysler Group’s boldest, most distinctive
products by single-mindedly following its core vision: Deliver
benchmark performance at the lowest price, and deliver it with
absolute integrity and credibility.
Every SRT vehicle showcases five key aspects: Exterior styling that
resonates with the brand image; race-inspired interiors; world-class
ride and handling characteristics across a dynamic range; benchmark
braking; and standout powertrain.
Dodge Barrage Continues
With 1.4 million vehicles sold globally in 2006, Dodge, the Chrysler
Group’s best-selling brand, continues its product offensive for the
2008 model year with the all-new Dodge Avenger, and the new Dodge
Viper SRT10, Dodge Magnum and Dodge Magnum SRT8.
Dodge is the No. 5 nameplate in the U. S. automotive market.
Overall, Dodge has a 7 percent market share in the United States. In
the minivan market, Dodge has a 19 percent market share; in the
truck market, 16 percent; and 4 percent of the car market.