Dodge Viper owners gather to celebrate supercar’s power
ROYAL OAK, MI A Corvette is not a Viper. A Porsche is not a Viper. Even a Lamborghini is not a Viper. Only a Viper is Saints elite limited game a Viper.
That was the overall consensus from Dodge and SRT Viper owners who talked with MLive Thursday night at the Viper Club Car Show at the Northwood Plaza on the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak.
a lot of Corvette guys out there, but even Corvette guys know it just ain a Viper, said Tom Paranzino, who owns two identical limited edition 2001 GTS Viper models with blue exteriors and cognac interiors.
One of the 43 year old Ohio auctioneer gen two Vipers was one Saints elite limited game Jerseys of more than 50 Vipers featured at the show, which is organized by the Motor City Viper Owners car club.
Tim Sutherland, a member of the club, is what some might consider an extreme Viper enthusiast. The 52 year old Macomb Township resident has owned six Vipers, including the new 2013 Viper GTS that he brought to the show Thursday night.
bad ass, he said when asked about the new vehicle, which features an all aluminum, SRT engineered 8.4 liter V10 engine that delivers 640 horsepower and 600 lb. ft. of torque. don know what else to tell you.
“They did a phenomenal job on it. SRT Viper GTS starting at $122,390 builds on the DNA of the SRT Viper model with more technologically advanced solutions, like two mode active suspension, to allow this world class GTS to find new capabilities on the track while also opening up its envelope as a more premium and mature evolution of the classic, extreme performance formula.
just an American icon, he said, adding if Chrysler Group LLC comes out with a convertible model, that be his next Viper.
Chrysler introduced the current gen five Viper and Viper GTS at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.
Production of the all new Viper began at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in late 2012 under the SRT brand. Before the current generation, the Viper was a Dodge vehicle.
Steve Beckwith, a fairly new owner, said there’s just nothing like being behind the wheel of a Viper.
“I been waiting to get one for a long time,” said the 55 year old Romeo residnet, who purchased a 2001 Viper GTS in April. “I had Corvettes. I had other sports cars This was just something a little more rare, a little more exotic, a more power.”
Viper production, which has been somewhat sporadic over the past 20 years, began in 1992 at the New Mack Assembly Plant, and then moved to the Conner Avenue site in October 1995. Over the course of 15 years, Conner Avenue employees built about 12 vehicles a day for a total of 22,070 Vipers.
This year, Chrysler has sold 320 Viper models through July.
The Viper car show was in anticipation of the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday. The annual car celebration event is dubbed as the world largest one day classic car event spanning 16 miles through nine communities along Woodward Avenue. More than one million visitors and 40,000 antique and classic cars annually gather for the event.
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