We launched the 2014 SRT Viper with an introductory price of $97,395, which does not include the $1,995 destination charge. The price of the 2014 SRT Viper has increased by $2,000, to $99,395. The price increase covers some additional standard equipment (HD Radio with Navigation and Uconnect Access; 900 Watt 12 Speaker Harman Kardon audio system, including 2 subwoofers; and the ParkView Back-up Camera.). The pricing for the GTS remains the same at $121,895. Also, the gas guzzler tax is $2,600.
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Popular Mechanic’s introduced their first-ever Popular Mechanics Car of the Year awards, and some of the results may surprise you.
Car of the Year went to the Ford Escape. Popular Mechanics says the driving experience feels like it’s two full generation leaps ahead of the old Escape, has a decent towing package and produces modest power with its 240 HP, 2.0-liter engine.
The Chevy Camaro ZL1 was recognized for its performance. Popular Mechanics says it’s the quickest Camaro Chevy has ever made, offers a smooth ride and packs plenty of power with its 580 HP, V8.
The Ram 1500 was given props for its hauling capabilities. Popular Mechanics noted that the new 1500 features a host of several improvements and fuel-saving technologies while being able to tow up to 9,000 pounds with the V8 engine.
The SRT Viper was acknowledged for its sleek design. Popular Mechanics says the new SRT Viper advances the car’s design, better blending the curvaceous sheet metal and increasing overall functionality.
Under terms of the merger announced September 5, the following entities will combine with GRAND-AM: the American Le Mans Series; the International Motor Sports Association, which sanctions ALMS events; the Road Atlanta race track facility in Braselton, Ga.; the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Fla.; and Sebring International Raceway, via a reassignment of the lease agreement with the Sebring Airport Authority to operate the raceway.
“This new approach is going to be revolutionary, as we take the best components from two premium brands, combine them and then benefit mutually from the considerable resources both sides will bring to our efforts,” said GRAND-AM President/CEO Ed Bennett. “This is a bold move – and the right one – for the long-term, optimum growth of sports car racing.”
Chrysler Group’s SRT Motorsports re-introduced the SRT Viper GTS-R to professional racing last month as the newest participant on the ALMS circuit, with two identical cars entered into GT class competition.
“From a factory team perspective and with our recent return to the track, we’re looking forward to working together to make this new series the best in the world for our teams, sponsors and all fans at the track or watching from home,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.
GRAND-AM Road Racing and the ALMS will continue to operate separate schedules in 2013 before racing under one banner in 2014 beginning with North America’s premier sports car race, the 52nd annual Rolex 24 At Daytona. A board of directors has been formed to operate the new combined organization with GRAND-AM founder Jim France as chairman and ALMS founder Don Panoz as vice chairman.