• Nick Cavanaugh @Car_Sick_Nick

BREAKING NEWS: Dodge Announces New Models, Colors and Options for the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT Lineup

Press Release: New for 2015, the iconic Dodge Viper SRT receives a new, mid-priced GT model along with numerous styling and performance enhancements across the vehicle lineup.

•New for 2015 is the Dodge Viper GT model with driver-selectable suspension system and luxurious interior appointments, previously only available with the top-of-the-line GTS model price class

•Viper TA (Time Attack) 2.0 Special Edition spec-package enhances the turn-key on-track set-up with more performance upgrades in three exclusive, limited-edition colors

•New Dodge Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition Package offers enthusiasts a unique ceramic exterior paint color and a luxurious interior, featuring Alcantara and carbon fiber surfaces and additional exclusive content in a limited-build package

•New interior color combinations for the Alcantara, Nappa leather and Laguna leather materials, including the all-new Demonic Red

•New high-impact, show-car quality exterior color – Stryker Purple – is available on 2015 GT and GTS models, while the new Yorange exterior color is available on Viper model

•Exterior stripe color packages include: Black Venom, Billet Silver, Bright White, Gunmetal Pearl and Adrenaline Red

•Continuous refinements to the 8.4-liter V-10 engine and Tremec six-speed manual transmission result in an additional 5 horsepower – now 645 – and an additional mile per gallon (mpg) on the highway to 20 mpg

“The Dodge brand is committed to keeping the ultimate American-built exotic supercar as unique as ever by offering new packages with some of the most exclusive and high-quality content we’ve ever produced in the Viper,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Fleet Operations, Chrysler Group LLC. “Our Dodge Viper customers crave new and exclusive options, which motivates our design and engineering teams to create special builds that continue to deliver our successful high-performance formula for street and track driving, while allowing our enthusiasts to stand out in their world-class supercars.”

The Dodge Viper SRT is produced at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.

New GT model

New for 2015 is the Viper GT model that builds off the entry-level Viper by adding the driver-selectable suspension system, featuring Bilstein DampTronic Select shock absorbers with street and track settings, a five-mode electronic stability control system, and a unique interior with standard Alcantara and Nappa leather seats available in black, Demonic Red or Sepia, with accent stitching for the customer who wants a true Grand Touring performance machine.

The new Dodge Viper GT model will be priced between the Viper and Viper GTS models. Final pricing will be announced at a later date.

New 2015 Viper TA 2.0 Special Edition

The street-legal Dodge Viper SRT TA (Time Attack) 2.0 Special Edition is an evolution of the successful 2014 TA model and provides even more downforce with a new rear wing balanced with aerodynamic additions for the front of the car. The TA 2.0 is specifically built for performance enthusiast drivers who like to exercise their machines at the more than 150 road-race courses across North America.

The TA 2.0 Special Edition Package builds upon the Viper’s ultra-low center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world. The Viper TA 2.0 uses chassis parts developed specifically by the SRT Engineering chassis dynamics team to attain the most out of the race-car-like chassis and create the most confidence inspiring Viper ever. SRT Engineering developed new spring rates, dampers, sway bars and brake components, combined as a system with the new rear wing and front aero devices, to create one of the most track-capable production cars in the world. The changes keep the Dodge Viper SRT TA 2.0 glued to the track, while the brake system is enhanced for improved balance and to resist thermal saturation during track work.

Key high-performance equipment for the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT TA 2.0 Special Edition includes: •A new TA 2.0 Aerodynamics Package, which includes new front dive planes, carbon fiber front corner splitters with extended rub strips and a new, larger rear wing to boost downforce at higher speeds – increasing downforce from 278 pounds at 150 mph to 400 pounds at 150 mph compared with the 2014 Viper TA

•Unique race-tuned calibration for the two-mode Bilstein DampTronic suspension system, retuned springs, shocks and road-racing derived sway bars, which offer firmer levels of damping and a smaller spread between modes than what is found on the Viper GTS

•Lighter, carbon fiber structural X-brace replaces the standard aluminum brace under the hood and ties the four corners of the engine compartment together, contributing to the 50-percent increase in torsional rigidity and stiffness across the Viper lineup

•Brembo two-piece, 32 millimeters wide, high-thermal capacity rotors and pads, which optimize heat dissipation and provide improved use in extreme track situations

•Standard Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are mounted on ultra-lightweight, multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels. The brake calipers feature a black anodized finish with the Viper logo shown in TA Orange.

Inside, the performance driver-oriented cabin of the 2015 Viper TA 2.0 uses the standard premium ballistic fabric racing seats from Sabelt, featuring a lightweight fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Both driver and passenger seats can also accommodate a three- or six-point harness for racing belts.

The standard black interior combination includes unique orange accent stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel (through the cowl), center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors.

On the exterior, the Viper TA 2.0 is available in three limited-edition colors: Competition Blue, Yorange, which is new for 2015, and Venom Black.

Production of the 2015 Viper TA 2.0 Special Edition packages will be limited to 32 units of each of the three exterior colors.

New 2015 Dodge Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition Package

The new Dodge Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition Package features an exclusive Ceramic Blue paint color with black stripes and five-spoke “Rattler” wheels finished exclusively in Black Vapor Chrome.

Unique exterior accents on the Ceramic Blue Edition Package include a GTS sill badge, Satin Black exhaust bezel, Ceramic Blue fuel filler door, orange brake calipers, carbon fiber brake ducts and rear applique.

Luxurious interior accents include Alcantara wrapped headliner, door bolsters and knee blockers; silver accent stitching on the Nappa leather-wrapped door trim, center console and instrument panel and on the Nappa leather and Alcantara seats. Silver accents are also added to the door panel and instrument panel. Carbon fiber accents are added throughout the center stack, door panels and steering wheel, and an exclusive carbon serialized GTS badge adorns the dashboard identifying the production number of the vehicle.

Only 40 units of the Viper GTS model with the Ceramic Blue Edition Package will be built during the 2015 model year.

Stryker Purple and Yorange are new Viper colors for 2015

Available on the 2015 Viper GT and GTS models, new Stryker Purple expands the world-class exterior color palette with enhanced pigments and a “liquid mercury” appearance. The newest color is the perfect choice for enthusiasts who want to take their Dodge Viper SRT to the next level of exclusivity with a vivid and unique finish that reflects light to show off the dramatic curves of the Viper.

Yorange is the newest high-impact color made exclusively for the Viper model and offers a vibrant mix of bright orange and yellow tones.

The application of the exterior paint is a very detailed and intricate process, taking approximately eight hours to complete. The process first starts with a base color coat followed by a tinted mid-coat and topped off with a clear finish. Each coat application adds depth and accentuates the curvature of the Viper’s exterior design.

Awe-inspiring V-10 powertrain

The heart and soul of the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT is its venerable, handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front V-10 overhead-valve engine, featuring an ultra-high-flow, lightweight composite intake manifold; high-strength forged pistons; sodium-filled exhaust valves; exhaust system catalysts to ease backpressure and an aluminum flywheel that reduces reciprocating losses.