Before the Viper was created in 1992—back when Detroit was making cars for the denizens of Woodward Avenue—Chrysler stood out. They may not have been the first with stripes or shaker hoods, but they always exploited them to their fullest. For example, Chrysler had the brightest and largest palette out of any manufacturer in Detroit or Kenosha (don't forget li'l AMC). Bright colors have been such a part of the image of Mopar muscle that Dodge revived or updated several for the new-gen Challenger.
With that inspiration, SRT is introducing a special new high-impact color for the 2014 SRT Viper that will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Called Stryker Green, it is an evolution of the Snakeskin Green color that was first introduced in 2008. Stryker Green, however, is slightly different, featuring enhanced green and yellow pigments and a “liquid mercury” appearance.
Here's what Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, SRT Brand and Motorsports, has to say about the new color: “We’re continuing to develop and build unique, low-volume, special-edition colors for the Viper that adds to the exclusivity of our American-built flagship supercar. Every SRT Viper is painted with a process that is very similar to what we use for our show cars. The application of the new Stryker Green 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 green-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.”
Stryker Green will be available starting in February 2014 on the Viper GTS and the Viper with the Grand Touring package.
GT package? Indeed. Featuring Nappa leather seats, five-mode Electronic Stability Control and the two-mode Bilstein DampTronic Select suspension (both previously only available with the Viper GTS), it lends a bit of civility to the Viper without going totally smooth with the GTS. The GT package will be limited to the new Stryker Green or Venom Black paint.
And if the Viper, Viper with the GT package, and the Viper GTS are simply too tepid for you, you always have the Viper Time Attack (TA), which is SRT's ultimate track-day package car. Not a new announcement for Detroit, but with 93 to be built in TA Orange, 33 in Viper White, and 33 in Venom Black, its collectability will be assured.
As if any Viper isn't collectible already.