NY Auto Show preview: 640hp SRT Viper TA has less luxury, more venom

2014 SRT Viper TA front three quarterThe 2013 SRT Viper may be a 640 horsepower sports car with side exhaust and the name of a venomous snake, but it’s only the beginning.

Traditionally, Chrysler continues to roll out faster, more hardcore versions of each generation of Viper during its life cycle. The first step in that evolution is the 2014 SRT Viper TA, which will be unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show next week.

The current, fifth-generation Viper was intended to be more luxurious than its predecessors, so SRT could lure buyers away from Porsche and Ferrari. That’s not the case with the TA, which does without leather seats or an audio system. It’a basically a new version of the hardcore Viper ACR that closed out the last Viper’s run, and set a Nürburgring lap record.

Like the ACR, SRT only includes equipment that increases this Viper’s performance. An exterior aerodynamics package includes carbon fiber front splitters and a rear spoiler. Bigger Brembo brakes help the Viper TA stop faster. A carbon fiber engine x-brace and the replacement of badges with stickers saves (some) weight.

SRT also tuned the Viper GTS’ adjustable Bilstein Damptronic suspension for the track. The ride is now much firmer and any softness has been dialed out of the system’s programmable driving modes.

The Viper’s 8.4-liter V10 remains unchanged, producing 640 hp and 600 pound-feet of torque.

One option that doesn’t make the Viper TA faster but is still pretty cool is its paint. Only 33 cars will get the custom Crusher Orange hue when the TA goes on sale later this year.

The TA name should sound familiar to Mopar fans. Like this Viper, the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A/ was built for the track. It was Dodge’s homologation car for Trans-Am racing, battling Ford Mustang Boss 302s and Chevrolet Camaro Z/28s both on the track and in the showrooms.

In a sign of changing times, TA now stands for “Time Attack” instead of “Trans-Am.” Time Attack is a popular form of motorsport where the only goal is to set the fastest time around a given track. It sounds like something the Viper would be good at.

How much will killing time cost? SRT isn’t holding fast to any number, but expect this minimalist Viper to cost more than a bells-and-whistles car, which starts at $97,395.

Sometimes less really is more.


‘Overwatch’ gunslinger Ashe is now available on all platforms

Blizzard announced Ashe as the latest Overwatch hero at BlizzCon 2018. The gunslinger has a history with McCree and makes use of a lever-action repeating rifle and a robotic sidekick.

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.

Meet the born-again Ford Bronco that will soothe your ’90s nostalgia

Ford has confirmed it will bring the Bronco back to American showrooms in a few short years. While it's still very much a work in progress, this is what we expect from the Blue Oval's born-again off-roader.

Tesla raises prices and simplifies options on Model S and Model X

Tesla is making changes to its offerings of the Model S and Model X. The lower-range 75D models will increase in price, while the higher-range 100D models will decrease in price.

Lime’s first carsharing service motors into Seattle this week

Lime may be better known for its app-based bike and scooter rental services, but in Seattle, Washington this week it's launching its very first carsharing service, similar to Car2go and Zipcar.

Land Rover shows its artsy side by previewing the 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover made life-sized wire sculptures to preview the 2020 Range Rover Evoque. The all-new SUV will make its debut during a private event held in London on November 22, and deliveries will begin in 2019.

Car parts maker ZF is using drones to deliver components to its factories

ZF recently became the first entity in Germany to receive approval to use drones to deliver spare parts, and the company now uses them to deliver parts from its central warehouses to its workshops.

These headlights have 4 color settings to help save lives under all conditions

Boslla headlights are an easy-to-install solution to achieve all-weather lighting for your vehicle. After a quick ten-minute install, these lights have up to four settings to get you through anything.

The DBX SUV will go where no Aston Martin has gone before

When it launches in 2019, the Aston Martin DBX will be the British automaker's first SUV. In the meantime, camouflaged DBX prototypes will undergo strenuous testing around the world.

Ford teams up with Walmart to study consumer response to autonomous delivery

Last week it was Ford and VW, and this week Ford and Walmart are signaling a desire to work together on autonomous vehicles solutions. Ford and the giant retailer will study consumer reactions to self-driving delivery vehicles.

Our favorite fuel-efficient cars are as frugal as they are fun

You don't need to opt for a hybrid or an all-electric ride in order to achieve good fuel economy. These vehicles pack both performance and style, whether you're in the market for a luxury sedan or a game-changing pickup truck.

Out of juice? Learn how to jump-start a car with this quick guide

Jumping a car is a simple procedure, but not everyone knows how to properly do so. To make things easier, we've put together a quick-hit guide on how to fire up your vehicle using jumper cables and a second power source.

Born to run (forever): The most reliable cars you can buy right now

We all dread the thought of our car turning into a money pit, but choosing a dependable vehicle from the start can help us rack up countless care-free miles. Here, we've rounded up some of the most reliable cars available.

Prep your car for the coming snow and sleet with these cold weather tips

Driving in the winter, whether downtown or across the country, is rarely easy. Luckily, we've put together a quick rundown of a few things you should do to winterize your car before the snow officially hits.