Video: New 2013 SRT Viper Tears Up the Drag Strip

The new 2013 SRT Viper just hit the streets, and as excited as we are to see them popping up at Cars and Coffee, we’re even more excited to see them already hitting the track. In this video we found on YouTube from Dragtimes we get to watch as a brand new Viper takes a few passes down the strip at Palm Beach International Raceway, with some pretty respectable results.

As you’ll quickly notice, the driver chose to run with a set of drag radials making the trip to the strip more than merely an exercise in wheelspin. The video reports that the first run was done with the launch control on and revved to 5,500 RPM. After the rear tires erupt into a glorious water-box burnout, the Viper appears to nearly stall right off the line, but presents no spin what so ever. The result of 1.75 short time, 11.16 at 127 MPH. The next run was performed with the launch control off, and there’s again slight bog off the line as the car leaves just off-idle. However, the 8.4L V10 gets all 640 ponies wound up and gets down the track in a hurry.

The Viper leaves hard every time, but bogs right past the tree, still managing low 11s and decent short times.

Again, very low 11s is good, and the 60-foot time really isn’t all that bad – but what in the world is going on with that bog off the line? Could it be something to do with the traction control not knowing what to do with the drag radials and VHT prepped surface, or just a classic case of bad launching? Let us know what you think in the comments below.  

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Clifton Klaverweiden

Clifton has been a car fanatic since his late teens, when he started the restoration of his '67 Camaro. He considers himself a student of automotive science and technology, and particularly loves all things LSX. And, although he has an appreciation for everything, from imports to exotics, his true passion will always be for GM musclecars.
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