Drag racing is a crucial part of American motoring history, and the Viper definitely designed for it. With an engine more than eight times bigger than a smart car, the 8.4-liter SRT Viper launched last year offers the 640 horsepower. It's also the first model to be fitted with launch control, but most people who have experimented with this system know it can be as much a hindrance as an aid.
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The first 2013 SRT Viper to be taken to the quarter mile was filmed at the Palm Beach International Raceway to test out various launches and try to get the best times in the quarter mile. As far as we know, it's completely stock with the exception of the Mickey Thompson drag radials. That might seem like an unfair advantage, but nobody drag races with stock tires.
The fact that the license plates say "Michigan" and "Manufacture" on them suggests Chrysler's SRT division is responsible for these tests. The best run using launch control is a 11.1s at 127.3 mph. The start seems less than perfect, which means it could go in the 10s once the driver learns his gears.
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