Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne, SRT Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles, and employees of the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant presented 2013 SRT Viper #001 to owner Scott Thomas during a ceremony at the plant today to celebrate the start of production. Thomas purchased the first production Viper for $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA Auction in June 2012, with the proceeds benefiting the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
As part of Marchionne's visit to the plant, the Viper team dedicated the final line to former Chrysler Group Senior Vice President Dan Knott, who passed away in 2012, by unveiling a plaque in his honor with the quote, "Today, we are a real car company again." Knott, who served as Vice President of the SRT Product Team and was instrumental in the development of past generations of the Viper, made the statement on Aug. 22, 2010, the day the 2013 Viper program was approved.
The all-new 2013 SRT Viper is powered by a 8.4-liter V-10 engine that packs 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2013 SRT Viper starts at $97,395 (excluding $1,995 destination). Chrysler will start delivering the SRT Viper next month.
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