Despite production of the 2013 SRT Viper GTS recently getting underway, it’s been confirmed the car won’t hit dealerships until mid-February, some two months later than originally announced by SRT at the car’s launch back in September 2012.
While speaking with The Detroit Free Press, Ralph Gilles the president and CEO of SRT apologized to dealers in a letter, stating that “we are just holding ourselves to a higher standard”. Gilles went on to confirm that Chrysler wants to make sure everything on the car is perfect before shipments begin, with him them stating that “to say it bluntly, the old Chrysler would have shipped them out already. It’s really a hand-made car, so it takes a little finesse to get everything perfect”.
Now by “hand-made”, we’re not talking about Pagani levels of detail and perfection, as SRT still hopes to produce 1,600 Vipers in the following 12 months, meaning only small components of the vehicle will be constructed by hand. Nevertheless, telling your friends down at the local pub that your car is hand-made is certainly a nice automotive-related conversation starter.
Just 420 of Chrysler’s 2,300 dealers have been given permission and the correct training to sell the 2013 SRT Viper GTS.