The 2015 model year Viper has arrived and it has brought with it a range of changes and updates. First of all, it is now called the Dodge Viper SRT rather than simply the SRT Viper as Chrysler recently decided to end SRT’s run as a standalone performance sub-brand.
Secondly, the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT has received a slight bump in horsepower bringing the total figure to 645 hp, a modest 5 hp gain over the outgoing car. Torque remains the same 600 lb-ft which is certainly no bad thing.
Despite the small horsepower bump, the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT is slightly more fuel efficient on the highway achieving 20 mpg compared to 19 mpg. Elsewhere, the Viper’s six-speed manual transmission has been fettled including the implementation of a revised sixth gear ratio.
Changes have also been included on the GT and GTS models. The GTS remains the top-of-the-range car, but the GT now receives a customisable suspension system as well as an improved interior once only available with the GTS.
A new model has also been introduced for 2015. The Dodge Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition will be limited to just 40 units and finished in a special bright shade of blue. It also receives orange brake calipers, black wheels along with leather and alcantara throughout the cabin.
The potent track-oriented Viper TA has also been updated with the release of the 2015 Dodge Viper TA 2.0. It produces more downforce than the 2014 model thanks to a new rear wing. Dodge quotes an additional 122 pounds of downforce at 250 km/h over the outgoing model. Elsewhere, the sway bars, brakes, spring rates and dampers have been tuned. The Viper TA 2.0 is available in Competition Blue, Yorange and Venom Black. Just 32 examples of each colour will be made.
It is hoped that through the introduction of these new models, Dodge will be able to lure away Corvette buyers to instead buy Vipers.