It has emerged that a convertible version of the latest 2015 Dodge Viper SRT will be introduced in the middle of next year when the company also uprates the existing model with more power.
The news comes courtesy of Automotive News who simply state that there is a strong possibility of such a model arriving next year and it does seem logical. The Viper is in the midst of dwindling sales with Dodge having to recently stop production twice because they were producing more cars than they were selling. Adding a convertible version of the latest Viper will give customer’s something different to choose from and provide a rival to the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible.
Just a few days ago, details about the 2015 model year Viper emerged. First of all, the American muscle car 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.
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.
[Via Automotive News]