Chrysler prices SRT Viper: 640hp for £62k
...but getting hold of one promises to be rather tricky.
There will be two launch variants of SRT Viper, revealed Chrysler at a big new model extravaganza last night: that base car, and a more luxurious Viper GTS, which will cost $122,390. Both prices include s $1,995 delivery charge – this is twice that of other Chryslers, because the Viper isn’t transported by rail, but instead goes direct to the dealer from the factory in a truck.
Of course, dollars don’t mean much to Brits. Converted in sterling, then, the SRT Viper costs £62,044 and £76,420 respectively. Bargain, huh? Well, hold your horses...
See, the SRT Viper seems set to be a waiting list car, through both being in much demand and in limited supply. Chrysler plans to build just 2000 of them each year, at the Connor Avenue plant that’s been home to the Viper since 1995. Any muscle car-seeking Brits may thus have to join a lengthy queue (with your bargaining power much reduced by the complexity of getting it to you…).
It’s not even all that easy for US buyers either, because not every Chrysler dealer will be selling it. Fewer than 20% are likely to retail the 640hp beast, due to Chrysler’s decision to charge each dealer a one-off fee of $25,000 for the rights to retail it. They will also, reports Automotive News, have to undergo specific model training. Similar to the Nissan HPC dealers that retail the GT-R, the SRT Viper is intentionally being positioned away from the mainstream.
A big-engine, big-hp bargain, then. Indeed, as US sources point out, the SRT Viper is actually cheaper than the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 arch-rival matching it on hp: that costs from a scorching $113,575. Or, just under £70k…