The 2013 SRT Viper is one of the hottest cars of this year, and Chrysler knows it. From limiting the number of dealerships who get to sell a Viper to charging upwards of $25,000 just to host the car in their showroom, Chrysler is betting that customers and dealers are willing to pay a premium to get their rear ends in the driver’s seat of this new Viper.
As it turns out, Hennessey Performance thinks the same thing. That is why, even though the new Viper isn’t on sale yet, they’re already talking about new performance packages for the 2013 SRT Viper that will almost double the horsepower and torque figures, thanks to a couple of turbochargers.
Yup, Hennessey is already talking about two performance packages for the 2013 SRT Viper. They’re calling the packages the 700R and the Venom 1000. The 700R package increases the Viper’s horsepower from 640 to 725, and torque goes up from 600 ft-lbs to to 695 ft-lbs. Hennessey claims these numbers will take the Viper from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, and it will run down the quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds. Top speed? An estimated 218 mph.
Sounds insane, and yet the 700R package is absolutely timid compared to the Venom 1000 upgrade. In this guise, Hennessey turns the whole Viper engine inside-out and adds two turbochargers…just because. The Venom 1000 package cranks the dial all the way up to 11, delivering 1,120 horsepower and 1,092 ft-lbs of torque.
This is reportedly enough power for a 0-60 time of just 2.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 9.7 seconds. Hennessey doesn’t mention a top speed, though with that kind of power it could be close to 250 mph. Be afraid, be very afraid…