In a surprise unveiling early yesterday, Chrysler and SRT revealed the 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack), a special track oriented variant of the SRT Viper that was designed and built in-house by the company for enthusiasts that wanted a honed piece for road course racing, while also using the car as a response to its eternal rival (and our own Editor-in-Chief’s favorite car) the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
The exterior styling of the 2014 Viper TA changes little from the standard SRT Viper, but SRT engineers have made several revisions to prepare the TA for track duty. The bulk of these changes center around an extensive weight shedding program, which is achieved with items such as a new underhood carbon fiber X-brace (replacing the standard car’s aluminum unit), a special carbon fiber package that features a carbon fiber rear wing and other assorted carbon fiber pieces, and in a creative and unorthodox attempt to shed even more precious ounces, the replacement of the vehicle’s external badging with lightweight stickers.
Performance for the 2014 Viper TA comes from the familiar 8.4 liter naturally aspirated V10 which is left unchanged in the TA, and is good for 640 horsepower and an equally stout 600 lb-ft of torque. This monster allows the TA to make the sprint to 60 mph in a blistering 3.3 seconds. The TA also comes equipped with the GTS’s two-mode Bilstein shocks, but unlike the GTS – which features both Street and Track modes – the TA stands out by eliminating Street Mode altogether and only offering drivers the choice of either Smooth or Rough mode. Enhancing performance further is a new Track Pack which features Brembo brakes, new lightweight “Sidewinder II” wheels shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires, and numerous suspension tweaks that further sharpen the car’s world class handling characteristics.
The interior of the 2014 Viper TA (like the exterior) retains the basic layout seen in other Viper models, but SRT stylists have given the TA’s black interior (the sole color choice available for all TAs) a healthy dose of “Crusher Orange” accent stitching which is found on the shifter, instrument panel, steering wheel, upper door panels, shifter boot, the supportive cloth racing seats, center stack, and the center console. As a neat bonus, the seats can be equipped with either 3 or 6 point racing harnesses to suit a wide range of racing requirements.
Look for the 2014 Viper TA to make its official debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show next week, with production at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant beginning later this year. Make sure to place your order quickly though; production of the Viper TA is being limited to a mere 33 examples, so expect all 33 to be scooped up very quickly.