By on November 21, 2013

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Chrysler used the 2013 Los Angeles auto show to introduce a limited edition matte finished charcoal gray SRT Viper GTS called the Anodized Carbon Special Edition.

Only 50 units will be produced with the dark gray metallic exterior finish, with orange highlights around the car. Other special features black vapor chrome “Rattler” wheels, a black GTS badge, a black exhaust bezel, an anodized carbon fuel filler door, orange brake calipers, carbon fiber brake ducts and a carbon fiber rear applique. Inside, the special edition gets an Alcantara wrapped headliner, door bolsters and knee blockers, plus orange accent stitching on the door trim, center console, instrument panel and bucket seats. There’s more orange trim on the door panels and instrument panel, and carbon fiber accents added to the center stack, door panels and steering wheel.

 

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10 Comments on “Los Angeles 2013: Anodized-Carbon-Special-Edition-SRT-Viper GTS...”


  • avatar
    Brawndo

    I guess for a matte paint job it looks ok, though I have no idea why you’d choose this over, you know, good paint. Matte paint jobs on cars increasingly make me think of the way manufacturers of boomboxes and patio furniture glue low-grade diamondplate to their products to communicate “this product is tough.”

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    Kyree S. Williams

    It seems like interest in the Viper has had a sharp decline, despite the fact that for the first time, it may actually be a car that one doesn’t need racer-credientials, and that it no longer feels like a factory-sanctioned kit car. I don’t know whether the lack of interest can be attributed to the C7 Corvette’s introduction or what, but hopefully the SRT team can get the spotlight back…

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      I think the trouble is that it’s bracketed by the Corvette for more cost-conscious buyers, and by a huge array of supercars for those who are price insensitive.

      As Nissan and Dodge have learned (and even Corvette with the ZR1), in the high end market the badge matters a lot. Their performance may beat Porsche, but their sales slam against the wall of Porsche’s carefully cultivated “pedigree”. To be fair, Porsches are plenty fast for any reasonable driver, their cars are very well engineered, and they seem to fit their target customers to a T.

      It seems clear that this will be the last Viper. They barely made it through the production gauntlet, and with the lack of interest, it is unlikely it will be re-authorized for a fourth generation. My guess is that they will become relative bargains on the used market in 15 years, and then big-time collector’s items in 30 years, when large displacement engines are long gone. Of course, that assumes that cars like this are still allowed on the road in 30 years…

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    So you’re telling me a Dodge special edition has paint and plastic badges?

    Oh man!

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Looks like another Viper that no one will buy.


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