A detailed look at the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe

When the third-generation Dodge Viper debuted in 2003, it was only available as a convertible. The Dodge Viper SRT-10 debuted in 2006 in an all-new coupe form, much to the delight of ‘Viper Nation’, the global community of die-hard Viper owners.

The new hardtop hit showrooms in October 2006, with the SRT-10 replacing the GTS name, the aerodynamic advantage should be in the single digits, 0.39 Cd versus 0.40. It’s about 15 lbs heavier than the soft-top car, and the output figures for the aluminum pushrod V-10 engine remain unchanged. Even with the powerful new 500-horsepower Corvette Z06 on the horizon, the kids of Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) group thought 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque was enough.

So, what’s new this time? The sheet metal of the doors to the rear was clearly designed and manufactured for the coupé, except for the roof. The Competition Coupe – the off-road racing version introduced in mid-2003 – has some similarities, but the rear is unique to the street coupé. According to exterior designer Ralph Gilles, the goal was to give the vehicle a sense of humor. The roadster, on the other hand, has always been less daring.

The Dodge Viper SRT-10 is all about unparalleled performance and eye-catching design. The Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé comes with a 500 horsepower 8.3-liter V-10 engine that contributes to blistering acceleration (0-60 mph in under 4 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in low range of 12 seconds), Dodge’s signature crosshair grille design, deep-cut side shells, swept back fenders and lowered hood lines that give it a bold look.

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The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe comes with a new exterior and interior

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The exterior styling of the all-new 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé, with its ‘double-bubble’ roof and dramatic, unique rear styling with wraparound taillights reminiscent of the Viper GTS Coupé, sets it apart from its Convertible sibling. The starting point of the Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé was the Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible, which has a solid construction to begin with. The Viper SRT-10 Coupé is more torsionally stiff than the Convertible, thanks to the addition of the roof structure.

The only bodywork shared by the Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé and Convertible is the front, fenders, hood and doors. In addition to the new hood and deck lid, the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé features a unique surround for the windshield, door side windows, rear panel, side panels and taillights. The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe will be available in Viper Blue with double Stone White racing stripes, a nod to one of the most popular Vipers of all time, the 1996 Dodge Viper GTS.

“We brought back the double-bubble roofline of the original Dodge Viper GTS for helmet clearance,” explains Creed. “In fact, we started the process by measuring the height and shape of the roof with a mannequin wearing a helmet.” The roof and headliner, which can accommodate a safety cage while maintaining maximum headroom, is another useful interior feature for many owners racing their 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe. The interior of the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé features a unique two-tone color scheme.

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The powertrain of the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé

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The Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe is rated at 500/525/505, which translates to 500 horsepower, 525 Ibs-ft of torque and 505 cubic inches of displacement. The 2006 Viper SRT10 Coupe is powered by an aluminum block 8.3-liter (505 cu. in.) V-10 engine. Ninety percent of the torque is available to the driver over a wide range of 1,500-5,600 rpm.

Brembo 44/40 twin-piston calipers in the front and Brembo 42/38 twin-piston calipers in the rear grip four 14-inch discs to define the stopping power of the Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) ensures that the wheels do not lock under hard braking.

The handling and driveability of the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupé is derived from a race-bred, independent four-wheel suspension with lightweight, high-quality aluminum wishbones and knuckles, damped by lightweight coil-over shock absorbers. A Dana 44-4 Hydra-Lok speed-sensitive differential lock transfers the power to the road surface.

The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe is equipped with forged aluminum wheels that measure 18 x 10 in the front and 19 x 13 in the rear. Each tire is equipped with a Michelin zero pressure run-flat tire and each tire has a low pressure sensor in the valve stem. The all-new 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe will be available at Dodge dealerships in Fall 2005.

Amazingly, the suggested retail price of the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe was only in five figures

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Dodge announced pricing for the all-new, heart-pounding 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe in August 2005. The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe was available as a hardtop for the first time since the 2002 model, with a base price of $83,145. This Viper coupe has the same standard equipment as the standard Viper, but in a breathtakingly voluptuous coupé body with a steel hood.

Sources: CarAndDriver, SuperCars, MotorTrend, AutoBlog

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