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Better Dodge Viper for 2008

Dodge has made several refinements to its 2008 Viper SRT, giving the coupe and convertible the same aerodynamic numbers.

For 2008, the vehicle’s power train builders increased the engine’s performance, and best of all, complied with the regulatory requirements like the federal Tier 2, Bin 5 and California’s Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) 2 mandates. SRT builders worked with specialists from McLaren Performance Technologies and Ricardo, Inc. And here is good news for race enthusiasts: the Viper SRT now has the power of a race car which such as higher engine agility.

The refreshed vehicle has V-10 aluminum engine that raised the displacement to 8.4 liters from the former 8.3 liters. This yields 600 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque. It has new cylinder heads with Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) shaped combustion chambers, bigger valves and Variable Valve Timing (VVT). When the exhaust valves are open and closed according to the speed and load of the engine, the VVT adapts to permit the engine to “breathe” cleaner and more efficiently.

The engine has two-piece intake manifold. This combines cast aluminum lower with smooth runners for the air to flow better. They are bolted to a die-cast aluminum upper plenum. The engine also has an improved low-restriction filter that sends air via dual electronic throttle control into the intake module.

And because it is refreshed, the Viper SRT comes with improved bulkheads, water jackets and blocks that have pressed-in iron cylinder liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps. The cylinder liners and bolts are built to yield durability and strength.

A plastic hood contributes to the power that the engine releases. It is used to augment the airflow through the hood scoop. Openings along each side are used to so that air can circulate within the engine compartment. This consequently keeps power to continue going even with a hot engine. The plastic lessen the weight of the vehicle and helped keep it at a low cost. Some body panels are also made up of plastic. For some structural parts, carbon fiber is used.

As to its ride and handling performance, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 has fully independent four-wheel suspension. It features lightweight, high-performance aluminum control arms and knuckles that are moisten by lightweight coil-over shock absorbers.

You want to know about the wheels? The Dodge Viper SRT10 has smooth looking forged aluminum, 18 x 10-inch front and 19 x 13-inch rear wheels. These are now available in three styles. These include the five-spoke, the H-spoke and the all-new Razor wheel with five U-shaped spokes. These tires assure intensive grip, less noise and excellent handling.

To arrive in North America this summer, this new Dodge automobile will be available in four new interior color combinations, and a new wheel design. Plus, Dodge fans now have the options for bezel finishes on the center instrument panel and console.

Both the Roadster and Coupe forms have an improved hood with a larger, more effective hood scoop for air induction and larger, functional hood louvers.

Dodge fanatics can now choose from eight exterior colors. The new ones include Venom Red, Snakeskin Green, Viper Violet, Viper Orange and Bright Blue. The stripe ones with six dual painted stripe colors (white, black, silver, graphite, blue, and red) are still options.

The front fascia and fenders, hood and doors are the only body panels which are common to both the coupe and convertible. The current Viper SRT10 design cues remains. These are the crosshair grille, deep-cut side scallops, swept-back fenders, and lowered hood lines.

Vehicles nowadays are not patronized if they lack safety features, and the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 has many of those. These are the adjustable pedals, anti-lock brake system (ABS), interior head-impact protection, tire pressure monitoring, and remote keyless entry (RKE).

For more assured security, the vehicle also has: advanced multistage front air bags with occupant classification system (OCS), which measures based on the weight of the occupant the status for activation or deactivation of the passenger side front air bag; belt alert, which regularly activates a chime and lights an icon in the instrument cluster to imply buckling up if a car is driven without a properly belted driver; center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL), which uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) for extended life; constant force retractors (CFR), which spread force or load exerted on a seat belt and then eventually release the seat belt webbing in a regulated manner; crumple zones, which are built to compress during an accident to inhale energy (this decreases transfer of that energy to the diver and passengers); energy-absorbing steering column, which uses two hydro formed coaxial tubes that can move relatively to each other in order to permit the column to move forward so that during a crash more energy will be absorbed; and knee bolsters to positioning of occupants that enable the air bags to function efficiently.

All these and more!

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 will be manually built in Detroit at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant.

Aside from this greatly improved car, Dodge is also the maker of durable Dodge truck bed liner.

About the Author

Evander Klum is a Business Administration graduate who hails from Alabama. He enjoys extreme sports and he is also a car racing fanatic. At present, he works as a marketing manager at an advertising agency in Cleveland.

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