2008 model year the legendary Dodge Viper has received a mild
cosmetic upgrade, and a dramatic horsepower and torque increase.
The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is available in both coupe and convertible
versions, and both feature a new, more aggressive, hood with
more prominent louvres for better cooling and a more efficient
air scoop for feeding the engine.
Several exterior differences exist between the 2008 Dodge Viper
SRT10 Roadster and Coupe. In fact, the only body panels they
share are front fascia and fenders, hood and doors. However,
all of the iconic Viper SRT10 design cues have been maintained
including the signature crosshair grille, deep-cut side scallops,
swept-back fenders and lowered hood lines.
The Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe's hard top with its "double
bubble" styling makes it even more torsionally stiff than
the Roadster. The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe offers increased
downforce and high-speed
stability with its sloping roofline and deck-lid spoiler. Plus,
the Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe has an additional 6.25 cubic feet
of trunk space than the Viper SRT10 Roadster, for a total of
14.65 cubic feet. The roof and headliner structure offer more
room to accommodate a safety cage, while maintaining as much
headroom as possible.
In order to achieve the performance gains, the Viper's V10 engine
displacement has been increased from 8.3 to 8.4 litres by increasing
the bore by 1-millimeter.
With strengthened bulkheads and improved water jackets for better
The 2008 Viper SRT10's 8.4-liter engine breathes through new
cylinder heads equipped
with Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)-shaped combustion
chambers, larger valves and Variable Valve Timing (VVT). VVT
electronically adjusts when the exhaust valves are open and
closed according to engine speed and load, allowing the engine
to "breathe" cleaner and more efficiently.
The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10's V-10 sends its power through a
new, smaller-diameter, twin-disc clutch (a change from the previous
larger-diameter, single-disc setup). The new clutch reduces
rotating inertia by 18 percent, resulting in reduced clutch-pedal
effort and improved engagement feel.
The transmission of the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is the latest
evolution of the Tremec T56 six-speed manual, known as the TR6060.
It features 10 percent wider gears for higher torque capacity
and a new synchronizer package. A new shifter system results
in reduced shifter travel. Club racers will applaud a new provision
for adding an external transmission cooler.
The brakes of the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 have also been improved,
with 14-inch rotors gripped by Brembo 44/40 dual opposing piston
calipers in the front and Brembo 42/38 dual opposing calipers
in the rear. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) prevents lockup
during hard braking. This system results in a benchmark braking
performance of 60-to-0 mph in less than 100 feet.
The ride and handling of the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 has also
been improved, by using a race-bred, fully independent, four-wheel
suspension featuring lightweight, high-performance aluminum
control arms and knuckles, damped by lightweight coil-over shock
The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 rides on polished, forged aluminum,
18 x 10-inch front and 19 x 13-inch rear wheels available in
three styles: the five-spoke, the H-spoke and the all-new Razor
wheel with five U-shaped spokes. The wheels are clad in Michelin
Pilot Sport PS2 tires. The four-groove tread-design tires provide
maximum grip, reduced road noise and superior handling in both
wet and dry conditions.
Similar and related vehicles:
- Dodge Viper GTS-R
- Dodge Viper SRT10 (2005)
- Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe (2005)
- Dodge Hennessey Viper
- Chevrolet Corvette C6