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    Chrysler launches '08 Viper SRT-10 w/8.4 liter, 600 hp V-10


    Auburn Hills, Mich., Oct 24, 2007 - Chrysler LLC today announced the manufacturing launch of the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10, which is being built at the company?s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.
    In a time when most manufacturing plants utilize hundreds of state-of-the-art robots to assemble vehicles, a unique plant in Detroit is producing hand-built performance vehicles.

    At the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, workers called ?Craftspersons? hand-build the new Dodge Viper SRT10 and all-new 600-horsepower 8.4-liter SRT V-10 engine. Utilizing 26 work stations on a 705-foot-long assembly line, 48 hand-picked UAW workers assemble each vehicle. Each vehicle remains stationary for up to 49 minutes per work area as the Craftspersons make any necessary adjustments. This process eliminates traditional repair stations with all procedures verified by Craftsperson team members.

    Each Dodge Viper is primarily made of seven component modules (instrument panel, fuel tank, suspension corner modules, wheels and tires, cooling module, lift gate assembly and full dressed engine). With the exception of the engine, all modules are shipped to the Conner facility from other locations. Stamping, casting and welding all take place off-site with body panels arriving already painted.

    Normally performed only on race cars, an alignment machine sets caster and camber at normal ride height, at jounce and at rebound (upward and downward travel of suspension). Typical factory alignments set caster and camber in the normal ride height position only. The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is the only U.S. production vehicle set up for such alignment at the factory.

    ?Our assembly process is just as exceptional as the car,? said Melissa Holobach, Plant Manager ? Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, Sterling Heights Vehicle Test Center (SHVTC) and Pilot Operations. ?The process of building these vehicles by hand has allowed us the freedom to produce race-inspired performance without the constraints of mass production,? Holobach said. ?Our workforce is committed to producing the best vehicles possible and it shows in their commitment to detail.?

    The all-new 600-horsepower 8.4-liter SRT V-10 engine is built next to the vehicle on a 24-station circular line by nine Craftspersons. These nine workers assemble and certify each engine before they are installed in the chassis.

    Each Dodge Viper is tested in place on the assembly line utilizing special rollers. At this stage the vehicle is a rolling chassis without its body panels. During this ?roll test? it is driven through all six speeds of the transmission, up to 90 mph to verify vehicle function.

    Since its introduction as a concept car at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Dodge Viper has captured the hearts and imagination of enthusiasts around the world. The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is offered in both Roadster and Coupe versions. With its dramatic styling and 600 horsepower, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is the ultimate American sports car.

    ?The 2008 Dodge Viper continues to be an icon for not only the Dodge brand but the Company, ? said Frank Ewasyshyn, Executive Vice President ? Manufacturing. ?Compared to our other manufacturing facilities, this is a very labor-intensive plant, but to build the Dodge Viper any other way wouldn't be right. This small craft shop allows us to produce a true American legend.?

    The next chapter of Dodge Viper continues to set the definition of extreme, yet features greater levels of refinement and finish. The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 boasts more of what performance aficionados crave: more horsepower, benchmark braking, world-class ride and handling, a race-inspired interior and bold exterior styling.

    While every SRT vehicle offers balanced overall performance, the heart and soul of the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is its new powertrain. For 2008, SRT ups the ante with a new, 8.4-liter aluminum V-10 engine that produces an astounding 600 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque.

    With 600 horsepower ? 90 more than before, and 0-to-60 performance in less than four seconds, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 sets a new benchmark for the ultimate American sports car.

    The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 will arrive in Dodge showrooms in North America this fall with a new level of customization options, including five new exterior colors, four new interior color combinations and a new wheel design.

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    SRT creates Chrysler?s boldest, most distinctive products by single-mindedly following its core vision: Deliver benchmark performance at the lowest price, and deliver it with absolute integrity and credibility.

    Every SRT vehicle showcases five key aspects: Exterior styling that resonates with the brand image; race-inspired interiors; world-class ride and handling characteristics across a dynamic range; benchmark braking; and standout powertrain.

    Chrysler?s commitment to the City of Detroit is strong. In 2006, Chrysler generated over $960 million in annual wages, over $16 million in income taxes, and over $44 million in personal and real property taxes in the City of Detroit. Throughout Michigan, the company has 35,000 employees who generate more than $4 billion in annual wages and provide more than $258 million in taxable income to the state.

    Since April 2007, the company has invested $1.8 billion in Detroit-area plants in support of flexible manufacturing efforts.

    The company?s operations in Detroit include Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, Jefferson North Assembly Plant, Mack Engine Plants I and II, Detroit Axle, Mt. Elliott Tool and Die and the Plymouth Road Office Complex. Other facilities in southeast Michigan include its global headquarters and Technology Center, Chelsea Proving Grounds, Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA), Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, Sterling Heights Stamping Plant, Trenton Engine Plant, Warren Stamping Plant and Warren Truck Assembly Plant.

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    Re: Chrysler launches '08 Viper SRT-10 w/8.4 liter, 600 hp V-10

    Great car, hard to believe the V10 is now up to 8.4 liters of displacement. I look forward to driving one in the future...

    FYI.. for anyone who wants to view pictures of the new SRT-8 V10 2008 Viper check out this press release on the main site:



    http://www.ericpetersautos.com/home/...5&Itemid=10785

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    Re: Chrysler launches '08 Viper SRT-10 w/8.4 liter, 600 hp V-10

    The car is cool, for sure.
    But I wouldn't mind seeing the assembly line, either.

    Chip H.

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    Re: Chrysler launches '08 Viper SRT-10 w/8.4 liter, 600 hp V-10

    Chip,

    The new Viper SRT-10 is one great looking ride, In my opinion it looks better than a 2008 Corvette Z06. The only thing I don't like about the Viper is the sound of the V-10 - I have just never gotten used-to it. It sounds better in recent years than the first serious of Vipers which had the side pipes (on those the exhaust sound sounded like a UPS truck).

    I'll see if I can dig up some Viper plant photos. If I can I'll post them here.

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    Re: Chrysler launches '08 Viper SRT-10 w/8.4 liter, 600 hp V-10

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    Chip,

    The new Viper SRT-10 is one great looking ride, In my opinion it looks better than a 2008 Corvette Z06. The only thing I don't like about the Viper is the sound of the V-10 - I have just never gotten used-to it. It sounds better in recent years than the first serious of Vipers which had the side pipes (on those the exhaust sound sounded like a UPS truck).

    I'll see if I can dig up some Viper plant photos. If I can I'll post them here.
    Driving the Viper is a very different experience vs. driving a Corvette. The Viper feels a lot like an old muscle car; the low-end torque and power is just massive. The 'Vette has narrowed the gap considerably - but nothing else feels like 8.4 liters.... trust me!

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    Re: Chrysler launches '08 Viper SRT-10 w/8.4 liter, 600 hp V-10

    Eric,

    You hit the nail on the head. This is reason why I believe Chevrolet is releasing the 2009 "super" Corvette that will be powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter LS3 producing about 600 - 650 horsepower and 500 - 600 lbs of torque. The current Z06 with its LS7 with its 470 lbs/ft of torque just can't match the Viper SRT-10's 550 lbs/ft of torque.

    More on the "super" Corvette (could be called ZR1):

    http://jalopnik.com/cars/detroit-aut...r+1-301413.php


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    Re: Chrysler launches '08 Viper SRT-10 w/8.4 liter, 600 hp V-10

    You think they will make a RV version of that 513 CID engine?

    -Don-

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    Don,

    My guess would be probably not. However the engine will be probably be available as a crate engine, and there's nothing stopping anyone from dropping that in a RV. ;D

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    "However the engine will be probably be available as a crate engine, and there's nothing stopping anyone from dropping that in a RV."

    But they usually change things for RV engines such as have more torque.

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    Re: Chrysler launches '08 Viper SRT-10 w/8.4 liter, 600 hp V-10

    Don,

    Excellent point. Lots of low end torque is ideal for a RV. I remember the late 1970s GM RVs used the Oldsmobile 403 which 320 lbs/ft of torque at a very low 2200 rpm and it was a very good setup that many owners raved about. I would imagine that the Dodge Ram's V10 and gearing (which is setup more for towing and pulling) would make for a better RV engine than the SRT-10 which is setup more for high-reving and high speed.


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