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Last week’s photo showed the this-means-business hood of the new SRT Viper, the raucous sports car made by Chrysler but no longer badged a Dodge. For a photo of the rear of the vehicle and lots of information, read this week’s road test.

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Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Robert Alexander. He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “The Viper was dropped from the Dodge lineup a couple of years ago, but now is back … but not as a Dodge per se. Just as the Dodge nameplate has been dropped from the Ram line of pickups, so too has it been dropped from the Viper. It is instead now marketed under the Chrysler SRT brand.

“The teaser shot depicts the Shark Gil hood specific to the base model Viper. The GTS trim level only has two vents instead of six. Both models come equipped with an 8.4-liter V-10 engine putting out 640 horsepower. The starting price is just under $100,000.

“When the original Viper was introduced, it was a raw, in-your-face, street-legal race car. The option list did not include any silly things such as an automatic transmission, air conditioning, side windows or any unnecessary piece of anything. Many a car magazine test team simply left the cloth roof panel lying on the side of the Autobahn when it blew off, unable to withstand the prolonged exposure to the car’s top speed.

“While it looked as thought it were going the way of other nameplates, never be seen or heard from again, a secret effort at Chrysler took on the task of breathing new life into this car and was able to sell it to the corporate brass. Make no mistake about it: This iteration appears to be every bit as capable as the original, but with some added finesse and refinement. This one is loaded with leather and technology comparable to anything else in its price class.

“One thing that was always a sticking point with the owners and the developers was having to add federally mandated stability control systems to the Viper. That has now been done, but it can be completely switched off if the driver desires. I guess that I will have to settle for putting a spin around Road Atlanta in a Viper on my bucket list, because it is certain that there will never be one in my garage.”

EVANS: Jerry Paul wrote: “This week I will guess a 2013 SRT Viper.”

Wayne Wilke wrote: “The What Is It? car is an SRT Viper. Consumer Reports calls it a Dodge and Car and Driver mentions that is from the Chrysler Corp. and just calls it an SRT Viper. It is powered by an all-aluminum 640-horsepower, 8.4-liter V-10 engine. The price range is $98,000 for the base model and $120,000 for the upscale GTS model. I think the pictured one is a GTS. The 2013 SRT Viper has improved handling and an upscale interior vs. previous models.

MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This week’s car is a Viper SRT 10 ACR.”

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

Can you tell us the make and model of this 2013 vehicle? If you know what it is, call (706) 823-3419 or send an e-mail to glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response along with everybody else’s.

You have until midnight Tuesday to respond. Entries might be edited for length, style and content. A winner will be chosen randomly. If you win, please let us know when you would like to pick up your prize.

– Glynn Moore,

staff writer


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