Friday, February 7, 2014

No Automatic Transmission for SRT Viper: CEO Ralph Gilles

SRT CEO Ralph Gilles has confirmed that the American automaker has no intentions of expanding the transmission offerings on the SRT Viper nor will it build a cheaper, entry-level model to compete in the marketplace. That means, don’t expect the SRT Viper to get a smaller engine than the V10 being offered now, at least not any time in the near future.

Gilles does admit that adding a dual-clutch or conventional automatic transmission to the Viper’s lineup would increase volume and sales, but stands firm that the Viper is a “purist’s car,” and should be a “driver’s car,” which means it should naturally have a manual transmission.

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