The 2014 Dodge Viper SRT TA Special Edition is a long-named sports car built specifically for those who want to take their Viper to the track. This is a segment of car buyers who buy weekend showboats (cars they drive occasionally for parades and to show off on Main Street) and to have fun on the race track once in a while. Whatever you think of the Viper itself, it is a beautiful car and is easily the most-recognized American sports car on the road today.

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This special edition is from the Street and Racing Technology team, Chrysler’s factory tuning shop, in a special Time Attack (TA) edition. Based on the SRT model, the lightest Viper in the lineup, the TA Special Edition Package builds upon the vehicle’s ultra-low center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world. The Viper TA uses chassis parts developed specifically by the SRT chassis dynamics team to attain the most out of the race-car-like chassis and create the most confidence inspiring Viper ever. SRT developed new spring rates, dampers, sway bars and brake components, combined as a system with the Viper’s available Advanced Aerodynamics Package, to create one of the most track-capable production cars in the world. The changes keep the SRT Viper TA glued to the track, while the brake system is enhanced for improved balance and to resist thermal saturation during track work.

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It has an 8.4-liter all-aluminum V10 engine producing 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The entire car has a curb weight of just 3,390 pounds.

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