Re: " The new Viper is exotic and curvy, but the glory days are gone at least by sale
I read ALL the posts here, and have to say that EVERYONE who posted is truly correct..... because multiple factors come in to play...
I know that for me one of the stigmas that will not go away is the fact that the gen 5 was not huge a leap in technology.
Personally, there is not cutting edge technology that the gen 5 Viper has that NO other sports car has.
Nissan Gtr also has slow sales, but I believe that although it has great technology, the styling is just to bland.
The gen 5 Viper has nothing new technology wise to offer to owners of previous model Vipers.
The new Corvette has cylinder deactivation, aluminum frame, active magnetic shocks ( that have been around for a while) and some other newly introduced features including carbon fiber panels on a sub $60G car.
Porsche is also moving up the technology with their new cars.
It just seems to me that the Gen 5, although to my eye gorgeous, does not bring any new cutting edge technology forward with the new model.
I know everyone here will curse me but with a stick and no paddles, it is just old school. It so 1990.
and I know that the Viper is supposed to be old school to a great extent and that satisfies the ********* enthusiast BUT the crossover buyers want new cutting edge technology that this car is lacking,
Viper guys know and may prefer a manual transmission and they understand and like/prefer the raw nature of the car, but I do not think the crossover buyer feels that it is a great selling point or something that they look for or desire in a sports car. IMO, crossover buyers are attracted by ne technology that performs.
Then add to that the high price point and the fact that other cars in the same price point have more advanced tech.
Then multiply that by a crappy economy and I think that sales may possibly continue to be weak (????)
I understand that the sky is not falling yet, but If the enthusiast Viper guys/gals did not buy every 2013 made then I believe SRT is expecting crossover buyers to buy the remaining cars and that is where I believe SRT may have trouble in the future.
But on the bright side, everyone that has a 2013 or will have a gen5 will know that less sales makes their cars hold their value better over time. (even though paying sticker and now seeing discounting occurring is only a short term hit long term values stay higher as production and sales go south )
I think that the gen 5 is a great and cool car. The Viper community was blessed to have it produced and owners will enjoy their cars, but at the expense of the SRT financials, and may have SRT accountants and marketing people eating crow. Who cares if it is a money loser for SRT as long as the end consumer/buyer/owner enjoys the car.... even if no other cross over buyers wanted to buy the gen5.