Production on the hand-assembled 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 has begun. A new, lightweight engine gets 600hp and 560 ft-lb of torque.

Production has begun on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10, according to parent-company Chrysler, LLC.  Workers at a Detroit-area plant will hand-assemble the sometimes overlooked American sports car.

Getting 600 horsepower and 560 ft-lb of torque, a gigantic all-aluminum 8.4 litre SRT V-10 engine powers the road-racer.  But prepping this car to its Street & Racing Technology (SRT) standard specifications is no easy task.

Nearly 50 workers take up to 21 hours hand assembling the car along a 700 ft. assebly line.  Simultaneously, nine workers hand build the engine.  This process is critical to the Viper's overall quality, according to the automaker.  Conner Avenue Assembly Plant Manager Melissa Holobach said, "Our assembly process is just as exceptional as the car."

"The process of building these vehicles by hand has allowed us the freedom to produce race-inspired performance without the constraints of mass production," she continued.  "Our workforce is committed to producing the best vehicles possible and it shows in their commitment to detail."

18-inch wheels in the front, and 19-inch wheels in the back, and a 0-100-0 mph time of about 12 seconds, this car's amazing braking and ass-kicking power assures it to be a fun ride.  Thanks in part to an engine co-designed by US-Based McLaren Performance Technologies, the Viper SRT-10 goes 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.

Two models, a roadster and a coupe, will see North American showrooms beginning this year.  Base price on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 is $83,895.

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