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Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept

Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept

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In what promises to be a bragging-rights, smoky burnout extravaganza, Chrysler today announces an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 under the hood of its '09 Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept headed to this year's SEMA. The engine is the same enthusiastic motivator for the brute-force Viper, and in Challenger guise it supplies 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.

This kind of fire-breathing concept is quite apropos for SEMA's miles and miles of bored-and-stroked bliss, and a wonderful relief (if guilty pleasure) for us car guys and gals who respect hybrids and E-REVs while pining for the horsepower/cubic inch wars of yore. But we hope Dodge has done something to remedy the V-10's strange, reedy exhaust note, which will sound downright puny next to the glorious, burbling 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 found in the Challenger SRT8. Power is great, but an appropriately ferocious soundtrack makes the experience complete.

Says Dodge: "this new halo concept delivers the well-known SRT credo of benchmark performance." The Challenger already looked good; this version looks like it traveled from straight from the past just to pick a fight with the hi-po versions of the upcoming 2010 Chevy Camaro and current Ford Mustang. Bathed mostly in Tornado Red paint, the SRT10 also features a lightweight carbon-fiber deck lid with the flared nostrils of Dodge's famous "shaker hood," which the company says is a nod to the '70 HEMI Cuda. A brake upgrade and Bilstein shocks all the way around complete the mechanical tweaks. Inside, sport seats, carbon-fiber accents, and (groan) a red engine start button are present. Remind us again what was wrong with firing up eight-plus liters of engine with a satisfying twist of the ignition key?

This concept looks mean, promises to deliver on the track, and is a welcome mechanical splurge from automakers who, in tough times, have resorted to huge dubs and blinged-out designers to lend cred to their vehicles (Toyota Venza SportLux, anyone?). But please, Dodge, figure out a way to add some rumble to that exhaust.--Colin Mathews
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  1. Thanks MoPar!Just what a MoPar junkie like me needed to lift my spirits. With all the talk of Chrysler/G.M., Chrysler/Nissan, Chrysler/Anyone mergers, Pentastar Spirits are pretty low. By the way, the 70 Challenger also had a "shaker" hood, not just the Cuda. What's most important is that the performance people at Chrysler are still alive and well. I got my first look at a 2009 Challenger R/T at the MoPar Nationals and it was a stunner. Photographs do not do this car justice. Lets not write the obituary on this proud and yes, even in these difficult times, innovative auto company just yet. A junkie never gives up on his addiction, and mine is MoPars. Even the "Pennsylvania Pooper" is rooting for a Chrysler comeback.
     
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  2. Wow!
    Please Chrysler, if you are going to merge, merge with Ford. At least they can use your brands. All GM will do is keep Jeep and kill off the rest.
     
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  3. So my first thought when Chrysler showed the first Challenger concept is it's nice, but almost too much like the '70 Challenger. Then I saw the cars in person! WOW, what a great looking car. Now I know this is a concept, but this would be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much fun to have with the V10. I'll take one please, and make mine SubLime!
     
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  4. Cool. Hope they can make the hood fit before the show. And amen about the push button starter. Enough with the gadgets already.
     
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  5. Jeep is not the most valuable part of Chrysler.
    It's the MINIVANS. After all, Chrysler invented them.
    A third reason for GM to buy Chrysler would be so no Nissans or VWs or TOyota 9?!) does, and gets a foothold int he US with all the dealer base etc.
    Of course, FOrd could buy Chrysler too, and has more cash to do so due to the $23 billion line of credit Mullaly got by selling this and that etc.
     
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  6. They still have balls!!! This does not look like a company in dire straights. They are car guys to the core and God willing if the market turns around I thing they will be back big time!
     
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  7. I'd rather see (and buy) the SRT-10 body and chassis, except with a 6.4L 540hp Hemi. Oh and delete the red button for me too...
     
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