High-po musclecar fans rejoice - the Saleen SMS 570 and 570X, based on the Dodge Challenger R/T, are officially slated for production. Giving these cars fire-breathing levels of horsepower and torque are the SMS 296 supercharger, boosting the 5.7-liter HEMI to 500 hp (SMS 570) and 700 hp (SMS 570X).
The vehicles kickoff the SMS Signature Series line, which will grow to include ponycar rivals in the form of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and 2010 Ford Mustang. For the Challenger, in addition to the supercharged powerplants, SMS-guise means items like the SMS Red Butterfly Induction Hood, special wheels and tires, and a unique leather interior treatment.
To be sold through Dodge dealerships, prices start at $60,000 for the SMS 570 and $70,000 for the SMS 570X. Production is slated to begin later this month.
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