Video Mashup: Dodge Challenger SRT10 vs. 1970 Challenger 440 R/T

February 6, 2009

With the economy tanking and poor Chrysler taking a non-stop series of beatings, we thought it would nice to liven up your Friday with some new- and old-school HEMI hoonage.

The boys at Dodge stuffed the monster 8.4-liter Viper V-10 under the hood of a Challenger and proudly showed it off last fall at SEMA. And while the Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept above has never been for sale, it would seem a viable production option if only muscle cars were in vogue and mpg didn't really matter all that much. It's also one way for Chrysler to keep its angry V-10 in the fold even as it tries to sell off the Viper brand.

So before opening those bills or checking your (depressing) e-trade portfolio, just sit back and daydream as this red SRT10 concept spits its V-10 staccato while blasting through fall leaves, curving gracefully through apexes, and bouncing joyously off its rev-limiter. Keep watching 'til the end for custom details like the genuine shaker hood and a bespoke carbon fiber decklid.

But if you really want to turn that frown upside-down, play the clip below and thrill to what MOPAR is truly supposed to sound like. 1970 was smack in the middle of the muscle car horsepower wars, and the bellow from this 1970 Dodge Challenger Magnum 440 R/T might well raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Or make you weep with nostalgia.

Thank you Dodge, Ford, and Chevy for reviving - and keeping alive - high-performance muscle. With Dodge's stable Challengers, the freshened 2010 Mustang, and Chevrolet's promising 2010 Camaro alive and well, it's just a bit easier to trudge through this bleak automotive winter with our hopes high.

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