By Patrick Rall
When Steve Saleen created SMS Supercars, there were rumors
that the long-time Mustang tuner could introduce the new company’s efforts with
Dodge Challenger, and with the recent press release from SMS, it was confirmed
that SMS’ first Supercar is indeed based on the popular Dodge Challenger.
The SMS prepared Challengers will wear the name 570 and 570X
Challenger, and those packages are based on 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T
models. The SMS Challengers will all
feature the 5.7L Hemi engine, but the horsepower will be increased from the
normal 376 up to 500-700, depending on the extent of the package chosen. The key addition in making all of this power
is the new SMS 296 Supercharger, and in prior applications the 5.7L Hemi has
responded well to the forced induction.
All of the 570 and 570X models will also come equipped with a 6-speed
Other than the basics above, SMS is fairly tight lipped as
to the full details of the vehicle, but along with the jump in power, we can
expect braking and suspension upgrades, along with aesthetic changes to the
interior and exterior. One great change
to the outside of the Challenger is the addition of the SMS Red Butteryfly-Induction
hood, and for the 570X, a full compliment of carbon fiber upgrades that not
give the car a sportier look, but also add to the cars aerodynamic
qualities. The toughest part to swallow
with the new high-performance Challengers is the cost, with the price tags
expected to range from $60,000 to $70,000 US Dollars.
There was no release date for the new SMS Challengers, but
with the SEMA Show about a month away, we can expect that a collection of the
world’s most popular aftermarket companies would likely feature the debut of a
new era for automotive legend Steve Saleen.
Whether the SMS Challengers debut at SEMA next month or not, we can be
assured that the legacy that has been created by the Saleen Mustangs will be
carried on by the already popular Dodge Challenger.
Stay tuned for more information upon the debut in Las Vegas from DodgeForum.com, your source for SEMA 2008 event coverage!!