SRT to debut Challenger SRT10 Concept at SEMA!
The Dodge Challenger Concept debuted as an R/T at the
Detroit Auto Show, but the 6.1L engine found in the concept had been the
trademark feature of the SRT lineup, so when the Challenger met the world in
production form, it followed suit of the other SRT 6.1L vehicles, including the
SRT aesthetic upgrades associated with the trimline. The Viper will be seeing the end of its
production, and there has been no indication of what would become of the V10
powerplant from the Viper and SRT-10 Rams.
Well, the boys at SRT must have had some spare time, and the
fruits of their labor will debut at SEMA 08 in the form of the Dodge Challenger
SRT-10 Concept. Under the hood, the
Viper 8.4L engine packing 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, being fed to
the wheels via the Viper’s 6-speed manual transmission. Helping the Challenger SRT-10 Concept dig
through the corners, a set of Bilstein shocks has been added, along with an
improved braking system. Like the Viper
Competition Coupe that has been a familiar show circuit vehicle, the Challenger
SRT-10 is finished in Tornado Red, with carbon fiber and black accents. The Concept wears a set of unique, huge
five-spoke aluminum rims, a vintage styled carbon fiber Shaker hood, a chin
spoiler, and a black rear spoiler and trunk lid. Inside, the Challenger SRT-10 Concept sport
seats with carbon fiber accents all around the interior.
While the likelihood of seeing this 600 horsepower factory
Challenger see production is pretty low, there is no question that this is
clearly one of the sexiest Concept SRT has thrown out there, and with the Viper
leaving the lineup and the Challenger R/T getting a jump in horsepower, the
current SRT8 Challenger could use a little boost to separate itself from the
Could this V10 monster be Dodge’s next flagship performance
car? Ford continues to dabble in the art
of high performance Mustangs and Chevy has a handful of super high powered
engines (LS9) sitting around with rumors flying around one of those finding its
way into a new Camaro, so there’s no reason why Dodge couldn’t offer these up
in limited numbers. Sure, there are
reasons like the slumping economy and questionable fuel prices, but from
strictly a gearheads view, the Dodge Challenger SRT-10 Concept is one of the
coolest concepts in years, and this package could put the Challenger atop the
muscle car war.
Stay tuned for more information upon the debut in Las Vegas from DodgeForum.com, your source for SEMA 2008 event coverage!!