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Dodge Showcases 2009 Viper-powered Challenger SRT10 Concept

Dodge Challenger SRT 10 Concept

Las Vegas - The opportunity for SRT engineering to “one-up” the modern-day pony car war comes to fruition with the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept. Power for the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept comes from the Dodge Viper 8.4-liter, all-aluminum V-10 engine with 600 horsepower and 560 lb. ft. of torque. This new halo concept car delivers the well-known SRT credo of benchmark performance.

The 2009 Challenger SRT10 concept was developed by Chrysler’s in-house performance engineering organization, Street and Racing Technology (SRT) with a focus on the five pillars of every SRT vehicle: bold exterior design that resonates with the brand image, a race-inspired interior, world-class ride and handling across a dynamic range, a standout powertrain and benchmark braking.

At the heart of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept is the proven Dodge Viper powertrain — a V-10 engine with 600 hp and 560 lb. ft. of torque. The driveline is comprised of a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission with Dodge Viper gear ratios. The torque routes through a single-piece, four-inch steel drive shaft to an aluminum differential with a 3.73:1 final drive and torque-sensing limited-slip.

With 600 horsepower comes the need for benchmark braking, one of the pillars of SRT. The Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept features an SRT-engineered braking system. All four corners are equipped with silver painted Brembo fixed calipers that feature six pistons in front and four pistons in back. Two-piece 390mm vented rotors are up front and 355mm vented rotors are in the rear. The SRT-exclusive braking system includes knockback mitigation software for even better track response. The system recognizes lateral acceleration and effectively primes itself, anticipating the next brake application.

The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept is equipped with a significantly re-tuned version of the 2009 Challenger SRT8 suspension, featuring a multi-link short- and long-arm (SLA) front suspension with BILSTEIN® mono-tube shocks at all four corners. The front suspension cradle combines hydroformed steel tube side rails with a stamped box section lateral member to provide the appropriate level of stiffness. The stiffness is tuned to avoid the transmission of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) into the passenger compartment.

The Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept exterior features a fresh coat of Tornado Red paint and unique forged aluminum wheels. The shaker hood is a nostalgic representation of the 1970 HEMI Cuda giving the 600 hp V-10 room to breathe and the driver an incredible view of the torque lean of the engine.

Mopar® Underground

Dodge Challenger Formula Drift Car

The Mopar Underground design team put flare into two of Dodge’s hottest new vehicles. The all-new Dodge Challenger and the all-new Dodge Ram 1500 were the chosen vehicles to let the imagination go wild. These vehicles incorporate not only well-known Dodge design cues but utilize an array of performance parts and esthetic components available from Mopar. If you can dream it, you can build it with Mopar.

Dodge Challenger Targa

Dodge Challenger Targa

The Dodge Challenger Targa is a full-blown competition car which raced and completed the infamous Targa Newfoundland race this year. “Samantha” started life as a Mopar Challenger drag race package car. Many features were borrowed from the Dodge Viper but the most noticeable is the snakeskin green paint. To keep the front end down, a Mopar chin spoiler, developed in a full scale wind tunnel, was added to the front of the car. Mopar gauges keep a close eye on the systems. The Mopar hood is equipped with a scoop to make room for the 540 horsepower, 490 lb. ft. of torque, 392 HEMI® V-8 Mopar crate motor.

Mated to a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox, the engine blasts power to the rear wheels through a production 2009 modified gear ratio in the rear end. An abundance of fade resistant stopping power comes from Stop-Tech brakes. Up front, the six-piston calipers clamp 380mm rotors, while in the rear, four-pot calipers work with 355-mm rotors. Developed by KW, the race suspension and brake upgrades are from a proven hero — the Dodge Viper ACR which just broke the production car lap record at the world-renown Nurburgring in Germany. With only a few exceptions, the Dodge Challenger Targa was built using parts available through Mopar.

Photos: Chrysler

(Nov 4, 2008)


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