• May 3rd 2006 at 12:49AM
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Mopar faithful are speculating that Chrysler’s speed freaks are working on an SRT version of the upcoming Challenger. Since an official green light has not been given for the Challenger Concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit auto show, this may be a case of fans attempting to will their dream into reality, but a 510-hp, 6.4L Hemi V8 does sound better than sheep jumping a fence.

Word is that Chrysler’s SRT division was going to debut a Challenger SRT-8 at the New York Auto Show, an event that did not come to pass. SEMA is being pegged as the next most likely debut venue.

With the announcement by Ford that the Mustang Shelby GT500 will produce an SAE-certified 500 horsepower, many readers have questioned how both Dodge and Chevy will respond when their pony cars debut. Will the Challenger SRT-8 materialize as an answer, and will Chevy step up with a 500-hp Camaro SS? And how would that affect the Viper and Vette?

Though the Mustang Shelby GT500’s thunder was stolen by Dodge and Chevy at the Detroit show, it’s apparent the super Stang is raising some eyebrows around the industry.

[Source: SRTMopar]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      These 500+ hp Mustangs and Challengers are all about going really fast in a straight line. Yay! Thats awsome.

      When did people stop caring about driving dyanmics?
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car just says, "I don't care about the enviroment and I don't about conservation!"

      Those gas snorting double pumper days are long gone. Its time for a new and fresh outlook. Todays schools teach kids about the enviroment, the results of using vehicles like these etc.

      It is time to start focusing on tomorrows buyers and not todays.

      • 9 Years Ago
      What is there to get exited about???Hummmm let's see..The E body is the most saught after muscle car right know.They are a lot more rare than the Camaro.Drive down the street in a big block 70 challenger or cuda and see how many "Yawns" you'll get.With this car you either get it or don't.
      • 9 Years Ago
      jordan, any RWD car with a reasonable power-to-weight ratio can drift, it has nothing to do with being a Japanese car or not. Plus if you saw the D1 event where the Mustang won earlier in the year you'd see that basically every Japanese driver spun on purpose as to let an American win which would boost the popularity of the sport in the US.
      • 9 Years Ago
      apparently they like my photoshop work here.. hah.. cool :) i've been blogged.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This speculation is nothing new. It's been the word of mouth since the Challenger concept was unveiled along with the Mopar 6.4L Hemi engine which makes 510hp and is naturally aspirated.

      I'm sure SRT will be massaging the Challenger, let's just hope it's packing the 6.4L Hemi under the hood to make things really interesting.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's a big on the outside, small on the inside klutz that's built on a Chrysler 300 chassis.

      The Challenger, if you read the actual article, Iquack, will be built on a shortened NEXT GEN LY platform which will be used for the 300D, Magnum, and Charger. SHORTENED is the key word there
      • 9 Years Ago
      The rims/tires that got photoshopped on befit this car as much as teats on a bull.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "16. Dodge is doing it all wrong- If the Blue Devil Vette is going to be 600hp, Dodge should announce a 610hp edition of the Hemi."

      Like this? http://www.srtmopar.com/hemiblog/?permalink=438

      440 cubes, anyone?

      Also, the next-gen Viper is rumored to have dynoed at 720hp, so Dodge isn't asleep.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's about time the big three get back to doing what
      they do best; building fast sexy well built cars that no Jap or Eurotrash will ever

      I don't think this will affect the 'vette much, back in the 60's Chevy, Pontiac, Olds, and Buick all had cars with engine options that made just as much, if not more, power than the Corvette... but they where also a LOT heavier, the same will happen here. The 'vette will be a lighter sportier car, and the Camaro SS will be the car you drive to work and drag on the weekends.
      • 9 Years Ago
      510 HP? yawn...I'd be more impressed if they found a way to chop out 510 lbs! That would make for a much better car...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Dodge is the most likely candidate to eclipse the GT500. Now Chevy has to make a decision about the horsepower ratings of its Camaro. 450-475 means that it will eclipse the base corvette, if they want to beat the GT500 and SRT-8 it will require an engine that would eclipse the ZO6.
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