• Oct 23, 2007

Click the StormTrooper for a gallery of press and live photos

The car you see pictured here is what happens when a self-professed Star Wars geek gets to have his way with the latest Dodge mid-sized sedan. While the stock Dodge Avenger looks awkward from some angles, sits a little tall, and is generally unexciting visually, the Avenger StormTrooper largely eliminates those problems. Under the hood, the StormTrooper gets the 4.0L V-6 from the Pacifica crossover while the whole body is lowered over the twenty-inch tires. The white bodywork and dark tinted headlight covers and windows were inspired by the armor of the soldiers in George Lucas' movies. A set of four buckets from a Charger SRT8 adorned in alcantara suede adorn the front and back rows and a pair of mobile PCs provide entertainment for the driver and passengers. The front unit is tied into the powertrain control allowing the driver to tune the engine, while the rear unit allows passengers to play games, watch movies, or surf the net.

Click here to listen to a chat I had with Avenger StormTrooper designer Scott Anderson, in which he explains some of the unique elements of this concept.


All live photos ©2007 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.
Dodge Avenger Tuner - Stormtrooper

Designer: Scott Anderson, Senior Product Designer – Advanced Interior Design Studio
Project Coordinator – Engineering: Brandon Thomas, Product Release Engineer – FWD Chassis Group

The Dodge Avenger Tuner – Stormtrooper is a sophisticated sedan designed to appeal to an adult tuner with an appreciation for technical superiority, exhilarating performance and unbridled luxury and style. The technical, yet organic nature of the Stormtrooper costumes from Star Wars inspired its execution. The Avenger Stormtrooper represents the holistic fusion of technology, racing, comfort and performance.

Smooth power is unleashed by the digitally-tuned 4.0-liter V-6 engine – that packs the punch of a velvet hammer. It features an all-wheel-drive powertrain and six-speed automatic gearbox with AutoStick steering wheel paddle shifters and KW custom coil-over suspension that is tuned for ride-height and damping. Its custom exhaust is from Borla. The large 20 x 9 custom Alcoa Forged rims come with die-sub custom graphics and Michelin 245/35R20 Pilot Sport PS2 tires. It also features a StopTech six-piston front and four- piston rear big-brake package, Xenon HID projector head lamps, Umnitza Predator halo lighting and Challenger fuel filler cap.

Exterior custom modifications on the Avenger Stormtrooper include:
black-out high-beam parabola package
tinted head lamp and taillamp package
tinted PPG blue-magic glass
billet exhaust tips
front and rear fascias
sill aero kit
integrated rear spoiler
rear door sail panels
cold-air intake

Painted a custom pearl white, the Avenger Stormtrooper's story continues on the inside.

The Alcantara suede-lined interior features four black and white Dodge SRT8 bucket seats with red stitching and stripes to carry the driver and three lucky passengers for the thrill ride of their lives in style. The instrument panel, doors, headliner and pillars are swathed in this performance material. The custom Dodge "rim-shell" steering wheel and shifter paddles are constructed of black leather, white suede and red accent stitching and centering stripe. The centerstack/console features triple gauge pod and glossy pearl white finish.

Revolutionary technology abounds for the sophisticated tuner. There are two Azentek mobile PCs installed with 1.8GHz Intel Core Duo processors and two gigs of ram – one unit is in the front dash and one is in the rear seat center console. With the touch of a finger, the driver is "master of the vehicle network domain." ETAS' INCA software digital interface to the engine controller could allow the driver to have the capability to control its tuning and read vitals. The owner could even order parts or download engine calibrations through Mopar Performance Parts and could communicate with engineers and other Dodge owners in Web logs and chat rooms. The driver could adjust fuel maps (as opposed to static flashing) and even download Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) from a Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge dealership as he or she drives by.

Entertainment – Internet, gaming, music and video – is also controlled. Sync Bluetooth® links to any devices: phone, iPhone and Zune. Heart-pounding sound is provided by KICKER® Audio. It also features a Mopar Performance gauge pack with red accent LED lighting.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Revenge of the K car Clones.
      • 7 Years Ago
      seriously i like it tooooooooooooo,,,,,,,looks solid ,,,,they should have get this in the production,,,,,,except the intrior,,,,,,,,,,
      • 7 Years Ago
      wonder where they got the idea for those halo lights...? hmmm...

      I don't care what they do to the Avenger, its still going to be awful. Plus, it has a crap chassis.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yea ive heard that but i cant find the car that it was and when it was.

        The Hofmeister kink was though created by Wilhelm Hofmeister in the 50's.
        Carlos
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha funny you should say that because the hoffenmister(sp) kink that was so called made by BMW was actually made first by an american car company, I believe it was either Chrysler or Ford, not sure.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yea i think the Avenger was a hit and miss type thing, seemed like a rushed out vehicle because the new sebring was coming. i like the chargers front end way more than this.

        • 7 Years Ago
        1951 Kaiser. And copied by nearly every Honda since 1990.

        And I really like the looks of this Avenger! The regular Avenger is attractive in a mini-Charger kind of way, but it's amazing how much the look of the car is improved here.
      T. Munday
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can't blame the headlight condensation on Chrysler. Someone has taken those headlights apart and modified them; that, or they are complete aftermarket units not made by Chrysler. That'd be like blaming Honda when someone put on an ill-fitting body kit, the blame is justified, just pointed in the wrong direction.

      I quite like the car. The details are well executed and all work well together. A shame it'll probably never see the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, if that ever came to Australia, I'd consider buying.

      But a big 6 in a FWD car is kind of... well, not my style.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Strangely I rather like this. It's fascinatingly neat and eye massaging. It's very subtle but effective in evoking a storm trooper. I wouldn't drive this personally, but I'd certainly love to see it on the road!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know if it's just me... but the body looks like it could be a NASTY SRT trim.

      If Chrysler would make one, that is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing looks like a ricer got ahold of it. Gross.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone have a problem with a German owned company producing something called a stormtrooper? I reallize they are no longer owned by daimler, but they probably were when this concept began.
        • 7 Years Ago
        WHICH German owned company?
      • 7 Years Ago
      >>> Overall, not bad. Not bad at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, this is the first time i have actually liked a car after a tuner/modder has had their hands on it.

      really well done.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome looking car, if it weren't a Chrysler product I would buy one, I worked for Chrysler once you see.

      Love the Star Wars revival, I can't wait to see the Darth Vader
        • 7 Years Ago
        Worked at Chrysler? Cleaning the commodes I'll wager! Anybody who ever worked WITH CHRYSLER wouldn't have negative comments about they're time there! From all the people I know personally(at least 25) I never heard one negative comment about the company! Maybe about a boss or co worker but not about the company itself!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually I worked in the trenches, new-car technician and mechanic in the early 90s, at Eddie Accardi Jeep, Eagle, Mazda, Subaru, Chrysler, Mitsubishi in Pompano Beach Florida, http://www.eddieaccardi.com/
        where I worked on primarily new cars every day, diagnosing problems and testing brand-new vehicles. Jeeps and Chryslers were my primary area of responsibility, and I was in an excellent position to compare design, build quality and maintenance issues. I can tell you that all the mechanics where I worked despised Chrysler cars because they constantly had problems, especially in comparison to the Jeep division which were far superior from a design standpoint, though they were relatively high maintenance themselves.

        Mitsubishi's were relatively high maintenance also, especially major issues like their timing belt replacements in the 2 L Eclipse engines, which had a tendency to destroy the valves and cylinder heads when they failed. But Chrysler was by far the worst because the design of their cars was so poor that it often took 8-12 hours to fix minor problems that required major undertakings like the removal of the entire dashboard assembly, in cars like the LeBaron convertibles. The minivans were for the most part the exception, though they had a significant number of engine failures.

        Chrysler didn't like all the money they were putting out to cover their five-year 50,000 mile warranties, so they started cutting the hours they were willing to pay to fix chronic problems. So the mechanics wound up working on their cars for 10 or 11 hours, but Chrysler would only pay for 5-7 hours of that work. I also watched the Jeep division deteriorate as the hacks at corporate started changing manufacturing procedures to make them more profitable. The 318 engines that Chrysler Dodge made a name for itself with in the 60s and 70s, and were putting in their top-of-the-line Jeeps during this time period, were once the pride of the company for their bulletproof reliability. You could virtually run those early engines for a week without oil before they'd blow. But by 1993, 1 in about every 100 were throwing rod bearings on the very first test drive, according to my observations. I call that disgraceful.

        It's too bad Chrysler didn't start emulating Subaru, one of the best cars I've ever worked on, and a manufacturer that to this day believes in putting build quality and design above every other consideration. Instead the Chrysler Corporation went in the other direction, though admittedly I can't say what their doing today, but after what I saw you couldn't pay me to drive one.

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