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Click above for high-res gallery of Challengers SRT10 from SEMA

That thing got a Hemi in it?
Nope. Doesn't need one. It has a Viper V10.
Oh. Ohhhhh.

The Challenger SRT10 Concept, as you no doubt know, sports the 8.4L V10 engine from the Viper SRT10. All 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque in that retro mod muscle car is probably too much power for the Challenger's rear tires, so expect smokey skies to always accompany overambitious throttle inputs. Besides the obviously welcome Viper mill, the Challenger SRT10 concept features a carbon fiber front splitter and rear deck lid, a new rear spoiler, BILSTEIN shocks at all four corners, larger wheels, bigger brakes and quad exhaust tips out back. There's also carbon fiber trim inside the cockpit along with new sports seats and a red engine push-button start just like in the Viper. It all ads up to one seriously awesome piece of retro goodness. Check out the gallery of live shots and the full press release after the jump.

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Dodge Showcases 2009 Viper-powered Challenger SRT10 Concept
  • SRT "one-ups" pony car war to a new level of enthusiasm and race-inspired performance
  • The return of the shaker hood with a Dodge Viper V-10 engine - 600 hp and 560 lb. ft. of tire-decimating performance
  • Mopar Underground drops the top on Challenger convertible concept
  • Mopar Underground design team pulls the stops on two of Dodge's hottest new vehicles
Las Vegas, Nov 4, 2008 - Chrysler is smokin' at SEMA.
The company will showcase eight vehicles at the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, which runs from Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Dodge Challenger SRT 10 Concept
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.

"The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept resurrects authentic American muscle car for the Dodge brand," said Kipp Owen, Director - SRT, Chrysler LLC. "SRT has engineered a superb example of performance engineering capability with a resourceful and creative flare."

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.

In the rear, a five-link independent suspension (IRS) with 20 percent stiffer spring rates and a larger rear sway bar offers a better ride by allowing for independent tuning of ride and handling characteristics. Multiple links maintain independent control of camber and toe during suspension movement. Lower unsprung mass offers a better ride and the de-coupling of left and right wheels over road imperfections maintains better tire contact with the ground and results in better ride comfort. Multiple bushings in the IRS offer the flexibility to tune for ride and comfort. In addition, stabilizer bar attachments to the knuckles provide maximum response to vehicle lean.

The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept rides on unique 20 x 9-inch and 20 x 10-inch fully-forged Alcoa aluminum wheels wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero 275/35R20 tires in the front and Pirelli P-Zero 275/40R20 in the rear.

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.

To reduce weight and complement the vehicle's appearance, a carbon-fiber hood and deck-lid were added. Also, carbon-fiber aerodynamic treatments were developed to keep the car on the track at high speeds. Using technology learned from the Dodge Viper ACR, a front splitter and rear spoiler were engineered to enhance down force and maintain overall vehicle balance.

A race-inspired interior includes leather seats with added bolstering and red-stripe stitched accents on the seats and steering wheel. Four-bomb gauges with tachometer and 180-mph speedometer keep an eye on vital signs. The Dodge Challenger SRT10 concept also comes equipped with SRT's exclusive Reconfigurable Display (RCD) with Performance Pages. This system provides drivers instant feedback on zero-to-60 mph, 60-to-zero mph braking, g-forces and 1/4-mile times. Carbon-fiber accents are throughout the interior and of course, the Dodge Challenger SRT 10 Concept inherits the red, dash-mounted, push-button starter from Dodge Viper.

SRT performance vehicles, including the Dodge Viper SRT10, Dodge Caliber SRT4, Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler 300C SRT8, Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the Dodge Challenger SRT8, are engineered by Chrysler's in-house performance organization: Street and Racing Technology.

[Source: Chrysler]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      An 8.4 liter in the challenger is cool but i hear Dodge is making a supercharger for the srt8 and that should make 600 or so hp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a Viper & Challenger owner, and someone NOT in the market for another car, I would get in line for this and worry where to put it later.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM is producing and LSA-powered Camaro, the LSA is a detuned LS9 from the Corvette ZR1 and it's what the new CTS-V uses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Years ago Chrysler restored a 'Cuda and installed a Viper V10, it was a stunning car. They've had it out at the Dream Cruise numerous times. Dropping the Viper V10 into the new Challenger was a forgone conclusion.

      I don't like what they did to the exterior. To me the stock SRT8 looks the best, just paint it differently. But the 610hp V10 belongs in this car. Chrysler needs to produce a run of SRT10 Challengers and go out with a bang, give the GT500 some competition, and give Mopar nuts the ultimate ride aside from the ACR Viper.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That is an even more valid idea if GM produces a production a LS7 Camaro. GT500 & Camaro wouldn't stand a chance next to that big V10.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lol "Bilstein shocks". That's it?

      As if that is going to do anything to this car's awful handling and open diff. Put a proper suspension in at least...
        • 6 Years Ago

        "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."

        The whole front subframe is also custom made for the V10 and there are stiffer springs all around on top of the SRT8's already upgraded suspension--if you bothered to read it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh. LX454 makes more sense than 8.4L V10.
      Even if the Viper boat anchor is aluminum.

      Would lighten up that front end...

      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet another passionate Dodge that shows where the heart of the company really lies. Would be nice if Dodge was more like Porsche, with a range of focused and exciting profitable cars... and not one minivan, crossover or crappy sedan in the lineup. Leave those niches to Chrysler.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's a good idea.