• Apr 23rd 2010 at 12:28PM
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Dodge Challenger SRT10 – Click above for high-res image gallery

We had nearly forgotten about the Dodge Challenger SRT10. It's not that we don't love the idea of forcing the 8.4-liter V10 from the mighty Dodge Viper into the nose of Chrysler's muscle car, it's just that cars built for SEMA typically have a shelf life shorter than an unpeeled banana. So it came as some surprise when our keen-eyed spy shooters happened to spot the roided-out 600-horsepower Challenger cruising around public streets.

For whatever reason, the car had been let loose from the company test center, and was spotted doing ridiculously pedestrian things like parking in lots and obeying traffic laws. You know, instead of leading high-speed pursuits from one gas station to the next or making entire warehouses of tires weep for their tortured brethren.

As much as we'd love to stroke your crazed dreams of a production Challenger SRT10, the truth probably has more to do with the fact that some lucky soul managed to sneak the car past the suits at HQ for a quick run around town. Still, with the Viper singing its swan song and a few shelves of V10s lying around and looking forlorn, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine a limited production run of the Challenger SRT10 that would send both the Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 into fear-induced convulsions. Hey, it doesn't cost us anything to dream.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      i own a 2007 dodge ram 1500 truck. bought it new december of 06 & loved the truck untill the maintanance issues started. as soon as the warranty ran out, water pump, battery, tire's, spark plugs, all 4 oxegen sensors, fuel pump, & next to the worst fuel economy on the planet, all this within 3 years. right about now the only thing i like about it is the way it looks, & what good does that do?. i was gona buy the wife a new dodge product & up grade the 07 for a new 2010, but since changed my mind. looking at the new chevys & might just sway in that directon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, this should be a total no-brainer.

      The Challenger is an also-ran at this point; too heavy and too weak in the knees short of the SRT8. If they have an inventory of engines--and it wouldn't cost too much to build just a FEW more--this would make a fantastic "halo car" for the range that might build sales volumes for lesser models.

      Think of it as Chrysler's answer to the 500GT
      • 5 Years Ago
      SRT10 Challenger sounds good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "For whatever reason, the car had been let loose from the company test center, and was spotted doing ridiculously pedestrian things like parking in lots and obeying traffic laws. You know, instead of leading high-speed pursuits from one gas station to the next or making entire warehouses of tires weep for their tortured brethren."

      Now THAT is good writing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I disagree, the Challenger is ugly, and this thing is even uglier if that's possible. Give me a Mustang or Camaro any day of the week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Judging by the creases and wear on the driver's seat, that tester has been getting some wear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering the ridiculous price of the SRT8, this thing would probably retail for at least 60 large. No thanks, I'll stick with the GT500, Camaro SS doesn't even register.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think a Challenger SRT10 is exactly what Dodge needs to steal some of the spotlight from the updated Mustang. Make 2500 of them or something and call it a day. AND lower the prices on all Challengers. I love my 300C SRT8 and I love the Challenger - but I wouldn't pay $10,000 or more for one over a new Mustang GT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Frank.

        No, your mindset of "throwing power at the problem, disregarding weight" is exactly why this car is as overweight as it is.

        You already have a weight problem, and what do you do to resolve it?
        THROW MORE WEIGHT AT THE PROBLEM! Oh, but the weight adds power! Sure, but it also brings even weaker fuel economy and beats on the tires and suspension further. So when you're on the track, and you FLY ahead of me in a straight line, you're pitting for tires and gas with increased frequency. Suddenly your massive lead is cut short. Boxing one too many times may cost you the race.

        You need to reconsider Chapman's immortal words: "Adding power makes you faster in a straight line. Adding lightness makes you faster everywhere else."

        You don't need to add power to make this car fast. You need to revamp the weight, its distribution, and sort out the suspension. That will make this a wonderful car.

        A great engine does not make a mediocre car great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And I bet Dodge did nothing to the brakes and suspension so it handles even worse now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        False, look at the brake rotors. They are not slotted like production ones, instead they are drilled and slotted. I'm assuming the suspension has been heavily upgraded as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Offer a limited number (like 100 or so) for a massive price, then use the profits to change out the unibody metal to lighter steel and aluminum for future models. That way the ones I can afford would perform even better, and still look great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most prople agree that the original Challenger R/T is the standard of Muscle Car style and performance.If you grew up during this era, it was MoPars that ruled the tracks and the streets and the "in guys" flocked to the pentastar muscle. From "beep beep" Road Runners to Sexy Chargers to the most feared HEMI Cudas, Chrysler products were the ones that set the muscle car era on fire.
      Today, its the memory of those high impact painted MoPar cruisers that has given rebirth to the three traditional "pony cars". Not only is Challenger the most revered, its the best rendition of the era. I like Mustangs and Camaros are OK, but the Dodge Challenger is the leader of the pack. That's the Scat Pak for you Dodge Fever adicts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Challenger is already my favorite of the 3, and the power it makes isn't really even much of a factor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        May I ask why? Especially considering your userbame, I'd have thought you'd like the camaro. The challenger is the worst performer of the three, and looks are subjective
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is gonna come off as total creeper-dome, but here's the thread that you're referring to. You were actually asking about VVT coming to the LS2 and LS7.

        Man I need to get a life. :(

        • 5 Years Ago
        It's the best looking, it's the only one that really pulls off the actual 60s/70s muscle car look to me. Maybe it's the haunches, maybe it's the front grille. Probably it's because I'm a sucker for big, ornate taillights.

        The Camaro might make the grade except for the huge size shatters the illusion that you're looking at an older car.

        I'd never buy a Challenger at the current prices, even the cheapest one. I'm already not a 2-door guy in general and Dodge is charging more for this car than its competitors.

        I do like GM, but my username is just an accident. I used to use a different user name each time I made a comment, using my username as the title of my post (since it does appear in large text above the comment). Then weblogsinc switched over to actually creating accounts and storing your username and my next post happened to be about some short-run car that wanted a powerful engine so they used a heavy, expensive OHC BMW engine when an LS would have been smaller, lighter, cheaper and more powerful. So I asked "Why not the LS2/LS7?" in my title (username) and it stuck. Due to some database conversion error at weblogsinc, the slash disappeared after a while.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep. The Challenger has soul.

        The V8 burble is a huge part of that. I don't think that's worth giving up for more power.

        The 6.4 motor next year should come in around 450 hp and still sound right.

        • 5 Years Ago
        LS2: It's probably the haunches. To me that's what REALLY makes a car look like it's an asphalt abuser. The Mustang is finally starting to get decent haunches back, and the Camaro has subtle haunches, but the Challenger blows them both away.

        BTW, that's a REALLY cool story about your name. I always just assumed you were really into Chevy motors. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always thought you name was a bit funny, glad there is a good story behind it :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The rear end is atrocious.
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