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2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 in Furious Fuchsia – Click above for high-res image gallery

First and foremost among the predicted changes on the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 is more power from an enlarged 6.4-liter Hemi: a bump of 55 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque. That would put the big coupe at 480 ponies and 460 lb-ft., and rumor also has it that power will get to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission developed by Chrysler and ZF. Also according to Allpar's inside man, output levels will remain the same on the R/T model, while the base SE will get Pentastar V6 engines with 40 more horses and 20 more lb-ft, for 290 hp and 270 lb-ft. in total.

Most of the other supposed changes seem meant to make life easier for Chrysler and Challenger buyers. The floorpan is being reworked so the car fits more easily into Charger and 300 production, an electric power steering pump is coming onboard and an upgraded interior is in the offing. Cosmetically, the muscle car picks up the Charger's door handles, the Magnum wagon's hatch release button for its trunk, and the lower front grille gets turned upside down.



[Source: Allpar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course, the current "425" horsepower is really only 383 or so to the wheels. Wish they would tell you that. Not a lot of ponies for a huge car. 2 years after I bought mine, I was going to put a blower on it but decided to trade it in for something else rather then spend the money to spin the tires although that is a lot of fun :) Too bad, I love the appearance of the car, especially in the orange that I had.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Let me say, wish everyone would tell you rear wheel horsepower up front. K? :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        You = fail at life.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Waste of time talking to people here. Posers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Major Geek

        Advertising RWHP would complicate things because there are many different types of dynos. Some read "high" some read "low." Although the Dynojet 248 is a very popular model amongst American tuners, it probably wouldn't mean much to German, Japanese, Korean or Italian manufacturers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Serge, didn't go all wheel drive, but I am pretty sure my 2010 ZR1 with it's crappy rear wheel drive will get it done. I'll let you know when it arrives Wednesday.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's the rwhp of a civic?

        =P
        • 5 Years Ago
        Serge, I get that it doesn't magically increase traction, but, as I recall, (it's been a few months and I don't feel like looking) in the video, the driver mashed the throttle, dumped the clutch, the Vette went all Rice Krispies (snap crackle pop) and voom he was gone. Faster than any experienced (i.e. their own test driver) could hit 60, "magically" making the best of the available traction and thereby making one look better than they really are. How's that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same way EVERY other automaker reports horse power, from Ferrari to honda. Why would Mopar do it diffrently?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you brother! I just got bored of all the horse and no go on it. I don't think they robbed me, I just think any car nut wants to know what the rear wheel is putting down :) Other reasons as well, just decided I wanted more go AND horsepower. Pretty excited, been a long couple days waiting and a few more to wait. Have a good day!
        • 5 Years Ago
        MajorGeek, since you said you have a problem with RWD traction limitations, you would have to get an AWD car fix that... and AWD wastes even more power to drivetrain losses. That means you would have to get a car with close to 500hp to have over 400rwhp.

        Otherwise all this is just hot air coming out of your rear-end...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aww I didn't know you got rid of your baby, Major.

        What'd you end up replacing her with?
        • 5 Years Ago
        S.P., launch-control simulates an experienced person easing-out the clutch at 2,500RPM with perfect throttle modulation... it does not magically increase traction.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pretty sad when your life exists of coming in to reply to someone who is agreeing with some intelligent people and having a pretty good conversation. You actually fail and make most discussion threads look like this...now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Doesn't the ZR1 have that launch control set up? In which case yes, he will be able to dump the clutch at 5000 rpm with little to no wheelspin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The R/T needs a bump too. Around 400 hp would be about right. That would close the performance gap a little with competitors in it's price range.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice. Good job Dodge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alright, now they just need to lose a few hundred pounds, and it will be awesome. I love the car how it looks, the only thing i hate about it is the "boat" feel it has while driving. I will always love the mustang, but the challenger does have that cool factor when it comes to looks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since when did every commenter on here become 7?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The extra hp will definitely help, but the weight is not being addressed. And that is the big problem here.

      Still a great looking car, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pink....really?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Absolutely Pink... You must respect the Panther Pink man. Thats classic Mopar!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was hoping they could squeeze out more hp for their flagship ponycar.
      GT500 still top dog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler should give the R/T the old Hemi with 420 horsepower to go against the Camaro SS and Mustang GT. This bad boy should be making 500+ and give the GT500 a run for its money. Easier said than done, I know, but a man can dream...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 5.7 is 390hp and will be tweaked to over 400. The 6.1 is a unique engine with a lot of changes vs the 5.7. The enlarged SRT 6.1 to 6.4L and the 55hp jump to 480 normally asperated allows the cost savings of a supercharger (which the (future) SS and GT500 have) to be passed on in a lower MSRP. How can you gripe about that? These are supercar power outputs!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 6.1 hemi is obsolete. (and a gas guzzler, 0w-40 oil and no eEGR)
        The 5.7 has dual length intake runners, VCT, cylinder shutoff
        Keep those, and then punch out the bore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No live rear axle? lmao You have to admit that the pumpkin would look pretty hard core from the rear view of that car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      now about that weight.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should use the 4.7L v8 in the R/T, and save the Hemi for the srt8 and put a manual in the V6.
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