The Mopar team showed up to SEMA 2011 in full force with a bevy of factory-tuned machines, including a Dodge Challenger ACR. The company says that the vehicle is an homage to the option-delete muscle-bruisers of old, and as such, this Challenger has scrapped any component that could possibly slow it down.

In addition to a gutted interior and plenty of carbon fiber, the Challenger ACR features a laundry list of Mopar components. Those include a complete coilover suspension, massive front and rear strut tower braces as well as a short-throw shifter and full cat-back exhaust. The easy-breathing pipes likely help the 6.4-liter V8 produce a bit more power than the base SRT8's 470 horses.

Inside, the SRT engineers fitted a Drag Pack center stack and a carbon weave shift bezel kit. While we typically shy away from massive wheels, we have to admit that the 20-inch rolling stock on the Challenger ACR is plenty fetching.
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Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

For the 2011 SEMA show, the Chrysler Group's Mopar Underground team created a Challenger image vehicle with some cool ties to modern history. Influenced by the success of the Mopar Drag Pak Challenger and more recently, the Dodge Viper SRT10® ACR resetting the production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany, Mopar Underground created the Dodge Challenger ACR based on the stellar Challenger SRT8 392. Some of Dodge's and SRT's best handling vehicles of all-time come with the ACR acronym attached to them, and the Challenger ACR is no different. The Challenger ACR is a no-frills homage to the original option-delete cars of the 1960s and 70s.

Equipped with Mopar parts, such as a coil-over suspension, front-and rear-strut tower braces, short-throw shifter, front splitter, cat-back exhaust, custom exhaust headers and a set of Goodyear F1 Supercar performance tires, the Challenger ACR is an animal that has as much bark as its cornering bite. Performance enhancements in the interior include carbon fiber door panels, front race bucket seats with openings for a racing harness and the rear seat is removed and replaced by a roll bar and fire extinguisher. An SRT three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, SRT gauge cluster, custom bright pedal kit, Mopar Drag Pack center stack and a carbon fiber center console finish off the interior modifications.

The exterior has design cues similar to those found on the Viper SRT10 ACR, including a white body, charcoal painted roof, carbon fiber hood, rear deck lid, rear spoiler and tail lamp surround and an offset flame red stripe that runs the length of the car. Red painted mirror caps and brake calipers, unique black painted five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and red "ACR" fender badging finish off the exterior design details. The white and red theme carries over to the interior with white accents on the carbon fiber door panels, red armrest bars with white foam padding, red door latch release tethers, red painted roll bars and red accents on the carbon fiber racing seats covered in black Katzkin leather.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Dodge Challenger ACR include:

(Item/Part number)
Coil-over suspension/P5155942
Front-strut tower brace/P5155950
Front-strut tower brace caps/P5155763
Rear-strut tower brace/P5155751
Rear-strut tower brace close out panels/68095921AA
Short-throw shifter/P5155458
Cat-back exhaust/P5155957
Front-strut tower brace/P5155950
Drag Pack center stack/P5155250
I/P and shift bezel kit- carbon weave design/82211876
Door sill entry guards/82211234
Mopar fuel door/82212406


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      AldenBiesenReturns
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best looking muscle in the US.
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yummy is a word that was banished from my vocabulary right after I hit puberty. The CTS-V though extremely desirable didn't rate a yummy exclamation, this car does. Always loved the Challenger's styling best of all the pony cars. The re-done interior addressed the awful injustice done to an otherwise well executed redux of a classic. This ACR tinkering made me all misty-eyed. Pass the Kleenex please.
      BDolman
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks sick as hell, and its a dodge not a fiat....
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BDolman
        Fiat owns Chrysler...
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          And Renault owns a majority of Nissan, but we don't go looking at Nissans and Infinitis and say "it's a Renault".
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Allen Aventador
      • 3 Years Ago
      ok i dont need any more convincing where do i sign for dodge to take my money to give me this baby!!
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sheds pounds? How many??
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JR
        I'm gonna say close to 100lbs. Stripped interior with carbon fiber and alcantara replacing most of the interior materials, along with a carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber deck lid would net a pretty significant weight loss.
        FRENZIED
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JR
        I'm also curious as to how much it weighs now.
      Robert Kyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about an aluminum block to shave some weight on that front end?
      sirjaysmith
      • 3 Years Ago
      I absolutely love this car, man I wish I could afford one right now, I'd be all over it. The challenger has been crying to shed weight.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they cut it down to around 4000lbs now? Why can't they quote the new weight? Perhaps because it's still heavier than the Mustang/Camaro? I hear it's a great cruiser out of the 3, but for performance it's dead last. Expensive carbon fiber shouldn't be needed on an already expensive car.
        Bill Burke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Acid, The performance results you have seen have never truly been based on equal models, costs or equipment between Mustang, Challenger and Camaro. With this package Dodge is revealing it's commitment to shed pounds in the next generation Challenger platform, which is slated for duty in future Maserati vehicles and will need to be world class. With a shortage of developmental dollars, Dodge produced a beautiful and very competitive package in the Challenger which is selling well and making new fans for Dodge. With more dollars, a stronger management commitment and a longer lead time, look for the next Challenger to be lean, mean and exciting.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I get it now. You just like to troll on American manufacturer articles, not just Ford articles.
      Montag
      • 3 Years Ago
      Weren't there plans for the Viper's V10 to be shoe-horned into the Challenger ACR??? I'm a little dissappointed - while weight savings help dramatically, it need the right amount of power to be able to compete with the 550hp Shelby GT500 and the 580hp Camaro ZL1.... WAKE UP DODGE!!!!
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would buy a viper motor Challenger!!! Or atleast a 650 hp hemi!!
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