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Spied: Dodge considering Challenger SRT10 production?

by Drew Johnson

We'll file this one under the "˜we sure hope it's true' category. Our spy photographers just sent us images of Dodge's Challenger SRT10 Concept roaming the streets of Michigan. The Challenger SRT10 Concept made its debut at the 2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The Viper-powered Challenger was first shown at the 2008 SEMA show, and since then, seemed relegated to the history books. However, our spy photographers spotted the super muscle car driving Chrysler's typical test circuit.

While far from a solid confirmation that the Challenger SRT10 is moving into production, it's hard to explain the car's presence on the test loop. We'd love to think that a limited-production run could be in the cards, especially given the escalation in the muscle car wars over the last few months.

As a quick reminder, the Challenger SRT10's Viper motor produces 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. Other modifications to the SEMA concept include a coat of Tornado Red paint, a carbon fiber shaker hood that recalls the 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, upgraded brakes and Bilstein shocks. Inside, the SRT10 Concept sports unique seats, carbon fiber accents and a red starter button on the dash like its Viper brother.

Chrysler has also proven that it's not adverse to special edition models to keep sales going. The Michigan automaker has released no fewer than six special edition models this year, including two in the Challenger line. Although the chances of a Viper-power Challenger seem remote given Chrysler's current financial condition and a general shift away from gas-guzzling vehicles, we'll keep our fingers crossed that this one-off SEMA creation actually has a shot at production.


April 23rd, 2010