2011 SEMA Show: Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR is one of a kind muscle car

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 2, 2011

The Chrysler Group’s Mopar Underground team made use of some modern history cues in building a Challenger image vehicle that’s on display now at the 2011 SEMA Show. In creating the Dodge Challenger ACR, Mopar Underground’s basis was the Challenger SRT8 392. Its influences include the victory of the Mopar Drag Pak Challenger and the record-breaking lap time of the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany set for a production car.

ACR acronym is typically used for Dodge’s and SRT’s best-handling vehicles; hence, this model is dubbed the Challenger ACR.

Challenger ACR was built as a tribute to the original option-delete cars from the 1960s and 70s. Mopar parts were installed on the Challenger ACR like a coil-over suspension, front-and rear-strut tower braces, short-throw shifter, front splitter, cat-back exhaust, custom exhaust headers and Goodyear F1 Supercar performance tires.

The interior received modifications that improved its performance such as carbon fiber door panels and front race bucket seats with openings to accommodate a racing harness. The rear seat has also been taken out and replaced by a roll bar and fire extinguisher.

Other interior changes include 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.

Its exterior has gotten design cues that are comparable to those on the Viper SRT10 ACR such as 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 can been seen across the car’s length. The exterior also receives red painted mirror caps and brake calipers, distinct black painted five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and red “ACR” fender badging.

Chrysler LLC revealed the full lineup of the Dodge Challenger for the 2009 model year at the 2008 New York International Auto Show. Dodge’s first five-passenger two-door coupe uses Chrysler's rear-wheel-drive platform that also underpins the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Developed with the brand’s philosophy of "bold, powerful and capable," the Challenger will be offered in North America in three models: Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SE.

Still boasting of the best American muscle-car attributes and distinctive design, the Dodge Challenge is also an embodiment of dynamic engines, superb technologies and world-class handling.

Mike Accavitti, Director for the Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing at Chrysler LLC, called the new Dodge Challenger as a modern-day muscle machine that represents the best from the past and present. He remarked that 35 years since the original Challenger was launched, Dodge is reviving this iconic muscle car with the needed essential hardware, styling and technology as desired by the current customers.

Sitting as the very core of the Dodge Challenger are powerful engines laden with innovative technologies. For instance, the Dodge Challenger R/T is powered by the next generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that could provide up to 370 horsepower (276 kW) of output and 398 lb.-ft. (540 Nm) of torque and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Compared to its predecessor, this engine provides an extra 30 hp (plus 9 percent) and 8 lb.-ft. improved torque (plus 2 percent) more power and around five percent more fuel efficiency. Its five-speed automatic transmission comes with fuel-saving multi-displacement (MDS) technology that could hike the Challenger’s fuel economy by up to 20 percent, depending on driving conditions. The new Dodge Challenger lineup is available starting at a low $20,000.

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