Production begins this summer for the 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Notably, this is the second time that Dodge has created a limited-edition Challenger that cannot be used on city roads.
Dodge has removed features that would slow the car down and these include airbags, power windows and an audio system. The American manufacturer removed car parts that total to about 1,000 pounds. The only place that the Challenger could be used is on the drag strip. The car is equipped with a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 and a choice of a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
Chrysler Group's Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care group, has created the Drag Pak. Last year, 100 cars were produced. For this year, the number of units and the performance figures have not yet been revealed.
Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, said in a statement that it is proud of its drag-racing heritage and that it will strive to continue support for its drag-race customers.
The car, which is priced at $39,999, features specific drag-race components, including composite lift-off hood with functional scoop, polycarbonate door windows, lightweight cooling module with electric fan, manual steering, special lightweight front-brake assemblies and cable-operated throttle linkage and pedal assembly.
The much-awaited return of the iconic Dodge Challenger delivers what its fans are craving. These include unmistakable design cues evoking that of the original Challenger, superb performance, high levels of ride and handling, as well as benchmark braking. In addition, the new Challenger is available with a wide array of modern amenities and technology that should charm a new generation of drivers.
Mike Accavitti, Director for the Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing at Chrysler LLC, remarked that they engineered the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT8 deliver everything customers want in a modern muscle car. He quipped that the latest iteration of the Dodge Challengers offers head-turning design, tire-smoking performance and a wide array of available state-of-the-art technology like GPS navigation, a MyGIG infotainment system, UConnect hands-free communication and 'Keyless Go' entry.
SRT, Chrysler's in-house performance engineering organization, engineered the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a focus on the five pillars of every SRT vehicle. First and second, the Challenger should have a bold exterior design resonating with the brand image as well as a race-inspired interior. Third, the new Challenger should offer world-class ride and handling within a dynamic range. Fourth and fifth, the new Challenger should have a standout powertrain and deliver benchmark braking.
The limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is being offered in three colors: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic and HEMI Orange. Powered by SRT's 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 425 hpof max output and 420 lb.-ft. of peak torque, each unit of the Challenger SRT8 features carbon fiber-like hood stripes as well as a numbered dash plaque.
The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is set to arrive at showrooms this spring with a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,995 (including $675 destination). Production of the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be done at Chrysler's Brampton assembly plant in Ontario, Canada.