2008 SEMA Show: Dodge Challenger Targa by Mopar

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2008

The Dodge Challenger Targa is a full-scale competition racecar that battled and finished the notorious Targa Newfoundland race this year. Samantha began as a Mopar Challenger drag racer. Many of its features were appropriated from the Dodge Viper, but the most obvious one is the green snakeskin paint job. To maintain the lowered position of the front end, a full-scale wind-tunnel-tested Mopar chin spoiler Splats was added.

To accurately monitor its vital signs, Mopar gauges were utilized. The Mopar hood features a scoop to increase space for the 540hp, 490ft-lb of torque, 392 HEMI V-8 Mopar crate motor.

Coupled to a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox, the engine hurls power to the rear tires through a 2009 series modified gear ratio.

Stop-Tech brakes provide an overwhelming supply of fade-resistant stopping power. Equipped with the six-piston calipers clamp 380-mm rotors up front and four-pot calipers with 355-mm rotors at the rear.

The race suspension and brake upgrades which were developed by KW, came from the Dodge Viper ACR, the hero that broke the production car lap record at the famous Nurburgring in Germany. The Dodge Challenger Targa was created exclusively using Mopar parts with quite a few exceptions so expect to see a high quality vehicle.

The Dodge Challenger is making a comeback complete with spectacular performance, excellent ride and handling, benchmark braking as well as design cues evoking that of the original Challenger. In addition, the new Challenger comes loaded with modern amenities and technology that a new generation of driving enthusiasts would appreciate.

Mike Accavitti, Director for Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing at Chrysler LLC, remarked that the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT8 was engineered to deliver everything that customers want in a modern muscle car. He quipped that the new Challenger SRT8 offers not just attention-grabbing design and remarkable performance, but also a suit of groundbreaking technology like GPS navigation, a MyGIG infotainment system, 'Keyless Go' entry and UConnect hands-free communication.

Chrysler's in-house performance engineering team created the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a prime focus on the five pillars of every SRT vehicle: a bold exterior design echoing the brand’s image; a race-inspired cabin; world-class ride and handling; a remarkable powertrain; as well as benchmark braking.

The limited-edition 2008 Challenger SRT8 is offered in three colors: Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and HEMI Orange. Each unit features a numbered dash plaque and carbon fiber-like hood stripes. Powered by SRT's 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 425 hp of output and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, the Challenger SRT8 is arriving in Dodge showrooms this spring with a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,995 (including $675 destination). They will be produced at Chrysler's Brampton assembly plant in Ontario, Canada.

The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is targeted to be able to sprint from zero to 60 mph in the low 5-second range, and reach a quarter mile in less than 14 seconds. The new Challenger could also achieve 0-100-0 mph feat in less than 17 seconds, as complemented by a 60-0 mph braking distance of around 100 feet. The Dodge Challenger SRT8 also boasts of a skid pad performance of 0.88 g.

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Dodge Challenger Targa Mopar

The Dodge Challenger Targa is a full-blown competition car that raced and completed the infamous Targa Newfoundland race this year. "Samantha" started life as a Mopar Challenger drag race package car. Many features were borrowed from the Dodge Viper, but the most noticeable is the snakeskin green paint. To keep the front end down, a Mopar chin spoiler "Splats" developed in a full scale wind tunnel, was added to the front of the car.

Mopar gauges keep a close eye on the vital signs. The Mopar hood is equipped with a scoop to make room for the 540-horsepower, 490 lb. ft. of torque, 392 HEMI® V-8 Mopar crate motor. Mated to a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox, the engine blasts power to the rear wheels.

An abundance of fade resistant stopping power comes from Stop-Tech brakes. Up front, the six-piston calipers clamp 380-millimetre rotors, while in the rear, four-pot calipers work with 355-mm rotors. Developed by KW, the race suspension and brake upgrades came from a proven hero — the Dodge Viper ACR, which just broke the production car lap record at the world-renown Nurburgring in Germany. With only a few exceptions, the Dodge Challenger Targa was built using parts available through Mopar.

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