A Hemi with a 392 in the hood and 125 on the dash, because it’s just another night in the life of a BOSS!
The Dodge Challenger is a 2-door coupe which shared common design elements with the first generation Challenger, a pony car that debuted in 1970, despite being significantly longer and taller.
Street and Racing Technology
In the 1950s, an elite team of Chrysler engineers set out to extract extreme amounts of power from existing engines. The team crafted new intake manifolds featuring long-tube intake runners. The innovative design helped engines ingest more air, translating into improved performance. The new induction system was called “Ramcharger,” and the team behind the technology adopted that name. The Ramchargers’ new engines produced enormous amounts of power, leading to success on the drag strip during the 1960s and 1970s.
Fast forward to the 1989. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Dodge amazed crowds with its sleek Viper concept car. The project, initiated by then-company president Bob Lutz and Carroll Shelby, was described as the successor to the AC Cobra. Penned by Tom Gale, its simplistic yet muscular shape paired with a snarling 8.0-liter V-10 instantly thrust the Viper into the spotlight. The car was well-received and the Viper was approved for production weeks later.
With the emergence of the Viper, a group of devoted engineers dubbed ‘Team Viper’ worked to hone the supercar for the street and racing, which would lead to endurance race victories in the late 1990s.
In 2002, at NAIAS, Chrysler made announced the creation of Performance Vehicle Operations. The newly formed group leveraged existing resources to improve Chrysler’s high-performance focus. PVO celebrated by unveiling the Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT10, Dodge Neon SRT4 concept and Viper SRT10.
All PVO creations wore Street and Racing Technology badge. In 2004, Chrysler internally renamed the development team “SRT”.
- 392-cubic inch 470-horsepower 6.4L HEMI® V8
- 0-60 mph in high 4-second range+
- High-performance Brembo four-piston four-wheel antilock brakes with vented front and rear discs
- SRT® exhaust system
- SRT-tuned suspension