There are two reasons that I’m excited about this car and neither one of them has to do with drag racing. You see Dodge has finally sacked-up and put the Viper’s 600 hp V10 into the Challenger thus offering consumers a true drag-pak option if they want to go racing. Granted they’re only making 70 Challengers in this configuration, but I have a feeling that this exercise was done for another reason. Think about this for a moment. Dodge recently let out the numbers for it’s new 6.4-liter 392 HEMI and it supposedly makes 485 hp. Granted that number is nothing to snuff at, but compared to the Mustang Shelby GT500 which makes 550 hp, Dodge’s new HEMI still falls short.
My hope is that Dodge is using this Challenger as a test bed for a future V10 powered road car that will hopefully be released within’ the next year or two. Listen, I love the new Challenger, but at the end of the day it’s still a very chubby car that needs a lot of HP to move it around. We know now that Dodge can stuff the big V10 between the fenders, so with that being said, how about a nice new Dodge Challenger SRT10? Build a special edition car with 600 hp, 6-piston Brembo’s and some really track worthy suspension and I can almost guarantee that Dodge would sell them like hotcakes. The key however is not to wait another 2 years to do so or they’re going to miss the boat. So Dodge, if you’re listening how about jumping on the high-HP bandwagon and building us a shiny new Challenger SRT10.