It’s hard to believe, but Chrysler’s iconic Mopar parts group has never before teamed up with the automaker to deliver a special-edition production vehicle. Even harder to believe: The fact that now they’ve rectified that situation, the results are so flat-out impressive. But those are exactly the right words to describe the Mopar 2010 Dodge Challenger, a limited-run version of Dodge’s award-winning muscle car.
The Mopar ’10 starts life as a Challenger R/T, with a 357-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 nestled under the hood, then gets access to the full catalog of Mopar goodies. The exterior wears a custom-look paint job in Brilliant Black, with side stripes and other accents in the driver’s choice of Mopar Blue, Red or Silver, the same colors used for the high-contrast stitching on the car’s leather-wrapped steering wheel and Katskin leather seats. Other interior highlights include a choice of Mopar-sourced shift handles—a “pistol grip” for the manual gearbox and a T-handle for the automatic—along with more Mopar branding and a unique dash plaque celebrating this first-of-its-kind creation.
But Ford Dealers In Iowa remeind us there’s much more to the car than this. More performance? Check out the car’s hood-venting system—courtesy of a Mopar T/A-style hood with vintage hood pins—cold-air intake, and front and rear strut-tower braces. More style? Along with that throwback hood treatment, Mopar throws down a unique engine cover, 20-inch heritage-style gloss-black wheels, a black-chromed grille surround, a chrome fuel door, and an eye-catching combination of Mopar graphics and logos. More customer satisfaction? Priced at $38,000 with an automatic transmission or $39,000 with a manual, the Mopar ’10 will break the 6-second mark going from 0-60 without breaking the bank.
The 500 customers who are lucky enough to get their hands on what Dodge President and CEO Ralph Gilles calls the “wicked, sinister” Mopar ’10 also get treated to a special matching car cover, an owner’s kit that includes a certificate showing each car’s VIN, date of build and build number, and a limited-edition sketch signed by Mark Trostle, design chief for the Chrysler Group.
Available for pre-ordering now, the Mopar 2010 Dodge Challengers will arrive in dealerships in August—but considering just how much demand there’s likely to be, you can bet they won’t stay there very long.
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