The all-new Dodge Ram and the return of the Dodge Challenger provided the raw material for Chrysler to showcase the latest appearance and performance accessories from Mopar at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Drawing perhaps the most attention was the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept. As the name reveals, Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) performance engineering group stuffed the 600-horsepower 8.4-liter V10 from a Dodge Viper into the engine bay to create the ultimate high-performance Challenger. Putting the power to the ground is a Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission and an aluminum torque-sensing limited-slip differential.
Finished in Tornado Red with a carbon-fiber hood and decklid, the SRT10 Concept brings back the shaker hood with the air intake atop the Viper V10 poking through the center of the hood just like the 1970 HEMI Cuda. The carbon-fiber front splitter and rear spoiler help to keep the SRT10 Concept balanced and stuck to the pavement. Inside, the leather seats receive additional bolstering with red stitching for the seats and steering wheel.
The SRT-engineered braking system features 6-piston Brembo calipers at the front and 4-piston Brembos at the rear. The Challenger SRT8 suspension is retuned with Bilstein mono-tube shocks at all four corners. Fully forged 20-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels are 9 inches wide on the front and 10 inches wide on the rear, shod with Pirelli P-Zero tires.
Also unveiled at SEMA was the 2009 Mopar Drift Dodge Challenger, which Team Mopar driver and two-time Formula Drift champion Samuel Hubinette will pilot for the 2009 season. A custom carbon-fiber body lightens the car, which is powered by an 850-horsepower Mopar engine.
Mopar Underground Design
This year for SEMA, the Mopar Underground design team put together two Dodge Challengers and four Dodge Rams with the emphasis on Dodge design cues and Mopar parts and components.
The Dodge Challenger Blacktop began as a Challenger R/T powered by the 5.7-liter HEMI with a 6-speed manual transmission. Modifications include a custom front end, custom spoilers, black-on-black racing stripe paint, Mopar coil-over suspension, 22-inch Dodge Viper wheels from Factory Reproductions, cat-back dual exhaust, cold air intake, bright red Katzkin leather seating and a Mopar Kicker audio system.
The Challenger Targa is competition race car that competed in the 2008 Targa Newfoundland Rally. Nicknamed "Samantha," this car was originally a Mopar Challenger drag package car, and a number of features were added from the Viper, including the snakeskin green paint. The hood scoop makes room for the 540-horsepower 392 HEMI V-8 Mopar crate motor mated with a Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox. Stop-Tech brakes and race suspension are from the Viper ACR.
The 2009 Dodge Ram TRXtreme builds on the 2009 Dodge Ram TRX-4 quad cab with a Mopar lift kit to add 4.5 inches of additional ground clearance, 20-inch Mopar polished forged wheels and BFGoodrich 37-inch tires. The bright yellow and mineral gray two-tone paint features a mud-splash theme, with the Mopar wheel flares, one-off steel hood with cooling louvers and Mopar tube step painted to match.
The Dodge Ram R/T is a Challenger-inspired truck, based on a 2009 Dodge Ram Sport and finished in classic B5 Blue with a Mopar aluminum hood and carbon fiber accents. The standard 5.7-liter HEMI received a Mopar cold-air intake and dual exhaust for improved power. The chassis is dropped with a concept Mopar air suspension kit, and the Ram R/T receives a body kit, front chin spoiler, 22-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels and a Mopar hard tonneau cover with integrated spoiler.
The 2009 Dodge Ram Sportsman features a modern interpretation of camouflage with a blowing leaves design from Mopar Underground. Accessories include wheel flares, running boards, RamBox storage system, bed rail system and telescoping trailer mirrors. A 2-inch lift kit makes room for 20-inch polished forged wheels and 33-inch tires. The interior features perforated leather Mopar seats from Katzkin with embroidered Sportsman logo, matching steering wheel and door pulls, and ambient lighting.
The Dodge Ram Mopar Street Package is based on a 2008 Dodge Ram Sport finished in Blackberry with a Mopar body kit and chin spoiler. The body is slightly dropped, with 22-inch polished forged Alcoa wheels, and power comes from a 390-horsepower HEMI with Mopar dual exhaust.