Extreme Dodge Challenger in the works

The racetrack ready, 500 hp Chevrolet  Camaro Z/28 stole the headlines at the New York Auto Show, but it may have  some new competition on the way.

The head of Chrysler’s SRT performance division, Ralph Gilles, told  FoxNews.com at the show that an extreme version of its Challenger coupe is in  the works.

“We get a lot of requests for the Challenger, not so much the Charger, and  we’ve been looking at doing an ACR [American Club Racing] edition of that,  eventually,” he said. “So we’ll see something along those lines in a couple of  years.”

The currently out of production Dodge (now SRT) Viper ACR was about as close  as you can get to a street legal racing car, with modifications including nearly  slick tires, an adjustable suspension and huge rear wing. A Challenger carrying  that name would have to live up to its reputation.

Gilles didn’t say exactly what was being considered for the car, but the V10  from the Viper fits under the Challenger’s hood and the 470 hp 6.4-liter Hemi V8  found in the Challenger  SRT8 392 can easily be tuned for even more power, so the sky’s the  limit.

Of course both GM and Chrysler could be in for an even tougher challenge this  time next year when Ford is expected to unveil the all-new next  generation Mustang, which started this whole track-ready thing with the  recently available Boss  302 Laguna Seca edition.

Will there ever be peace in the muscle car wars?

We doubt it.

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/04/02/extreme-dodge-challenger-in-works/#ixzz2PPO3aF5Y

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