Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
The "new" Dodge Challenger is now over a decade old, so it's hard to call it a retro car anymore. Instead, it's the Mopar cornerstone of performance, a muscle car for the 21st century, and as this 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T proves, still a great way to have some old-fashioned V8 fun. This particular B5 Blue beauty has been given a steroid injection by way of the Kenne Bell supercharger attached to its 5.7L HEMI, and the resulting horsepower numbers mean it can easily hang with whatever we consider 'new' today. Impeccably preserved and boasting only 13,789 miles, this HEMI Challenger is extra special in that it was the official R&D car that tested the Kenne Belle supercharger fitted to a 5.7L HEMI/6-speed manual cars, ultimately paving the way for a fruitful partnership. Great pedigree and blistering performance all wrapped together in a modern muscle car sign me up!
With so many of these running around in bright orange or red or black, seeing this slick B% Blue Challenger is a real treat. Paying homage to one of Mopar's greatest classic colors is always high in my book, and you can't argue with the off-the-charts curb appeal of this sporty muscle coupe. With only 13,789 original miles the light blue paint looks especially good on Chrysler's pony car, and with only 254 hardtop with manual transmission Challenger's ever made in 2010, she's a fairly rare beast as well. The attention-grabbing paint almost minimizes the mass of this large coupe and really makes the satin black accents stand out, including those cool R/T decal stripes that run down the flanks. You'll be impressed by the fit and finish of these new Chrysler muscle cars, too, with doors that open and close with a precision we could have only dreamed about in 1970. There's a functional dual-scoop hood that sets an aggressive tone up front, a subtle chin spoiler, and a modest deck lid spoiler that are all part of the package, and the result is a car that looks like it's breaking the speed limit even when it's parked. The chrome flip-up gas cap is a cool retro racing touch that's also functional and the full-width taillight will look familiar to anyone who has chased a muscular Mopar in the past. They nailed the classic Challenger look, that's for sure!
Inside, it's far more luxurious than you might remember, starting with impressively comfortable black leather bucket seats. With pleated upholstery that's another nod to the past, the seats show virtually zero wear and offer more proof that this is a low-mileage toy, not a daily driver. Almost everything was standard in the Challenger, including power windows, locks, seats, and heated mirrors, A/C, cruise control, and even heated seats, and the optional Customer Preferred Package 27M was specially ordered for this car to the tune of $3,300 extra dollars. The Sound Group II stereo system comes loaded with Boston Acoustics speakers/subwoofers/amplifiers and is loud enough to overpower the rumble of the exhaust, and it also offers AM/FM/CD/iPod/Satellite/Navigation capability all at the touch of a finger on the big screen in the dash. Speaking of the dash, it's of course in great shape too, with carbon fiber inlays around the center stack and a full array of sporty, white-faced gauges ahead of the driver. A center console houses that cool-looking shifter for the 6-sspeed manual below, and they threw in a set of racy pedals that can handle even the heaviest of feet. All the seats are still firm and comfortable, there's no wear on the carpets, and everything works as it should, from the highly effective A/C to the windows that glide up and down effortlessly. The back seat is reasonably usable, even for real-sized adults, and there's a decent trunk in back that's pretty much like new.
All that's nice, but the reason you buy a Challenger with the "R/T" designation is the 5.7 liter HEMI V8 under the hood, and the reason you buy this particular monster is the Kenne Bell Twin-Screw Supercharger mounted on top. Cackling with old-school pushrod horsepower, the 5.7L HEMI was the answer to GM's LS and it more than delivers on the promise of tire-smoking fun. The supercharger takes it to out-of-this-world capabilities, and like we mentioned before this specific car was an R&D real-world example of the combination, so it has quite the pedigree. Installed and tuned by Kenne Bell's renowned tuner Ken Chrisley, the kit include the +30HP Mammoth inlet system and was dyno-tuned at a max power of 522 horses and 504 lb-ft of torque running 93 octane gas. What's even better is that it starts quickly, idles smoothly, doesn't get fussy in traffic, and can actually pull down decent fuel economy (well, relatively speaking) if you can manage to keep your foot out of the throttle. The polished presentation of the supercharger and cold-air intake system is a sight to behold, and in fact it was so pretty and so darned pedigreed that Ken C
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