2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Limited, Detailed Walkaround
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Most Muscle? Camaro SS v Challenger SRT8 v Shelby GT500
2010 Camaro SS vs. 2009
Challenger SRT8 vs. 2010 Shelby GT500
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In our recent pony car comparison test, the retro-heavy — and just plain
heavy — 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS walked away with top
honors in its debut. The big V8-powered coupe needed a new challenge. It
was time to refocus the lens. Shoot from a different angle, so to speak.
So we squared the brooding visage of our SS-badged protagonist up against
the cruelest bunch of savages we could find, the range-topping 2009 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 and 2010 Ford Shelby GT500.
2010 Ford Shelby GT500 @ 2009 NAIAS
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Like the new Ford Mustang
GT and V6 models introduced at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2010
Shelby GT500 to be introduced at the Detroit auto show in January is far
from an all-new car.
Like its more pedestrian brethren, the GT500 gets a revised look, a vastly
improved interior and a bump in horsepower for the 2010
model year. The car goes on sale in early spring 2009.
Unlike the meager 15-hp injection given to the GT, the GT500 gets 40 horses
more for a grand total of 540. And no, Ford will not change this car's name
to GT540. The 2010 model uses the same, basic supercharged 5.4-liter V8,
but it's tuned more like the limited-edition GT500 KR. A new cold-air
intake draws air from the upper front grille through its own snorkel, and
this piece helps generate the increased power. It's so important that the
Cobra emblem on the grille has been moved to the passenger side so as not
to block the intake. Along with the 540 hp at 6,200 rpm, the reworked motor
now makes 510 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm (a 30 lb-ft increase).
The GT500's increased accelerative thrust will be aided by a new 3.55:1
rear end, in place of last year's 3.31. Even so, Ford says that the 2010
model will get a 10 percent improvement in highway fuel economy thanks to
taller 5th and 6th gear
ratios in its six-speed manual transmission. Figure it should return
about 22 mpg highway.
In truth, the last thing the GT500 really needs is more power; what it
needs is a retuned suspension. The 2009 GT500 is just too soft and floppy
for track duty, with a noted tendency toward understeer. Jamal Hameedi, SVT
chief nameplate engineer, has been aware of this fact. So Hameedi says the
2010 GT500 incorporates lessons learned from the KR development for
suspension tuning as well. For example, the 2010 GT500's front springs are
13 percent stiffer and the rears are 7 percent stiffer. The new model also
carries the next generation of Goodyear's Eagle F1 Supercar tires, upsized
to 19-inchers for the coupe. The convertible version (which arrives at the
same time as the coupe and should account for about 30 percent of sales)
sticks with 18-inch wheels and tires. Hameedi claims the GT500 should be
significantly quicker through the slalom and less prone to understeer. The
new car will also come standard with the three-mode traction and stability
control system (on, off and sport), just like the new Mustang GT.
Ford also tells us that the new GT500 will have better aerodynamic balance.
A pan under the engine reduces front-end lift and a new rear spoiler
reduces lift in the back. The GT500 won't be any lighter than the outgoing
model due in part to the addition of more acoustic insulation. However, the
2010 GT500 will get a heavy dose of stripes. As Chief Designer Doug Gaffka
says, "The car is all about performance, but a lot about design." In all,
Ford will offer five different stripe packages, including striped leather
seats and a striped cue-ball shift knob. And when we say cue ball we mean
it — the shift knob is supplied by a maker of billiard balls.
Hellcat Unleashed: The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT! - World's Fastest Car Show Ep 4.7
The wait is over: Justin Bell gets behind the wheel of a game changer, the
one and only 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Sit back, relax, and
turn-up the volume as Justin lays down rubber and Exhaust notes in the 707 HP muscle car of
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