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MOPAR thunders at SEMA with return of 392 Hemi & more (VIDEO)

Dodge and MOPAR are returning to SEMA this year with a handful of new concepts that should have enthusiasts running for their gas cards. In particular, the 2011 Dodge Charger SRT8 will drop its 425hp 6.1 Liter engine from the 2010 model year to revive the epic 392 (5.4L) Hemi, now rated at 470hp and 470lbft of torque, making it the most powerful Hemi ever put into a production car. 

“We actual traded just a little peak horsepower for a whole lot of bottom end torque,” said Ralph Gilles, President & CEO Dodge Car Brand and Senior Vice President of Product Design, “This engine will be legendary in the way it performs on the street.” (1) 

Also on display will be the Redline Dodge Charger; another glimpse at what 2011 has in store for Chrysler.

“This is the first real view of the 2011 Charger to the public,” Gilles said, “I let my guys rip on it, our team at MOPAR and my designers that actually designed the base car went in and said, ‘what would you do left to your own devices with this car?’.. I think it will start this conversation about what Charger could be to the enthusiast.” (1)

Next Up: Let’s not forget the Dodge Durango, in this case, what Gilles calls the ultimate version of it dubbed the Citadel Black & Tan.

“Again, we also see the Durango as a canvas to enthusiasts and people that really like SUV’s,” Gilles said, “We think we have the best SUV we’ve ever done.” (1) 

The Black and Tan rolls on deep-dish 22inch rims, chrome body accents, a retooled suspension, and of course, a special black and tan interior for which the edition is named. 

Lastly, and perhaps most surprising, Chrysler will be using the SEMA stage for the world premiere of a… Fiat? Yes, the Fiat 500GT to be exact. 

“We took a Fiat 500,” said Jeff Galle, Chrysler Group LLC Designer, “We flared it, we’re gonna put 18inch wheels on it, it’s gonna sit down on the ground… The Fiat 500 is going to be a great platform to build from, it’s light weight, its small, perfect for a tight road course.” (1) 

Visually, the 500GT at SEMA will sport a liquid gray paint scheme and graphics scheme to increase the car’s sinister appeal. 

To end with a punch, MOPAR will have their 2011 drag package V10 Challenger on display, pegged as the “First and only V-10 drag car on the planet.” (1)

For video of all the vehicles mentioned here, watch "SEMA 2010: Upcoming Mopar Unveils" in New Videos. 

Sources: 

(1)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWKIcI2rtW0
(2)http://www.autoweek.com/article/20101026/VIDEONEWS/101029908
Picture: automobilemag.com



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Brandon Seiler is a bonafide car guy, member of the Northwest Auto Press Association and proud Washingtonian. He covers the latest auto news, technology, and pretty much anything having to do with car culture. You don't have to like cars to read his blogs, you just have to be able to read.





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