2009 Mopar Underground Dodge Challenger Targa review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 15 October 2008 , 09:10:45 byVeronica

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Mopar Underground Dodge Challenger Targa

Dodge carmaker managed to develop the Dodge Challenger Targa, a race car that competed in the well-known Targa Newfoundland race this year. A lot of the features were borrowed from the Dodge Viper, but the highlight is the snake-skin green paint. Mopar offered a special spoiler to keep the front end down a spoiler developed in a full scale wind tunnel which was then added to the front of the car. The hood is equipped with a scoop to hide the 392 V8 HEMI crate motor developed by Mopar capable of generating 540 horsepower and 490 lb. ft. of torque. All the output is being sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. To handle the extra power, the engineers have offered Stop-Tech brakes. Up front it has the 6-piston calipers with 380 mm rotors and at the rear it has four-pot calipers that use 355 mm rotors. The race suspension and brake upgrades come from the Dodge Viper ACR. The model was built with parts available through Mopar, but of course there are few exceptions.

The Dodge Challenger Targa is a full-blown competition car that raced and completed the infamous Targa Newfoundland race this year. "Samantha" started life as a Mopar Challenger drag race package car. Many features were borrowed from the Dodge Viper, but the most noticeable is the snakeskin green paint. To keep the front end down, a Mopar chin spoiler "Splats" developed in a full scale wind tunnel, was added to the front of the car. Mopar gauges keep a close eye on the vital signs. The Mopar hood is equipped with a scoop to make room for the 540-horsepower, 490 lb. ft. of torque, 392 HEMI® V-8 Mopar crate motor. Mated to a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox, the engine blasts power to the rear wheels through a production 2009 modified gear ratio in the rear end. An abundance of fade resistant stopping power comes from Stop-Tech brakes. Up front, the six-piston calipers clamp 380-millimetre rotors, while in the rear, four-pot calipers work with 355-mm rotors. Developed by KW, the race suspension and brake upgrades came from a proven hero - the Dodge Viper ACR, which just broke the production car lap record at the world-renown Nurburgring in Germany. With only a few exceptions, the Dodge Challenger Targa was built using parts available through Mopar.