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Upcoming: 2011 Mopar Challenger V10 Drag Pak

After selling out of the 2009 and 2010 special edition Challenger Drag Paks, there seemed little doubt if Mopar would offer another one for 2011. As luck would have it (and a need to sell cars), that wish is coming true. Earlier this month, Mopar released details on the 2011 Mopar Challenger. Only this time, those Mopar guys are really going all out. Instead of offering the 6.1-liter Hemi V8 used in the previous editions, the new model will now have a beastly 8.4-liter V10 under the hood.

If anyone can recall, this is the same engine that was in the now-defunct Viper. Yes, Mopar has stuffed the Viper's V10 into a Challenger. Whoever said dreams don't come true? What we're looking at is 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque mated to a 2-speed automatic transmission. Mustang GT? Camaro Z28? Not even close. Without a shred of doubt, this thing is the ultimate street legal drag racer. Mopar will be offering three different packaging options, such as the Competition Package, which includes an eight-point roll cage, six-point safety harness and a mesh window net.

You can also opt for a Mopar logo body wrap and a wide choice of body colors. Want to go even further? There are special race-style seats, some seriously huge tires, a solid rear axle, and just about everything else being offered as lightweight, such as the dashboard (when compared to the base Challenger). As expected, there will be an extremely limited number built (we're talking Ferrari low). Mopar says that a total of 70 units will be produced, priced at $85,512 each. Even with a price that high, there's absolutely no doubt this car will sell out very quickly.

With a new Viper supposedly in the works for 2012 or 2013, Chrysler is making the best of its absence by taking its V10 core and transplanting it into the Challenger. This goes way beyond the typical muscle car. In fact, it might even be in the league of supercars.

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