1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 6.1 Liter HEMI V8 The engine is a 6.1 liter SRT Hemi that was factory-rated at 425 horsepower but has been substantially revised to push that number pretty close to 500. It’s totally dressed for show with a chrome intake manifold, custom cold air induction system, and color-matched coils and covers proudly identifying the HEMI powerplant. As much of the OEM hardware was retained as possible to insure reliability and easy road manners, and it definitely delivers: turn the key and the sucker fires instantly and settles into an even idle without any prodding. On the street, it’s docile and easy to drive until you really crack the throttle, at which point you should probably be sure that the car is aimed where you want it to go. With a giant aluminum radiator and twin electric fans, it never even hints at getting hot, even in traffic with the A/C cranking, and it happily drinks a steady diet of pump gas, so if you have the guts, this could be your daily driver.
The aforementioned 4-speed manual gearbox pushes all that horsepower back to a Dana 60 rear end with 3.55 gears and a Detroit Locker inside, so it’s actually pretty comfortable on the highway even without the overdrive, but hit the switch and it just loafs along at 1200 RPM and pulls down rather impressive fuel economy at the same time. The front suspension is a full AlterKtion setup with A-arms, coil-over shocks, giant sway bar, and power rack-and-pinion steering, so it definitely doesn’t drive like a middle-aged Mopar. Gorgeous custom long-tube headers feed a spectacular dual exhaust system that will make the hairs on your neck stand up and the heavy-duty Moser-built rear end hangs on another set of adjustable coil-over shocks with trailing arms. Big Wilwood vented and cross-drilled disc brakes live at all four corners, and even with 500 horsepower on tap, it’s hard to get in over your head with these binders. Subframe connectors reinforce the tub and provide a solid foundation, and this is a vintage muscle car that doesn’t mind hustling around corners. Gorgeous Billet Specialties wheels were just custom-plated in black nickel and they wear staggered 235/40/18 front and 285/35/18 Nitto performance radials.
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