Two-Tone Time: the Dodge Challenger Is This Year’s Mopar Special
A six-speed manual only affair
Car and Driver / Greg Fink/ February 10, 2017
(Photos courtesy FCA USA LLC)
In what has become an annual tradition, the fine folks at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Mopar division have taken it upon themselves to create a limited-edition variant of a mass-produced FCA product. For the third time since the custom began in 2010, Mopar is unleashing its talents on the Dodge Challenger coupe. The original Mopar ’10 and the later Mopar ’14 were also based on the Challenger.
Predictably dubbed the Mopar ’17, the special Challenger will be available in two colors: Contusion Blue and Billet Silver. Each color will be limited to an 80-unit production run (160 vehicles in total), with an underhood badge marking each individual vehicle’s production order in relation to its color.
No matter the exterior hue, though, every Challenger Mopar ’17 will come equipped with a 485-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 fitted with a Mopar cold-air intake and a Shaker hood scoop. The engine bay is further dressed up with a pair of silver powder-coated strut tower braces that Mopar claims increases the vehicle’s rigidity and betters its handling.
Buyers will receive a “birth certificate” including vehicle specifications, date of manufacture and vehicle number, as well as a hand-signed Mopar ’17 rendering.
Interested customers had better be comfortable working a clutch, as the Mopar ’17 is a six-speed-manual-only affair - featuring a TREMEC TR-6060 transmission.