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Nothing quite gets the blood pumping like getting behind the wheel of a genuine American-made muscle car. When it comes to Dodge, muscle and speed are what the company built its name upon.
One of the major American auto makers, Dodge has been pumping out fast, powerful vehicles for decades. Even with recent economic problems facing the company, they have continued to wow customers with their unique blend of sporty and muscular cars and trucks.
Under the SRT label, which stands for Street & Racing Technology, many of Dodge’s fastest vehicles have been developed.
SRT is a high-performance group that works under Chrysler, Dodge’s parent company, and also fine-tunes vehicles for the company’s other brands. SRT actually spun out as its own separate brand for a couple years, including 2014, but is set to be reincorporated under the Dodge brand for 2015. Because of this, we’re including SRT Dodge models on this list.
Left off of the list are concept models, one-offs, and models that have been heavily modified by third parties, leaving production models and special editions.
Some notable exclusions include the Viper ACR-X and Viper GTS-R, a race car, along with other Viper variants. Other models came up just short, including the Charger Daytona, the Neon SRT-4 and the Spirit R/T.
But without further ado, here are the ten fastest Dodge models of all time.
10. Challenger R/T Scat PackTo get things started, the Challenger R/T, a performance variant of the standard Challenger, enters the list at number ten. The R/T is one of several versions of the Challenger available, and the 2015 model, although not on the top of the heap, still brings some serious speed and muscle to the table.
The R/T can make the dash from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds behind the power of a 6.4-liter V8 engine. The same engine packs a punch in the form of 485 horses, and 475 lb-ft of torque. The R/T variant is certainly powerful, and has the speed to keep up with the fastest Dodge has to offer.
9. Challenger 392The most brutal and punishing form the Challenger model series takes is that of the 392. Newer generations of the 392 are able make the sprint from 0-60 in as little as 4.2 seconds, and reach a limited top speed of up to 178 miles per hour.
That’s incredibly fast by any measure, but it still gets outdone by another Challenger iteration further down the list. Nonetheless, the 392 can churn out an earth-shattering 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque from a 6.4-liter HEMI engine. It’s fast and fearsome, and just about as impressive as it gets for the Challenger line.
8. Viper RT/10The first of an onslaught of Viper models on the list, the Viper RT/10 checks in at number eight with a time of 4.1 seconds, rocketing from rest to 60 miles per hour. This is an older Viper model, but it still holds the staple engine of the Viper team: an 8.0-liter V10.
It still doesn’t produce as much power as the more modern Challenger models, churning out 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, but it does hold the advantage in aerodynamics and design. Since the RT/10, the Viper has seen drastic improvement, but it all comes back to the older generation’s engineering to lay the foundation.
7. Viper GT2Perhaps the most exclusive Viper model on the list, the GT2 is, in fact, a fine-tuned version of the Viper GTS-R. The GT2 is a street-legal version of the GTS-R, as the GTS-R was used by racing teams and could not be driven legally on most roads. The GT2 had its hayday in the late 1990s, when 100 of them were produced and subsequently sold, and in quick fashion. The GT2 could make the trip to 60 miles per hour from zero in a flat four seconds. Like other Vipers, it gets there behind the power of an 8.0-liter V10 engine, which had been re-tuned to achieve 500 lb-ft of torque.
6. Viper SRT 10Moving right along the Viper evolution change, the Viper SRT 10 is the first vehicle on the list able to break the four second barrier on the 0-60 run, clocking in at 3.9 seconds. The increase in quickness comes along with an increase in power, to the tune of 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque.
This Viper is wickedly quick, but offers speed freaks one of the most enjoyable driving experiences available. The 8.4-liter V10 engine makes all the difference in helping the SRT 10 reach a little further than its predecessors.