The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 From Fast And Furious 6 Is A Real Monster On Wheels
Dodge has been at the heart of the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise since the beginning and that is the case with Fast and Furious number 6. Fast & Furious 6 picks up where Fast Five left off: with Dom (Vin Diesel) racing Brian (Paul Walker) while driving this wide-bodied Challenger.
It starts up like any other 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392: with a noticeable popping thump as the big 6.4-liter V8 spins to life. Then the engine settles into a rumbling idle. Dennis McCarthy’s crew hasn’t really done anything mechanical to this Challenger and that’s OK. Because this wide-body thing does burnouts that produce clouds of smoke so big that they interrupt air traffic in surrounding states. And it’s not just the quality of the smoke that makes these burnouts worthy of hymns and passion plays, but how easily this Mopar produces them. All it takes is turning off the traction control, firmly planting your right foot on the brake and letting your left big toe ease into the accelerator pedal and then… then… the rear tires ignite as if they’d been thrown into a steel mill’s furnace.
Dennis McCarthy needed four of these Challengers for filming and Dodge was happy to supply them for promotional value. And since they were new cars, there wasn’t any reason to rebuild or reengineer them.
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So each Challenger was fitted with a wide-body kit from Classic Design Concepts. That includes new, wider composite plastic replacement front fenders and composite rear fender extensions.