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IL Insider: Hemi-Powered Dodge Nitro Charges in to SEMA

AN DIEGO — Dodge is preparing two hot-rod versions of its new Nitro SUV for the annual fall SEMA show in Las Vegas, including a Hemi-powered edition with 22-inch wheels and tires.

A Dodge Challenger Super Sport concept also will be unveiled at SEMA, but Chrysler declined to provide details.

Senior Design Manager Dennis Myles said Dodge will install a modified 5.7-liter Hemi V8 in the first SEMA Nitro, as well as a Tremec five-speed gearbox, Brembo brakes and 22-inch Alcoa wheels.

The idea, Myles said, is to create "an all-out performance" version. "We want to stir up and stimulate thinking about the Nitro," he said.

The Hemi-powered SEMA Nitro will be painted in black-purple metallic, with a two-tone black and slate-gray interior, according to Myles. A lower aero body kit will include new fascias, wheel arches and side sills. The cabin will sport four bucket seats from the Viper.

A second Nitro conversion — both are being done in-house — will be a white Mopar-themed panel wagon with special graphics on the sides. The rear seats will be removed and a sliding load floor installed to accommodate surfboards and other large gear.

What this means to you: The Nitro Hemi sounds like fun, but we're more interested in the Challenger SS "concept of the concept."





 

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Nitro SRT8, anybody?? :D
 

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FreeLantz said:
Nitro SRT8, anybody?? :D
I was thinking the same thing when I opened the thread! :rck:
 

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Holy crap, I'd be first in line for one of those!
 

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that would be a fun little car, I guess you call it a car :dunno:
 

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gc714 said:
that would be a fun little car, I guess you call it a car :dunno:
I have a habit of referring to truck-based or RWD-based SUVs as "trucks" and crossovers or FWD-based SUVs such as my Pacifica "cars"

But thats just me. Whatever you call it, I sure like the Nitro! :rck:
 
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