Welcome to my 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Site
Deep Water Blue Pearl
( A work in progress )
When I took ownership of the car on 12/31/2021, it had 61,384 miles on it. Eight months later, at about 68,745, I began hearing the dreaded "HEMI Tick". 🤬
Within days it progressively got worse, so I was off to the speed shop. They diagnosed it and found that cylinder #6 had dropped the lifter. Though it
wasn't planned, it either had to be fixed or built. I went with built. Dyno shows 465 hp at the crank, 404 hp at the wheels and redline moved from 5600 rpm to 6500 rpm.
Trans, other than torque converter, and rear are stock.
The original paint color of my car is Deep Water Blue Pearl, which I discovered was a 2009 color. Dodge faced supplier issues and instead of seeking a new supplier, they discontinued the color and used up their remaining inventory on the 2010 models. In 2010, 36,791 Challengers were built, and of the 1598 Challenger R/T's that were painted in this color:
1103 were automatics:
495 were manual shift cars:
My car falls under the hardtop family, and I often wonder how many of the original 618 hardtops are still on the road. 🤔
Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler advertise horsepower at the crank, which is the standard measurement device for determining an engine's horsepower. The 5.7L HEMI from Dodge, with a displacement of 345 cubic inches, is advertised at 372-375 horsepower at the crank. This figure refers to the engine's rotating crankshaft and is also known as brake horsepower. However, the wheel horsepower is a more critical metric as it reflects the power delivered to the road through the wheels, after taking into account drivetrain loss. In order to increase the power transferred from the engine to the wheels, various modifications such as transmission and rear gearing changes can be made. The Dodge Challenger, weighing a little over 4000 lbs, is a heavy car, which makes it more challenging to achieve higher wheel horsepower.
There's a good HP To WHP / WHP To HP Calculator here. The only way to know where your car stands is to put it on a dyno. 😎
When I was putting my build together, it was never about challenging Scatpacks or Hellcats. Although it has moved closer to the Scatpack range, my main goal was to have a car that was a cut above the average stock R/T and other cars of that caliber. It's a fun car to drive, and for the most part, it can hold its own. It has that sweet cam chop and can/does raises eyebrows from time to time. As an enthusiast, I'm not out cruising for races or going to the drag strip on weekends. It's all just good fun. 😉
Right now on Dodges website, a 2023 stock V6 Challenger is over $30,000.00 for a bare bones no frills model. I'm well under that with the purchase & build. The body style doesn't change enough for it to be a factor to me. I like how closely it resembles the 1970 R/T. When you see it, you know what it is. 🤣
|Texas Speed Stage 3 Cam||HellCat Lifters||HellCat Oil Pump|
|CircleD 3200 Stall Torque Converter||Cold Case HD Aluminum Performance Radiator||Hayden Rapid-Cool Transmission Oil Cooler|
|SSW Long Tube Headers||Flowmaster Super44 Mufflers||Cloyes Engine Timing Chain Kit|
|84 MM Fuel Injection Throttle Body||MDS Delete Kit||FEL-PRO / MAHLE Gaskets|
|K & N Cold Air Intake||AEM Dual Gauge A-Pilar Pods||AEM Air/Fuel & Fuel Pressure Guages|
|2011 Front Bumper Cover -Why?||Venom Inc Halo Headlights||LED Side marker & interior lights|