Mopar flexes muscles with limited edition Challengers

For the third time since the custom began in 2010, Mopar is unleashing its talents on the Dodge Challenger coupe.

To people who are serious about their vintage Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth performance cars, the name Mopar has a hallowed ring to it. While if offers a wide variety of accessories, it's probably best known for parts meant to boost performance.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday it will showcase a new Mopar 2017 Dodge Challenger limited-edition muscle vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show.

Restricted to just 160 units, production will be equally divided between examples finished in Billet Silver or Contusion Blue with each based around the 392 Shaker package but incorporating a selection of modifications.

The cars are pushed by a 6.4-liter, 392 Hemi engine producing 485 horsepower and 475 foot-pounds of torque through a six-speed manual transmission.

The Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger is the latest in a series of limited-edition muscle cars from the parts division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The Mopar '17 Challenger isn't all show. And, of course, there are Mopar badges pretty much everywhere you look, inside and out. We aren't sure if the strut tower brace and four-piston Brembo brakes will provide a meaningful improvement over stock, but it's nice to see that Dodge has tried. Both front seats sport embroidered Mopar logos on the seatbacks, and contrast stitching is found throughout the interior. Only 80 of each paint job will be made, with a starting price of $56,885-about $12,000 more than the identically-performing 392 Scat Pack Shaker you can buy today. The vehicle will also come with a special Mopar box that includes a Moapr welcome letter, a "Birth Certificate", a hand signed Mopar '17 rendering, a special Mopar '17 booklet, Mopar valve stem caps and other Mopar-branded items such as a key chain and 80th anniversary badge.

Available in the USA and Canada, the Mopar Challenger arrives in selected dealerships early in the second quarter.

Vanessa Coleman