What The...Fuchsia?!?Limited-Edition Challenger SRT8 & Challenger R/T, Panther Pink, Moulin Rouge
February 9 2010 08:10 AM
Here's another historic color from Ma Mopar's "High Impact" color pallette of the early '70s, at the heart of another pair of limited-edition Challengers.\
But...the color is called "Furious Fuchsia," instead of Panther Pink (Dodge's name for it) or Moulin Rouge (Plymouth's).
A little history here: Panther Pink/Moulin Rouge joined the new-for-1970 "High Impact" optional paint colors, becoming available on A-, B- and E-Body Mopars sometime after January 1, 1970 and staying on through the end of the 1971 model run.
It's a color that has gained a lot of admirers over the years, even those who've dedicated websites to Panther Pink/Moulin Rouge-hued Mopars.
Well...I'll let you read Mopar's press release (and see a couple more pics of the "new" color for the R/T and SRT8...see for yourself.
Dodge Celebrates Four Decades Of Challenger’s Muscle-car Heritage With Limited-edition Furious Fuchsia Models
• 2010 Dodge Challenger Furious Fuchsia editions commemorate 40 years of Dodge muscle-car performance
• Limited-edition Furious Fuchsia exterior answers customers’ desire for the return of more Dodge brand high-impact heritage paint hues
• 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic edition is available in all-new Pearl White performance seats and Bright White A-line body-side R/T stripes
• Dodge Challenger SRT8® Furious Fuchsia edition features unique 20-inch SRT forged aluminum wheels with Satin Black painted pockets, serialized dash plaque, Pearl White leather SRT performance seats with Furious Fuchsia accent stripe and retro-inspired chromed quad exhaust tips
• Limited-production run of Dodge Challenger R/T Classic editions and only 400 Dodge Challenger SRT8 editions in Furious Fuchsia available
Auburn Hills, Mich. , Feb 8, 2010 - Two of the wildest and rarest 2010 Dodge Challenger models will soon be available to Dodge fans and collectors to commemorate 40 years of Dodge Challenger performance; the 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and Challenger SRT8® Furious Fuchsia editions. With its Furious Fuchsia Pearl Coat exterior paint and all-new Pearl White leather performance seats, these limited-edition Dodge Challenger models deliver the best of modern American muscle-car characteristics—unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful HEMI® V-8 engines and technology—now in one of the most significant hues.
“Commemorating four decades of Challenger performance, the new R/T Classic and SRT8 Furious Fuchsia editions modernize one of the most memorable hues from 1970 to create a modern muscle-car that exudes more performance, passion and even more nostalgia,” said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dodge Car Brand and Senior Vice President—Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC.
“As an ode to our Dodge fans, these highly collectible models feature all-new Pearl White leather performance seats with Furious Fuchsia accents to deliver a customized, yet contemporary look to the heritage-inspired interior. Sum it all up, and Dodge is delivering a muscle-car tribute that no other manufacturer can even match.”
The U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic in Furious Fuchsia Pearl Coat is $35,140, while the high-performance SRT8 model is $45,150 (both prices include $725 destination). Both Furious Fuchsia editions will be available for order at Dodge dealerships nationwide in March.
2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Furious Fuchsia
Based on the powerful 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T, the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Furious Fuchsia edition features dual throwback A-line body-side R/T stripes in Matte Black or Bright White. Completing the look are “Challenger” fender badges in classic script, large 20-inch polished-aluminum heritage wheels with all-season performance tires, classic egg-crate grille with heritage “R/T” badge, body-color rear spoiler, functional hood scoop and bright racing style fuel-filler door.
On the interior, the trapezoidal theme of the door-panel and gauge cluster, dark headliner and slanted shifter console are inspired by the original Dodge Challenger. Inspiration from the past continues with exclusive Pearl White performance seats accented with Dark Slate Gray and Furious Fuchsia French-seamed stitching as a factory-installed option. Monotone Dark Slate Gray leather performance seats and center console armrest with Furious Fuchsia accent stitching are standard.
When paired with the Tremec six-speed manual transmission, the 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Furious Fuchsia edition includes the performance-minded Track Pak with precision-shift “pistol-grip” shifter, anti-spin 3.92 differential and a performance-tuned dual exhaust with two low-restriction bottle resonators for maximum “throatiness.” And when it’s time to deliver, the Furious Fuchsia R/T Classic can accelerate from 0–60 mph in less than six seconds with its powerful 376 horsepower (280 kW) and 410 lb.-ft. of torque (556 N•m) 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine.
2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Furious Fuchsia
If the tire-smoking Furious Fuchsia R/T Classic is not exciting enough, the 400 ultra-exclusive 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 versions delivers even more punch with a 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine—with engine block lacquered in original HEMI Orange paint—producing 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. (569 N•m) of torque, performance-tuned ride and handling, benchmark braking and race-inspired interior with unique SRT-designed appointments.
The limited-production Dodge Challenger SRT8 in Furious Fuchsia is based on the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and features several standard equipment upgrades, including all-new Pearl White leather SRT performance seats with Furious Fuchsia accented stripe, unique 20-inch SRT forged-aluminum wheels with Satin Black accents, serialized dash plaque indicating the limited production series of 400 and retro-inspired chromed quad-exhaust tips.
Production of the 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8 Furious Fuchsia Editions
Production of the all-new 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8 in limited-production Furious Fuchsia Pearl Coat will start in May 2010 at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. These special-edition coupes will be built on the same assembly line as the award-winning and quality-proven Dodge Charger and Dodge Charger SRT8 sedans.
About the 2010 Dodge Challenger
The 2010 Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics—unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology—to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations. The Dodge Challenger is produced on the company’s proven rear-wheel-drive platform to accommodates five passengers with best-in-class rear head and leg room, along with best-in-class cargo space equal to the Dodge Charger.
With three models of head-turning styling, two legendary HEMI V-8 engine choices, up to 25 highway miles per gallon (mpg), more than 25 safety and security features and modern amenities, including Media Center 730N with voice-activated Uconnect™ Navigation system and real-time traffic available, it’s no surprise Dodge Challenger was awarded J.D. Power and Associates "Most Appealing Midsize Sporty Car" in its 2009 APEAL Study.
A further historic note:
The shade of pink that's causing all this ruckus was on a cartoon critter created by the legendary illustrator/animation artist Isidore "Friz" Freleng, created for the animated opening-title sequence of the 1964 Peter Sellers movie "The Pink Panther," the second feature film to feature Sellers' Inspector Clouseau character...this time in search of a stolen gem called "The Pink Panther."
The film was a huge hit that led to several sequels, and Freleng used his animated panther in a limited-animation TV cartoon series produced in the late '60s (as well as in TV ads for Owens-Corning's fiberglass home insulation).
Those animations came out of Freleng's own animation studio, founded after Warner Brothers laid him (and other artists like the Road Runner's and Wile E. Coyote's creator, Chuck Jones) off when it closed down its animation department, located in the legendary "Termite Terrace" bungalow on WB's Burbank, CA lot.