Name: Dodge Charger R/T 440 V-8 Six-Pack, 4-speed (original specifications)
Year(s) Produced: 1968-1970
Number Built: 10,337
Class: Sports car
Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe
Engine: 439.7 cui, Chrysler RB-Series V-8
Power: 390hp @ 4700 RPM
0-60mph: 5.7 seconds
Top Speed: 131 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 208.5 in./ 76.6 in./ 53 in.
Wheelbase: 117 in.
Base Price: US$3,710
Highest Price: US$63,000 (NADA)
SpeedKore is no stranger to the B-body Charger. The custom car shop has built a reputation for turning out top-notch cars and working almost exclusively with muscle-era Mopars. Specializing in pro Touring cars (restomods), SpeedKore’s founder Dave Salvaggio built about 20 of them including the unforgettable 1970 Plymouth Barracuda for the Fast and Furious 7 movie. This time, Salvaggio and his expert crew of designers, engineers, and fabricators set out to show their talents once again in an entry that debuted at last year’s 2015 SEMA Show.
Though Salvaggio were quick to point that they’re not out there to reinvent what Dodge had gotten so right, their team decided that unlike a lot of flashy SEMA builds, their car would require a close look before it gave its secrets away. They opted to take a different path, a road less travelled, and opted to draw attention through an understated build that stays true to all the details – but with one big difference. Meet their 1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum.
Needless to say, the Tantrum is elegantly beautiful to behold. The smooth glossy, glass like finish of the Tantrum shows an all-new front-end bodywork rendered in carbon fiber. The intricate grille has been milled from a single block of aluminum and houses four LED headlamps. It is fitted with tail lamps from a 2014 Dodge Challenger that are partially covered by a trim panel emblazoned with the car’s name. The mirrors, door handles, and fuel-filler cap are all custom-made. It is equipped with HRE S104 wheels that measures 19 inches in front and 20 inches out back, with 14-inch Baer brakes tucked behind them.
The insides showcase more metal and carbon fiber, giving this all black Charger a personality that is exquisitely rebellious. Most panels are rendered in carbon fiber wrapped in handsome leather or microsuede. Though the seats and dash are custom-made, the Tantrum still remained faithful in the canon of the original Charger aesthetic. The trained eye will be quick to point out the roll cage that was added to strengthen the previously frameless unibody construction. Similarly, the firewall and inner rear fenders were replaced with new, hand-formed panels to fit the powerhouse that will be added into it.
As such, this is the one thing that separates the Tantrum from the rest – at its heart is a DOHC, 9.0-liter twin-turbocharged Mercury Racing V-8 QC4v crate engine kicking out a massive 1,650 horses. It is an engine made by Mercury Maine, the same builders that create powerful boat engines. Such power is moderated by a six-speed manual transmission and a Ford-sourced rear differential. It is claimed that the Tantrum has enough power to burn its 345-series rear Michelins in just a matter of seconds.
Salvaggio and his team couldn’t be more proud of their handsome black beast. The Tantrum was a success on its debut at SEMA, earning it a Gran Turismo Award for Best Domestic. It also garnered some attention from Hollywood, where Tantrum has been tapped to appear in the next Fast and Furious movie. We hope to see the Tantrum have its time in the big screen. For the meantime it already received some mileage courtesy of Jay Leno’s Garage. Watch this video.
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