Dodge has given us real photos of the Mopar ’10 Challenger, and it looks just as menacing in the sheetmetal as we expected from an earlier sketch. Just 500 will be built, all finished in black with black 20-inch wheels, hood pins, and a functional hood scoop. Buyers get a choice of blue, red, or silver for the side stripes.

The cockpit is outfitted with Katzkin leather upholstery featuring Mopar ’10 stitched logos, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a unique dashboard plaque bearing the car’s serial number. Manual-equipped cars get the pistol-grip shifter seen below, although Dodge expects about 80 percent of buyers to choose the automatic, which comes with a T-shaped shift lever.

The few mechanical changes comprise a new air intake and strut bracing front and rear. Dodge tells us the intake and the hood scoop should coax an additional 15 hp from the 5.7-liter V-8 engine. The Mopar ’10 Challenger also scores Super Track Pac suspension, a $400 option on other Challengers that bundles better dampers, a new rear axle, upgraded brake pads, and sticky Goodyear tires.

Dodge is taking pre-orders for the cars now, and they’ll arrive in dealerships across the country next month. The entry price is $38,000 with an automatic and $39,000 with a manual transmission.

By Jake Holmes