What do you get when you combine Dodge's midsize Dakota with a heaping helping of Plum Crazy muscle-car heritage? The 2005 Dodge Dakota T/A, a truck with a real attitude, courtesy of a tweaked 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 engine, a limited-slip differential, bucket seats, and a console that is pure musclecar--or should we say muscle truck? It's the Dodge for those who lusted after a Dodge Challenger 35 years ago, but missed the boat. Yet this truck handles better than any musclecar ever did, and has the added practicality of a versatile pickup bed.
Inspired by the legendary 1970 Challenger T/A, this truck offers all of the performance and excitement of its classic counterpart, but in a thoroughly contemporary package. It starts with the color, an updated version of Plum Crazy, the quintessential Challenger color used on some of Dodge's most memorable advertisements. The white T/A body-side accent adapts the Challenger T/A style to this modern truck. If you're an introvert, look elsewhere--you're sure to be noticed behind the wheel of the Dakota T/A.
Larry Weiner's Performance West Group's vehicles are the mainstays of venues like the annual SEMA Show, where this Dakota was first spied. Using a variety of aftermarket components, some tooled specifically for this project, Performance West took personalization to a new level. Inspired by its namesake Challenger T/A, these modifications give the truck an even more "in your face" personality, now a hallmark of the entire line of Dodge trucks.
The crosshair grille, part of the Dodge DNA, is enhanced with the addition of a black anodized diamond wire mesh insert, the background accent for the chrome grille shell. The fascia was given an aerodynamic airdam for a unique front-end look that also reduces drag. Completing the modifications forward of the A-pillar, the Dakota T/A is equipped with a Six Pak hood manufactured by RK Sport, inspired by the ones found on classic Mopar muscle cars. For that period-correct look, the hood is secured with chromed pins supplied by Classic Design Concepts. All these goodies would be wasted if not for the flawless application of the House of Kolor Plum Crazy mix, done by Mike Face Custom Paint.