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The 1986 Vestron film The Wraith showcased a variety of Mopars. The movie featured several Dodge Daytonas, gave a first glimpse of the the Plymouth Sundance (about a year before it was introduced) and a battered '65 Plymouth Barracuda. However, it was the 1984 Dodge M4S prototype sports coupe that stole the show in the movie (donated by Dodge to the film makers).

The 'Turbo Interceptor'
1984 Dodge-PPG Twin Turbo M4S Prototype

"This vehicle should have top billing over Charlie Sheen in the film (it was in the movie for about twice as many scenes as Charlie Sheen!). This car is known as 'The Wraith' or 'Turbo Interceptor' in the film. The vehicle was originally a pace car developed by Chrysler and PPG in 1984. Over 30 cars were constructed for the film for various stunts and crash sequences. The beauty version of the car featured a $30,000 paint job. The M4S was a slippery teardrop sports car design that was seriously considered for production. However, Dodge did not produce it because of high manufacturing costs (the marketing people in 1984 saw no market for a high-performance Dodge sports car for about $50,000 -- although the Viper proved otherwise).

The vehicle was track tested and achieved a top speed of 194.8 miles per hour. The car's drivetrain utilized a 5 speed manual transmission out of the '85 Dodge Turbo Daytona. The engine was a stock block, the durable 2.2 liter Inline four used in other Dodge offerings like the Dodge Daytona and Aries. This engine made 400 horsepower thanks to twin Garrett T25 turbos, a twincam Cosworth 16-valve cylinder head and Bosch L-Jettronic fuel injection (this research was later used to developed the 2.2 liter Turbo 4 used in the Iroc Daytona and Spirit R/T). Under normal driving conditions, this engine combination averaged around 27 mpg in the city and over 30 at highway speeds (mileage dropped to around 23 mpg past 150 mph).
Other Notable features on this car are Gullwing doors and its clam shell hood. The really nice part, this vehicle featured a mid-engine layout (very unique for a Mopar). Actually, the Dodge Designation M4S stands for Mid-engine 4 Cylinder Sport. The car also featured a perfect 50/50 weight distribution between its front wheels and rear wheels. It rolled on 15 inch aluminum wheels (depicted with a gold tint in the film). These same wheels soon became optional on Daytona, Acclaims and Chrysler minivans.

he basic info on the car, remember this was the early 1980s when this car was made:

2.2 Trans Four OHC 8 valve I4 (2198 cc / 132 cid)
400 Horsepower @ 7000 RPM
300 lbs of torque
0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds (estimated)
1/4 mile: 12.9 seconds @ 104 mph (estimated)
Top Speed: 194.8 (observed speed - Road & Track Magazine)

poll didnt come in

That car/movie made my childhood just a little bit better.
Dr. Strangelove
Do it to him Oggie style! Super subzero.
um...if this is a has no place on the cool wall...the cool wall is for production vehicles only...
I don't like it anyway.
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QUOTE(leif @ Sep 21 2006, 04:27 PM) *
um...if this is a has no place on the cool wall...the cool wall is for production vehicles only...

awwwww but it was 'seriously considered for production'!!

take if down if you want
This can stay, most of the production performance cars have already been posted and allowing concepts that never made it to production will help keep the Cool Wall going. The only cars that are banned from the Cool Wall are tuner cars and one-off custom cars. One of a kind cars are allowed only if they're owned by a DS member and significantly modified from stock.

This M4S gets a solid Cool from me. It's kit carish looks keep it from being Frozen but was a proven fast, mid-engined sports car that influenced Dodge's performance lineup. Twin-turbo inline 4s are cool too.
It's cool, and about the only reason to watch The Wraith.

Only wish Chrysler painted it a different color, 'cause it always reminded me of a giant cockroach. happy2.gif
wow it does look like a cockroach
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