12. Dodge Raider
Dodge was always big in the SUV and truck market, offering various models over the years. The Ramcharger SUVs and Ram trucks were popular, well-received cars. That is why it is strange that the company decided to clone the Mitsubishi Pajero as the Dodge Raider in 1987.
They produced the Dodge Raider in Japan and imported it to America as a Dodge. The only real difference between the Raider and the Pajero are the badges. It was also available in a shorter, three-door version with a 3.0 V6 engine. The Dodge Raider handled and drove like the Pajero, but sales weren’t good. So, in 1989, they discontinued the model and not many people remember it.
13. Dodge Spirit R/T
The Spirit was a compact, front-wheel drive model Dodge introduced in 1989. In its base form, it was popular with consumers since it had a modern design. It was also of good quality and had up-to-date features at an affordable price. However, the R/T version was far more interesting. It is a shame most people have forgotten about it, except for the most dedicated Dodge fans.
Since the performance and power output of the base Spirit was nothing to write home about, Dodge decided to introduce a hot rod version. They called it the R/T to resurrect the famous moniker they used in the muscle car era.
The base 2.2-liter four-cylinder motor only produced 90 HP, so they gave it a turbo upgrade. After that, it produced an impressive 224 HP and 218 lb-ft of torque. For the 1991 model year, this was hefty power level from an economy car. This newfound power raised performance to a whole new level. In fact, the Spirit R/T could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds, which made it enter Corvette territory in 1991.
At over $17,000 it was expensive, but it offered fantastic driving dynamics and sublime performance for an economy sedan. Unfortunately, the market didn’t understand this car, so Dodge made less than 1,500 in the two years the Spirit R/T was available. Today, most people have forgotten those hot little cars. But if you find one for sale, you may want to buy it. It is an interesting cool piece of Dodge performance history.
14. Dodge Ram 1500 SRT Night Runner
Most people know about the over-the-top Ram SRT-10. It is a truck that features the Viper V10 engine that delivers 503 HP. It can go to 60 mph in just five seconds. Even though Dodge introduced it in 2004, it is still one of the most famous Dodge products ever. However, did you know they produced a Night Runner version?
The Night Runner was a special, limited version of the SRT-10 truck. Dodge only produced 400 of them. The differences between the regular SRT-10 and the Night Runner were in appearance. The Night Runner featured a blackout paint job and black 22-inch wheels. It also came with unique Night Runner badges, a black center stack and a center console bezel overlay.
Interestingly, all Night Runners had a plaque on the dash with their serial number. The Night Runner option was available in 2006, but only as the production of the SRT-10 came to an end. This is why not all dealers were aware it was available. Today, the Night Runner is quite unknown to the public even though it was a part of the Ram SRT-10 model they publicized highly.
Dodge produced many famous and not-so-famous cars and trucks. For car enthusiasts, the rare ones on this list are highly-coveted, yet hard to find. So, if you can get your hands on one of these beauties, consider yourself lucky.