The Wraith was a 1986 action film with a supernatural undertone. In the movie, a teen who has been murdered by the leader of a gang of drag-racing punks returns to take revenge. The car in the movie The Wraith is a Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor, a prototype build by Chrysler.
Basic Plot of The Wraith
Packard Walsh is the leader of a gang of car thieves that coerce people with sports cars into racing for pink slips, cheating them in order to win. That all ends when a Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor driven by The Wraith appears. The Wraith is covered in futuristic black body armor and a black race helmet. The armor features metal braces like those worn by victims recovering from severe physical trauma. The driver challenges Packard’s gang to race, killing each of them in high-speed, fiery crashes. Eerily, their bodies are untouched except for burned out eye sockets.
The Wraith’s Dodge M4S
The mysterious car driven by the Wraith is the Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor mentioned above. The M4S was a concept built by Chrysler to specifically function as an attention grabber and occasional pace car. It was never intended to be placed into production. The name ”Turbo Interceptor” appeared after the car debuted in The Wraith, but was never meant to be part of the original nameplate.
There were multiple M4S’s produced, but only four remain. Each featured an inline 2.2L four-cylinder engine with twin turbo-chargers. The 2.2’s power is boosted by a Cosworth 16-valve twin-cam head, dual Garrett T25 turbos, and Bosch fuel injection. Each of the mid-engine vehicles produced had a five-speed manual transmission. The cars produced 440 horsepower, had a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, and managed a respectable 12.9 quarter, often hitting a top speed of 195 mph.
The four cars that are still around include one at PPG HQ, one at the Chrysler museum, and two in private collections. One was displayed at Harrah’s for over twenty years. None of the cars really looked the same. The pace car versions looked much different than those displayed at auto trade shows, and the one used in The Wraith had a modified body. Some appeared with gull wings, some with enormous spoilers. No matter how they were changed, each M4S was a head-turner.
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