It was the inspiration for the awful 80s driving movie, 'The Wraith.'
The name “Interceptor” might be synonymous with the Police-spec Crown Vic or the iconic Ford Falcon Interceptor driven by Mel Gibson in 'The Road Warrior,' but there have been other vehicles with that designation. One such vehicle was called the M4S Turbo Interceptor. It was built by Dodge and was the inspiration for the awful 80s driving movie, 'The Wraith.'
The 1982 Dodge M4S was designed to be a sophisticated pace car for the PPG-CART Indy Car World Series races. The car was loosely based on the Dodge Daytona, but VERY loosely based. It featured a 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder engine, and employed Cosworth 16-valve heads, and a pair of Garrett T25 turbochargers. The combination yielded an impressive 440 horsepower.
Power was sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. This formula was good for a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, a 12.9-second quarter mile and a top speed of 195 horsepower– according to Road & Track.
According to Allpar, there are only four in existence. The pace car is at PPQ’s headquarters, another one is at the Chrysler Museum, and two more are in parts unknown. There was speculation that another might have existed as a kit car, using a different engine. All we know is, it made for one rewarding part of a generally terrible film: