Several years ago, rumors were circulating that Chrysler was considering building a super-high-output supercharged V-8 engine to help the company hang with the likes of the 2013 Camaro ZL1 and 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500. With these two models pumping out 580 horsepower and 662 horsepower, respectively, the 470-horsepower 2013 Challenger SRT8 just doesn’t cut it.
Well, now this rumor is reportedly confirmed, per Automotive News, by an unnamed source within Chrysler. The report claims that this 6.2-liter supercharged engine is set to produce up to 640 horsepower, which will put is about on par with the SRT Viper’s 8.4-liter.
Supposedly, this engine will find its way into the next-generation Challenger, which is slated to arrive in the 2015 model year. So, why is Chrysler just now working on this engine? Well, the report claims that the unnamed leaker said this is Chrysler’s “last hurrah” in the muscle car realm before the stricter CAFÉ standards take hold.
Stay tuned for more updates on the “Hellcat” 6.2-liter engine. We certainly can’t wait to see Chrysler finally compete with the top-performing muscle cars on the market again.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8
Automakers are known to come up with contests for their fans that are launched to get the latter more involved in the inner workings of the industry. We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again.
This time around, it’s Chrysler that has taken that role, opening up a new online contest to encourage its fans to show their customized Chrysler vehicles.
To drive up the interest in the contest, which has been dubbed the Chrysler Custom Challenge, the automaker decided to roll out a number of prizes that are too cool to pass up, including attending the 2013 SEMA Auto Show with their customized Chryslers, as well as a trip to the 2014 NAIAS and a lease of a Chrysler vehicle.
That last part alone would’ve gotten us interested.
As far as entering the competition is concerned, interested participants are invited to visit Chrysler’s Facebook page and submit an image of their customized Chrysler brand vehicle to go with a brief description of the customizations.
All entries will then be subjected to public voting until July 1st at which time three finalists and ten runner-up winners will be selected by a combination of judges’ scores and public votes.
So if any of you have any Chrysler-modded vehicles in your garage, stand proud and show them off. Who knows, you might be rewarded with a trip to SEMA with your baby for your efforts.
Click past the jump to see some of the past Chrysler aftermarket programs that would make for good contenders in this contest
While the rest of the auto world has its eyes set on New York - and Seoul, for that matter - Chrysler took to an event across America to unveil a unique special-edition 300C.
At the eighth annual Spring Festival of LXs, a conceptual model of the 300 SRT was introduced to the public, one that SRT proclaims as having been "conceived and constructed in-house over the course of one month." It also marks the second custom 300 SRT to debut at Spring Fest.
Dressed in a non-metallic "straight shade" paint finish, the 300 SRT Concept appears to look straight out of a modern-day classic magazine. Adding to the appeal of the special-edition model are blacked out details throughout the vehicle, including the window moldings, the mirror caps and taillamps, and most distinct of them all, the new matte-finish Black Vapor Chrome wheel that could potentially be a preview of the next generation of wheel finishes coming out of SRT.
SRT has promised studio photos of the new 300C SRT Concept in the near future. For now, though, these photos from the event will have to make do.
Earlier this year, Chrysler and Detroit-born fashion designer John Varvatos collaborated to build a unique, one-off 300S that was eventually auctioned off at the John Varvatos 9th Annual Stuart House Benefit with the proceeds going to benefit The Rape Foundation in support of Stuart House.
We’re saying this because as it turns out, Chrysler and Varvatos’ collaborative endeavors weren’t just limited to a one-off model. That’s because the two have also built a pair of bespoke luxury sedans together based on the 300C. The two models, called the John Varvatos Limited Edition and the John Varvatos Luxury Edition, show what happens when you get two of Detroit’s finest to build a car together.
Given the credibility and respect John Varvatos commands in the fashion industry, these pair of special edition 300C models bearing his name prove that when it comes to perfectly blending his hometown’s blue-collar appeal with the luxury of a car like the 300C, the man has the pulse of the action.
UPDATE 3/25/2013: We are eagerly anticipating the release of the John Varvatos Edition of the 2013 300C and Chrysler has just released an ad teasing its release. The press release also unveiled a rough release date. Find out the release time frame after the jump and you can see the video above.
Find out more about the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition after the jump.
Chrysler, in cooperation with Hamilton Carhartt have developed a special edition 200 S and will display it next week at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new 200 S Special Edition will be priced at $28,870 and will be put into production in the second quarter of 2013.
This special edition was based on the Chrysler 200 "S" package and will add "an incredible amount of standard features." On the exterior the model combines numerous gloss black with chrome insertions and 18-inch aluminum wheels. There are also numerous "S" and black "200" badges that will help you to further identify this special edition.
The interior has been designed in collaboration with Carhartt and continues the same black and gray design theme. As standard equipment the model is offering a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Boston Acoustic premium sound system.
Hit the jump to read full details on the new Chrysler 200 S Special Edition.
For the record, this isn’t a special edition model, nor is it a new trim introduced by Chrysler.
This one-off 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, called Pitch Black, is owned by Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne. But he’s saying adios to it because the car is headed to the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida this coming April.
So why is Marchionne selling this doozy of a one-off? Well, give credit to the man because proceeds from the auction will go directly to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the money will be used for education, income and basic needs of people in the Detroit area.
About the car itself, it gets its "Pitch Black" designation because of the color of the body. Adding to that are a slew of other design and aero components, including: a set of custom mixed “Dark Charcoal” racing stripes, lowered suspension that makes use of a Mopar adjustable coil-over kit, and a Mopar exhaust system. In addition, the muscle car also has smoked taillights and a set of factory forged 20-inch wheels with a matte-black finish.
Black leather seats embroidered with “SRT” and “392” logos adorn the interior of the one-off Challenger while a state-of-the-art SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center was also installed.
Finally, the Marchionne’s Challenger SRT8 392 comes with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a stout 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in less than five seconds with a quarter-mile time of just a shade under 13 seconds.
Alongside the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core", Chrysler also brought a “Core” version for the 300 SRT8 to the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Just like the Challenger model, the new 300 SRT8 Core version is also considerably cheaper than the standard 300 SRT8: $43,995 vs. $47,995.
Just like with the Challenger SRT8 "Core" version, the new 300 SRT8 Core has also been inspired by models like Charger SRT8 Super Bee and SRT Viper. The new 300 "Core" Edition receives special badges on the front fender, a set of upgraded wheels and on the inside, seating surfaces with the same "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper.
The $4k difference in the car’s price is given by the lack of all those fancy features you may have been used too, as the new Core editions were specially designed "with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind."
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core.
Chrysler is expanding its 2013 300 lineup with the addition of a new special-edition model, known as the 300 Glacier. This special 300 is built on the 300S model and is on sale now.
The new 300 Glacier can be ordered with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 300 horsepower or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with an output of 363 horsepower. Whichever engine option is chosen, the car will be offered with the segment’s most advanced AWD system. This system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy.
As its name suggests, the 300 Glacier is offered in a Glacier Blue Pearl Coat exterior paint combined with unique body-color fascia accents, gloss-black mirrors, headlamp bezels, and Black Chrome sculpted horizontal grille. The car sits on unique 19-inch eight spoke aluminum wheels finished in Satin Carbon with P235/55R19 all-season performance tires.
For the interior, the 300 Glacier Edition adds sports seats, embroidered "Glacier" logos, and Piano Black accents on the interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel.
Updated 01/18/2013: Chrysler has unveiled today full picture gallery and prices on its latest addition to the 300 lineup: the new Glacier Edition. The model is now on sale at a price of $36,845.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first gas-turbine-powered car, Chrysler has decided to unveil a one-off special edition 300 that sports certain elements of the unique 1963 Chrysler Turbine Concept.
Being built as a one-off to celebrate the Turbine Concept, we expected it be turbine powered as well. Sadly, however, the gas turbine project was terminated in 1977, since then gasoline-powered engines have risen to be the top choice for making practical engines.
Automobile History-101 aside, this special edition will be based on a Chrysler 300, much like the Motown Edition that was recently launched. The Turbine Edition has the same Turbine Bronze matte paint job that graced the original ’63 concept along with a glossy black roof.
The front end of this 300S now has a more in-your-face look to it, more like the SRT version, with different upper and lower grilles and black tinted headlamps for a retro look.
The main spectacle of this edition is the 22-inch "Turbine" rims that give it a cool and retro stance, though we wouldn’t recommend doing a burnout with those larger-than-life rims.
Unfortunately, this is a one-off model and it appears as if there are no plans to offer such a package to the public. The 300S Turbine Edition is on display now, at the Detroit Auto Show.
Chrysler has announced the launch of the special 300 Motown Edition - a new model that pays tribute to "the Motor City’s resurgence and determination through Detroit-born style and world-class ingenuity." The new 300 Motown Edition will go on sale in the spring of 2013 at a starting price of $32,995.
On the exterior, the new special edition 300 sedan will be identified by bright chrome front and rear fascia accents, mirror caps, door handles and daylight-opening surround. Mopar has also added a special bright chrome grille with seven sculpted horizontal blades and a new set of 20" polished "heritage" design aluminum wheels, giving the 300 Motown Edition the distinguishing characteristics that does justice to its designation. Customers can also choose from among four exterior colors for the special edition 300, including Bright White, Gloss Black, Deep Cherry Red and new Jazz Blue. Black "Motown" fender badges round out the pretty significant body dress-up of the vehicle.
For the interior, Chrysler combined a black trim environment with leather seats in Pearl White Nappa leather, and featuring "Motown" logos embroidered on the front seat-backs. The center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements are being offered in Piano Black, and as a contrasting element, Chrysler added authentic a Black Olive Ash wood trim and satin silver finished accents.
Under the hood, the model keeps the usual 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with an output of 292 horsepower and combined with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.