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Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

  The Dodge Challenger has come into the world in three completely different generations. The first generation Challenger was a pony car produced from 1970-1974 and the second generation ranged from 1978-1983 and was a badge engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. The third, current generation came about in 2008 and was produced to compete against the Mustang and the Camaro, two muscle cars that had outlived the pony car era. The current generation Challenger is built on the Charger/Chrysler 300C platform and features rear-wheel drive and an independent rear suspension. It is powered by a choice of three engines: a 3.5L V6 that produces 250HP and 250 lb-ft of torque, a 5.7L V8 delivering 372HP and 400 lb-ft of torque, and the top-of-the-line 6.1L V8 producing 425HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a 6-speed manual pr 5-speed automatic transmission.

We’ve already shown you the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT and Chrysler 300 SRT Satin Vapor Editions, and now we present the last of the special edition trio, the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Satin Vapor Edition.

Just like the other two Mopars, the Challenger is left mechanically stock with this appearance package, but that’s not a bad thing. Its classic 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 (That’s a 392 for you cubic-inch guys) sends a raucous 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 and quarter mile times remain the same at 4.4 seconds and 12.8 Seconds at 115 mph, respectively.

The differences here are only skin deep. Unique 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum split five-spoke wheels get a black satin chrome finish with massive red Brembo calipers hugging the huge vented rotors just behind. Satin-black mirrors and a satin-black fuel door stand out, while grey "392 HEMI" badges remind on-lookers of what evil lurks under the long, double-scooped hood. And just like the other two, the Challenger comes with its own set of unique exterior colors: Bright White, TorRed, Header Orange, and Graphite.

Charcoal-colored Nappa leather seats with ultra-suede inserts, along with the instrument cluster treated with a mini-carbon bezel help set the interior apart from lesser Challenger SRTs.

Adding the Satin Vapor Edition package to a new Challenger will cost and extra $1,700 beyond the SRT’s $40,485 MSRP and it will be in showrooms the second quarter of this year.

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Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition

In early 2013, rumors began swirling that Chrysler was working on a “Hellcat” 6.2-liter engine that pumped out more than 600 horsepower. The rumors suggested that this engine would find its way under the hood of the Challenger SRT , giving Dodge a model that can compete with models like Camaro Z/28 and Shelby Mustang GT500.

By the looks of things, Dodge will unveil this high-performance Challenger next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . In fact, it appears that the strange-looking Challenger prototype that several spy shooters caught testing recently was the Hellcat version that we’ll see next week.

Rumors suggest that this 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine will deliver 640 to 680 horsepower and mate either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Along with this potent V-8, the Hellcat Challenger will also feature a more aggressive body kit that includes a new front bumper, flared fender arches and a new hood.

The bad news is that this new model could be price somewhere in the $70k to $80k area, just like the Camaro Z/28.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Source: MotorTrend
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What happens when you pit a Dodge Challenger SRT8 against a big and heavy luxury limousine? Any rational person would bet heavily on the lighter Challenger, but there is on small exception about the nearly 4,700-pound competitor... it happens to be the Alpine B7 with a snarling V-8 under its hood. Now, that seems like a fair challenge, but that weight difference is a tough one to overcome.

So, here we have two V-8-powered cars; one is a coupe that is built to go fast and the other is a comfortable saloon that also has a little muscle behind it. The Challenger ’s 6.4-liter V-8 puts out a very respectable 470 horsepower, but the 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 under the BMW Alpina B7 ’s hood makes 540 German-engineered horsepower. Now things are looking a little better matched...

So, who wins: raw American muscle or the nearly 550-horsepower luxury rig that is at a 500-pound disadvantage? Watch the above video to find out.

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Saleen Automotive was founded in 1983 by Steve Saleen, who recently regained control of the company , and everyone knows it as the American company that builds some of the sickest cars in America. Now, just in time for its 30th anniversary, the company announced the launch of the special-edition lineup that it has dubbed the SA-30.

The SA-30 can be based on one of three different Saleen models: the 302 Mustang , the 620 Camaro , or the 570 Challenger . The SA-30 will be limited to only 30 units — 10 based on each model — and they will start from $95,000.

According to Saleen, despite the special edition using three different platforms, it will "share a common theme: Saleen Racing Heritage." Also, the new SA-30 "will capture the essence of Saleen style and performance that will truly place elegance and power in the hands of the very few."

The new SA-30 offers a nice list of updates to both the exterior and the interior, including a series of exclusive features and a very powerful engine under the hood.

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Back in 1914, John and Horace Dodge developed America’s first mass-produced, all-steel-bodied cars and set a world record for the most first-model-year automobiles ever produced at 45,033 units. In fact, Dodge was founded in 1900, but during its first years of existence it only served as a supplier for Detroit-based automakers.

Now the company is preparing to celebrate its centenary with the launch of two special-edition models, based on the Charger and Challenger — two of the most successful models in Dodge’s lineup.

First of them is the new Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition based on either the SXT or R/T Plus versions. It will be put on sale in the spring of 2014 and it will add only $2,500 to the Challenger’s base price.

As expected, the extra cash adds several unique visual elements inside and out, plus Sport Mode calibration, a performance-tuned suspension system and a three-spoke, flat-bottom, performance steering wheel.

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Mopar came to this year’s SEMA Show with more than 20 vehicles , but the coolest ones are those based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger .

The Mopar `14 Challenger joins an already impressive lineup that includes the Mopar ’10 Challenger , Mopar ’11 Charger , Mopar ’12 300 , and Mopar ’13 Dart .

This special-edition Challenger will come only in white or black exterior colors combined with blue stripes and the recently resurrected "Shaker " hood. Mopar performed an exhaustive list of updates on the exterior, interior and the performance of the aging muscle car.

Some of the performance mods include a new exhaust, a performance suspension system with lowering springs, and another SEMA star: the Scat Packages .

The Mopar `14 Challenger will be limited to only 100 units and will be put on sale in the second quarter of 2014.

Updated 11/06/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

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Dodge used the "Shaker" name for the first time in 1970s when it unveiled a special hood for the Challenger . This special Shaker hood featured large air intakes that protruded from an opening in the center of the sheet metal and shook right along with the with the nasty 426 HEMI engine.

Now, the Shaker name returns for the 2014 model year on a limited-run Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, which is just one of the many models that Dodge and Mopar are showing off at the 2013 SEMA Show .

In the true spirit of the model launched in the 1970s, the new Challenger Shaker features the famed "Shaker" hood with a set of nostrils popping out of the center. It also gains an updated exterior look and the ability to increase the engine’s output with the new "Scat Packages."

The new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker will rumble their way into showrooms in the first-quarter of 2014 at a a reasonable $36,995. The bad news is that Dodge will only pony up 1,000 units, so get to ordering.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.

It might be easy to be down on the noticeable lack of changes on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT. Then again, this is the Challenger , a car that looks like it could run the streets during the 70s and still pass of as a modern-day muscle maven.

That’s always been the appeal of the Challenger. It’s got a timeless design that belies the honking piece of awesomeness under its hood. For 2014, we’re still treated to a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s still a lot of horses, at least more than its counterparts from Ford and Chevrolet (hello, Mustang and Camaro !).

So continue enjoying the Challenger, fellas. The 2014 Challenger SRT offers everything you’d want in a muscle car, retro looks included. There might not be a whole lot of additions relative to recent models, but the nostalgia of sitting in a modern-day muscle car with timeless looks is enough to justify the love it deserves.

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The Dodge Challenger SXT models bring all the muscle-car intimidation factor of their pricier peers, plus a heavy dose of American full-size, rear-wheel-drive coupe swagger.

The Challenger SXT is actually nimble and quick, despite its V-6 powerplant. The Pentastar engine is good for 305 horsepower and a 6.8-second sprint to 60 mph. With a base price of under $26,000, this lovable retro coupe is a desirable option for many shoppers.

The Challenger SXT lineup comes in three flavors: SXT, SXT Plus and SXT Rallye Redline. All three come standard with a respectable feature list that includes 18- or 20-inch black chrome wheels, a five-speed autobox and thumping audio options.

The future is bright for this big-boned rear-drive muscle car, with plans for a hardcore 2015 SRT Barracuda spin-off and even a possible Chrysler luxury soft-top cabrio for the next generation of downsized models spun off this platform.

The big girl herself looks set to keep the current package until 2015, with possible light tweak to the headlights and eight-speed auto likely the only changes to keep it competitive until well into 2017.

How does the value side of the Challenger range compare with the Ford Mustang , Chevrolet Camaro and the wildcard Subaru BRZ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Dodge Challenger V-6 SXT and SXT Plus, with info on the optional SXT Rallye Redline package’s amazing polished and painted inner wheels and the available Mopar T-handle gear level.

Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8 392

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.

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