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.

Ladies and Gentleman, it is Thursday, and that means it is time for Justin, Mark, and myself to fill your ears with banter about the automotive universe.

It is time for the TopSpeed Podcast . No video this week folks, sorry, but we are working on getting a live show setup soon! That means you can see us and chat with us all in rel time. We hope to have it ready by next week.

We start the show in the usual fashion with Weekly Wheels. Justin has been driving the Mazda6 , I spent some time with Nissan Juke Nismo, and Mark blasted around in the supercharged Audi S5 .

For the news this week, we talk about Nissan’s love of fun cars , the Audi S7 , and the changes coming to the 2015 Corvette Stingray .

We keep the horsepower high with talk about our exclusive image of some of the Challenger Hellcat’s cooling equipment , and we speculate on the upcoming small Porsche 718 .

We conclude the news with a quick talk about my recent time with Grid Autosport .

Our Q/A segment features some talk of F1 cars, and we finish the show with Own, Drive Burn. This week we have a trio of the greatest supercars of all time. This one was far from easy.

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See you fine people next Thursday.

We have some solid evidence that the Challenger ’s new Hellcat engine will be making a lot more power than people are giving it credit for. What we have here is an exclusive image of the prototype phase of the Hellcat’s intecoolers.

You may be yelling at your monitor right now that many supercharged engines don’t use intercoolers, and you are correct, sort of. When you compress air, it gets hotter. Superchargers traditionally don’t add much boost pressure, so the need for an intercooler is mitigated. The Challenger does have an intercooler system mounted in the front of the car, but the correct term for it in this case is "integral charge cooler."

An integral charge cooler has a very similar function to a normal intercooler, cooling air, but it is integrated into the supercharger system itself. It the last thing the forced air passes through before reaching the engine. This makes sure the air is as cool as possible before combustion to provide the greatest level of power and performance.

This unit here is a water-to-air style cooler, which looks to be larger than most units I have encountered. This suggests that Dodge is likely playing boost levels over the 11 pounds they are quoting, or perhaps an overboost function. As a bonus, even at lower boost levels the cooler air is much more dense, helping the engine to make more power.

Either way, it seems that Dodge still has a few tricks up its sleeve about what the Hellcat is really packing under its hood.

Suddenly Viper -beating horsepower doesn’t seem so unrealistic. Cue the maniacal laughter, folks.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and read more about this integral charge cooler.

We’re pretty much done with the Mustang ’s 50th Anniversary celebrations here in the U.S., but the iconic muscle car is about to get one more birthday party in Europe. The event will occur during the Silverstone Classic in late July, when more than 25 competition-prepped Mustangs take on the famed track in two different races .

To preview the event that we expect to become the world’s largest gathering of race-spec Mustangs on one grid, the folks over at Silverstone Classic have put together a video that pays tribute to the memorable car chase from the "Bullitt" film. Regarded as one of the most influential in movie history, the chase saw a 1968 Mustang driven by Steve McQueen gain on a 1968 Dodge Charger through the streets of Chicago.

Recreated right on the Silverstone track with vehicles that looked similar to those in the movie, the scene is a worthy replica of the "Bullitt" scene with all the drifting and the V-8 revving. It all comes to an abrupt halt near the end, when the Charger "blows up" in a poorly rendered crash. At least they didn’t wreck a perfectly restored classic.

If you’re planning on traveling to Britain for the Mustang races, this year’s Silverstone Classic is scheduled between July 25th through 27th.

Welcome to the most awesome automotive podcast extravaganza on the internet, the TopSpeed Podcast . We have audio, we have video (after the break), and we have lots of banter about cars!

In this Thursday’s episode we bring you talks of the Nissan 370Z Nismo , the (exciting) Challenger Hellcat and Mark’s NASCAR roadtrip . We even find time to cover the revival of the Nissan Pulsar name and the new/old Jaguar Lightweight E-Type .

We also take a minute to remember F1 legend Sir Jack Brabum .

Our weekly wheels include a discussion about the Acura MDX that Justin got to drive, and the IS 350 F Sport that Mark went to Charlotte in. I am left out of the party again, but I have a new toy to talk about next week.

We have a few questions from the audience including what would make the perfect enthusiast vacation, top tracks to listen to while driving, and we speculate on what old cars need a good dose of carbon in their diet.

As always, we finish things off with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of McLaren supercars .

Hope you enjoy. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, through email Podcast@TopSpeed.com and you can leave us a comment below.

Don’t forget that you can leave us a rating at iTunes.

See you next Thursday!

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Acura MDX, Lexus IS 350 F Sport

Ever fancy owning a new Dodge Charger or a Challenger without having to pay the price tag for either muscle car ? Well, Dodge is giving you the opportunity to do just that with the “Dodge Chance to Be Bad Giveaway”.

The giveaway is being done in collaboration with iconic rock band Motley Crüe as the latter embarks on its "Final Tour". As the presenting sponsor of the tour, Dodge is commemorating its involvement by launching a nationwide promotion where fans have an opportunity to win an ultimate Mötley Crüe VIP experience that includes meeting the band, and other prizes, including autographed guitars, band collector’s items and tickets to the tour, which kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But the biggest prize of them all? A 2015 Dodge Charger or Challenger.

First of all, the giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license. If you meet the criteria, you can enter the promotion by registering at www.dodgechancetobebad.com. To better their odds, participants are also encouraged to use social media by sharing custom links through a variety of social media platforms.

If you’re interested in joining the giveaway, you have until July 1, 2014 to register and put your name in the hat. We doubt it’ll take you too long to do so given the chance for you to win either a 2015 Charger or Challenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger.

Okay, folks, the 2014 New York International Auto Show is in the books, and we saw more debuts than we could even keep up with. We saw all of the big boys come with at least one key addition to their lineups, but we also had a few misses. For example. we were hoping to see the Hellcat option for the Challenger and Charger , and some extra information on the next-gen Miata — not just a glimpse at its chassis — neither of which happened.

As with every year, we are set to bring you the best and worst of the NYIAS, but we’re changing things up a bit. This year, each of our esteemed staffers has chosen their favorite and least favorite of the show and let you know why they loved or hated each one — some of us even had complete opposite opinions. Included in the list below is the Dart-ized Charger, the even-more-retro Challenger, a concept from Land Rover and even a "dirt cheap" Aston Martin .

There were a lot of vehicles to choose from, and we may have missed one that you loved or hated. Let us know in the comments below what car you loved or hated the most from the 2014 NYIAS.

Click past the jump to read about our favorite and least favorite debuts in New York.

Not a lot of people (or things, for that matter) last a century on this planet and are able to tell the story of how they’ve made it this far. That’s especially true in the automotive industry. But some brands do get to blow out 100 candles on that birthday cake, and one of them is celebrating it this year. Dodge has turned 100 years old, and to commemorate the occasion, the company released a touching video that’s probably gonna tug at a few heart strings before pleasing your senses with tire burning excitement courtesy of the Challenger .

The video starts of with monologues from individuals that are about the same age as Dodge. It may have looked weird at first, but the approach definitely hammered home the message. With age comes wisdom and its not just true for these admirable men and women; it also holds true for a car company that’s been around for 100 years.

Congratulations on reaching the big 1-0-0, Dodge! Here’s to more birthdays and even more success in the years to come!

With the refreshed 2015 Challenger and 2015 Charger still hot on Dodge ’s stand at the New York Auto Show , Mopar has just announced that more than 100 performance parts and accessories will become available for the said models by the end of the year.

As usual, Chrysler ’s parts, service and customer car brand will help future Challenger and Charger buyers improve their vehicles with several engine and chassis components, ranging from cold air intakes to cat back exhausts and suspension lowering kits. Lightweight rims, big brake and anti-sway bar kits are also on the docket, as is the popular Scat Pack .

Customers that are looking to give their Challenger or Charger a unique appearance, will be able to choose from a long list of exterior accessories that include new hood kits and pins, Mopar wheel center caps, rear spoilers and an array of decals and stripes.

Click past the jump to read more about what Mopar has to offer for the Dodge Challenger and Charger.

The 2015 Challenger and 2015 Charger were the main attraction at Dodge ’s New York Auto Show booth, with both vehicles being showcased in brand-new clothes. Unlike the Charger, which received a much more extensive facelift, the updated Challenger arrived with milder body enhancements, but it somehow managed to look more attractive than the former.

I’m tempted to believe this is because the Charger borrowed too many details from the Dart , but I’m also willing to admit that I’m a sucker for the 1971 Challenger, the exact model Dodge looked upon for the 2015 facelift.

Anyway, besides the 1971-inspired fascias and a more modern interior, the revised Challenger also gained a brand-new model, the 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker. As the name suggests, the new trim blends features from both the Scat Pack and the Shaker bundles, while making use of the large 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 mill and the Super Track Pak.

In short, it’s a muscle car that will sit at the top of the non-SRT Challenger lineup next year, being aimed at the Mopar gearheads that are in the hunt for classic looks in a 21st century coupe .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker.

The first-generation Dodge Challenger was one of the quickest muscle cars you could have back in the early 1970s. The R/T model, for instance, needed just 6.2 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and 13.7 seconds to complete the quarter mile. That was pretty quick 40 years ago.

The current Challenger can still hold its own against the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro — the only modern muscle cars around — but its 0-to-60 and quarter mile figures have improved only slightly.

However, these numbers tend to become spectacular under NHRA regulations, where superchargers, aerodynamic tweaks and drag race -spec tires can make things astoundingly fast. Racing driver Rob Goss, for exacmple, managed to take his 2009 Challenger into seven-second territory last year, setting a new quarter-mile record for the model.

More recently though, Goss improved his benchmark once again by completing the 1320 in only 7.32 seconds at 187 mph, making his DragPak-fitted Mopar the fastest modern-day Dodge Challenger out there.

The record pass was achieved during the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Muscle Car Series in the Street Outlaw Class at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. Word has it that Goss is set to reach new heights by the end of the year.

In case you’re wondering, this specific Challenger is powered by a 404-cubic-inch, aluminum V-8 engine built by BES Racing paired with a Pro Charger F1X supercharger.

Speaking of superchargers and Challengers, did you know the 2015 Challenger is getting a "Hellcat" V-8 engine that’s expected to deliver at least 640 horsepower? More info about this spectacular mill, as well as on the facelifted Challenger, are about to become official at the New York Auto Show this week, so make sure you stick around and don’t miss any of the details.


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