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.
During a recent interview at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Ralph Gilles — President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler Group LLC — has confirmed that big updates are being prepared for Dodge Challenger muscle car. His statement is not such a big surprise considering that previous rumors suggest that a new-generation Challenger is already in the works.
This decision comes as a response to those who consider the "Challenger is going to die and go away." Marchionne said that Challenger is a car that served the company pretty well and as a response, the company is going to take care of it. And after all these updates, "enthusiasts won’t be disappointed."
"The Challenger is the oldest interior of the whole group; the electronics are the oldest in the group. There’s a lot of potential – I’ll leave it at that." By the sounds of that, we are in for some serious interior updates and maybe some new gadgets to play around with in the next Challenger.
Previous rumors suggested that the next-generation Challenger will arrive on the market early in 2015, so stay tuned for more details!
The latest episode of the famous Jay Leno Garage show brings another cool model to the front page, a 570 horsepower supercharged Dodge Challenger SRT8 specially developed by Hurst Performance Vehicles. Along with Jay Leno, you will see Ron Flint, president of Hurt Performance Vehicles, who is offering a few more details on this amazing car.
Hurst equipped a standard Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a Vortec supercharger that increases the car’s power up to 570 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque, a huge increase from the standard 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Along with the engine upgrade, the Challenger has also received a set of Hurst gold and chrome alloy wheels and an Eibach coilover suspension setup. Hurst is only offering two exterior color combinations: white and gold — the one reviewed by Jay Leno — or black and gold.
Watch the video and let us know what you think about this amazing Hurst Challenger.
Our ears are still ringing from all the firecrackers signaling the New Year, but we couldn’t help but notice a new project from Ultimate Auto involving a Dodge Challenger. Admittedly, we didn’t need our ears to appreciate this beauty of a project, especially when you look at the menacing stance the program gives to an already imposing muscle car.
Ultimate Auto’s custom wide-body kit comes with plenty of new components, which includes composite body panels, a new front and rear bumper, and a clear plexiglass window on the hood to show off the Challenger’s shiny and new supercharger system.
The custom two-tone finish also adds a touch of panache while wider, vented fenders with matching side skirts, a boot lid spoiler, new headlamps and front grille, and a set of enormous 24-inch Savini forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires round out the exterior modifications.
As for the aforementioned supercharger, Ultimate Auto installed a Magnavox blower on the Challenger’s V-8 engine. Also added in is a new Magnaflow exhaust system, completing what we can only imagine to be a doozy of a program for the American classic. Unfortunately, Ultimate Auto didn’t hint us in on what kind of output this updated Challenger has, but it’s safe to assume it’s a significant boost over its stock 470 horsepower.
Well, the “end of the world” came and went without a hitch and we are all still here.
A group of Dodge Challenger owners, however, went about by their possible final days organizing a special joyride over the last weekend before the end of the Mayan calendar. They even went so far as to call it the "End of the World" Cruise, which pretty much hits the point of why they’re doing it.
The joyride happened in California and was organized by the West Coast Challengers Car Club. To pay homage to the magnitude of the impending apocalypse, the group decided to find a destination that carried a rich Indian history.
Their choice was the Agua Caliente Casino and Resort that’s owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Maybe they were trying to get some special favors so they would be spared from the possible Armageddon. Or maybe they were just making the most of their time left to give their American muscles one last flexing.
Either way, it’s a pretty entertaining video to watch.
When you get a call from an aftermarket company looking for help on what kind of wheel setup to put on its project, you had better step up to the plate and hit a homerun.
That’s exactly what D2Forged Wheels did when it got the call from Big Power Racing asking to finish off its Challenger SRT8 project with a brand-spanking-new set of wheels. D2 took up the challenge and prepared its 20/22” D2Forged FMS-01 package. This setup consists of a classic mesh design, bathed in brushed aluminum and finished in chrome, providing the perfect contrast to the bright orange paint of the mighty Challenger.
What D2Forged wasn’t expecting about BPR’s Challenger program was the level of nasty it had hiding under its hood. Thanks to BPR’s package, which includes an RT8 426-cubic-inch engine, a ProTorque torque converter, a 9-inch Ford rear conversion locking diff, Stainless Works headers, a ProCharger F1A supercharger, a Southern Hot Rod transmission, and a full exhaust system the already stout Challenger SRT8 was treated to an insane spike in output.
How insane, you ask?
Try 880 horsepower that runs on pump fuel E85 ethanol.
You want to talk about a fire-breathing monster? This is it.
With its 470 horsepower, the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine from Dodge is one of the most awesome engines offered by the company. Most of you will agree that 470 horsepower is enough for the likes of the Challenger SRT8, the folks over Hennessey are offering a supercharger kit that will increase the V-8 engine’s output up to an impressive 800 horsepower.
The kit comes in three different power levels and the first one is the HPE600. As its name suggests, this package delivers a total of 600 horsepower and includes a TVS2300 supercharger system, HPE air induction system, an ECU recalibration and new fuel injectors.
Next there is the HPE650. It takes the power level up to an impressive 650 horsepower and over the HPE600 package it adds in headers and high-flow catalytic converters.
The most powerful version is the HPE800. As you probably guessed, this version delivers a total of 800 horsepower. This package adds new forged aluminum pistons, forged steel connecting rods, cylinder head porting, balancing and blueprinting, fuel injectors, a twin turbo system, and a new exhaust system.
Along with the engine upgrades, each package will offer optional upgrades for the transmission, exhaust and braking systems. Hennessey will also be offering exterior and interior changes, plus a new set of wheels and tires.
If you’re not already a fan of the Dodge Challenger R/T, Dodge is set to try to draw you in with a special edition version of it. Just like the Charger and Avenger, Dodge is now releasing a Blacktop package for its powerful V-8 coupe.
The Blacktop package adds in a ton of exterior upgrades to give the Challenger an even more menacing look, something that is tough to do. However, this package is not all about simply making the Challenger look good. Dodge also added in a usually optional package to the Challenger R/T Blacktop to help it handle and accelerate more effectively. The latter has never been complained about, but the former is one of the sticking points with the Challenger, it’s not really a good handler.
So, is this package really worth the money that Dodge is charging for it, or is it just another Dodge special edition that will fizzle away?
If you’re not too familiar with a McDonnel Douglass MD500, we certainly wouldn’t blame you. That’s because the MD500 is not a car; it’s a helicopter.
So what exactly is a helicopter doing on these pages? Well, if it engages in a race against a Dodge Challenger SRT8, then we’ll hold a special place for it here. The question of this race being fair at all is a matter of conjecture. But quite frankly, we don’t care if one dismantled the other in a fashion that seemed to be all too predictable.
What we enjoyed about this race was, for one, it’s a muscle car versus a helicopter. That in itself is worth the price of watching the whole three-minute video. The other thing is it has a surprise ending. We’re not going to spoil it for you because it’s really worth the watch. So sit back and enjoy the three-minute video.
The 2012 SEMA Show is about dazzling the world with the capabilities of tuning companies and it takes a strong presence to be able to pull out ahead of the crowd. Chrysler Group’s Mopar and SRT brands are attempting that very feat by teaming up with comedic ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham.
For this build, Dunham is putting aside Walter (the retired, grumpy old man), Achmed (the dead terrorist), Peanut (the hyperactive, purple-skinned "woozle"), and Jose Jalapeño on a Stick (well, that one’s pretty self-explanatory) so that he can team up with Chrysler on "Project Ultraviolet," the tuning package that started off as a Dodge Challenger SRT8. The purpose behind this build is for Chrysler to show off some newly developed technology and a brand new engine. Nothing else is said about the car in this video, but there are two more videos to follow before the 2012 SEMA Auto Show opens its doors.
Are we excited to see what this purple Challenger has to offer? In the words of Jose Jalapeno on a Stick, "Siiiiii, señor!"
Hit the jump to read more on the Dodge Challenger SRT Project Ultraviolet by Jeff Dunham.
Lately it seems like the upcoming Barracuda is taking all of Dodge’s limelight, but we have been missing the fact that the Challenger is coming up on its fifth year in its current body design and is due for a redesign. There have been rumors swirling that the next-gen Challenger could hit showrooms as early as 2014, as either an early-2015 or late-2014 model. What we are still uncertain of is what exactly will change with this redesign.
Rumors began in the Challenger enthusiast world that Dodge would move its full-size coupe to a more compact chassis to help it better handle the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. According to a report from Automobile Magazine, the Challenger will continue to share its “DNA” with its 300 and Charger brethren. This leads to either the Challenger remaining a hefty vehicle – much to the chagrin of enthusiasts – or Chrysler completely revamping the chassis that the 300, Challenger, and Charger sit atop. The latter is very unlikely.
What we’ll likely see is a slight revision to the body and lighting, just to give it a new look, and some weight-loss measures. Things like aluminum panels, thinner metals, lighter rims, and so on, will help get the Challenger’s heft in check and maybe make it a more manageable car.
Under the hood, you can expect little change, with the exception of the elimination of the 6.4-liter SRT8 model, as the Pentastar V-6 engine is a serviceable engine relative to the Camaro and Mustang V-6 engines, and the Hemi V-8 lineup is as stout as ever, though it could use some tweaking in the efficiency area with the new CAFÉ standards being passed.
The row-your-own-gears option is a no go on the 2012 model, but with all of the outcry from V-6 buyers wanting a manual option, Dodge will likely comply in the next generation. As for the V-8 models’ transmission, look out for an 8-speed variant with paddle shifters. A dual-clutch system would be nice, but it’s highly unlikely.
For now, we simply have to wait and see. We will update this review as more information becomes available on the next-gen Challenger.