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.

The 2010 Dodge Challenger has just received a more muscular appearance thanks to a new Performance Appearance Package from Mopar. The price for the exterior package is $1,995 and for the interior $945 for the automatic transmission and $780 for the manual transmission.

Dodge Challenger with Performance Appearance Package

The exterior package includes: a unique body-color hood with scoop, body-color rear “Go-Wing” spoiler and strobe stripe performance graphics. An interior appearance package is also available and includes a Mopar-branded T-handle shifter, bright pedal kit (automatic only), bright door-sill guards, premium carpet floor mats and a full vehicle cover to protect this prized possession.

The package is available for the SE and R/T models in the following colors: TorRed, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal and Bright White.

Press release after the jump.

Ever since the dawn of the pony car era, the Chevrolet Camaro , the Ford Mustang , and the Dodge Challenger have battled – in more ways than one – over supremacy in the pony car wars of America.

Modeler creates scale model of the ultimate muscle car

Robert D., an exceptional scale modeler, knows full well the history of the three muscle cars and he decided that instead of continuously duking it out, he went out and created a car that incorporates elemental designs from the three cars. He didn’t give a name for his creation so we racked our ingenious minds and came up with one of our own: the Chastamaro. (Ok, it’s not our best work; but you get the picture).

In describing his creation, which came with the body of a Camaro, the front end of a Challenger, and the rear end of a Mustang, Robert D. said that he took his favorite part of each of the muscle cars and decided to put them together as one car. "I like the main body of the Camaro better than the Challenger. I like the Challenger front end better than the Camaro. Once the idea was in my head to add Mustang to the equation, it all came together, because I found out pretty quickly that the three could combine into one,” he said.

Continued after the jump.

Source: Car Domain
Posted on by Terence

The Mopar display at the 2009 SEMA Show was huge, however the one car that stuck out like a sore thumb was Chrysler’s 1/4 mile conquering Dodge Challenger 1320 . The drag racing Challenger is essentially a street legal version of the special order lightweight Drag Pak Challenger that has already been stripped of over 1,000 pounds and is sold specifically to very serious drag racers. Powering the 1320 is a 426 cubic inch all aluminum Hemi V8 crate motor that starts off making a total of 556 HP and 540 lb-ft of torque and gets its own unique exhaust note thanks to a set of Mopar long tube headers and free flowing pipes.

Mopar brings the Challenger 1320 to the 2009 SEMA Show

On the inside, everything in front of your eyes will be familiar for Challenger fans, however a few of the other interior pieces, like the bucket seats and shifter, have been sourced from the much more exotic Dodge Viper . On the outside, Mopar keeps the Challenger 1320 simple with a basic yellow paint scheme complete with blacked out hood, tail section, a set of steelies from their police car program and only a few basic decals. However we have to say that the christmas tree incorporated into the "1" is pretty sweet.

Just another Dodge Challenger customized for SEMA. This one is coming from the newly-formed Petty’s Garage and will be sold January at the Barrett-Jackson auction. The money raised from car’s sell will go to the Petty Family Foundation.

The 2009 Dodge Challenger was completely disassembled and placed on a rotisserie so it could be painted the trademark Petty Blue by BASF R-M. Reassembly included a Late Model 426 Hemi by Arrington Engines with 585 hp, Pedders suspension upgrades, Brembo Gran Turismo brakes, a new Corsa Exhaust system with a Petty’s Garage custom center exhaust exit and refinished all of the suspension to Petty Parts Blue by BASF R-M. Body Modifications consisted of a Petty’s Garage custom front fascia and rear bumper cover, Petty’s Garage custom rocker panels, rear spoiler and Petty’s Garage branded interior seats and door panels.

Press release after the jump.

Dodge revealed this week-end the 2010 Challenger for NASCAR Nationwide Series. Dodge will provide support for Penske Racing’s two-car operation in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, in addition to Penske’s three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Penske Racing will field two teams, both running the full-season schedule. The Dodge Challenger will be used at the four “New Car” races NASCAR has designated, starting at Daytona in July. At the other 31 events that complete the 35-race season, Penske Racing will field Dodge Chargers as it did this season with the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger driven by Justin Allgaier. NASCAR is expecting full integration of the “New Car” in 2011.

Press release after the jump.

Chrysler’s in house tuning division, Mopar, is pretty busy these days preparing their lineup of high performance modified muscle cars for the SEMA Show next week. Aside from the quarter mile conquering Dodge Challenger 1320 , the Dodge booth will include at least one other hot rod Challenger. The other Challenger will be a reworked R/T that makes use of almost every part in the Mopar catalog. With everything from a Mopar intake to their stage 2 coil overs, it is almost as if someone threw the entire book at the modern muscle car in order to create this SEMA ready show car.

2009 Dodge Challenger by Mopar at SEMA

The Challenger will be painted red and feature quite a few flat black accents to help the glossy surface pop. The blacked out treatment includes a Mopar Go-Wing Rear Spoiler and a set of side stripes as well as the traditional black bars running down the hood with a special Mopar touch. Finishing off the R/T Challenger are a set of retro rally wheels measuring 20 inches in diameter, giving the modern muscle car the perfect touch of nostalgia.

Full list of specifications and prices after the jump.

The SEMA show will be filled with hot rod American muscle cars amongst a multitude of high performance vehicles when they open the doors to the Las Vegas Convention Center next week. One of the many tuning shops from around the nation that will be in attendance is SpeedFactory, and they will be bringing the world’s first all aluminum 440 cubic inch Hemi powered Challenger . The speed shop has performed open heart surgery on the Mopar muscle car and replaced the standard iron heart 6.1 Liter Hemi V8. SpeedFactory bored and stroked the SRT-8 ’s Hemi all the way up to a displacement of 7.2 Liters, which converts to the magical number, 440 in American.

Dodge Challenger SRT8 by SpeedFactory

The result is a Dodge Challenger that can make 700 HP on pump gas and has been massaged enough to be reliable as a daily driver. Covering the best part of the car is a matte black carbon fiber hood, complimented by a set of matching SpeedFactory side stripes. The rest of the good stuff is hidden behind a set of BBS CH-R Black Edition flow formed wheels measuring 20 inches in diameter that make the Mopar paint pop. The SpeedFactory STR-8 is equally as dressed up on the inside with some new upholstery and a retro shifter. As far as modern American muscle cars are concerned this big block Challenger will be at the top of the heap.

Press release after the jump.

Dodge announced today the official details on the 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8 featuring the classic Plum Crazy Pearl Coat exterior color. Both models are now on sale and are priced at $35,140 for the 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic in Plum Crazy Pearl Coat and at $44,155 for the SRT8 model.

Dodge Challenger Plum Crazy

The Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Plum Crazy edition is the first to offer dual throwback A-line body-side R/T stripes in matte black or new bright white. It also features "Challenger" fender badges in classic script, large 20-inch polished-chrome heritage wheels with all-season performance tires, classic egg-crate grille with heritage “R/T” badge, body-color rear spoiler, functional hood scoop and chromed fuel-filler door.

The Plum Crazy R/T Classic is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 376 hp and 410 lb.-ft. of torque and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The SRT8 is powered by a 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine producing 425 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. It adds exterior-matching SRT performance seats with Plum Crazy accented stripe.

Press release after the jump.

Dodge is taking a page out of their Mopar muscle car paint book by bringin back one of Chrysler’s most memorable shades of purple from the 1960s for the 2010 Challenger SRT-8 and R/T models, Plum Crazy. So if you are a sucker for for a bygone era, or just want to feel like you were there, your brand new modern day Mopar muscle car can come straight from the factory with a bit more of a nostalgic feel, not to mention make everyone turn their heads and drop their jaws to the sidewalk when rumble passed them in your Hemi powered Dodge Challenger .

Dodge Challenger SRT8 Plum Crazy Purple

Complimenting the Plum Crazy exterior of the special option Challenger are an optional pair of dual side stripes just like to old car available in either white or black to help that purple paint pop. Mopar has also upgraded the Plum Crazy Challenger’s interior with a full Katzkin leather upholstery that is available in quite a few different colors. Differentiating the men from the boys, the Plum Crazy R/T model will feature color matching Plum stitching on the seats while the 425 HP SRT-8 ground pounders will have a Plum stripe running up the length of the seat back. You would think that this kind of a retro treatment would be a bit hard on your wallet, however the Plum Crazy package adds an additional $225 to the sticker price of an R/T Challenger while the more extensive SRT-8 package is only $500 more than the standard vehicle.

Despite most automakers disbanding their high performance divisions, the gear heads at Mopar, Chrysler’s in house tuner, are hard at work coming up with a true ground pounder that is ready and willing to take on ¼ mile long strips of asphalt for the world’s greatest aftermarket car show SEMA. The Dodge Challenger 1320 is essentially a street legal version of the special order modern day muscle car that comes with over 1,000 pounds of stripped down, lightweight racecar Drag Pak Challenger that is sold specifically to very serious drag racers.

The 1320, named for the length of a quarter mile drag strip is powered by a 426 cubic inch all aluminum Hemi V8 crate motor that starts off making a total of 556 HP and 540 lb-ft of torque thanks to a set of Mopar long tube headers and free flowing exhaust system complete with remote operating cutouts that let the stop light drag racing Challenger spit flames at the competition if not deafen the other driver with the roar of a fuel injected 426 Hemi. Power is sent through a bulletproof six speed manual transmission and ends up at an equally proven rear end with a locking differential that ensure that every pony makes it to the ground evenly across the rear axle.

Adding to the Challenger 1320’s serious appeal, the Mopar boys have fitted the street legal NHRA Pro Stock drag car with a set of basic police wheels, widened in the back and wrapped with sticky Mickey Thompson street legal drag radials to provide as hard a launch as possible that you can get from the factory as well as a fully adjustable coil over suspension to dial in the ride and make sure that the car tracks straight pass after pass down the 1320.

UPDATE 11/08/2011: Certain cars deserve SEMA encores, and apparently, this Challenger is one of them. Check out our live images from the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

We love the look of this car and we certainly love what Mopar did to it. We’re just wondering what its doing at SEMA while it should have been destroying drag strips.

Press release after the jump.


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