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.

When it comes to modern muscle cars , the Dodge Challenger is anything but a best-seller compared to its Ford and Chevrolet rivals. Although it had a spectacular sales increase of more than 19 percent in 2013, the Chrysler-built pony spent the entire year looking at Mustang and Camaro taillights, settling for a U.S. market share of 24.6 percent.

The Challenger is already in its seventh production year, and very little has changed since introduction in 2008. That being said, the coupe is in dire need of an update, and that 2015 model year facelift can’t come soon enough. But in spite of its dated looks and technology, Challenger aficionados still stand firm behind their muscle. Especially when it comes to special edition models.

You might recall that the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker , which marked the reintroduction of the iconic, 1970s shaker hood, went on sale with much fanfare, as Chrysler dealers flocked to order no less than 2,000 units in four days. Now, Dodge reports that yet another version of the 2014 Challenger was launched with great success. We’re talking about the limited-edition Mopar ’14 Challenger , which sold out in the blink of an eye.

Sure, this special, Hemi-powered bullet will be built in only 100 units, but mind you, all of them were accounted for in less than 24 hours after being made available to U.S. dealers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger Mopar Edition.

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Chrysler and its subsidiaries — Mopar, in particular — are rolling into the 2013 SEMA Show with quite an amazing entourage of vehicles. Together they have developed over 20 new vehicles for this show, and one of them is a new Scat Package that pays tribute to legendary "Scat Pack Club" offered back in 1968.

The new package comes just in time to celebrate Scat’s 45th anniversary, and it will be offered for the 2014 Dodge Challenger , Charger and Dart models. The new Scat Package will be available starting the spring of 2014.

For the Challenger, the Scat Package is all about bumping up the output of the 5.7-Liter HEMI V-8 and it will come in three different stages: Scat Package 1, 2 and 3. The only issue is that Chrysler has yet to formally announce how the kits will affect the HEMI’s output.

Updated 04/03/2014: Dodge released today performance numbers and prices for the Scat 1, 2 and 3 packages offered for the 2014 Challenger. Check the new numbers after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger with Scat Package.

How is it possible that Dodge’s flagship model, that being the 640-horsepower SRT Viper , may not even be the most powerful model in the entire lineup? For Chrysler , the answer might very well be tied up to what it does with its new "Hellcat" supercharged V-8 engine , specifically if it uses it to power the next-generation Dodge Challenger.

Should that be the case, it could prove prophetic to what SRT boss Ralph Giles told Hot Rod magazine. In the April issue of the mag, Giles talked about an "internal horsepower race" brewing within Dodge, one that could determine whether the Viper maintains its post as the brand’s flagship, or if it gets undermined by the next-gen Challenger .

It’s an interesting pickle to be in the middle of, especially if the Hellcat engine is everything it’s been hyped up to be. The company has made no bones about its plans for the Hellcat, with a recent leak of what could very well be an official Hellcat logo having made the Internet recently.

Every indication seems to point to the arrival of the SRT Challenger Hellcat within the year, and the word out is that it will come in a 6.2-liter, supercharged package, producing close to 700 horsepower, more than what the SRT Viper and its 640 ponies is capable of producing.

If that doesn’t smash eggs in the face of the Viper, then the potential demand for the SRT Challenger Hellcat would. With the Viper struggling to get its sales going , the last thing it needs is a competitor from within its ranks.

Note: Current Dodge Challenger pictured here.

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There is no denying the pony car wars are raging hotter than ever. With the Chevy Camaro boasting the ZL1 and new Z/28 , the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang coming to market soon, and Dodge presumably working on an outrageous halo engine for the Challenger, the segment is on fire. Well, things are getting a little less “presumable” for Dodge these days.

According to Allpar, one of their contributors shot a photo of a T-shirt worn by SRT staff members while at SRT’s annual Spring Festival of LXs. That shirt sported the menacing image you see above – and what is likely the logo for the new 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI engine.

Rumors suggest the Hellcat HEMI will crank out some 650 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, besting even the mighty SRT Viper’s 640 horses and 600 pound-feet. The Hellcat’s numbers make sense, considering the standard output of the current, naturally aspirated, 6.4-liter HEMI in the Challenger and both the TorqueFlite and Tremec six-speed manual transmissions are capable of handling even more power.

Though Allpar says SRT’s CEO Ralph Gilles told their contributor the Challenger would debut in just under three months, most suspect the new Hellcat-powered Challenger will appear at the New York Auto Show happening April 16th and 17th. It’s appearance will also likely usher in the next generation of Challenger, as we’ve caught them testing around the streets of Detroit.

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

Source: Allpar

The next few years will be rather exciting, as the pony car war heats up with three updated models. We’ve already reported the deep details of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang and more recently the 2016 Chevy Camaro with its new underpinnings. But what has Dodge been up to? Well, apparently it’s developing a supercharged version of its mighty HEMI engine and calling it the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Reports are uncertain on whether the 6.2-liter V-8 or the updated 6.4-liter engine will be the recipient of forced induction, but either way, the added power will be a welcomed addition. We also expect the Challenger to undergo some significant visual updates for the 2015 model year, helping it compete against its two refreshed rivals. More specifically, the Hellcat will likely challenge the Camaro Z/28 and outgoing Shelby GT500 in both performance and price, coming in at $70,000 to $80,000.

In the shaky and distorted spy video above, the Challenger is seen with camouflaged front and rear fascias, and with an updated, more luxurious interior. We’re not expecting the updates or even the supercharger to rocket the Challenger into the trio’s sales leader, but the changes will help Challenger sales to remain steady. Chrysler sold just over 50,000 Challengers in 2013.

All the development money spent on the Hellcat project likely won’t be relegated to one Chrysler car either. Rumor has it the supercharged mill will find its way into the upcoming and also refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger. Though unlike the 6.4-liter HEMI shared between the 300 SRT and Charger SRT, the Hellcat is said to miss the 300.

Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker

Dodge has quickly learned that it’s got a very hot product on it hands with the 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker model as all 2,000 units were snatched up within four days of the order books opening on January 7th.

First seen at last year’s SEMA show , the Shaker edition of the popular Challenger adds the throwback “Shaker” hood scoop and a swanky retro graphics package. The design harks back to the 1970 Challenger R/T that became a cult classic with help from the 1971 film Vanishing Point.

The Shaker hood scoop is perched atop Dodge’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and is free to shake through the open cutout in the Challenger’s hood as the 375 horsepower, 410 pound-feet of torque engine snarls below. The satin-black scoop matches the stripes running along the center of the car and the rear deck-lid spoiler. With the Shaker package also comes the Super Track Pak that includes upgraded steering gear, upgraded brake linings and monotube shocks. Goodyear Eagle F1 tires sized in 245/45R20 are easily morphed into billowing clouds of burning rubber.

Dodge hasn’t given estimates on any performance gains from the Shaker cold air upgrade, but we imagine both the horsepower and torque outputs benefit – even if ever so slightly – from having the Shaker installed. Dodge also isn’t saying whether it will produce more Shaker models to match the obvious demand. Honestly, it would be silly not to. The whole kit adds $2,500 to the price of a Challenger R/T Classic, which brings the base price to $36,995 before any (probable) dealer mark-ups.

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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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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Saleen SA-30.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition.


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