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.

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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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Fast and Furious 6 will open in theaters nationwide on May 24 and following Universal’s launch of the last teaser video, Dodge started an advertising campaign to promote the new movie.

You shouldn’t be too surprised about this decision, considering that Dodge has a total of three cars in the movie: a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 driven by Dominic (Dom) Toretto in various chase scenes, a 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 and a vintage 1969 Dodge Daytona.

Dodge created three television commercials to promote “Fast & Furious 6.” The first is called "How to Make Your Car Fast and Furious" and features an updated 2013 Dodge Dart. The second is called "Flash to the Future" and features a 2013 Dodge Charger. The third commercial is still to be announced.

While watching the commercials, between May 13 and June 30, viewers who have the Shazam App on their mobile phones will have the possibility to enter a contest and win a 2013 Dodge Dart .

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For those of you who prefer country music, Tim McGraw likely rings a bell. His latest album, named "Two Lanes of Freedom," inspired this rather cool Challenger SRT8 that can be yours, thanks to Pennzoil sweepstakes.

This one-off Challenger is painted in a nice combination of orange and aqua blue, but it also gets numerous insertions of bronze, brown and red. It features a hood that pays tribute to the "TA" style used in the 1970s and a Mopar lowering kit. For the interior, McGraw opted for a bronze metallic trim on the center console and steering wheel, plus orange insertions on the leather seats. His signature is also embroidered on the seatbacks.

In order to win this car all you need to do is be a resident of the U.S. or Canada, click the source link and complete the form with your personal details.

Before going to its winner, this one-off Challenger SRT8 by Tim McGraw will join the singer in a special tour.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Dodge Challenger SRT8.

Source: Pennzoil
Dodge Challenger SRT8 Pitch Black

The one-off Dodge Challenger SRT8 belonging to Chrysler CEO Serio Marchionne and called "Pitch Black" has officially hit the auction block, fetching $175,000 during the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend.

If you all remember, the one-off 2011 Challenger SRT8 was far from a run-of-the-mill model. It came packed with plenty of custom details that were included to make it stand out from the model line. And that’s on top of the 470-horsepower output the muscle car was capable of.

So yeah, it was quite the exclusive steed that Marchionne dutifully sent to auction to benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan community group. As far as the winning bidder is concerned, the lucky man was apparently an avid car collector who added a pretty impressive one-off Challenger SRT8 to his collection, as well as a 540-horsepower Hemi V-8 crate engine from Mopar.

A unique Challenger SRT8 and a Hemi V-8 engine? Sounds like an impressive haul at an auction, even for its $175,000 price tag.

Click past the jump to read more about Sergio Marchionne’s Challenger SRT8 Pitch Black

Dodge Challenger

SRT chief, Ralph Giles, isn’t the type to back down from a challenge. So when Chevrolet unveiled the track-focused Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 , nobody was surprised when Giles told Motor Trend that his brand "was preparing for an answer" to the Z/28.

So the onus now turns to Dodge’s resident muscle car, the Challenger, to pick up and answer the call. Giles didn’t go into specific details regarding what that "answer" was going to be, but there’s already speculation that a Challenger will be that steed and it will come with what folks expect to be a doozy of a powertrain.

As far as expectations are concerned, ours is that SRT will fit a modified version of its 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. You know, the one that currently produces 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Add a couple of tweaks here and there and that output can easily be bumped up to around 500 horsepower, right around the same figure the Camaro Z/28 currently provides.

In addition to the more powerful engine, SRT could also make the Challenger lighter with the use of carbon-fiber parts to go with lighter suspension, bigger brakes and new track-focused wheels.

All this, of course, is a matter of conjecture. Yet we do know that SRT has something planned up its sleeve. Ralph Giles isn’t the type to double-talk, so when he says that an answer is coming, you can pretty much take that to the bank.

Source: Motor Trend

Chrysler announced a voluntary recall for 2013 Dodge Challenger models equipped with a V-6 engine and produced during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24, 2013. The recall affects a total of 4,459 vehicles, of which approximately 1,900 are in dealer hands and 2,500 units have already been delivered to customers.

According to the official statement, the units recalled are affected by a potential short circuit that could cause a wire harness to overheat and possibly lead to fire. This problem has already led to seven such incidents, but luckily no one was hurt.

Chrysler announced that the affected owners will be contacted by phone or mail and will be asked to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles until; it is repaired by a local dealer. Also, Chrysler is advising its clients not to park their vehicles in or near any structures.

Each model will be repaired free of charge.

Hit the jump to read the official announcement.


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