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.

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?

Click past the jump to find out.

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.

Source: You Tube

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.

Dodge Challenger

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.

Source: Dodge Forum

On Friday afternoon, I was cruising down the road, heading to the gym, and the familiar sound of a pair of turbochargers came whistling by my late-1990s Saturn – yeah, I know... Being one of my favorite sounds ever, I quickly looked to my right and just in front of the passenger side fender was a bright orange 2008 Challenger .

Assuming I was just hearing things, I had to roll down my window and get a good listen as it pulled away. Sure enough, there was the whistle again. After debating whether to sacrifice a few sets of much-needed bench presses in favor of flagging down the driver of this beastly muscle car, the car suddenly pulled into a Hess gas station so I decided that was my sign to stop and talk to the guy.

I rolled up to this bright-orange Challenger expecting the worst – some inflated-ego 20-something that doesn’t have the time to deal with some dude in a Saturn that claims to write about cars – but instead I met Mr. Don MacLachlan, a friendly local that loves to talk about his car. After a quick exchange, I found out that he was heading to a local car show right then and would love to talk more. With my having nothing more than my camera phone, I opted to schedule a future meeting. Fortunately, Don was heading to another car show the following day, so we chose to meet there for an exclusive review on his nasty Challenger.

With the review complete and plenty of pictures taken, we are now set to present to you, Don MacLachlan’s Challenger.

Click past the jump to read our full review.

Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum - yeah, he’s not a Los Angeles Laker anymore - is a pretty tall dude at 7’0", but even with all that length, not to mention the bulk of being close to 300 lbs, the 24-year old certainly has a pretty strong affinity for top-of-the-line supercars.

As we previously showed in the last installment of Car and Athlete , athletes with this kind of financial security have become more adept at splurging their dollars on something as insatiably satisfying as a limited edition model. Andrew Bynum fits into this mold because the man is more than just a highly-paid basketball player; he’s got the garage to back it up too.

So have you ever wondered what kind of cars Bynum has in his garage? True to his reputation as one of the most popular auto enthusiasts in the world, Bynum’s list of cars run long and impressive.

Find out what kind of cars Andrew Bynum has tried to fit his seven-foot frame into after the jump.

Turn 10 Studios won’t launch the new Forza Horizon until October 23rd, 2012, but the company has announced that the game is already available for pre-order. As a bonus for those pre-ordering the game, Turn 10 Studios will be offering a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 for the Forza Motorsport 4 complete with a custom Forza Horizon livery created by Forza community team. A series of exclusive cars will also be available in Forza Horizon : the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG , the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia , the 2012 Aston Martin Virage , the 2010 Nissan 370Z , and the 2010 Volkswagen Golf R .

Next to these exclusive additions, the new Horizon game will also feature cars like the 2013 SRT Viper , the 2012 BMW M5 , the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 , and the Ford GT , among many others.

As a reminder, the new game will ditch simulated racing in favor of arcade action in order to one-up other famous racing games currently on the market.

The Mopar 10 package is a serious twist on the muscular Dodge Challenger to begin with. It comes with a 375 HP 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, a cold-air intake, a front strut-tower brace with shock caps, and a unique engine cover, among many other cool things. There doesn’t seem to be anything to change about it at first glance, but Superior Auto Design disagrees.

The South Florida based tuner has come up with a stellar package for the Mopar 10 Challenger that increases the power up to an impressive 540 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque on 8.5 PSI of boost. For this, the tuner is offering a new exhaust system, a Procharger kit, an eBoost2 controller, and a D1SC Procharger Kit.

For the exterior, the Challenger has received a carbon SunTek tint and a new set of 20" wheels combined with Eibach sportline springs. The interior has been wrapped in Suede with Blue Stitching.

All in all, the result is pretty amazing!

Apparently, car wrapping is still a go-to accessory in Germany, so when CCG Automotive got their hands on a new Challenger SRT8 , a lime green wrap was the way to go. Not only did they make the Challenger stand out in an electric green way, they also tinkered around underneath the hood so the muscle car could pump out 600 HP.

The Dodge Challenger was separated from its usual 6.1 liter V8 engine and brought together with a new 7.0 liter Stroker HEMI-V8 engine that delivers a total 600 HP and an impressive 470 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the new SRT8 hits a top speed of more than 186 mph. The new engine was then combined with a new exhaust system with two square exhaust-pipe-ends, a new engine hood that allows the space needed for the new engine, and a KW coilover suspension with adjustable rebound damping to increase chassis performance.

The CCG Challenger package also includes a new set of 22" black wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Zero Rollers, 265/35R22 on the steering axle and 295/30R22 on the drive axle. As previously mentioned, the Challenger was covered in a green and white wrap, accentuated with new LSD doors.

The interior was also tweaked with soft Alcantara and smooth leather in anthracite/black, as well as a new MyGIG hard disk audio system with Radio, CD/DVD player, and Touch screen.


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