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.

A lot of us may be too young to remember the glory days of auto movies in the 70s, but for those old enough to remember a movie called Vanishing Point starring Barry Newman, this little tuning project may be if interest. In the movie, Newman plays the role of Kowalski, man who makes some sort of bet that he could take a white 1970 Dodge Challenger and drive it all the way the from Colorado to San Francisco in just 15 hours. Apparently, Vanishing Point was one of the most iconic car movies of the era, having enjoyed cult status to its fans, including one Bob Frederick.

As the dealer of New Wilmington Dodge and a long-time fan of the movie, Frederick decided to do something really cool to pay homage to one of his favorite flicks by unveiling a special edition model of the 392 Inaugural Edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 and calling it the “Kowalski Edition”.

Hit the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 "Kowalski Edition."

The new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 will be seen more on U.S. streets than anywhere else, but now German customers can revel in muscle car glory as Geiger Cars is offering a few units of the 1492 copies available for the Inaugural Edition on their side of the pond. With transport, however, comes a massive price increase. On the US market, the limited edition Challenger is priced from $42,555, but in Germany, prices will start from 55,000 €, or $77,000 at the current exchange rates.

We’d be okay with the crazy price jump if Geiger Cars took the opportunity to pump up the muscle in the Dodge, but this is not the case. The tuner went through the trouble of bringing the car to the German market and left it entirely unchanged - not that there was anything that needed to be changed anyway. Under the hood there is the same powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers a total of 470 HP and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The muscle car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in the high 4-second range and runs the quarter-mile in the high 12 second range. Top speed has been increased to more than 180 mph with the manual transmission (173 mph in the automatic).

We assume Geiger Cars will offer the Challenger in both colors - Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes and Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes. The car sits on 20-inch wheels with polished chrome rims combined with high-performance Brembo brakes red brake calipers. The interior gets sporty leather seats painted in a combination of white and blue.

Owners of the 2008-2010MY Dodge Challenger will be relieved to know that their cars aren’t going to be left out on the tuning arms race of later year models after noted tuning firm Lingenfelter announced a performance package for these specific Challenger models. Breath easy now, folks.

The supercharger package for the Challenger will include a Magnuson TVS2300 supercharger in black powdercoat finish, a 160-degree thermostat, upgraded fuel injectors, and a high-flow intake system.

Lingenfelter’s Dodge Challenger Supercharger Package will be available for the HEMI 5.7-liter and 6.1-liter engines and according to Lingenfelter, tests done on the 6.1-liter HEMI engine produced 500 rear-wheel horsepower and 450 lb/ft of torque.

“Our engineering specialists are able to tune today’s Challengers to deliver increased performance, as demonstrated when the Lingenfelter 6.1L Challenger recently ran a best of 12.03-seconds at 120 mph at the Muncie Dragway in Indiana," said Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter.

"With more than 30 years of expertise in fine-tuning engines, we have the capabilities to give auto enthusiasts more speed, greater power and enhanced overall performance."

All three items Lingenfelter pointed out are covered in their new supercharger package for the Dodge Challenger, which should become a boon for all owners of the car looking to add more juice to their shakers.

Source: Lingenfelter

If Chrysler doesn’t end up utilizing the b>Cuda name they just recently registered , at least we’ll have Droptop Customs’ personal Cuda program to help dull the pain. Their new tuning project based off of the 2009 Dodge Challenger is powered by a 6.1 liter SRT8 HEMI engine mated to six-speed manual transmission. This engine is the same engine used in the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 , but we’re expecting more than the 425hp and 420lb-ft of torque considering it will also be getting a Mopar Catback exhaust system and a pistol grip Hurst shifter. For even better performance, Droptop Customs also added a KW coilover suspension with strut tower braces for both the front and the rear axles.

The exterior modifications for the Challenger include a special front grille, an updated aerodynamics, a shaker hood, and a retro rear bumper from HXC. DropTop Customs also added a new set of 20" BBS lightweight alloy wheels painted in black and contrasting with a yellow paint job, which were a big hit when the Cuda had its run in the seventies. The interior only received minor changes with a Kicker entertainment system and an electric-powered black soft top.

The new Challenger SRT8 392 will make its competitors go green with envy - Literally! - with the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 edition carrying this exact name revealed at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. The new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Green With Envy is already available with a price tag of $44,875.

"We’re using Green With Envy on the new 2011 Dodge Challengers to pay tribute to some of the coolest paint colors from our past, including the "Sublime" and "Green Go" Dodge Challenger Dodge Challenger s from the 1970’s and more recently, the "Snakeskin Green" Vipers from 2008-2010," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Dodge Brand and Senior Vice President , Product Design — Chrysler Group LLC. "Not only will this exclusive heritage color remain unique to the Dodge brand, it adds another fresh and exciting element to our modern American muscle coupe."

Also paying tribute to the greens of the past is the Challenger R/T Classic which will be available in the Green With Envy color starting late in the first quarter.

Hit the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Green With Envy.

We have to hand it to those successfully clumsy or disloyal auto execs. Every time we need some juicy information on a car that hasn’t exactly been fully unveiled, one of those guys always comes through to provide us with information that we would have to have waited to see. A leaked document from Dodge revealed a few more details on the 2011 Challenger . Apparently, the muscle car will be offered in four trim levels: Challenger, Rallye, R/T, and SRT version.

The standard version will be powered by a 3.6 liter V6 engine that develops 305 HP. It will get touring suspension, dual exhaust, leather on the interior, and a 6 speaker audio system. The Rallye version will add heated front seats, Satellite Radio, and more.

The R/T version is powered by a 5.7 HEMI engine with 379 HP and 410 lb-ft (555 Nm) of torque. This version will hit a top speed of 160 mph. Of course, the most powerful version will be the SRT. It is powered by a 6.4 liter HEMI engine with 475 HP and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque.

Dodge will be also offering a 392 Inaugural Edition that will be limited to only 1000 units. It will get unique exterior colors, SRT wheels, a four-tailpipe exhaust system, leather seats, brushed metal trim, and a serialized dash plaque.

Sales will begin at the end of 2010.

Updated 11/15/2010: Dodge has unveiled the official details on the 2011 Challenger. For the new year, the Challenger gets a new aluminum Pentastar V-6 engine with 305 HP, a new road-gripping touring-tuned suspension with wider 18-inch wheels and tires for added control, a revised brake-pedal ratio, and refined brake booster.

UPDATED 12/28/10: From the first official images a month ago to the first official driving footage, the 2011 Dodge Challenger is getting primed and ready for its close-up. Sales are expected to begin anytime now so expect to hear more and more of the new Challenger in the coming months. For now, check out the video by clicking on the picture above.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

Talk about returning the favor, huh?

Coincidental as it was, Top Gear USA’s run with Britain’s finest, the Aston Martin Vantage V8 and V12 was a way for the Americans to get to know what luxury and high-performance British vehicles are like. Now, the proverbial shoe is on the other foot.

Fifth Gear, the British car show that isn’t called ‘Top Gear ’ also took to the track to test two all-American muscle cars in the form of the Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Dodge Challenger SRT8 . Seeing as the Camaro just made its way into the UK, the show felt that it was the appropriate time to give a test run against one of its most storied rivals, the Challenger SRT8. We actually would’ve loved it if a Ford Mustang was involved, but we’ll take what we can get.

Fifth Gear ran the two cars around the track in a comparison test, determining which car would get more bang for the British’s pound. As they soon discovered, the Camaro SS proved to be the clear winner, not only clocking a faster lap time than the Challenger SRT8 – beating it by seven-tenths of a second – but the Camaro also has the edge in price and availability at 30,000 pounds to the Challenger SRT8’s price tag in the UK of 40,000 pounds. Even better for the Camaro is the fact that if any British chap wants a Challenger SRT8, they’re going to need to have to order it from the US, as opposed to Bumblebee, which they can now get on their home soil.

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jay Leno likes his cars as much as he does cracking jokes and taking back jobs from friends that he previously gave up.

Having said that, we have a deep admiration towards Leno for his longstanding passion for just about anything that has four wheels on it. In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno’s Garage, a special edition American muscle car showed up that bears the name of one NASCAR’s most iconic drivers in its mantle: the Richard Petty Signature Series Dodge Challenger.

Leno was joined by both Greg Steadman, the GM of Petty’s Garage, and the icon himself, Richard Petty, as they discussed the finer workings of the special edition Challenger. After the discussion, Leno took the car out for a spin and during the whole time, had nothing but glowing things to say about the Challenger. Heck, he even went out and did a couple of burnouts with the car against “The King’s” orders.

Head on past the jump for more details on the Petty Signature Series Challenger, as well as a video of the vehicle.

For a tuning firm that we’ve just recently started hearing about, Platinum Motorsport sure seems to be making their rounds on the auto market lately. They’ve already come up with some pretty cool packages for a BMW 650i Convertible and the Rolls Royce Ghost just in the past two weeks and now they are back with a package for the Dodge Challenger , which couldn’t be any more of a perfect choice for an American tuner.

Following along the lines of their previous packages, the new package for the Dodge Challenger only brings with it some small modifications to the exterior that create a big impact. This mild transformation is much like the one done to the Ghost as it only includes a new black exterior paint job and a new set of wheels. The wheels aren’t too shabby either as they are new 20" front & 22" rear AGETRO S250 wheels.

As we mentioned before, no changes were brought to the engine of the vehicle, but the engine lineup for the Dodge Challenger should be sufficient for just about any driver. The SE version is offered with a 3.5 Liter V6 that produces 250 HP while the R/T version with a 5.7 Liter HEMI V8 engine delivers 370 HP. The top dog is the SRT8 with a 6.1 Liter HEMI V8 cranking out 425 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque.

There’s something to be said about turning nothing into something, even if that ‘nothing’ was once a 1970 Dodge Challenger . With years gone by, a car like a Challenger can lose its edge if it just sits in a garage collecting some dust.

Three years ago, a man named Dave Salvaggio dusted up an old Challenger and proceeded to rework and rebuild it, resulting in what is now being sold at R&H Collections as the “Insidious” Dodge Challenger. A fitting name, Insidious, considering that this car looks all too menacing and sinister once you find out what changes Salvaggio did to it.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and even if it sometimes looks like there’s no cause for hope that it could be restored back to its former glory, we get a good reminder from Salvaggio that even in the most rusted states, cars can always be shined up again if it’s worked on by the right pair of hands.

Details after the jump.

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