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Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

  The Dodge Charger has appeared in three different platforms since it was produced in 1966. The first was a pony car produced from 1966-1978, the second was a subcompact car made from 1983-1987, and the third and final version is the current sports sedan which began production in 2006. The Charger combines Hemi power with rear-wheel drive and an independent rear suspension. The current model is powered by a choice of four different engines, but the obvious choice would be the top of the line 6.1L V8 providing 425HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. Other options include a 178HP, 190 lb-ft of torque 2.7L V6 engine, a 250HP, 250 lb-ft of torque 3.5L V6, and a 368/372HP, 391/401 lb-ft of torque 5.7L V8 engine. These engines are mated to either a 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission.

The name Carroll Shelby may not be quite as familiar to new automotive enthusiasts as it is for older generations, but his creations are no stranger to anyone that follows and loves performance automobiles. Mr. Shelby was not only a genius when it came to building high-performance American muscle, but he was also an accomplished racecar driver.

Carroll managed to parlay his racing roots into a partnership with Ford that spanned over 50 years. However, that partnership almost never happened, as his first choice in partners was Chevrolet. Imagine that, a “Shelby Camaro ” or “Shelby Corvette,” it just doesn’t quite sound as good as "Shelby Mustang ,” does it?

Carroll Shelby lived a full life, as he graced this world with 89 years of his presence and nearly 60 of those years he was providing us gearheads with examples of his automotive skill, be it winning races or designing hot rods. Carroll Shelby will be missed dearly by everyone in the automotive world, but we are not here to mourn the passing of this legend. Nope, we feel that the right way to send off this legend is by celebrating his long and legendary life.

Click past the jump to read the complete life history of Mr. Carroll Shelby

German tuner, Geiger Cars, seems to be quite passionate about American muscle cars from Dodge , so after doing some great modifications on the Challenger , they have now turned their attention to the Charger SRT8 . Their new package updates the exterior and provides some power and handling adjustments.

The Charger SRT8 has been criticized by many for not being great in corners, so the first thing Geiger did was add a new set of professional springs and dampers. Combined with a new set of 22" wheels painted in matte black, this package will lower the car’s ride and improve its handling capabilities.

The next step was the addition of a compressor kit that significantly improved the 6.4 liter V8 HEMI’s engine. This allows the Charger SRT8 to deliver an amazing 625 HP - up from the standard 465 HP. Nothing was said in terms of how these changes affected the car’s performance, but we’re expecting a top speed greater than the standard 175 mph.

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In 2010, NASCAR held a summit with representatives of Ford , Chevrolet , Dodge , and Toyota . They wanted to talk about returning brand identity to the cars on the track. You see, over the years, NASCAR race cars have strayed farther and farther from the appearance of the cars they are based on.

NASCAR originally appealed to manufacturers with a "Race on Sunday, sell on Monday" philosophy. But now when you tune-in to a Sprint Cup series race, you will basically see 43 of the same race car with vinyl stickers to let you know what car brand it is supposed to represent. NASCAR is now trying to change all that. They’ve relaxed some of their very strict rules for body design, allowing manufacturers to design the cars to look more like their road-going counterparts.

One car that has already released a rendering of it’s new body is the 2013 NASCAR Dodge Charger . Thanks to the new, more lenient rules, this car looks awesome. With the signature Charger character lines on the side, this race car looks more like the street version than ever. Sam Hornish, Jr. got to test the new NASCAR Charger at a closed test earlier this year at the Homestead-Miami Speedway that was attended by all four manufacturers.

“The car looks the best out of any of the new cars, that’s for sure — nice, sharp lines — and you can see a lot of the street car in the race car." said Hornish "It brings the Charger’s identity back onto the racetrack.”

The 2013 NASCAR Dodge Charger will be unveiled March 11, 2012 in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, just before the start of the Kobalt Tools 400. It will compete in its first Sprint Cup series race at next year’s Daytona 500.

UPDATE 03/12/11: The Dodge Charger NASCAR race car was officially unveiled over the weekend. Check out all the photos of the car in the gallery below!

Let it be known that we love ourselves some Dodge Charger . There’s something undeniably cool about the car that belies its undeniable performance capabilities.

Recently, we found out that a special 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit , the very same one that patrols our streets as a police cruiser, will serve as the official pace car for both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races in Phoenix on March 3rd and 4th, 2012. Unlike some of the other pace cars we’ve seen in the past, the Charger Pursuit will be dressed in a matte black finish with matching white accents on the body and a full police livery.

We don’t expect the Charger Pursuit Pace Car to carry the full boat of law-enforcement technology that the police cars carry, but to see one actually taking serving as a pace car for a NASCAR race is beyond cooler words.

We don’t know if the Charger Pursuit Pace Car will carry a 3.6-liter V6 engine that has 292 horsepower or the more powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 370 ponies. Either way, it’s going to be a real treat to watch the Dodge sports car flex its muscles while leading the pack in Phoenix.

Great ideas that come at the wrong place or the wrong time should always be shelved for future use. Case in point, Dodge brought out the Challenger Blacktop Concept at the 2008 SEMA Auto Show and have now decided to bring it back as an optional package for their Charger at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Chrysler has yet to announce pricing for this package, but they have announced that it will be available with an optional Beats Audio system.

The new Dodge Charger Blacktop is all about the black. It gets tinted windows, black wheels borrowed from the Challenger SRT8 , as well as the sleek black exterior paint job. The muscle car’s LED rear tail light has also been smoked and the dual exhaust system is made of aluminum silver.

The interior of the Charger continues with the black theme and adds a new Beats audio system that consists of three 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel, two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors, two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers that provide bass, two 6 x 9-inch speakers, and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area that provide full-range audio.


It wasn’t that long ago when Dodge ’s aftermarket department, Mopar, introduced us to the Charger SRT8 Super Bee at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Now that we’re few weeks away from the 2012 North American International Auto Show , Dodge is preparing another special edition version for their resident sports/muscle car.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Mopar-tuned Dodge Charger Redline.

To make it different from a lot of tuned programs we’ve seen lately, Mopar divided the Charger Redline’s program into three different stages - I to III - that all tackle just about everything and anything you see in, around, and under the sports car. These three programs allow customers to have a full breadth of choices on what kind of program they’d want on their Charger.

"Since the 1960s, the Mopar Brand has built a long history of adding power and performance to the Dodge Charger – and with the Redline, we Moparized the new Charger with modern-day performance and style while giving a nod to our storied past," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

"With three kits, Mopar offers a tailored choice for every customer."

Find out more about the 2012 Dodge Charger Redline by Mopar after the jump

Dodge is bringing back its Super Bee package for one more nostalgic round in the hands of the brand’s ever-popular Charger muscle car. The Super Bee designation was first placed on a 1968 Coronet model before it was moved on over to the Charger model in 1971. It then took a long hiatus before it was applied once again, this time on the Charger SRT8 Super Bee model in 2006, 2007, and 2008. And now the Super Bee name will be offered once again for the 2012 model year.

"The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is a salute to the fun-loving past of Dodge muscle cars powered by the legendary 392 HEMI V-8 in a back-to-basics performance machine," Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT and Motorsports said.

The special Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is set to make its world debut next week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

UPDATE 11/09/2011: This review has been updated to include the official specifications for the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee.

UPDATE 11/14/2011: Chrysler has finally unveiled more images of the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee set to be revealed in just two days in Los Angeles.

Hit the jump to read more about the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee.

SEMA is different from just about every other major auto show on the planet. Its purpose is to shift focus from the automakers to the aftermarket companies that have become popular because of their custom works on some of the world’s most popular vehicles. Sure, some brands will be at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show showing off their works too, but for the most part, they share equal billing with the tuning companies.

Many vehicles had their time to shine in the SEMA spotlight, but none more so than the plethora of Camaros and Mustangs - and even the Mopar-tuned Challenger . Every year, there’s a number of muscle cars that are given the royal treatment in terms of tuning, and this year has been no different. Maybe it’s the Americans’ obsession with good ol’ fashioned muscle, or maybe it’s the fact that all of the major muscle car makers are US born and bred. Either way, it was muscle car mania in Vegas, and we were there to take them all in.

Check out our list of SEMA muscle cars after the jump!

Hurst, Street Scene Equipment, Dodge , and SEMA have teamed up to build a custom Dodge Charger that will be auctioned on eBay with all proceeds going to SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. The auction ends on October 28, 2011, just in time for the winner to take advantage of the additional SEMA ticket prize. This particular Dodge Charger will actually be the only one Hurst will customize this year.

The Dodge Charger Hurst Edition will be equipped with Hurst wheels and tires, an Eibach suspension setup, a Flowmaster exhaust, and Hurst badges for the exterior. The badges will also find their way inside of the car, along with Katzkin leather interior with red and black Hurst logos in the headrests, a Hurst shifter, Hurst floor mats from Star West, and a Grant steering wheel. The list of equipment will include an 8.4" Uconnect Touch infotainment system and a navigation/Rear back up camera.

Under the hood, the Hurst Charger will feature a 5.7L Hemi V8 Engine with fuel saver technology that delivers a total of 370 HP and 395 lbs-ft of torque and 16/25 mpg.

Source: eBay

During a recent test drive, the Dodge Charger Pursuit established a new record time at Michigan State Police’s (MSP) annual Police Vehicle Evaluation tests. The car ran the Grattan Raceway in an impressive time of 1:33.70.

That wasn’t the only feat either. The new Charger Pursuit also scored impressive sprint times during its evaluation: 0-to-60 mph in 5.83 seconds, 0-to-70 mph in 7.38 seconds, 0-to-80 mph in 9.18 seconds, 0-to-90 mph in 11.43 seconds, and 0-to-100 mph in 13.65 seconds.

"Achieving the fastest-ever lap time at the Michigan State Police’s annual Police Vehicle Evaluation test reflects the mission of the Dodge Dodge Charger Pursuit Team to equip our law enforcement officials with the absolute best combination of vehicle performance and tactical equipment," said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Devel Devel opment and Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. "Even more impressive is that all four Michigan State Police Vehicle Test Team drivers averaged their fastest times in the Charger Pursuit – reinforcing the driver confidence provided when world-class acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics are combined."


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