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.
Now that the clock has finally run out and just hours away from the first showing of Fast Five - the fifth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise - we felt like it’s the right time to give proper respect to the characters that have made this movie franchise as fun as it has been since the first movie came out in 2001.
And if you think that we’re talking about resident leading men, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, guess again. This list has very little to do with them, or their other co-stars for that matter, but more so about what they were driving during the first four movies. Yes, dear friends. This is a list to honor the Top 10 cars of the Fast and Furious franchise!
Do take note that we compiled this list based on our opinions so if you have any sort of reaction on the cars we chose and the number we gave them, you have the floor in the comments section to let us hear about it.
We’re going to spell out it for you in case you want to watch the movie suspense in tow: this leaked scene from Fast Five comes with major spoilers.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the French branch of Universal Pictures have gone out of their way to release a pretty important scene from Fast Five, the fifth installment of the much ballyhooed Fast and the Furious franchise.
It goes without saying that people who’d like to watch the movie in its entirety without the benefit of spoilers shouldn’t watch this video. But if you’re the type that craves for spoilers, then by all means, press ‘play’ and enjoy the show.
Without going into detail, the scene has Paul Walker and Vin Diesel driving a pair of high-powered 5.7-liter Dodge Chargers for reasons that you may not think. There’s some serious action to this scene and some mildly confusing French dubbing to go along with it.
Once again, we don’t advise everyone to watch this clip, especially if you don’t want to know how the movie unfolds. Then again, the Fast and the Furious franchise has never been one for interesting storylines, right?
Chrysler’s aftermarket company, Mopar, is preparing their latest tuning project for the Dodge Charger. Following in the reins of the 2010 Mopar Challenger, the tuning company is turning its attention to the 2011 Charger to make it one of the fastest, meanest, and more powerful Chargers out on the market.
According to Pietro Gorlier, Mopar’s president and CEO, the company is working hard to make the Mopar ’11 Charger a step up from what was a successful 2010 Challenger model. "After the success of our Mopar ’10 Challenger, we moved on to the iconic Dodge Charger and added even more performance,” he said.
"The Mopar ‘11 Charger takes the ‘head- turning’ factor up a few notches," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. "By adding some of the most distinctive accessories to an already strong performer, we’ve created a special-edition car for enthusiasts."
Updated 04/13/2011: Dodge has revealed the new special-edition Mopar Charger at the the company’s Mopar Complex in Center Line, Michigan. This special edition will be limited to only 1000 units, 900 for the U.S. and 100 for Canada, and will be priced from $39,750.
More details for the Dodge Mopar Charger Special after the jump.
The Canadian police have added a new vehicle to their fleet starting 2011. The new Dodge Charger Enforcer features performance suspension tuning, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels, and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC) calibration, allowing the police to be ahead of the game when chasing the bad guys.
For the interior, the Charger Enforcer adds a Police Interface Module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment and more. The police officers will be protected by standard advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, driver’s knee bag, tire-pressure monitoring and more.
Under the hood, there is a standard E-85 capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, or if that’s not enough, the good guys in blue can opt for a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS).
The original Dodge Charger had been somewhat of a failure for Chrysler. It sold in large numbers to the public, but remained without a win in racing. The year 1969 was the time Chrysler and Dodge decided to pull out all the stops and turn the Challenger into a formidable racing machine. What emerged was the Dayton model that looked like a mix between an airplane and the original Charger.
This #6 car for sale through Canepa Design holds a special place in the racing record books, being the first car to break the 200mph mark. The car led that race for over 100 laps until another car put it into a spin knocking it out of the race. These 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona models are very rare and sought after by collectors. Even fewer were built with the Hemi engine such as this car and none have the same race history. If you would like to own a piece of history than expect to pay over six figures when this car hits the block.
Hit the jump for more details on the Dodge Charger Daytona.
In this day and age, the Dodge Charger is the type of car that falls into a category filled with many others just like it, but the first Charger produced was unlike anything created during its time. With a 600 HP V8 and a three-speed automatic transmission, the Dodge Hemi Charger was a muscle car that embarrassed most of the muscle cars back in the day, and now that attention-craving coupe is going to be put on auction by RM Auctions at the Automobiles of Arizona event held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on January 20, 2011. The car is expected to fetch somewhere between $750,000 to $1,000,000.
This particular Dodge Charger being put to auction was a concept car that spent a lot of time at auto shows before ending up in the hands of a Dodge dealership owner. The owner then passed it along to his son who spent 35 years restoring it. Next came noted concept car collector, Joe Bortz, who located and purchased the car to then have it restored by multiple award-winner, Fran Roxas. The engine was the only thing left so Bortz enlisted the help of Hemi expert, John Arruzza, who was able to fit it with one of the original 15 Chrysler race Hemi engines. This is also the first Dodge to be fitted with the “Charger” nameplate.
The 1964 Dodge Charger ended up as part of the late John M. O’Quinn’s car collection in 2007 and is now ready to find its new owner.
Hit the jump to get more details on the 1964 Dodge Charger Concept car.
Dodge has unveiled the NASCAR Dodge Charger that will be used for the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season. In fact not all the car, but only the announcement that its nose has been approved. The development of the Charger nose has been a cooperative effort by Dodge Motorsports Engineering and Penske Racing and gives Dodge better brand identify for the Charger while remaining within the NASCAR approval process.
"With the introduction of the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger for the street, we worked closely with Penske Racing to develop the Dodge brand identity while maintaining neutral aerodynamics within the NASCAR rules,"said Dave Bailey, Senior Manager of Dodge Motorsports Engineering. "Coupled with NASCAR’s new common lower nose for 2011, the revised front end carries the image and character of the Charger forward in true Dodge performance fashion."
The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will be the sixty-third season of professional stock car racing in the United States. Beginning at Daytona International Speedway, the season will include thirty-six races and two exhibition races.
Lost in the overly hyped Mustang versus Camaro tug-of-war is the Dodge
Charger, Chrysler’s muscle-bound mayhem machine. It may not have the
cache of its two competitors, but the 2011 Charger is anything but a
So what happens when you give the boys at Mopar Underground a 2011
Dodge Charger and let them work their magic on it?
Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles answered it best. “We let the designers of the
production car and their friends at Mopar rip. I wanted them to show
us what they would do with this vehicle if it were their own dream
The result, ladies and gentlemen, is the 2011 Dodge RedLine Charger.
The latest Hollywood flick targeting car nuts like ourselves, again sees Nicolas Cage in the lead, but this time, he’s escaped from hell to save his granddaughter.
The story centers on Milton (Nicolas Cage), and his hell-bent obsession at redemption. After his daughter was killed by a cult and her baby kidnapped for evil purposes, Milton breaks out of hell (that’s what the storyline says) in search of his grand daughter and the cult leader responsible for his daughters’ death. To complicate matters, he is also on the run from the police, and Satan’s hitman, “The Accountant” No, really, that’s what he’s called.
Expect an explosion every minute and enough destruction and devastation to rival Katrina. The best bits for us are the nostalgic muscle cars – a sinister black Dodge Charger leads off the carnage with numerous other classics making an appearance, and judging from the plot, they’ll be experiencing fiery deaths along the way. There is, of course, the obligatory hot blonde in the sultry form of Amber Heard, who plays a sexy waitress called Piper, Miton’s super hot sidekick. If you’re thinking this film is a cross between Gone in 60 seconds and Ghost Rider, you’d be on the money. Drive Angry 3D premieres in theaters February 11, 2011. We can’t wait!
Fresh off of releasing the first batch of photos of the 2011 Charger’s exterior, Dodge has gone ahead and given us a glimpse of what to expect with their new muscle car’s exterior. It’s only one photo, but it does give us a nice view of the inside of the new Charger, which has been given its own facelift.
Among the notable changes in the car include a brand-new, three-spoke steering wheel that upon closer inspection also has the new Dodge logo plastered on it. The door panels and the dashboard also seem to have been given their own respective tweaks while the center storage just below the transmission looks to be cleaner and more polished than in past models.
So far, this is the only photo we have of the 2011 Charger’s interior, but we expect more to come out soon as Dodge prepares to drop the cars at dealerships before the end of the year.