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.

Dodge has arrived at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show packed full of yummy offerings for our insatiable appetite. The second model to debut - after the Green With Envy Challenger - is the new 2012 Charger SRT8, and yeah, its got a HEMI. In fact, it has a 6.4L V8 HEMI that delivers a total of 465 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque allowing it to make the 0-60mph sprint in just four seconds with a top speed of 175mph. Sales will begin later this year.

"We’re continuing the fast-paced rebuilding of Dodge as our performance brand, and the expansion of our SRT SRT product lineup in 2012 is an important part of our rejuvenation," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLCs. "The new 2012 Dodge Charger Dodge Charger SRT8 builds on the iconic four-door fastback coupe design of the all-new Charger and adds a much larger power band across the rpm range, along with intelligent performance attributes and safety and creature comforts for customers who are passionate about performance driving."

UPDATE 06/16/2011: When the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 goes on sale in the next months, it will be offered with quite an impressive list of features, including a two-mode active dampening suspension, a sport mode for the transmission, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation. Other technical goodies comprise of a remote USB port, satellite traffic, remote gas-cap release, and a black/red interior
Check out the full list after the jump.(Allpar)

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8.

The early 60s all the way up to the 70s was a golden age for the American automotive industry if only for the simple fact that muscle cars were growing not just in number, but in overall stature. The muscle car arms race of the that time yielded plenty of options for customers looking for more power and metal-twisting torque from these vehicles. And the models only grew in popularity as more and more people began clamoring for the biggest, baddest, and most powerful machines.

The general appeal these muscle cars offered to the growing American car culture of the time was the opportunity to own powerful cars that could be used for drag racing while also keeping costs at bay. At that time, a number of brands began developing their own models, including legendary names like the Ford Mustang , the Chevrolet Camaro , the Plymouth Barracuda , the Pontiac Trans-Am , and the Dodge Charger , to name a few.

While the golden age of American muscle was limited to parts of these two decades, the industry has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in recent years. It’s not going to compare to the 60s or the 70s, but as proven by customer clamoring, the culture of American muscle cars is far from bearing its last legs.

To pay tribute to the time where muscle was king of the road - and the drag strip - we have compiled a list of the 10 most memorable muscle cars of the golden age.

Check out the list after the jump.

NASCAR fans are very familiar with the name Kurt Busch, but the American NASCAR and NHRA driver has a lot more to offer then just being the leader in several races in the past few years. This third-generation race car driver is also head of the Kurt Busch Foundation, which is currently raffling off a one off 2011 Charger R/T . There are only 5,000 tickets available, each priced at $100 and all proceeds will be used to support health care, education, career training, and the rehabilitation of individuals.

This is no ordinaryDodge Charger , though. This special edition is covered in a distinctive Redline Red color with door scoops inspired right from the 1970 Charger R/T. Other features include a special rear spoiler and front fascia, black chrome 20" wheels and a special Mopar Performance lowering kit. The 370 horsepower 5.7L HEMI V8 will simply purr using the new Mopar Cat-Back exhaust system. The interior will get Mopar Katzkin leather on the high-bucket seats featuring Busch’s signature and number.

"This is one fabulous Dodge," said Kurt. "I’m delighted with what Dodge and Mopar have done and how they’ve helped the Foundation. They’ve done a stand-out job on this car. Someone is going to be very happy driving this amazing Dodge around town."

If anyone is interested in helping out a good cause and getting a chance to win this special edition Dodge Charger R/t then head on over to www.kurtbusch.com and buy your tickets now!

There was a time when math was done with with just a pencil and paper and novels were created on a typewriter. Those things seem completely outdated now, when cars like the Autonomous Audi TTS are climbing Pikes Peak without a man behind the wheel. Dodge has touched on this exact climb into technology with their new 2011 Dodge Charger commercial.

The setting is a bit into the future and illustrates how technology is taking over everything we do in our daily lives. From brushing our teeth to opening our doors, technology will soon lead us by the hand and live our lives for us. The excellent play on this idea is that it will never take over the thrill of driving our cars or, in this case, our Dodge Chargers.

Check out the commercial to see what we mean.

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.

Hit the jump to check out our list.

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).

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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 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.

Source: Canepa

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.

Source: RM Auctions

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