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 2012 Chrysler SRT8 model line-up includes four impressive vehicles: the Dodge Challenger SRT8 , Dodge Charger SRT8 , Chrysler 300 SRT8 , and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 . With all of these models sporting the same 6.4 liter HEMI V8 engine producing 470 HP and 470 lb-ft of torque, it seemed only natural that Chrysler would want to show them all off in a video doing some killer burnouts.

If you’re a fan of screeching tires and white smoke, then this video is for you. If you are more of the data type then you’d be interested to know that Chrysler’s latest HEMI V8 can be mated to either a standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission or a dual-disc high performance clutch, depending on the model. The range of models also deliver a decent fuel economy, with our favorite - the Challenger SRT8 - providing up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway, as well as great performance. The muscle car can do the 0-60 mph sprint in the high 4-second range and the quarter-mile in the high 12s. Top speed has been increased to more than 180 mph with the manual transmission (173 mph in the automatic).

To anybody who’s ever thought that Utah was a boring state, you may want to retract it after watching this video.

This, dear folks, is a Dodge Charger patrol car. But while most police vehicles of this stature are already more powerful than their standard variants, this particular Charger patrol car is unlike any of its brethren either. Why, you ask? Because it has an output of 900 horsepower.

In a world of don’t-ask-don’t-tell, we’ll spare the questions of why the Utah Highway Patrol has a car this powerful in the first place. What’s important to us is that this Dodge Charger is absolutely and insanely packed with ponies. And as the video will show you, it can do a pretty mean burnout, too. On top of that, it was done for the Coats for Kids charity event, which makes sense because charity benefits like this could always use a spectacle that includes a 900-horsepower burnout from, of all things, a highway patrol car.

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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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