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.
Fast and Furious 6 will open in theaters nationwide on May 24 and following Universal’s launch of the last teaser video, Dodge started an advertising campaign to promote the new movie.
You shouldn’t be too surprised about this decision, considering that Dodge has a total of three cars in the movie: a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 driven by Dominic (Dom) Toretto in various chase scenes, a 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 and a vintage 1969 Dodge Daytona.
Dodge created three television commercials to promote “Fast & Furious 6.” The first is called "How to Make Your Car Fast and Furious" and features an updated 2013 Dodge Dart. The second is called "Flash to the Future" and features a 2013 Dodge Charger. The third commercial is still to be announced.
While watching the commercials, between May 13 and June 30, viewers who have the Shazam App on their mobile phones will have the possibility to enter a contest and win a 2013 Dodge Dart.
Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart.
SRT has unveiled today at the Spring Fest the special edition Charger SRT 392 - a model limited to only 392 units and set to be put on sale later this year. It will be available in four exterior colors: Bright White, Billet Silver, Plum Crazy, HEMI Orange and TorRed.
The four exterior colors will be combined with black accents on the hood, roof, rear spoiler and exterior mirrors, plus a gloss-black “392” badge and numerous gray inserts. For the interior, this special edition will add a serialized dash plaque on the instrument panel — each unit will get an individually-numbered dash plaque. The car sits on a set of black Vapor Chrome wheels.
No updates have been announced under the hood, so we expect the new Charger SRT 392 to be offered with the usual 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers an impressive 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.
We’ve never had any delusions about the cinematic standing of the Fast and Furious franchise in our minds. The first one was awesome. The next two were horrible. And the last two have been all right.
But we don’t watch the movie because of Vin Diesel’s abnormally large pectorals or Paul Walker’s comical hitches; we watch the movie because of the cars. Yep. Those shiny, fast, and powerful co-stars that never seem to get the credit they deserve for being an integral part in turning the movies into a bona fide franchise.
The 6th installment of Fast and Furious is scheduled to hit cinemas in May, but as early as now, we’re being given hints of what to look out for when the movie opens.
We’ve already shown you the heavily customized GT-R that will appear in the movie. Now, it looks like Vin Diesel will once again take the wheel of an American muscle car in the form of a Dodge Charger Daytona. At least that’s according to the above screenshot, which is rumored to be from the upcoming trailer for the movie.
Can’t say we’re surprised about that choice, considering that Diesel’s character, Dom Torretto, seems to have a big preference for American muscle.
In addition to that bit of information, we’ve also learned that a trailer for Fast and Furious 6 — possibly the one the screenshot is from — will be shown during the Super Bowl. That’s something to look forward to, folks.
Winter is upon us and Dodge has launched a special-edition Charger specially developed for all driving conditions. The Dodge Charger AWD Sport will be offered with a choice of two engines – a V-6 and a V-8 – plus an updated exterior look.
As it name suggests, the new Charger AWD Sport will be offered with a new "Sport Mode" that will allow driver to change transmission’s gears a little bit quicker. The model will comes with a specially designed gloss-black split-crosshair grille, a set of 19-inch aluminum wheels in gloss black, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters with “Sport Mode” and a new rear spoiler.
The new special edition Charger will be built on the 2013 SXT, SXT Plus, R/T and R/T Plus models, and will carry a slight price increase over their respective base.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport.
Back in the day, the Dodge Charger Daytona was one of the most popular trims in the Charger lineup. It was so popular that it was affectionately referred to as the “winged warrior.” From 2006 to 2009, the Charger Daytona brought with it a cult-like, but it was inexplicably dropped in 2010. After three years of hibernation, Dodge is bringing back the iconic Charger Daytona and, just like its predecessors, the 2013 model brings with it a racing pedigree with one-of-a-kind styling and performance.
"With its 370 horsepower HEMI V-8, rear-wheel drive and iconic design, the 2013 Dodge Charger is a modern day muscle car, and the new Charger Daytona takes it to a new level by paying homage to the historic ’Daytona’ nameplate," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Dodge Brand.
"It starts with a legendary Hemi underfoot and one-of-a-kind interior and exterior styling enhancements that perfectly combine heritage, performance and value, starting under $33,000 MSRP."
There’s a whole lot to love about the Dodge Charger Daytona, so much so that we invite you to go past the jump to find out more about Dodge’s returning muscle car trim.
With its 470 horsepower, the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine from Dodge is one of the most awesome engines offered by the company. Most of you will agree that 470 horsepower is enough for the likes of the Challenger SRT8, the folks over Hennessey are offering a supercharger kit that will increase the V-8 engine’s output up to an impressive 800 horsepower.
The kit comes in three different power levels and the first one is the HPE600. As its name suggests, this package delivers a total of 600 horsepower and includes a TVS2300 supercharger system, HPE air induction system, an ECU recalibration and new fuel injectors.
Next there is the HPE650. It takes the power level up to an impressive 650 horsepower and over the HPE600 package it adds in headers and high-flow catalytic converters.
The most powerful version is the HPE800. As you probably guessed, this version delivers a total of 800 horsepower. This package adds new forged aluminum pistons, forged steel connecting rods, cylinder head porting, balancing and blueprinting, fuel injectors, a twin turbo system, and a new exhaust system.
Along with the engine upgrades, each package will offer optional upgrades for the transmission, exhaust and braking systems. Hennessey will also be offering exterior and interior changes, plus a new set of wheels and tires.
Back in 2011, Dodge unveiled a new package option for the Charger: the Blacktop Edition. This package included some pretty stout and downright sexy additions to the body, but it was only offered on V-6 model Chargers, leaving those wanting this look with the power to back it up out in the cold. With Dodge already expanding the Blacktop Edition package to the Challenger R/T and Avenger for the 2013 model year, it decided to also expand the package to the more powerful Charger R/T model.
While the Blacktop Edition package may look fully custom, under the hood the Charger R/T remains unchanged. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the Charger R/T remains one of the fastest American-built sedans on the market and this new package just gives it a more sinister look to go along with its stout performance.
The real test is to see if this package is really worth the premium that Dodge is attaching to it, or is this just another special edition model that has an inflated price tag with no valuable additions?
Click past the jump to read all about the 2013 Charger R/T Blacktop and see if it is up to snuff.
Have you ever wondered how much power a Dodge Charger can really deliver? Well, it’s definitely not the 292 HP in the standard V6 engine or the 370 HP provided by the muscle car’s current V8 engine. At the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, Mopar is going to show us just how much juice can be pumped from the Charger with a tuning package of their own.
Technically, Mopar cheated in the sense that they stripped the Charger of its engine and threw in a Viper V-10 Mopar crate engine featuring Mopar cold air intakes and a Mopar cat-back exhaust. This engine delivers an impressive 650 HP, but also tones down the emissions to remain eco-friendly.
The rest of the package consists of some exterior and interior updates, starting with a new front chin spoiler, a new hood with functional forward-facing intake, and a roof carry. The hood and decklid feature matte black graphics, while the cool Metallic "Copperhead" exterior paint is combined with matte black on the grille badge and the exclusive 20" lightweight wheels.
For the interior, Mopar has added black Katzkin leather seats with "Copperhead" stitching, which also transfers to the steering wheel, shifter, and armrest. The "Copperhead" logo is also embroidered on the seatbacks.
When Penske decided to drop Dodge in favor of Ford, Dodge was left on the outside of the NASCAR world looking in. They had no team to field their newly developed NASCAR Sprint Cup ride and things looked pretty bleak.
Things went from bleak to ugly, as Dodge failed to have its Charger ready for testing this week and reports indicate that this means Dodge is out of NASCAR for the 2013 season. There is no clear-cut reasoning for Dodge pulling out so abruptly, but many sources are pointing toward Fiat, Dodge’s parent company, having no interest in NASCAR and forcing the pull out.
Last time we checked, Chrysler – including Dodge – is what kept Fiat’s ass afloat this year and to take away NASCAR as a means of advertising seems a little odd by a company that knows nothing about the “sport.”
At the press conference held at 2:30 ET today, Dodge SRT and Motorsports CEO Ralph Gilles only confirmed that Dodge is dropping its NASCAR presence. "Following our thorough five month process weighing all options in the sport, we have decided to withdraw from NASCAR racing," he said in an opening statement during the news conference. "You have no idea how much we feel the pain," he added.
This announcement solidifies the elimination of the last rear-driven, V-8-powered factory car from the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Every other car on the circuit is now front-wheel drive.
Dodge’s last NASCAR withdrawal happened in 1977, and it did not return until 2001. By that pace, we should see Dodge return to NASCAR sometime in the 2030s... Actually, we are willing to bet that Dodge returns in just a few years, at the most.
UPDATE 08/07/2012: NASCAR followed up Dodge’s press conference with a statement of their own concerning Dodge’s departure. “Dodge has been a great partner to NASCAR for many years, and they have been part of numerous memorable moments throughout our history,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “They made a business decision not to return in 2013, as they did in 1977 before returning in 2001. We wish them well and hope they again will choose to return to NASCAR at a later date."
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