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O.CT Tuning has impressed us once again with a new program for the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Not that the Challenger needs it seeing as a standard model already packs a 6.4-liter, V-8, HEMI engine that produces 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. But O.CT Tuning’s not impressed with those numbers, which is why the German tuner took it upon itself to give the American muscle car its new OCTSRT-700 program.

The program’s name pretty much says it all. This program means serious business, the likes of which we rarely see on a Challenger SRT8. For one, those stock HEMIs were deemed somewhat inadequate, hence the company’s decision to increase its displacement to an incredible 7.0 liters. O.CT Tuning then slapped on a compressor to the larger-displacement engine, resulting in an incredible power upgrade of 720 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque.

I’m no math genius or anything, but I do know that 470 is a long ways away from 720 — that’s an incredible difference of 250 horsepower — so excuse me for being a little tickled by the added output given to one of America’s finest pony cars.

This program is one of the most powerful we’ve seen on the Challenger SRT8. The fact that a German tuner did it speaks to the Challenger’s appeal as a global muscle machine.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 By O.CT Tuning.

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT , the most powerful muscle car ever built, has just been certified as the fastest, factory-built muscle car ever created. In a test conducted by Dodge and supervised by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the Challenger Hellcat ran the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 125 mph. That makes the 707-horsepower Mopar exactly one second quicker than a stock 2014 Corvette Stingray with an automatic and enables its full on bragging rights at the drag strip.

But wait, there’s more! Chrysler didn’t stop at running the 1320 using the Challenger’s standard Pirelli P Zero tires, but equipped the coupe with drag radials and had another go. The run dropped to just 10.8 seconds at 126 mph, making the Hellcat SRT the first production muscle car to achieve a 10-second quarter-mile. To get an idea of what that means, the Hellcat is quicker than supercars such as the Saleen S7 , Ferrari Enzo , Nissan GT-R Track Pack and the McLaren F1 . Sure, most of them are at least four years old, but the GT-R in question is a 2014 model. And beating the Track Pack on the drag strip is quite the achievement.

Unfortunately, Dodge has yet to release 0-to-60 mph acceleration data for the Challenger Hellcat SRT, and we’re dead curious to find out whether the sprint drops below the 3.5-second mark. If it does, customers will have a muscle car that’s quicker than the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Porsche 911 GT3 on their hands. How cool would that be?

As a quick reminder, the 2015 Challenger Hellcat SRT is powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 HEMI engine rated at 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant, which is the first factory supercharged HEMI, mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or a brand-new, TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic. This crazy, rubber-shredding beast is scheduled to hit the streets in the third quarter of 2014. Mustang and Camaro owners, save yourselves while you still can!

The hype over the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat ’s 707 horsepower hasn’t died off since Dodge proclaimed that information on its 100th birthday July 1, 2014. Now the fun begins. First up: gratuitous burnouts. Yep, what would an American muscle car be without the ability to lay down a smoke screen thick enough for a war zone? Well, it seems the SRT Hellcat has that ability and then some, as this video proves.

Put on by the guys at Car & Driver, the two Challengers challenge each other to the best burnout. This sort of hooning comes easy with 650 pound-feet of torque getting both tires loose and a monstrous 707 horsepower to keep them spinning. You almost feel sorry for the Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. Almost.

What’s more, those 707 horses not only make the SRT Hellcat more powerful than Dodge’s own SRT Viper , but more powerful than any other muscle car in history. It’s all thanks to a supercharged, 6.2-liter, HEMI V-8 with beefed up internals and a 14,600-rpm redline on the Lyshoim-style supercharger. The HEMI engine is mated to a six-speed TF-6060 manual unit from Tremec.

We look forward to seeing some actual numbers from the drag strip, including both 0-to-60-mph and quarter-mile times. Until then, we’ll know the Challenger SRT Hellcat is one awesome burnout machine.

Things looked a lot different a century ago. There was no pre-sliced bread, running water was prevalently lacking in rural communities, and every automaker was considered a fledgling start-up business. Fast forward to 2014, and it’s apparent that’s no longer the case. Now as we roll into July, Dodge celebrates its centenary of making some of the most memorable vehicles in American history.

Technically happening July 1, 2014, Dodge’s 100-year celebration falls in a time of corporate reorganization that puts Dodge and SRT together. Dodge, owned by Chrysler, is tasked with building “mainstream performance” cars while SRT, is to build Dodge’s “ultimate performance” lineup. The consolidation of the two should play well for the company. But back to the party.

The company is offering specialized merchandise including car decals, key fobs, pens, coffee mugs, and clothing. There’s even a “Dodge 100 Years” book that depicts the brand’s rich history. Perhaps the biggest way Dodge is celebrating its heritage of building legendary street machines comes in the form of horsepower; that’s 707 horsepower, to be exact.

Now the reason Dodge has been holding out of the 2015 Challenger Hellcat’s performance stats makes sense.

Click past the jump to read more about Dodge’s centenary.

To help continue theFourth of July celebrations here at TopSpeed, I have decided to take at look at how the American car has impacted the world. Europe is typically quoted with having the best cars, but here are some American machines that have stepped up and shown the world that we know what we are doing.

We may not have created the car, but we are responsible for the way they drive, the way they are made and we even made some major contributions to the world of performance and horsepower. Put down that hot dog for a few seconds and take a quick look back through history at America’s greatest contributions to the world of internal combustion. That cooler full of cold beverages and that box of explosives will both still be there when you get done.

Continue reading to find out America’s greatest contributions to the world of the automobile.

The Dodge Viper debuted in 1991 and arrived in showrooms for the 1992 model year. It was Chrysler ’s first venture into the semi-supercar world and it featured an 8.0-liter, V-10 powerplant developed with input from Lamborghini and based on Dodge’s V-10 truck engine. The first-generation model was sold through 1995 and was only offered as a roadster. It wasn’t until 1996 when Dodge created the coupe body, known as the GTS. This second-gen Viper also saw a power increase from 400 horsepower to 450 ponies. The Viper was completely redesigned for 2003. The convertible was joined by a coupe model four years later and output reached into 500-horsepower territory for the first time. Engine displacement was also increased to 8.3 liters. Dodge discontinued the sports car for the 2007 model year, but it brought it back a year later. The fourth-generation Viper only lasted until 2010, and it took Chrysler another two years to introduce a fifth-gen version .

Unlike previous models, the new Viper debuted as a coupe only and had its V-10 engine rebuilt into a 8.4-liter. The current output resides at 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful production Chrysler.

Throughout its short-lived career, the Dodge Viper was also a successful race car , winning numerous events and series championships. To honor its racing heritage, Street and Racing Technology (SRT) launched a brand new iteration of the GTS-R race car for the 2014 IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R.

I’m not expecting anyone to agree with me, but I think the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is way cooler than the 2015 Ford Mustang . Sure, the Challenger ’s design is awfully dated when compared to the Mustang, and that platform was introduced eons ago, but I don’t care. All I care about is that huge, nasty HEMI V-8 and the supercharger sitting atop it. And between you and me, Ford somehow managed to dilute the Mustang with the new design.

Anyway, there’s more to the Challenger SRT Hellcat than that 600-plus-horsepower mill. It has a cool name, roars like all hell breaks loose with ease and sports a cool amount of exclusive features. What’s more, it can be had in Dodge ’s brand-new high-impact colors, including the awesome B5 Blue and Sublime Green. All of a sudden it feels like 1971 again. And by the way, did you see the massive integral charge coolers Dodge is dropping in the Hellcat’s engine bay?

If the aforementioned facts, our in-depth review , and the batch of videos released by the automaker aren’t compelling enough for you, then you must have a look at this new Hellcat footage we just stumbled upon. There’s nothing official about it, just a Sublime Green-painted example exiting a driveway. And grunt, a lot of grunt, a pair of rear tires leaving marks on the asphalt, and further proof there’s no actual replacement for displacement!

If you’ve been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, you might recognize this sports car . Why yes, it’s the Bravado Banshee, the getaway car that made its debut in the opening moments of Grand Theft Auto III. The Banshee was always treated simply as a video game car that ultimately became one of the mainstays of GTA.

All that’s about to change now that a real world version of the Banshee has been built, thanks to Rockstar Games’ collaboration with West Coast Customs. It’s only a one-off machine, yet it makes good use of state-of-the-art fabrication technologies to turn it into a true sports car befitting its stature as a bad-ass in the GTA franchise.

One look at the Banshee and you can surmise that it was based on a past version of the Dodge Viper — a 2006 model, to be precise. WCC used molds for the exterior, and cut and machined piece-by-piece to recreate the high-performance look of the video game sports car . And as an added treat, the Banshee’s iconic metallic-blue exterior complete with ice white racing stripe, ensuring that the sports car’s video game looks translated perfectly into the real-world car.

Additionally, the interior is also a sight to behold with the seats upholstered and embroidered with the "Banshee" name and insignia. Likewise, carbon inlays were used on the dashboard, door panels and center console while a multi-speaker premium sound system was installed.

But the best part about this Banshee isn’t so much it’s appeal; it’s the fact that GameStop raffled it off as part of its Epic Rewards Giveaway back in 2013.

Updated 06/02/2014: If you want to drive the Bravado Banshee for real, you will be happy to know that one unit is currently on sale on eBay. The only problem is that it is listed at $170,000

Click past the jump to read more about the 2006 Banshee.

Source: eBay

We have some solid evidence that the Challenger ’s new Hellcat engine will be making a lot more power than people are giving it credit for. What we have here is an exclusive image of the prototype phase of the Hellcat’s intecoolers.

You may be yelling at your monitor right now that many supercharged engines don’t use intercoolers, and you are correct, sort of. When you compress air, it gets hotter. Superchargers traditionally don’t add much boost pressure, so the need for an intercooler is mitigated. The Challenger does have an intercooler system mounted in the front of the car, but the correct term for it in this case is "integral charge cooler."

An integral charge cooler has a very similar function to a normal intercooler, cooling air, but it is integrated into the supercharger system itself. It the last thing the forced air passes through before reaching the engine. This makes sure the air is as cool as possible before combustion to provide the greatest level of power and performance.

This unit here is a water-to-air style cooler, which looks to be larger than most units I have encountered. This suggests that Dodge is likely playing boost levels over the 11 pounds they are quoting, or perhaps an overboost function. As a bonus, even at lower boost levels the cooler air is much more dense, helping the engine to make more power.

Either way, it seems that Dodge still has a few tricks up its sleeve about what the Hellcat is really packing under its hood.

Suddenly Viper -beating horsepower doesn’t seem so unrealistic. Cue the maniacal laughter, folks.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and read more about this integral charge cooler.

We’re pretty much done with the Mustang ’s 50th Anniversary celebrations here in the U.S., but the iconic muscle car is about to get one more birthday party in Europe. The event will occur during the Silverstone Classic in late July, when more than 25 competition-prepped Mustangs take on the famed track in two different races .

To preview the event that we expect to become the world’s largest gathering of race-spec Mustangs on one grid, the folks over at Silverstone Classic have put together a video that pays tribute to the memorable car chase from the "Bullitt" film. Regarded as one of the most influential in movie history, the chase saw a 1968 Mustang driven by Steve McQueen gain on a 1968 Dodge Charger through the streets of Chicago.

Recreated right on the Silverstone track with vehicles that looked similar to those in the movie, the scene is a worthy replica of the "Bullitt" scene with all the drifting and the V-8 revving. It all comes to an abrupt halt near the end, when the Charger "blows up" in a poorly rendered crash. At least they didn’t wreck a perfectly restored classic.

If you’re planning on traveling to Britain for the Mustang races, this year’s Silverstone Classic is scheduled between July 25th through 27th.


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