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After holding the record for the fastest rear-wheel-drive police car, the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit also became the fastest-ever recorded all-wheel drive model. The result was obtained at Michigan State Police’s (MSP) annual Police Vehicle Evaluation earlier this week at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich.

The 2014 Charger Pursuit recorded the fastest lap time at 1:33.85 and the fastest average lap time of 1:34.75.

What’s more, the 2014 Charger Pursuit was the only car that was capable of achieving a sub-1:34 lap time. This if proof that it delivers the best combination of acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics. The new time obtained by the 2014 Charger Pursuit comes to complement the previous record-setting, 1:33.70 lap time obtained by the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 rear-wheel-drive.

The 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD will be offered to to law enforcement customers in the Spring of 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Collections come in various shapes, forms and sizes, with some even being more expensive than others. That’s nothing in the auto industry where you have people with the financial resources to collect some of the expensive vehicles in the world.

But when it comes to Dodge Vipers , this couple from Texas trumps all of them — by a lot.

Apparently, they’re every bit the passionate Viper fans they make themselves out to be. In the past seven years, they’ve taken a significant chunk of their wealth and used them to buy Vipers. Not just one, two, or even 10 models.

65 models, in fact.

D’Ann and Wayne Rauh are the proud owners of 65 Dodge and SRT Vipers, a collection that could arguably be the largest Viper collection in the world. Now, there might some Middle Eastern man that has an equally huge — maybe even larger — collection out there, but for what it’s worth, the Rauh’s collection of Vipers is pretty incredible.

What makes their collection all the more impressive is that it only started its Viper collection in 2006 when they brought their first model. Soon thereafter, one model turned into two and two turned into four. Seven years later, their garage has just about every Viper you can think of, including the 2010 SRT10 ACR-X which isn’t even street legal.

Now that’s how you turn a fascination into downright obsession.

Click past the jump to read about the latest Viper of the lot, the 2013 SRT Viper

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A few significant updates mark out the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT, but boy are they hard to find in this old-looking package. An active air intake and modified lifters join new adaptive dampers and finally some wheel-mounted paddles for the aging AutoStick transmission.

The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 now brings a round 470 count for both horsepower and torque, with a new SRT badge to replace the previous SRT8 labels. This change extends across the entire Chrysler lineup for 2014, where the SRT Grand Cherokee is the first to use a high-torque version of the company’s new ZF transmission.

The Charger SRT carries on with the older five-speed automatic, which is one of the only automatic transmissions from any automaker that can send nearly 500 horsepower to just the back wheels. Worth remembering is that this exact automatic is also a fixture on the SL65 AMG and a few other torque monsters, despite lacking a few gear ratios versus Mercedes ’ new nine-speed auto.

Active cruise control and a few other safety innovations join the Charger SRT for 2014, as does the Super Bee package in a variety of yellow or non-yellow colors. The Super Bee lacks much of the style and tech available on the SRT Premium, which is now a de facto 392 Core with available xenon lights and active mufflers that are not offered on the Super Bee.

Are paddle shifters and the active intake enough to keep the Charger SRT fighting fit versus the Taurus SHO and the forthcoming Chevrolet SS?

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT, with info on all its tech and performance updates.

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 probably based on a past version of the Dodge Viper . 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 the Banshee isn’t so much it’s appeal; it’s the fact that GameStop is offering the chance to win this one-of-a-kind vehicle as part of its Epic Rewards Giveaway. All you have to do, given you are a Power Up Rewards Member, is follow the instructions on the GameStop website and see if your name is drawn.

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Click past the jump to watch the first official trailer of the latest GTA game, Grand Theft Auto V

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It might be easy to be down on the noticeable lack of changes on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT. Then again, this is the Challenger , a car that looks like it could run the streets during the 70s and still pass of as a modern-day muscle maven.

That’s always been the appeal of the Challenger. It’s got a timeless design that belies the honking piece of awesomeness under its hood. For 2014, we’re still treated to a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s still a lot of horses, at least more than its counterparts from Ford and Chevrolet (hello, Mustang and Camaro !).

So continue enjoying the Challenger, fellas. The 2014 Challenger SRT offers everything you’d want in a muscle car, retro looks included. There might not be a whole lot of additions relative to recent models, but the nostalgia of sitting in a modern-day muscle car with timeless looks is enough to justify the love it deserves.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT

Dodge’s attempt to re-inject some life to the Journey looks to have paid off with the 2013 model. Although that’s not much of a stretch, given the mediocrity that plagued its past iterations, you have to give credit to Dodge for giving the Journey all the necessary tools - and then some - to be able to properly compete against a competitive market segment.

So, yeah, the 2013 Journey is a lot better than its past namesakes and while it still can’t be considered a "class-leader," it’s made huge enough strides to be treated with respect and attention.

The 2013 Journey’s reasonably sporty feel, combined with impressive looks and refined interior makes it an SUV worth your time and money. And, oh by the way, it now comes with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces arguably one of the highest outputs of any SUV in its class.

For those looking to have a family-friendly SUV with a hidden thirst for power lurking underneath, the 2013 Journey is as good a choice as any.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Journey

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Dodge unveiled the Avenger to the North American market back in 1995 as a two-door coupe. The model was produced until 2000 when Dodge decided to replace it with the Stratus coupe. Dodge used the Avenger name once again in 2007, but this time it was a sedan. The model remained untouched until 2011 when Dodge offered a small revision.

The current Avenger won the IIHS "Top Safety Pick" from 2009 to 2012, thanks to a very long list of standard safety and high-tech features that offer the driver and passenger the safest ride in the segment. There is also the V-6 engine which transforms it into the most powerful V-6 midsize sedan.

For the 2013 model year, the Avenger continues to remain unchanged. There is a choice of three trims — SE, SXT and the R/T — and the latter adds a sporty exterior look and a highly equipped interior. There is also a special Avenger Blacktop Edition , which adds an enhanced exterior look.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Avenger.

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The Dodge Challenger SXT models bring all the muscle-car intimidation factor of their pricier peers, plus a heavy dose of American full-size, rear-wheel-drive coupe swagger.

The Challenger SXT is actually nimble and quick, despite its V-6 powerplant. The Pentastar engine is good for 305 horsepower and a 6.8-second sprint to 60 mph. With a base price of under $26,000, this lovable retro coupe is a desirable option for many shoppers.

The Challenger SXT lineup comes in three flavors: SXT, SXT Plus and SXT Rallye Redline. All three come standard with a respectable feature list that includes 18- or 20-inch black chrome wheels, a five-speed autobox and thumping audio options.

The future is bright for this big-boned rear-drive muscle car, with plans for a hardcore 2015 SRT Barracuda spin-off and even a possible Chrysler luxury soft-top cabrio for the next generation of downsized models spun off this platform.

The big girl herself looks set to keep the current package until 2015, with possible light tweak to the headlights and eight-speed auto likely the only changes to keep it competitive until well into 2017.

How does the value side of the Challenger range compare with the Ford Mustang , Chevrolet Camaro and the wildcard Subaru BRZ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Dodge Challenger V-6 SXT and SXT Plus, with info on the optional SXT Rallye Redline package’s amazing polished and painted inner wheels and the available Mopar T-handle gear level.

SRT has unveiled at the Spring Fest the special-edition Charger SRT 392 - a model limited to only 392 units that hit showrooms earlier this year. It is available in five exterior colors: Bright White, Billet Silver, Plum Crazy, HEMI Orange, and TorRed.

Far more than just adding some color to the already unabashedly charismatic Charger SRT, the 392 Package also gives the muscle car some added attitude. Not that it needs ay more attitude, but when you’re in a market that also includes the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro , any sort of extra sizzle is a wonderful thing.

No performance modifications are included in the Charger SRT 392 package but that’s not why you’re going to spend another $2,495 to avail of the add-on. The Charger SRT 392 package is all about turning the Dodge muscle car from frighteningly awesome to frighteningly awesome with some spitting attitude to boot.

Click past the jump to read about the Dodge Charger SRT 392.

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Chrysler has unveiled the first details on a new limited-edition vehicle set to be unveiled at next month’s Chicago Auto Show. The new Mopar ’13 Dodge Dart will join the current lineup of limited-edition vehicles offered by Mopar: Mopar ’10 Dodge Challenger , Mopar ’11 Dodge Charger and Mopar ’12 Chrysler 300 .

This special Dart will be distinguished by a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes, plus a very cool aerodynamic kit and an updated interior.

The new Dodge Dart Mopar ’13 will be limited to only 500 units, and will be put into production this spring at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois. Each customer will also get a limited-edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand.

Updated 01/31/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

UPDATE 06/13/13: Dodge has released pricing details for the Dart Mopar ’13. Click past the jump to read at least how much it’s going to cost you to own one.
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