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Having already introduced the Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car and the Dodge Challenger Sportsman for the 2014 season earlier this year, Mopar has just unveiled its brand new 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock race car .

Slated to replace the Dodge Avenger Pro Stock, the brand’s most successful Pro Stock class vehicle ever with 24 NHRA titles and consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013, the 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock benefits from a similar carbureted Hemi V-8 heart as its predecessor.

Naturally, the Pro Stock car has very little in common with the road car, being developed on a virtual platform and wearing a body that has been put through aerodynamic wind tunnel testing at Chrysler’s facility in Auburn Auburn Hills. Aside from some "production-based technology and tools" and its name, the Dart Pro Stock is a long way from embodying the compact sedan you might encounter on your daily route.

As expected, driving duties were handed over to Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Allen Johnson. The former is none other than the defending title holder and five-time Pro Stock champion, while the latter won the class in the Dodge Avenger the year before. A third Dart driven by NHRA veteran Vieri Gaines will join the pack in a few weeks.

While unveiling the new race car, Mopar also announced it has extended its partnership with high-tech component manufacturer Magneti Marelli. Known for their involvement with Formula One, the Italians will act as Mopar’s primary sponsor and will adorn Allen Johnson’s car throughout the 2014 season.

Looking back at what the Avenger Pro Stock dragster has achieved over the past couple of years, the Dart has some pretty big shoes to fill. Will it succeed? It remains to be seen as the 2014 NHRA season has only started a month ago. All we know is the Dart Pro Stock made a successful debut at the Gatornationals in Florida this weekend, where Allen Johnson took the top spot with a lightning-fast 6.566-second quarter mile time at 211.73 miles per hour.

Now if only road-going Darts would be that fast...

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The next few years will be rather exciting, as the pony car war heats up with three updated models. We’ve already reported the deep details of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang and more recently the 2016 Chevy Camaro with its new underpinnings. But what has Dodge been up to? Well, apparently it’s developing a supercharged version of its mighty HEMI engine and calling it the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Reports are uncertain on whether the 6.2-liter V-8 or the updated 6.4-liter engine will be the recipient of forced induction, but either way, the added power will be a welcomed addition. We also expect the Challenger to undergo some significant visual updates for the 2015 model year, helping it compete against its two refreshed rivals. More specifically, the Hellcat will likely challenge the Camaro Z/28 and outgoing Shelby GT500 in both performance and price, coming in at $70,000 to $80,000.

In the shaky and distorted spy video above, the Challenger is seen with camouflaged front and rear fascias, and with an updated, more luxurious interior. We’re not expecting the updates or even the supercharger to rocket the Challenger into the trio’s sales leader, but the changes will help Challenger sales to remain steady. Chrysler sold just over 50,000 Challengers in 2013.

All the development money spent on the Hellcat project likely won’t be relegated to one Chrysler car either. Rumor has it the supercharged mill will find its way into the upcoming and also refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger. Though unlike the 6.4-liter HEMI shared between the 300 SRT and Charger SRT, the Hellcat is said to miss the 300.

Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker

Dodge has quickly learned that it’s got a very hot product on it hands with the 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker model as all 2,000 units were snatched up within four days of the order books opening on January 7th.

First seen at last year’s SEMA show , the Shaker edition of the popular Challenger adds the throwback “Shaker” hood scoop and a swanky retro graphics package. The design harks back to the 1970 Challenger R/T that became a cult classic with help from the 1971 film Vanishing Point.

The Shaker hood scoop is perched atop Dodge’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and is free to shake through the open cutout in the Challenger’s hood as the 375 horsepower, 410 pound-feet of torque engine snarls below. The satin-black scoop matches the stripes running along the center of the car and the rear deck-lid spoiler. With the Shaker package also comes the Super Track Pak that includes upgraded steering gear, upgraded brake linings and monotube shocks. Goodyear Eagle F1 tires sized in 245/45R20 are easily morphed into billowing clouds of burning rubber.

Dodge hasn’t given estimates on any performance gains from the Shaker cold air upgrade, but we imagine both the horsepower and torque outputs benefit – even if ever so slightly – from having the Shaker installed. Dodge also isn’t saying whether it will produce more Shaker models to match the obvious demand. Honestly, it would be silly not to. The whole kit adds $2,500 to the price of a Challenger R/T Classic, which brings the base price to $36,995 before any (probable) dealer mark-ups.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.

The 2008 Dodge Viper ACR may be long-in-the-tooth compared to some of the more modern sports cars around, including the SRT Viper, but that doesn’t mean the old-timer has lost any of its magic.

As this video clearly shows, the 2008 Viper ACR still has some bite left in it on the drag strip, chalking an impressive quarter-mile time of just a little over 11 seconds. 11 seconds for a car that’s seen at least six calendar flips? Well done, sir!

A lot of cars on the road today still can’t boast of breaking that number, but even at six years old, the 2008 Viper is far from an old-timer, just a sports car that knows how to get up and blast along a strip like only it can.

It’s a nice video to watch just so we’re all reminded how fast and powerful the Viper ACR was and apparently, continues to be.

We’ve already shown you the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT and Chrysler 300 SRT Satin Vapor Editions, and now we present the last of the special edition trio, the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Satin Vapor Edition.

Just like the other two Mopars, the Challenger is left mechanically stock with this appearance package, but that’s not a bad thing. Its classic 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 (That’s a 392 for you cubic-inch guys) sends a raucous 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 and quarter mile times remain the same at 4.4 seconds and 12.8 Seconds at 115 mph, respectively.

The differences here are only skin deep. Unique 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum split five-spoke wheels get a black satin chrome finish with massive red Brembo calipers hugging the huge vented rotors just behind. Satin-black mirrors and a satin-black fuel door stand out, while grey "392 HEMI" badges remind on-lookers of what evil lurks under the long, double-scooped hood. And just like the other two, the Challenger comes with its own set of unique exterior colors: Bright White, TorRed, Header Orange, and Graphite.

Charcoal-colored Nappa leather seats with ultra-suede inserts, along with the instrument cluster treated with a mini-carbon bezel help set the interior apart from lesser Challenger SRTs.

Adding the Satin Vapor Edition package to a new Challenger will cost and extra $1,700 beyond the SRT’s $40,485 MSRP and it will be in showrooms the second quarter of this year.

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

The Charger SRT is one of the sickest sedans available today, there is no question about that. But some buyers just need a little extra aesthetic oomph to make them happy. Well, SRT was happy to cater to these discerning buyers by releasing an all-new Satin Vapor Edition at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show .

There are no performance mods under the hood, so expect the Charger SRT to carry the same 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that gets down with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of twist. You also get the same 23 mph on the highway, thanks to the active valve exhaust system and Fuel Saver Technology — a mode that mechanically and electrically shuts down four of the eight cylinders.

What this new package does net you is a ton of aesthetic upgrades, including 20-by-9-inch aluminum wheels in a split-five-spoke design and coated in Black Satin Vapor Chrome, a Satin Black Super Bee tail graphic, a Satin Black roof and center sections on the hood, Satin Black mirrors and spoiler, grey "392 HEMI badges," and red Brembo brake calipers. Buyers can choose from four available colors with this package: Bright White, TorRed, Header Orange and Graphite.

SRT didn’t just update the exterior either, as the inside received a healthy dose of updates to go along with the upgraded exterior. These updates include a Nappa leather seats with ultra-suede inserts for superior softness and a Uconnect Media Center with an 8.4-inch LED touchscreen.

This package will set you back an extra $2,330 on the MSRP of the Charger SRT, which totals out to a starting price of $46,715. It’ll hit showrooms in the second quarter of 2014.

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

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Dodge will expand its Journey lineup with the addition of a new Crossroad version that it will unveil at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show . It comes just a few weeks after Dodge announced that 2013 model year was the Journey’s best sales year ever, and Dodge hopes that this new version of the model will enjoy the same success as the rest of the Journey lineup.

The new Journey Crossroad will be distinguished by a specially designed front and rear fascia, platinum chrome and black elements, plus a series of updates for the interior. The only problem is that the model comes with pretty much no upgrades under the hood, so the customers will have to choose between the usual four-cylinder and V-6 engines.

The new Dodge Journey Crossroad will be placed between the current SXT and Limited models in the Journey lineup and will be priced from $24,995. Sales will begin later this spring.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad.

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Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

Chrysler revealed the current 6.4-liter, HEMI V-8 engine back in 2005, but it didn’t see use until the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 rolled out. Since then, the engine has found itself under the hoods of many Chrysler vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 SRT8 , Dodge Charger SRT8 , Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 .

Now, SRT president and CEO Ralph Gilles said that the company is considering replacing the current HEMI engine, but not before the end of the decade. And that’s because customers are still very much in love with the HEMI engine, but research also revealed that customers would also accept some changes in the lineup.

In a recent interview, Gilles said: "We are only making it because our customers want it. They love it. They love how it sounds, how simple it is, the elegance of it, it’s so reliable, and the torque."

When the current HEMI is replaced, you wouldn’t be surprised to see that SRT will decide to offer something other than a naturally aspirated V-8. This leads us to the possibility of smaller-displacement, turbocharged engines. This allows SRT to offer more powerful engines — on paper, that is — and reduced fuel consumption.

Click past the jump to read more about the current HEMI 6.4 liter V-8 engine.

Source: CarAdvice
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We are pretty sure that Dodge is preparing an impressive line of vehicles for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , but it is keeping it under wraps for the most part..

Dodge did, however, reveal the details on one Detroit-bound model: a 2014 Dart SXT with the Blacktop package. This is not the first Dodge to carry this package, as we’ve seen the same package added to the Durango , Charger R/T , Challenger R/T and Avenger .

The new Blacktop package will be applied to the 2014 Dart SXT models equipped with the Rallye Appearance Group. This new package adds just $295 to the Dart SXT with Rallye Appearance Group, meaning that customers will have to pay a total of $19,285 to acquire one. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2014.

Just like with all the other models equipped with the Blacktop package, the new Dart will include unique wheels, select exterior colors, gloss-black accents throughout and unique interior details.

Under the hood is a 2.4-liter, MultiAir Tigershark engine that produces 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet. of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop.

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What happens when you pit a Dodge Challenger SRT8 against a big and heavy luxury limousine? Any rational person would bet heavily on the lighter Challenger, but there is on small exception about the nearly 4,700-pound competitor... it happens to be the Alpine B7 with a snarling V-8 under its hood. Now, that seems like a fair challenge, but that weight difference is a tough one to overcome.

So, here we have two V-8-powered cars; one is a coupe that is built to go fast and the other is a comfortable saloon that also has a little muscle behind it. The Challenger ’s 6.4-liter V-8 puts out a very respectable 470 horsepower, but the 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 under the BMW Alpina B7 ’s hood makes 540 German-engineered horsepower. Now things are looking a little better matched...

So, who wins: raw American muscle or the nearly 550-horsepower luxury rig that is at a 500-pound disadvantage? Watch the above video to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Alpina B7


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