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Dodge used the "Shaker" name for the first time in 1970s when it unveiled a special hood for the Challenger . This special Shaker hood featured large air intakes that protruded from an opening in the center of the sheet metal and shook right along with the with the nasty 426 HEMI engine.

Now, the Shaker name returns for the 2014 model year on a limited-run Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, which is just one of the many models that Dodge and Mopar are showing off at the 2013 SEMA Show .

In the true spirit of the model launched in the 1970s, the new Challenger Shaker features the famed "Shaker" hood with a set of nostrils popping out of the center. It also gains an updated exterior look and the ability to increase the engine’s output with the new "Scat Packages."

The new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker will rumble their way into showrooms in the first-quarter of 2014 at a a reasonable $36,995. The bad news is that Dodge will only pony up 1,000 units, so get to ordering.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.

The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service Vehicle returns with some new and updated features that help it fight crime, fires, or whatever else you can throw at it. Available for police , fire, and general fleet customers, the full-size SUV offers best-in-class power and an array of new dashboard gadgetry that includes TFT and touch screen displays.

Offered with either the 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8, the Durango SSV comes with Chrysler ’s new eight-speed, rotary-dial-controlled, transmission. Both engines lay down impressive stats, but on opposite ends of the spectrum. The V-6 is estimated to get 25 mpg and have a range of 600 miles; meanwhile, the HEMI can tow 7,400 pounds.

Expecting the Durango SSV would get abused, Dodge outfits them with heavy-duty brakes, heavy-duty battery, a larger-output 220-amp alternator, heavy-duty water pump, engine oil cooler, and a load-leveling suspension. Other options include skid plates on AWD models, backup camera, tow package, engine block heater and Uconnect.

All SSV Durangos have their third row seats removed for added cargo room, and come with extra under-floor storage compartments. Illuminating the interior is a red and white dome lamp while the outside gets the Durango’s standard LED daytime running lamps and rear ‘race track’ taillights. It also comes prewired for an A-pillar spotlight.

Standard Electronic Stability Control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist, Trailer-sway Control, Rain Brake Support, and Ready Alert Braking help keep the Durango’s shiny side up while chasing perps and putting out fires.

Dodge is taking orders for the 2014 Durango SSV and production is already underway at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

Click past the jump for more information on the 2014 Dodge Durango SSV

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If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.

Topping its past SEMA showcar roster , it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.

This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.

The first teaser images revealed today show:

Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.

The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.

"Muh Puh Guh’s?"

Anchorman 2’s Ron Burgundy is rocking a new Durango R/T in the latest set of hilarious ads from Dodge.

There’s a whole series of ads featuring Burgundy tell us what makes the Durango such a special ride. In addition to boasting a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, Burgundy also touts the Durango’s standard ‘thermoplastic’ glovebox door.

Ron calculates the standard dashboard cubby’s size and versatility. The glovebox boasts of a 0.1 cubic feet of storage, a 12-volt light bulb, and can comfortably fits two turkey sandwiches.

Only Ron Burgundy can deliver the 1980s gameshow feel of Anchorman 2, in theaters this winter.

Click past the jump to see Ron shill for the 2014 Durango R/T at his new business, Burgundy Dodge.

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While the new SRT Viper is struggling to find suitable buyers, the previous-generation Dodge Viper still is still getting plenty of attention. For example, Racing Solutions is now offering an impressive list of upgrades for the fourth-gen Viper.

The tuner offers two different set of upgrades. For between $34,950 and $74,950, depending on options, customers can opt for the RSI Twin Turbo Street Systems that increases the engine’s power to 750 rear-wheel horsepower on the stock engine, 1,000-plus horsepower at the rear wheels on regular gas, and 1,100-plus rear-wheel horsepower on racing fuel. All three levels are downright awesome when considering the base fourth-gen Viper’s 8.4-liter engine hit 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.

The RSI Twin Turbo Street Systems includes a pair of 62 mm Presision turbos with blow-off valves, wastegates and piping, a Racing Solutions Fuel System with triple fuel pumps, billet fuel rails, RSI injectors and braided fuel lines, an engine management system update, and custom wiring.

Customers can opt for an RSI blueprinted and balanced shortblock with a custom crankshaft, connecting rods, camshaft. pistons, wrist pins and spiral locks, bearings, and head studs. Additional tuning includes optional RSI cylinder heads, T&D roller rockers, valve springs, ported intake and oversized valves.

Buyers can also update the driveline with a billet-carbon, triple-disc clutch; a spec-built transmission; a custom-spec differential; and racing-spec rear axles.

Along with the engine upgrade, this package also includes RSI badges, painted engine bay and custom floor mats.

Click past the jump to read more about the fourth-generation Dodge Viper.

SRT Viper

When SRT decided to bring back the Viper , the hope was that the sports car would usher in a new era for the famed model.

But so far, all the expectations have turned into nothing more than disappointment because the Viper isn’t selling as fast as SRT and Chrysler would have wanted.

According to Automotive News, Chrysler has taken the surprising step of cutting back on production of the sports car because of sputtering sales. The original plan was to produce 2,000 units annually, but after eight months in dealerships, the company has only sold 426 units, leaving 565 unsold units in stock, representing a 289-day supply.

Despite the car’s sales struggles, SRT CEO, Ralph Giles, is still confident that the Viper’s sales will eventually pick up early next year, but it certainly goes without saying that this development is a huge blow to the stature of the Viper.

It shouldn’t come down to this for one of America’s greatest sports cars, but the fact that it has should give the company cause to pause on why consumers just aren’t as bullish on the sports car as they once were.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 SRT Viper

Source: Auto News
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The latest Dodge Charger Pursuit just spanked its two arch-rivals in another high-speed test session by the Michigan State Police , whose data and recommendations are highly regarded in the law enforcement community. And can you blame them for choosing the only model running a Hemi V-8 to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic?

You read that right. The latest Charger is not only on the police order books as a rear-drive V-6 and V-8, but now also with the V-8 to all four wheels.

This is big news because it effectively makes the Charger Pursuit as one of the fastest cars on American highways — year round. With a powertrain and seamless AWD system offered for the V-8, the Charger is hotter than ever below its menacing panels.

No big changes outside since the 2012 refresh brought and updated nose and the full LED racetrack of brake lights in back. Even so, the numerous combinations of police-ready trims are enough to make even a grown man tinkle himself a little when viewed in the rearview mirror.

Such a mean grille surely lets any driver know that a big ticket is coming. Why? The Charger is most popular among money-generating State Highway Patrols versus the boring Tahoe and Taurus Interceptor PPV ’s run by suburban mall cops.

The big Charger Pursuit in your rearview means no chance of escape. The old Pursuit Hemi was able to char the freeways at 160 mph-plus top speed, with a 60 mph sprint now projected to be as low as 5.7 seconds for the AWD Hemi.

What red-blooded cop would turn down this as a daily driver?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit, with details on its newly-available AWD on the potent Hemi V-8.

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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.


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