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“The king of today’s muscle cars .” That’s what Carlos Lago says about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in MotorTrend’s latest episode of Ignition. The crowning comes after much flogging, something the Hellcat is surely used to by now.

A trip to the dyno revealed the Challenger’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 HEMI puts down 671 horsepower at the rear wheels — well within the expected range for parasitic driveline loss. Torque was equally impressive, putting down 606 pound-feet at the wheels.

Of course raw numbers don’t tell the whole story. For that, a trip down a desert road is needed. The Hellcat makes a surprising boulevard cruiser, just like its less-powerful Challenger stablemates. Lago notes the redesigned interior and Uconnect infotainment system make long drives a pleasant experience.

What’s more, the Hellcat’s hellacious 707 horses are well integrated into the car. It doesn’t overwhelm the car at slow speed when just cruising around town, implies Lago. “The car is inching towards being a GT car,” he says.

Handling the abuse the track and drag strip dish out is a big aspect of the Hellcat’s personality. That’s why it’s got some serious intercoolers knocking engine temperatures down. Massive Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers out back help bring things to a stop.

No matter what you think about the Challenger Hellcat, you’ve got to admit it exudes more presence and intimidation than just about anything on the roads today.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is headed to dealerships, but not all dealers will be able to get their hands on the high-powered coupe . As ordering for the Challenger SRT Hellcat begins, Dodge is switching up its allocation methods, turning it into a competition among dealerships to see which ones are able to to sell the most Dodge vehicles within the last 180 days. Yup. The more you sell, the better chance you get of securing more Challenger SRTs for your customers.

Then in December 2014, Dodge will issue a second allocation calculation based on the previous 90-days’ sales performance on top of the traditional 30-day inventory turn.

Dodge brand head Tim Kuniskis told Automotive News that this new system will reward dealerships that take the time to sell as many Dodge models as they can get. “You sell a lot of Darts for me, Journeys for me, Durangos for me, I’m going to give you the rights to this one, too, because this is a halo of the brand,” Kuniskis added.

In the future, Dodge will also begin implementing a system that measures how many days the Challenger Hellcat stays on the lot. According to Kuniskis, that would be a big factor in the allocation of the model to dealerships moving forward. Simply put, the longer a Challenger Hellcat stays on the lot, the less future Hellcat models that dealership receives.

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There was a lot of panic when rumors about Dodge planning to produce only 1,200 units of its impressive Challenger Hellcat SRT a year surfaced. Fortunately, Chrysler was quick to deny it, leaving the HEMI-powered Hellcat available to just about anyone. Well, anyone who’s willing to part with $60,990 for a muscle car, that is! If the Hellcat is on your to-buy list this fall, then it’s time you start building it, as Dodge has just fired up the car’s online configurator.

As expected, the Hellcat is far from being a Mini Cooper as far as personalization is concerned, but there is a handful of exterior colors and options you can choose from. As far as exterior extras go, Dodge offers a set of 275/40ZR20 summer performance tires for $395, a power sunroof for $1,195, and a Satin Black aluminum hood with functional vents for $995. Inside, buyers have to come up with $695 for a Uconnect system that has more than just AM/FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. A set of red seat belts will set you back $95, while premium Laguna leather seats will fetch an extra $1,795.

Only two options are available in the drivetrain department. If you’re not into shifting your own gears, the standard six-speed manual can be replaced by the available TorqueFlite, eight-speed automatic. The unit costs $1,995. The second option is an engine block heater priced at $95. Dodge also offers plenty of exterior and interior color options. Read on to find out more about that.

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Dodge has recently announced the new GT and TA 2.0 Special Edition trim levels, a modest five-horsepower increase, a one-mpg jump on the EPA’s highway rating, and a significant price drop across the board for the V-10-powerwed 2015 Viper. However, something was still missing: a roadster. It seems like this may not be an issue much longer, as rumors of the drop-top Dodge are swirling with increasing frequency.

When the fifth-generation Viper came out for 2013, it defied Viper tradition by not offering a roadster version. Heck, the first-generation Viper was only offered as an open-top roadster. Dodge has said in the past the fifth-gen Viper was designed with a roadster version in mind, having been made with extra structural supports integrated into the design from the start, but we have yet to see it.

It’s likely slow initial sales that made Dodge and (SRT ) hold off on investing the extra cash on roadster production, allowing sales of the current cars to increase. Unfortunately, that never happened. Unlike hotcakes, the Viper continued to sell more like stale bread at a gas station. Perhaps Dodge will just bite the bullet and build the roadster version in hopes that increased sales will happen. Combine the drop-top with the $15,000 drop in price – along with the other improvements – and the Viper just might make a rebound. And in anticipation of the possible Dodge Viper Roaster, we created a rendering to help give you an idea of what to expect.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Dodge Viper Roadster.

Except for the first-generation model, which was only offered as a roadster, the Dodge Viper has been sold in both coupe and convertible body styles. At least until 2010, when the fourth-generation model was discontinued and the nameplate axed. The current generation was launched only as a coupe, and although Ralph Gilles stated the platform was stiff enough to spawn a convertible, no fifth-generation Viper roadster has been built as of September 2014. That could soon change, according to Auto News’ report that Dodge is planning to introduce a convertible for the 2016 model year.

We already know the Viper is in for a refresh in the second half of 2015, as Fiat Chrysler Automobile confirmed it earlier in 2014 through its product timeline, but there’s no official word on a roadster version of the "snake." Add the fact that Auto News doesn’t rely on a specific source, and we definitely need a grain of salt with this report.

What we do know for a fact is that the Viper’s refresh in late 2015 will bring a power boost that will be more significant than the five ponies added to the 2015 model. We expect to see Dodge squeeze more power out of its 8.4-liter V-10, putting the 2016 Viper at around 660 horses.

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Although the current-generation Dodge Viper is anything but slow, Chrysler has been struggling to sell its halo car ever since it launched it in late 2012. Viper sales have been so low throughout 2013 and 2014 that Dodge even had to halt production for two months and lay off 91 employees. The Viper’s struggle continues through 2014, with some 600 unsold units on dealer lots, which is why Dodge has decided to knock $15,000 off the sticker price in order to spur sales.

The discount is available for all unsold 2014 model year Vipers and incoming 2015 Vipers, putting their MSRP at $84,995. But the good news doesn’t stop here. In addition to this discount, Dodge is also offering $15,000 coupons to recent gen-five — 2013 to 2014 model year — Viper buyers who want to trade their model in on a 2014 or 2015 Viper . All told, if you own either a 2013 or 2014 Viper, you can essentially purchase a brand-new, updated model for $69,995 after the price cut and trade-in incentive. Quite the bargain, huh?

Cutting $15,000 off the sticker is just one step toward improving Viper sales. The company is also planning to open Viper sales to all Dodge dealers and market the sports car with the rest of the lineup and not as a stand-alone SRT vehicle. More than 2,300 Dodge dealers will be able to sell the 2015 Viper.

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The Dodge Viper saga began in 1991, when Chrysler introduced the semi-supercar commonly known as the modern-day Cobra. The production model was based on a concept car showcased in 1989 and carried an 8.0-liter, V-10 engine under its long hood. Sold as a roadster at first, the Viper gained a coupe version in 1996, when the second-gen car was unveiled. Numerous upgrades were implemented until 2010, including a displacement increase to 8.3 liters and an output update to more than 500 horsepower, when the Viper was discontinued after four generations only to return as the SRT Viper in 2013. Heading into 2015, the SRT and Dodge brands have again become one, allowing the Dodge Viper SRT to return.

When the Viper returned under the SRT brand, it arrived with a redesigned body and a slightly larger engine. Enlarged to displace 8.4 liters, the V-10 powerplant delivered 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, a figure that remained unchanged until 2014. Going into 2015, the iconic Viper remains pretty much the same, save for the name change, a five-pony power bump, and various, but minor interior and exterior upgrades.

Updated 07/28/2014: New details on the 2015 Dodge Viper report that the sports car will deliver an additional five horsepower over the 2014 SRT version. The only question is if the 645 horsepower will help boost the very poor sales of the sports car. (Road And Track)

Updated 09/08/2014: Dodge announced that the 2015 Viper will go on sale at a price of $84,995 - which represents a reduction of $15k over the previous year.

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The Dodge Viper - or is it SRT Viper - hasn’t exploded the way Dodge had hoped for. The hype and attention being thrown in the direction of the Charger and Challenger Hellcat models hasn’t helped the Viper win any brownie points either. It’s a shame because the Viper’s a really intense sports car . Fortunately, Dodge has thrown the Viper a bone of sorts by introducing a special Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition that should give the sports car the shine it deserves.

The Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition is limited to just 40 units. It’s probably going to sell out quickly given its exclusive status. But merely being ‘exclusive’ isn’t what makes this model special.

The Ceramic Blue paint finish gives the Viper GTS a special kind of shine. Add the black stripes and the set of five-spoked “Rattler” wheels finished in Black Vapor Chrome and this Viper GTS suddenly looks like a crowd-pleasing, road-blazing terror on four wheels.

Hyperbole aside, the Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition fits a need for the Viper, which hasn’t met the kind of sales volume Dodge intended it to have.

Dodge needs to give the Viper a fresh look, especially after the attention the Hellcat twins have received the past month. Maybe the Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition is the answer. But at the very least, it’s a step in the right direction for a sports car that hasn’t received the credit it deserves.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition Package.

We all know how awesome the Challenger Hellcat is. We also know that thanks to its 707 horsepower supercharged V-8 it has some issues with traction. So what happens if you find yourself out and about with a Hellcat, and the heavens have poured gallons of the wet stuff onto the roadways? Well if this new video from /Drive is anything to go by, you will be very sideways and you will giggle a lot.

At the recent launch for Dodge’s new performance darling, they brought all the journalists to Portland, Oregon, where it rains — a lot. What ends up happening is a lot of track time on a soaked surface. Matt Farah is our wheelman for this episode and he spends lots of time in a drift, and lots of time with a smile on his face.

If you are like me and you love to see to top-notch hooligan antics, just go ahead and hit that play button. Don’t forget to turn that volume up; the engine audio in this video is particularly good, and you get lots of that deep grumble and lovely supercharger whine.

Enjoy.

Now that the Hellcat engine and its 707 horsepower has been introduced, it’s safe to say the 2015 Challenger is the most powerful, factory-build muscle car. But while the ink is still wet on the Challenger Hellcat and its outstanding performance figures, a brand-new concept is here to give Chrysler’s muscle car a totally new meaning. Meet the Challenger A/T Concept, the all-terrain pony that could put a Jeep Wrangler to shame.

Created by Joey Ruiter, the man behind several off-road vehicle, bike and even power boat projects, the Challenger A/T is still a concept car. However, the proposition is not just some silly idea thrown around just for kicks, but a highly customized Challenger that’s now capable to run across the desert alongside the Ford SVT Raptor . Will we be able to buy such a contraption at a Chrysler dealership? Not likely, but it’s a great idea to start from if you want to go dirt racing in a massive coupe like Dodge Challenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger A/T Concept.


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