Chrysler announced a voluntary recall for 2013 Dodge Challenger models equipped with a V-6 engine and produced during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24, 2013. The recall affects a total of 4,459 vehicles, of which approximately 1,900 are in dealer hands and 2,500 units have already been delivered to customers.
According to the official statement, the units recalled are affected by a potential short circuit that could cause a wire harness to overheat and possibly lead to fire. This problem has already led to seven such incidents, but luckily no one was hurt.
Chrysler announced that the affected owners will be contacted by phone or mail and will be asked to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles until; it is repaired by a local dealer. Also, Chrysler is advising its clients not to park their vehicles in or near any structures.
Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8 models will enter the 2013 model year with the addition of two new exterior colors: Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange combined with full-length dual center stripes. Dodge also offers a series of updates for both the exterior and the interior.
The SRT8 392 version has been further enhanced by the addition of a series of new and improved high-tech performance features, including an expanded adaptive-damping suspension that allows for three-mode selectable suspension tuning. Unfortunately, no updates have been made under the hood, so both the R/T and SRT8 392 versions keep their usual HEMI V-8 engines.
What you will get for the 2013 model year are two new, well, new-old colors: Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange. And just as it should be, these iconic colors are only available in the R/T and SRT8 392 models, so purists won’t have to lose their minds at the sight of a Plum Crazy or HEMI Orange V-6 model…
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8 392.
Dodge is expanding its lineup by offering a series of new "Core" models that have been inspired by models like Charger SRT8 Super Bee and SRT Viper. The first model announced is the new Challenger SRT8 "Core" priced at $38,995 - significantly lower than the SRT8 392 models, which are priced at $45,125.
This huge difference on price is given by the fact that the new Core edition has been "designed and built with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind," meaning that it eliminates all those fancy features you have been used to in an attempt to keep the price as low as possible.
The new Challenger SRT8 "Core" Edition adds a standard premium "Ballistic" cloth interior from the new SRT Viper, SRT-tuned sport suspensions and distinctive exterior accents, like a black grille and black SRT rear spoiler, plus two new exterior colors: Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core".
When Dodge unveiled the new Dart GT, a lot of Dodge enthusiasts were pretty disappointed because they were waiting for the long-rumored R/T variant. Since the GT’s release, Dodge has made it quite clear that it is not a replacement for the R/T and that such a model will still be offered in a near future.
This decision to offer the GT was made because Dodge hopes to boost its sales with the new Dart and more variants of the car will help it head in this direction. According to Dodge officials, the new GT version will attract more males to the compact market, which, of course, translates into improved sales.
As for the “R/T” badge, SRT President and CEO Ralph Gilles announced it sitting on ice waiting for something "more aggressive, more special." Still, you shouldn’t expect something similar to the Charger R/T and Challenger R/T because those two models have set the bar pretty high. Rather, the upcoming Dart R/T will just try to "go back to where that name really means something."
Until the R/T version arrives on the market, Dart will continue to improve but Dodge is not "going to pursue a high-performance model," because sales is everything they care about right now. Following the R/T’s announcement, we will then start hounding Dodge for an SRT variant.
With the 2013 Chicago Auto Show being just around the corner, is no surprise that the list of models to be displayed in there is getting bigger by the day. The latest announcement comes from Dodge, which will bring a very cool Challenger R/T Redline Edition to the show.
The new R/T Redline continues from where the Challenger Rallye Redline left off last year and can be built on either R/T or R/T Plus models. While the previous Rallye Redline edition was offered with a V-6 engine, the new version features a V-8 engine under its hood — making it more powerful and faster than the previous Rallye Redline version.
The model will be distinguished by some of the same things that the Rallye version was, but there are some twists added to the R/T version that make it stand out.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline.
We’ve never had any delusions about the cinematic standing of the Fast and Furious franchise in our minds. The first one was awesome. The next two were horrible. And the last two have been all right.
But we don’t watch the movie because of Vin Diesel’s abnormally large pectorals or Paul Walker’s comical hitches; we watch the movie because of the cars. Yep. Those shiny, fast, and powerful co-stars that never seem to get the credit they deserve for being an integral part in turning the movies into a bona fide franchise.
The 6th installment of Fast and Furious is scheduled to hit cinemas in May, but as early as now, we’re being given hints of what to look out for when the movie opens.
We’ve already shown you the heavily customized GT-R that will appear in the movie. Now, it looks like Vin Diesel will once again take the wheel of an American muscle car in the form of a Dodge Charger Daytona. At least that’s according to the above screenshot, which is rumored to be from the upcoming trailer for the movie.
Can’t say we’re surprised about that choice, considering that Diesel’s character, Dom Torretto, seems to have a big preference for American muscle.
In addition to that bit of information, we’ve also learned that a trailer for Fast and Furious 6 — possibly the one the screenshot is from — will be shown during the Super Bowl. That’s something to look forward to, folks.
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.
Hit the jump to read more about the Mopar ’13 Dodge Dart.
During a recent interview at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Ralph Gilles — President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler Group LLC — has confirmed that big updates are being prepared for Dodge Challenger muscle car. His statement is not such a big surprise considering that previous rumors suggest that a new-generation Challenger is already in the works.
This decision comes as a response to those who consider the "Challenger is going to die and go away." Marchionne said that Challenger is a car that served the company pretty well and as a response, the company is going to take care of it. And after all these updates, "enthusiasts won’t be disappointed."
"The Challenger is the oldest interior of the whole group; the electronics are the oldest in the group. There’s a lot of potential – I’ll leave it at that." By the sounds of that, we are in for some serious interior updates and maybe some new gadgets to play around with in the next Challenger.
Previous rumors suggested that the next-generation Challenger will arrive on the market early in 2015, so stay tuned for more details!
Dodge is expanding its Blacktop lineup with the addition of a new special edition based on the Durango. The new Durango Blacktop Edition is based on the Rallye and the R/T trim levels, and adds $295 to the SUV’s total price.
The model can be ordered in Bright White, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver and Redline Red, and is combined with a distinctive gloss-black crosshair grille and gloss-black 20-inch aluminum wheels with gloss-black center caps.
For the interior, the Blacktop models receive premium Digital Suede seat inserts complemented by Capri bolsters and red accent stitching. A power 12-way driver’s seat with power lumbar is available for an additional $595.
Under the hood, the Durango keeps the usual 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 295 horsepower on the Rallye models and a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a hefty 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque on the R/T versions.
Yesterday we saw the latest addition to the Dodge Dart lineup in the form of the new GT version and today we get to see what appears to be the first leaked image of the most awaited version — the SRT4. This version has been rumored ever since Dodge unveiled the standard Dart at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
All we had until now were rumors, but it appears that this is the final rendering of the SRT4 model that was posted online by a Chrysler employer. He also announced that the SRT4 model will be unveiled in March or April.
The upcoming Dart SRT4 is rumored to feature a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine with its output raised to the 285-horsepower range. Additionally, the SRT4 will be distinguished from the rest of the lineup by a meaner and sportier appearance.
The Dodge Dart SRT4 is rumored to be priced at under $30k.