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Predicting FCA's Plans For its Recent "Angel" Trademark

Predicting FCA’s Plans For its Recent "Angel" Trademark

We have ideas, some more serious than others

Proving yet again that the auto world can be a place rich in irony, Fiat Chrysler Automobile has filed a trademark for the name “Angel,” which the automaker plans to use on a “passenger vehicle” of some sort. Color me amused because, at the very least, FCA is turning its troll game up to a new level; the “Angel” name runs diametrically opposed to the identity of the automaker’s latest muscle car masterpiece, the Dodge Challenger Demon. So what gives here? What’s FCA up to exactly?

Unfortunately, your guess is as good as ours at this point because FCA didn’t exactly divulge details on what it has planned for the “Angel” name. All we know at this point, thanks to our friends over at Fiat Chrysler Authority, is that the name could be used on “trims and badges” of any future model. The fact that the trademark was only filed on July 17 means that this is a new deal for FCA. It’s got plans for the name at some point in the future. How it plans to use it, or if it does at all, is the question that all of us need some answers to sooner or later. You’ve got our attention, FCA. That much I’m sure of. Now, how about giving us some hints because, at this point, all we have are predictions on what you have planned for the “Angel” name.

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Australia Could Get Its Very Own Hellcat Version Of The Chrysler 300

Australia Could Get Its Very Own Hellcat Version Of The Chrysler 300

Hellcat all the things? Makes more sense to do it on a 300 instead of a Jeep…

As you could probably guess, we’re rather fond of FCA’s monstrously powerful 6.2-liter Hemi V-8. You know, the supercharged badass in the Challenger Hellcat that lays down over 700 horses? If we had our way, that engine would be an option on every model FCA produces (and yes, we still think the Pacifica Hellcat should be a thing.) Luckily, it looks like we’re getting a little closer to that ideal with a possible Hellcatted version of the Chrysler 300 sedan.

The rumor comes from our friends over at Autoblog, who recently posted a series of spy shots depicting what appears to be some kind of 300 test mule. While the bodywork is more or less the same as any other 300 SRT model, the wheels are sporting incredibly wide 315-mm tires – the same rubber equipped on the recently released Challenger SRT Demon. In front, the 300 mule is also rocking SRT four-pot Brembo brakes, while the photographer reports that it’s got a burly blown V-8 soundtrack to accompany it. Could this be a forthcoming Chrysler 300 Hellcat? Read on for the details.

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1962 Ghia L6.4

1962 Ghia L6.4

The Ghia L6.4 was just about as exclusive as you could get in the 1960s, as it was designed and built only for actors and other high rollers in Hollywood. The final of the 26 Ghia L6.4s ever built was built for one of the largest stars of that era, Dean Martin. Martin was not the only Rat Pack member to own a L6.4, as Frank Sinatra also owned one, as did other Rat Pack members.

Recently, one of the 26 Ghia L6.4s built, the one owned by Dean Martin, was put up for auction on eBay as Hyman Ltd. got its hands on Martin’s old L6.4. For a car of its age, the modern features are plentiful, but it still wasn’t enough for Dean Martin, as he shipped the car off to George Barris, “Hollywood’s King of the Kustomizers,” to have even more customizations performed on this already rare vehicle. This customization turned Martin’s L6.4 into a one-of-a-kind vehicle.

Update 08-19-2016: This article has been updated with new images from RM Sotheby’s Auction at Monterey Car Week in 2016.

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Fiat Chrysler Trademarks "Barracuda"

Fiat Chrysler Trademarks "Barracuda"

The 1964-1974 Plymouth Barracuda has been out of production for more than 40 years now, but the name has been popping up in the rumor mill with great frequency over the last six years, and Fiat Chrysler only keeps fanning the flames. The latest Barracuda-related news comes from a trademark filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name under “motor vehicles, namely, passenger automobiles, their structural parts, trim and badges.”

Chrysler enthusiast site Allpar spotted this trademark news, which was filed on June 23rd, but is quick to point out that it doesn’t necessarily mean that FCA has any plans to apply the name to a future vehicle. Trademarks are updated all the time, and the site even speculates that it could be just to maintain licensing.

As for the rumors of a next-gen Barracuda, they started popping up about the same time as the Challenger’s arrival, and most recently as an SRT-badged replacement for the Dodge Challenger. Of course, that never happened and most likely won’t, especially with the SRT brand being folded back into Dodge.

Either way, only time will tell, but with the strong streak that FCA has been on recently, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a Chrysler Barracuda sports car hit the road in the near future.

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Fiat Wanted to Axe the Hellcat Engine

Fiat Wanted to Axe the Hellcat Engine

Imagine living in a world where the Chrysler’s Hellcat engine didn’t exist. Don’t visualize it too much because that alternate reality almost became the real world. Yep. One of the year’s best engines almost never happened. Automotive News is reporting that Fiat almost axed the Hellcat in early 2011 because it couldn’t decide where to spend depleted funds for product development.

Chris Cowland, Chrystler’s director of advanced and SRT powertrain, told Automotive News that the company decided to ice engine development of the Hellcat to focus on other projects. Still, SRT continued to lobby for the continued development of the engine and after four months on the shelves, Chrysler’s product development committee finally decided to bring the project back to life.

But restarting it was just solving one part of the problem. Even though that hurdle was cleared, there was still that not so small matter of actually building the engine, which, according to Cowland, required a a ton of research, development, and the foresight to understand that simply dumping a supercharger between its cylinder heads won’t be enough. New parts had to be built to fit into the engine’s blueprint, and whatever parts and systems that were already in the engine had to be carefully optimized to ensure that they could handle the stress of 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

The development of the Hellcat HEMI quickly turned into a full-blown master’s education in faith, technical know-how, and perseverance. It required developing the block right down to the minutest of details.

According to Cowland, normal pistons, valves, and rods wouldn’t be able the handle the massive energy of the engine, so engineers had to find the strongest and lightest versions of these components and make sure they were stable enough to handle the demands of the engine. Engineers even used industrial diamonds on a steel washer to prevent the pulley from slipping on the crankshaft when the engine is subjected to hard acceleration.

If certain items or systems couldn’t be found, Chrysler had to invent them from scratch. The fact that the connecting rods required an electric water pump, piston-cooling jets, a variable oil pump, and bronze bushings speaks to the incredible amount of technical understanding needed just to get the Hellcat engine running up to its potential.

In the end, Chrysler’s engineers somehow pulled it off, creating the most powerful regular production engine fitted into an American muscle car.

And to think it almost never happened…

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Chrysler Trademarks "Rebel" name

Chrysler Trademarks "Rebel" name

With news pouring in about Chrysler Group’s five-year production plan that includes new brand strategies, new launches and axing of long-standing models, the Detroit-based manufacturer has also filed to trademark the "Rebel" moniker

The patent filing, which has been submitted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office nearly a month ago, according to Ignitionist, states that the trademark is to be used on "motor vehicles (...) and structural parts therefor," suggesting we might see anything from an automobile to an SUV wearing a "Rebel" badge in the near future.

There’s no info as to what sort of Rebel will hit the streets over the next few years, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate a bit.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this nameplate is the AMC Rebel, a midsize built by American Motors from 1967 through 1970. It’s true that Chrysler is somewhat entitled to use the name it purchased in 1987 along with the AMC brand, but that’s not likely to happen. With the Challenger and Charger filling in the muscle car and sedan spots, we see no reason for Chrysler to push the envelope in that direction.

On the other hand, the "Rebel" moniker may very well be used to name a replacement for the Dodge Avenger, a slightly smaller sedan that’s scheduled to go out of production by the end of 2014. However, with no actual details in sight aside from the fact that it could be underpinned by an Alfa Romeo rear-wheel drive platform, it might be years until we find out.

Lastly, there’s a chance the newly-filed "Rebel" name is set to be used to more utilitarian purposes, like christening an upcoming Jeep crossover or even a special edition pickup truck based on the Ram 1500. Of course, we could go as far as to dream about a Jeep-badged truck (remember the Gladiator?), but that’s far-fetched on too many levels.

Either way, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the matter and bring you an update as soon as more info surfaces. Meanwhile, don’t be shy about sharing your own opinion on the "Rebel" conundrum with us via the comments section.

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Report: Chrysler Confirms a 600-Plus-Horsepower 6.2-Liter "Hellcat" Engine

Report: Chrysler Confirms a 600-Plus-Horsepower 6.2-Liter "Hellcat" Engine

Several years ago, rumors were circulating that Chrysler was considering building a super-high-output supercharged V-8 engine to help the company hang with the likes of the 2013 Camaro ZL1 and 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500. With these two models pumping out 580 horsepower and 662 horsepower, respectively, the 470-horsepower 2013 Challenger SRT8 just doesn’t cut it.

Well, now this rumor is reportedly confirmed, per Automotive News, by an unnamed source within Chrysler. The report claims that this 6.2-liter supercharged engine is set to produce up to 640 horsepower, which will put is about on par with the SRT Viper’s 8.4-liter.

Supposedly, this engine will find its way into the next-generation Challenger, which is slated to arrive in the 2015 model year. So, why is Chrysler just now working on this engine? Well, the report claims that the unnamed leaker said this is Chrysler’s “last hurrah” in the muscle car realm before the stricter CAFÉ standards take hold.

Stay tuned for more updates on the “Hellcat” 6.2-liter engine. We certainly can’t wait to see Chrysler finally compete with the top-performing muscle cars on the market again.

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2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Pitch Black

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Pitch Black

For the record, this isn’t a special edition model, nor is it a new trim introduced by Chrysler.

This one-off 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, called Pitch Black, is owned by Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne. But he’s saying adios to it because the car is headed to the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida this coming April.

So why is Marchionne selling this doozy of a one-off? Well, give credit to the man because proceeds from the auction will go directly to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the money will be used for education, income and basic needs of people in the Detroit area.

About the car itself, it gets its "Pitch Black" designation because of the color of the body. Adding to that are a slew of other design and aero components, including: a set of custom mixed “Dark Charcoal” racing stripes, lowered suspension that makes use of a Mopar adjustable coil-over kit, and a Mopar exhaust system. In addition, the muscle car also has smoked taillights and a set of factory forged 20-inch wheels with a matte-black finish.

Black leather seats embroidered with “SRT” and “392” logos adorn the interior of the one-off Challenger while a state-of-the-art SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center was also installed.

Finally, the Marchionne’s Challenger SRT8 392 comes with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a stout 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in less than five seconds with a quarter-mile time of just a shade under 13 seconds.

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1967 Plymouth GTX Hemi 4 Speed Convertible

1967 Plymouth GTX Hemi 4 Speed Convertible

The 1967 model year was the debut year for the Plymouth Belvedere GTX, which most enthusiasts simply know as the Plymouth GTX. The GTX was always one of the top performers in the 1960s, but was also a refined muscle car, receiving the nickname “The Gentleman’s Muscle Car” in its early years. Unfortunately, the GTX was a late arrival to the muscle car area and only lasted five model years.

In its debut year, there were 12,115 models built, which makes it a rather rare car in itself. Options were not scarce for the 1967 GTX, as it had two engines available, a 425-horsepower, 426 cubic-inch V-8 Hemi or a 375-horsepower, 440 cubic-inch V-8. It also had two transmission options, a three-speed automatic and a four-speed manual.

In addition to the engine and transmission options, there was also coupe or convertible options available. One would assume that the convertible four-speed manual option with a Hemi would be a popular option combination, due to its raw power and ability to shift with the wind in you hair, but that’s not the case. Only seven of these convertible models with four-speeds and a Hemi engine rolled off of the assembly line in the 1967 model year.

That makes this one of the rarest vehicles on the planet, let alone one of the rarest muscle cars ever built. To boot, it is a natural rarity, as opposed to a planned one, like a special edition. It just so happened that dealers ordered so few of this option combination that the factory only produced a few.

If you want to own one of the most rare mass produced automobiles on the planet, now is your chance, as RK Motors Charlotte has just placed a convertible 1967 GTX with a Hemi and a four-speed up for auction on Ebay.

Now we know that it’s rare, but how has this vehicle held up over the course of the past 45 years?

Click past the jump to read our full review on this rare vehicle.

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SRT models in line to get new 540-570 HP supercharged engine

SRT models in line to get new 540-570 HP supercharged engine

When you buy a 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 or 2012 Dodge Charger SRT-8 you definitely will not be lacking power. These suburban bruisers are powered by massive 6.4 liter Hemi V8’s that pump out a spleen crushing 470 horsepower and 470 lbs/ft of torque. Now, what is an SRT-8 owner to do if he/she wants more power? The answer up to this point has been paying big bucks and taking it to a tuner, but now this will change.

Chrysler is reportedly considering adding a top end engine option for certain SRT models. According to MotorAuthority, this new engine will be based on the current one albeit with a Eaton supercharger that will push the horsepower to between 540-570 horsepower. With this power addition, these muscle cars will be put on the road with Ferrari 458-esque power. Where do we sign?! In addition, to control the extra ponies, this new engine will supposedly be mated to a new eight speed automatic gearbox. This new engine can be implemented on those SRT models which are based on the LX platform (Sorry, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, no upgrade for you just yet). An exception may be the Dodge Challenger SRT-8 which is based on a tweaked LX platform.

This is an important step in the reemergence of the muscle car in the American market. This reemergence has ignited an automotive world war with Ford, Chevy, and Dodge, each trying to outdo themselves in terms of engineering and appeal. This new Detroit cold war has only one winner and that is the muscle car enthusiasts around the world.

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Video: Chrysler SRT8 models burnout

Video: Chrysler SRT8 models burnout

The 2012 Chrysler SRT8 model line-up includes four impressive vehicles: the Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler 300 SRT8, and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. With all of these models sporting the same 6.4 liter HEMI V8 engine producing 470 HP and 470 lb-ft of torque, it seemed only natural that Chrysler would want to show them all off in a video doing some killer burnouts.

If you’re a fan of screeching tires and white smoke, then this video is for you. If you are more of the data type then you’d be interested to know that Chrysler’s latest HEMI V8 can be mated to either a standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission or a dual-disc high performance clutch, depending on the model. The range of models also deliver a decent fuel economy, with our favorite - the Challenger SRT8 - providing up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway, as well as great performance. The muscle car can do the 0-60 mph sprint in the high 4-second range and the quarter-mile in the high 12s. Top speed has been increased to more than 180 mph with the manual transmission (173 mph in the automatic).

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Chrysler registers Cuda trademark

Chrysler registers Cuda trademark

The original pony car may soon be rising out of the ever-diminishing muscle car ashes to instill fear in the hearts of the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro while also scrounging up some of their growing profit. Chrysler has just registered the word "Cuda" as a trademark under "passenger vehicles, their structural parts, trim and badges", leading all of us to believe that the rumors that have been filtering their way into our hopeful ears will soon come to fruition. Soon, we may just have our Cuda back.

It may not be a sure thing as of yet, since Bill Cawthon has already stated that Chrysler may be registering the name to prohibit others from using it, but we see no reason why Chrysler would not want to resurrect a model that will surely mix up the muscle car competition.

Some fear that, if the Cuda comes back, it will be a Charger replica while others say that the move by Chrysler may simply be to produce a limited run of the vehicle. Either way, we would love to get the chance to ride around in a brand new Cuda. Miami Vice was given a second chance, why can’t the Cuda?

Hit us up with your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.

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1955 Chrysler Sport Coach

1955 Chrysler Sport Coach

If we all had the time, money and ability, then everyone would have a custom car. That’s what makes this one so special, an amateur built in his own time this custom Chrysler Sport Coach. As you can see the car looks really special, featuring chromed wheels, 22 inch on the front and 24 inch on the rear. Under the hood, what else than an iconic Hemi 5.7l engine capable to leave behind modern muscle cars such as Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger.

In order to be more comfortable, the car not only features a new adjustable suspension system, but also a new set of brakes. The four individual seats are covered in premium leather as well as the door panels and roof. Price of the vehicle: priceless!

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Chrysler Cuda coming back?

Chrysler Cuda coming back?

Barracuda was a two-door coupe/convertible sports car manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964 through 1974. Now, after more than 30 years, Chrysler intends to bring this muscle car back into production.
The new Barracuda will be based on the upcoming Dodge Challenger. Some of the features of the original model would carry over such as the signature ’72 six-aperture grille, shaker hood and low driving lights.
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2009 Chrysler Cuda?

2009 Chrysler Cuda?

GM Inside News found a photo of the 2009 Chrysler Cuda. They presume that Chrysler won’t produce a retro style car that is this awesome, but the idea of a Cuda reincarnated as a Chrysler can’t be too far off. The Cuda is a version of the Dodge Challenger.
If will be produced the 2009 Chrysler Cuda will be a big competitor for the Mustang.

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