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  • Dodge Charger
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    292 @ 6350
  • Torque @ RPM:
    260 @ 4800
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    27995
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The wait is over for the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger, though with a quick glance at the photos, it seems ‘all-new’ is a bit of a stretch. But while everything but the front grille may look carried over, nearly every body panel has been updated. The subtle changes continue inside with a reworked dashboard, a more techno-laden gauge cluster, a new center stack, and a sweet T-handle gear selector. Things under the hood are still familiar, too. The base 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 returns, as does the venerable 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8. The transmission options have changed, however. The eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic is now standard across the board, helping the Pentastar V-6 achieve 31 mpg on the highway while assisting the 5.7-liter HEMI sprint to 60 mph in roughly five seconds.

The interior sees a host of electronic upgrades and new technologies within Chrysler’s latest version of Uconnect. Voice texting, updated 3D navigation, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and the all-new Dodge Performance pages all find a home within the 8.4-inch touch screen. That latter item holds a plethora of performance options and customizable settings including launch control and its rpm settings, performance timers, extra gauges, and even a g-force meter.

Matching the updated and more upmarket interior is the Charger’s reworked outer skin. The most noticeable changes lie up front with its more Dodge Dart-like appearance. Around to the sides are scalloped doors still flowing into the large rear haunches and then to a detail-rich rear fascia. A new crop of wheels completes the 2015 transformation.

Updated 10/20/2014: Dodge announced prices for the entire 2015 Charger lineup which will go on sale at a starting price of $27,995 for the base SE version and goes up to $47,385 for the top SRT 392 version.

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8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

You’re going to have a difficult time picking one from the others

There are no clear favorites when choosing the best all-wheel-drive sedan under $35,000. The important thing to remember here is to know what your preferences are. The Ford Fusion SE ($23,500), for example, is regarded for having a good amount of interior space to go with one of the most spacious trunk spaces — 16 cubic feet — among all sedans in its class. It also has a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you’re not particularly into cavernous trunk spaces and instead prefer sedans that are known for their power and handling, the two Subarus could be in your future. The WRX ($26,995) has the most powerful base engine — a turbo-four unit that produces 268 horsepower — of its class, and while its fuel economy ratings aren’t anything to write about — 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — it’s still regarded as one of the most dynamic cars in its class to drive.

The Subaru Legacy ($22,195), on the other hand, doesn’t have as powerful of an engine as the WRX. It’s 175-horsepower, four-cylinder unit is uninspiring compared to the WRX, but that’s likely a product of the Legacy sitting below its fellow Subie on the automaker’s totem pole. Still, the Legacy has a pretty spacious interior and returns one of the best fuel economy ratings among all models in its segment at 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Then there’s the Kia Stinger ($31,900), a car many people consider as one of the future stars of its segment. Maybe it’s a byproduct of the Stinger being a new model that still gives it a fresh odor among buyers, but a big part of the Stinger’s appeal rests on its all-around quality. This model really is a star-in-the-making. Even with just the base version, you’re already getting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower at its disposal. Combine that with its own large cargo area — a whopping 23.3 cubic feet of space — and an engaging and athletic drive that’s pure fun for all of us, and it’s no wonder why the Stinger is one of the most sought-after all-wheel-drive models in the market today. All that despite the sedan only returning an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Four models in and the choices are about to get more difficult once you bring in Germany’s finest into the fold. The Audi A3 Premium and the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic may be visitors from the Old Continent, but you’re going to quickly realize how at-home they make you feel once you get either one of them. The A3 Premium ($31,950) is one of the cheapest compact luxury cars on the market. In fact, the difference in price between the Stinger and the A3 Premium is a measly $50. As promising as the Stinger is, there’s a big population of people who will prefer an established model over an upstart. The A3 Premium is the base unit of the family, but it doesn’t feel like one, thanks in large part to having its fair share of luxury amenities. From leather upholstery to a panoramic sunroof to a 10-speaker audio system, they’re all there as standard equipment. About the only downside of the Audi sedan is that the Quattro all-wheel-drive system doesn’t come standard across the whole lineup. You’ll need to upgrade to the Quattro to have the most fun in the sedan. Doing so comes at the expense of a lower fuel economy rating — 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway — but that’s ultimately a small price to pay for all the fun you’re going to have driving it.

If the A3 isn’t your cup of tea, the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic ($32,700 plus $2,000 to get the 4Matic AWD system) is a solid, albeit slightly more expensive option. Nobody needs to remind you what kind of model you have when you’re driving a Mercedes. The CLA 250 4Matic is teeming with luxury like only Mercedes can provide. It doesn’t have the same power figures as the A3 Premium — a four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces only 208 horsepower — but it does get some of its appeal back by how engaging it is to drive and by having one of the highest fuel economy ratings — 24 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway — of any sedan in its class. The last two sedans we’ll mention are both American bred, but like all the models we’ve mentioned, these two are special for entirely different reasons. The Chrysler 300 Touring ($28,995 plus $2,500 for an AWD version), for example, packs a punch with its 292-horsepower V-6 engine. It’s also one of the bigger sedans in its class, and that size comes into play in the spacious interior. Its fuel economy rating is average — 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — but if you look past that, you’ll come to realize that the 300, despite all the negativity surrounding it, is a pretty fun ride, as well. Unfortunately for the 300, it’s still not as fun to drive as the Dodge Charger ($28,995). The meaty sports sedan packs a similar V-6 unit with an identical 292-horsepower output as the 300 Touring, but make no mistake; the Charger is a completely different animal when it comes to driving dynamics. Some people may not like it because it’s a little too wild for their capabilities, but those who have seen the Charger in action can vouch for what it’s capable of. Ultimately, choosing one sedan among these intriguing options is an exercise in futility. But if I were to choose one, my money’s going to the Kia Stinger. It isn’t as established as some of the other models here, but when you combine everything it has to offer with its starting price, there’s no better value for money than Kia’s new performance-oriented sedan.

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Watch the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the Dodge Challenger Battle up Goodwood Hill in the Coolest Movie Car Chase Ever Recreated

Watch the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the Dodge Challenger Battle up Goodwood Hill in the Coolest Movie Car Chase Ever Recreated

This Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger "car chase" makes me want to watch Bullitt again

You don’t often see cars recreate movie scenes at an event like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the event is proving to have something for everyone. The 25th edition of the festival kicked off with a bang yesterday, and one of the most surprising sights was seeing a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum share the track in what can only be described as a loose interpretation of the iconic car chase scene in the move Bullitt.

Ok, so there’s probably a reason why the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum didn’t go balls-to-the-wall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Those cars aren’t replicas, but the actual vehicles that were used in the film that, coincidentally, is celebrating its 50th anniversary just as the event is celebrating its 25th.

There’s an incredible amount of provenance attached to both models, and that’s especially true for the Mustang GT Fastback because it’s the exact same one that was driven by Steve McQueen himself and was inducted quite recently by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register.

It’s no wonder then that both drivers were taking it easy trying to recreate a car chase scene that does look a lot more exciting than the one we saw at Goodwood. Then again, it’s not often that you’re graced by the presence of what is arguably the most famous movie car of all time. That counts for something, too.

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It's Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019

It’s Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019

It’s about time to revise the Charger, but these updates will hopefully do for now

The Dodge Charger, which has seriously soldiered on since 2011 with minor changes, is getting some more minor updates for 2018 as Dodge hopes to maintain its relevancy on the market. As of the time of this writing, the Dodge Charger is creeping up on eight years old and probably won’t see its much-needed generational shift until at least 2020. With that in mind, it should also be noted that Dodge is downsizing the Charger lineup, which will now be offered in just six trim levels. The revised offering of trim levels and minor updates should at least help the old-geezer of a car carry on, so let’s take a good look at the new trim levels and what each trim level gets.

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5 Iconic Names That Are Coming Back in All the Wrong Ways

5 Iconic Names That Are Coming Back in All the Wrong Ways

It’s hard to come to grips with what’s happening with all the nameplates that are being resurrected

To some people, a car’s name is nothing more than that: a name. They have no value other than identifying one model from another model. But for others, a car’s name is it’s value. We identify them beyond what others do. For us, they’re more than just names; they’re identities that have helped shape our love for them and this whole industry.

Unfortunately, not all of the best car names live on in perpetuity. Some get retired — R.I.P., Dodge Viper — while others are shelved for an indefinite period of time before they’re brought back, sometimes in a different guise. The latter has happened quite a lot in recent years, and while there have been some expected hits to come out of this name recycling exercise — the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4are poster children of this — there are those that are probably best left in the shelves.

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Like the Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Charger Will Also Get a Facelift for 2019

Like the Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Charger Will Also Get a Facelift for 2019

Because we need to wait just a little longer for a next-gen model

The Charger isn’t exactly as old as the senior-citizen Challenger (now 10 years old) but it has been on the market since 2011, making it due for a generational shift. We’ll have to wait a little longer for that, but to help keep the mob at bay, Dodge is ushering in a much-needed facelift for 2019. Little is known at this point but as you can see from the teaser image, it’s slated to get a new face. High performance models like the SRT Hellcat, for example, will get an all-new grille and will even get that integrated intake. The grille is slimmed down considerably compared to the 2018 model and it looks like the front fascia may actually be a bit sportier.

Outside of what we can see in this photo, however, there’s little more to be said without going into excessive speculation. We don’t even know if the Charger will get that same aggressive hood scoop from the Challenger update. We do know that a full design is underway for both the Challenger and Charger, however. And, to make things even better, the wait is due to a major platform shift that will have the Challenger and Charger brothers riding on the same platform as the Maserati Ghibli.

That could be big news for these two reborn but aging muscle cars. Stick around for updates about the 2019 facelift and be sure to check out our full review of each model at the links below!

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Dodge Goes Plum Crazy with Customization Options For The Challenger and Charger

Dodge Goes Plum Crazy with Customization Options For The Challenger and Charger

The Shakedown Package is meant to bring more life to Dodge’s performance machines

The Dodge Challenger and Charger are two cars that don’t lack in personality. But in times when the names aren’t enough to get your juices flowing, Dodge is adding a cosmetic package that should get your juices flowing. It’s called the Shakedown Package, and it includes plenty of exterior and interior upgrades, all of which were added to make the Challenger and Charger models stand out even more than they already do.

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Florida Highway Patrol Officer Caught Racing (and losing to) a Lamborghini Aventador on the Highway!

Florida Highway Patrol Officer Caught Racing (and losing to) a Lamborghini Aventador on the Highway!

Someone’s going to have to answer to this video

A state trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol is in hot water after being caught — on film — racing a Lamborghini Aventador on a public highway. In the footage, the state trooper can be seen driving a Dodge Charger Pursuit and lining up side by side with the Aventador before both cars engage in a drag race in the middle of the day.

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Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like?

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

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GA Police Officer Hits 140 mph Chasing McLaren 720S in High-Speed Chase

GA Police Officer Hits 140 mph Chasing McLaren 720S in High-Speed Chase

That Charger Held up Better than Expected

A Georgia Police Officer got the chance to push her police-spec Dodge Charger to the limit this past weekend when a man in a McLaren 720S casually passed her doing north of 100 mph on a public highway. It didn’t take long for the officer to hit the blues and take chase. Nobody was injured in the chase that lasted just a couple of minutes, but the driver – a Dwayne Sherwood Pope – was charged with speeding, DUI less safe, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and – get this – driving with an expired tag.

All told, the dash cam video lasts nearly a half hour, but for the most part, the action is over with within a few minutes. The Dodge Charger which, in police-spec, has a top speed rating of 155 mph when powered by the 5.7-liter, HEMI, V-8. There’s no word as to what engine this officer put her foot into, but it did keep up with that McLaren 720S quite well. We’re still not sure why he stopped, considering the 720 S is rated up to 212 mph, it could have quite easily gotten away. Something tells us that the man was telling the truth about pulling over when he noticed the lights – after all if he did intend to run, that cop car really didn’t stand a chance.

Fortunately, for him, and anyone else on the road, that wasn’t his intention otherwise things could have been a lot worse than a DUI charge, had he really pushed it to the limit. After all, he did have “three drinks.” Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Hold on to your butts, things are about to get weird

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

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Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy these performance cars

Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.

But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.

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Watch This Ford Crown Vic Transform Into A 1969 Dodge Charger

Watch This Ford Crown Vic Transform Into A 1969 Dodge Charger

Because Crown Vics make cheap jump cars

The ole Duke Boys put their 1969 Dodge Charger, affectionately named the General Lee, through countless jumps over the TV Series’ six-year run. No matter how rough the landing, the boys never seemed to skip a beat, despite their car supposedly being held together with duct tape and bailing twine. Sadly, each of those jumps cost a real-life Dodge Charger its life. These days finding one is getting harder, and those that are still around have seen their price skyrocket. So, it comes to no surprise that “The Dukes of Hazzard” superfan James Smith chose to build its own General Lee from an old cop car.

Yep, Smith started with a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria with relatively low miles despite it being nearly 20 years old and having served time with the Portland Police Department. Every body panel came off, including the roof and trunk supports. With a bare chassis, aftermarket Charger parts started going on. Impressively, the A-pillars are actually part of the roll cage. Smith even hand-built the Charger’s iconic split grille from leftover aluminum and the plastic grate from a household box fan. In fact, the front fenders, trunk lid, and fuel filler cap are the only authentic Dodge parts. Naturally, that means this car is expendable. Wreck it (or in this case, jump it), and the only loss is a worn out Crown Vic, the cost of aftermarket parts, and sweat equity.

Smith has gotten his money and time out of it though. The car was used for a music video before being painted in General Lee livery before its big jump. Best of all, the car survived its two scheduled jumps and will likely live on so jump again.

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FCA Pushes Redesign Of Charger And Challenger At Least Until 2020

FCA Pushes Redesign Of Charger And Challenger At Least Until 2020

For now, the two performance models will only receive "updates"

For those who are pining to see redesigned versions of the existing Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, you might have to exercise a bit more patience because Fiat Chrysler is reportedly icing the redesigned versions for both performance cars for at least three more years.

According to Automotive News, FCA is expected to take the more conservative approach on the Challenger, Charger, and the Chrysler 300 but simply giving each model updates until at least 2020. No reason was given on why FCA appears to be leading towards this decision, but it seems to be tied into the long-term plans the automaker has for its new Giorgio platform, which underpins the soon-to-be-launched Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Apparently, FCA has high hopes for this platform with no less than FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne saying that he was “encouraged by the versatility of the architecture” during the company’s third-quarter conference call with analysts late last month. Even though the Giorgio platform will likely have to be stretched and widened to accommodate the dimensions of the next-generation models of the Charger and Challenger, the platform’s reported flexibility and overall rigidity would be able to accommodate both models, and quite possibly, a convertible model.

That said, FCA is not looking to rush into the development of the two performance cars, presumably to give the Alfa Romeo Giulia enough time to shine on its own as it prepares to enter the U.S. market later this year. In any event, start getting used to seeing the current-generation Challenger and Charger models for the time being. They’ll be getting updates, but nothing more than that until 2020.

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2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat by Geiger Cars

2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat by Geiger Cars

German tuner provides extra power for an American powerhouse

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. To think that a car that already has 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque on tap can still get a tuning program is truly a remarkable thing. It’s as if there are tuners out there who look at what the Charger Hellcat is capable of and still say “not good enough.” Well, that’s exactly the case with Geiger Cars, the Munich-based tuner of U.S. performance cars who just so happens to have a new tuning kit for the Charger SRT Hellcat that pumps out a total of 782 horsepower and 681 pound-feet of torque.

The numbers aren’t made up. Sure, it doesn’t reach the level of Hennessey’s just-as-insane HPE800 program, but a Charger that packs as much heat as Geiger gave it is still beyond reasonable comprehension. At the very least, a Geiger-tuned Charger SRT Hellcat has the power and performance capabilities to put some supercars in their place.

Outside of the increased power, Geiger’s program also includes a surprising body paint, a new set of wheels, and suspension upgrades that should keep the Charger SRT Hellcat in its place even as its rampaging down the road. It might be harder to do that now with all that power, but when you have a muscle car that’s all about those horses, it’s difficult to deny it from doing what it does best, especially when it has the backing of a tuner as experienced as Geiger Cars.

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Dodge Debuts Heritage-inspired 2017 Color Palette

Dodge Debuts Heritage-inspired 2017 Color Palette

Relive the High-Impact color era with hues like Blood Orange, White Knuckle, and Bruiser Gray

When it comes to paint jobs, most modern cars are offered with rather dull color options. This isn’t the automakers’ fault though, it’s mostly because hues such white, gray, silver, and black have become increasingly popular in recent decades. But this wasn’t the case in the 1960s and 1970s, when American drivers favored livelier colors and carmakers responded with flashy hues - especially for high-performance vehicles. These were known as the "High-Impact" colors. Ford, GM, and Chrysler have revived several classic paints for their respective muscle cars recently, and Dodge has just introduced a range of new color names inspired from its colorful heritage for the 2017 model year.

Although most colors aren’t new, their names revive the brand’s bold paint naming strategy, which should play well with sentimental enthusiasts. Starting 2017, buyers will be able to order hues such as White Knuckle, Maximum Steel, Bomber Brown, Octane Red, White Noise, Blood Orange, Green Go, Destroyer Gray, Go Mango, Contusion Blue, or Bruiser Gray. Granted, some of them sound rather cheesy, but words such as "knuckle," "bomber," "destroyer," "noise," and "bruiser" are definitely bolder options to simply naming the color and adding "metallic" or "pearl" next to it.

On the other hand, other color names aren’t as punchy, while some remained unchanged from previous years. If you’re not a fan of in-your-face names, you can pick one of the following: Redline 2K, Blu By You, Stout Brown, Redline 3K, Vice White, Yellow Jacket, Granite, TorRed, Olive Green, Billet, Black Onyx, DB Black, or Pitch Black.

All of the above will be available not only for Dodge’s hottest cars, the Challenger, Charger, and Viper, but also for family vehicles such as the Durango, Journey, and the Grand Caravan.

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Dodge is Slowing Down on Big Changes, but Will Introduce AWD Challenger by 2018

Dodge is Slowing Down on Big Changes, but Will Introduce AWD Challenger by 2018

Dodge was planning some pretty big changes by the end of the decade. Things like building the Challenger and Charger on FCA’s new Giorgio platform, and underpinning the Journey with the same platform as the Chrysler 200 were all on the table. However, these have been pushed forward for now as Dodge rethinks its long-term strategy. Of course, not everything has changed. The Dart will be discontinued later this month, with no successor in sight, and Dodge is still unwilling to accommodate the Viper with the necessary safety features (side curtain airbags), so it’s still on the chopping block as well.

Now that the plans for the Journey to share the Chrysler 200s platform have trashed, Automotive News claims that it will be produced with its current DNA until 2018. The Journey isn’t going anywhere, except for Italy, where it will be built when it is switched over to the Giorgio platform. And then there is the Charger and the Challenger. As far as the Charger goes it was going to be redesigned for the Giorgio platform, but that has been delayed until at least 2018. On the positive side of things, however, it’s said that the next-gen model will drop more than 400 pounds.

Arguably, the most important news is that Dodge is going to introduce a V-6 Challenger with all-wheel drive. The model will be called the Challenger GT AWD and will ultimately be followed by a wide-bodied, Hellcat-powered Challenger for 2017. When Dodge switches the Challenger over to the Giorgio platform, it is expected to drop at least 500 pounds – now that will be a nice drop in weight.

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2017 Dodge Charger Daytona

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona

The iconic Daytona name returns after four years

The second-generation of the modern Dodge Charger arrived in 2010, five years after Chrysler had revived the iconic nameplate as a four-door sedan. Although presented as a redesign, the new model uses not only the same platform, but also many styling features. More important changes were made under the hood, where brand-new 3.6-liter V-6 and 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engines joined the updated 5.7-liter V-8. In 2015, the sedan received an extensive facelift that brought the first major changes inside and out. The update was soon followed by the SRT Hellcat, a supercharged, 707-horsepower model that’s the quickest, most-powerful factory-built muscle car ever built as of August 2016.

The second-generation model also spawned many models that pay tribute to the classic, two-door charger, including the Scat Pack. The most recent of them is the Daytona, launched for the 2017 model year. Named after the highly-modified coupe that was created in 1969 as a homologation special for NASCAR, the 2017 Charger Daytona marks the nameplate’s return after a four-year hiatus. Revived for the first time in 2006 and produced until 2009, the Daytona returned for the 2013 model year. Now, it’s being offered for the very first time on the updated second-generation model.

As usual, it comes with a sportier exterior appearance, several unique interior features, and a drivetrain that includes Mopar-modified components. Although not as impressive as the original car that set numerous records on NASCAR race tracks, the new Charger Daytona is indeed a special performance car, especially if you’re looking for something with four doors, seating for five people, and a big trunk.

Update 08-24-2016: We made a new video to cover the highlights of the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona. Click play to enjoy it for yourself!

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Charger Daytona.

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 Fast 8 Shows Off "Ice Cars" For Iceland Location

Fast 8 Shows Off "Ice Cars" For Iceland Location

There’s plenty of cars to go around for Domenic Toretto and the gang

Since it was announced that Fast 8 would have segments of the movie filmed in Iceland, a lot of people have wondered if the production team would have a specific set of cars for Dominic Toretto and his motley crew. It took a few months, but now we have an answer. The menu of cars that will apparently be used includes a highly modified Dodge ‘Ice’ Charger that looks to have had better days judging by the production photos and a suspension-juiced Rally Fighter that appears to have been set up to tackle the icy conditions.

Suffice to say, the roster of cars is as varied as anything we’ve seen from the Fast & Furious franchise. Obviously, Toretto (Vin Diesel) will be behind the wheel of the Ice Charger, as is with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in the Rally Fighter. Other than those two cars, the vehicle lineup also includes a pair of military vehicles – the Ice Ram and the Ripsaw – and an out-of-its element Lamborghini Murcielago that will be driven by the team’s automotive Liberace, Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson).

It certainly not surprising that one of the military vehicles will be driven by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) given his penchant for going for the biggest and most badass ride he can get his hands on. And as far as Tej (Ludacris) is concerned, he’s going to control the Ripsaw, a developmental unmanned light tank. Considering that, don’t be surprised if Tej, being the tech guy of the group, finds a way to control the Ripshaw from a safe distance.

The lineup of cars is definitely eclectic, though that sounds like a conservative observation. Then again, it’s not like the franchise hasn’t set a precedent for going a tad overboard with the cars that have been used in the past seven movies. After all, this is the same franchise that thought it was physically believable to launch a Lykan Hypersport from one building to another…and another.

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Next-Generation Dodge Charger To Get Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine

Next-Generation Dodge Charger To Get Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine

New model will also get a massive diet

The current-generation Dodge Charger is old, and by old, I really mean old. It’s been around since 2005 and while Dodge has managed to keep the fire simmering with new variants and special edition models, there are reports that Fiat Chrysler will keep the model going until after 2019. That’s an incredibly long time for one generation of a car, let alone a car with the status of the Charger. But don’t feel too bad Charger fans because once the next-generation model arrives, it’s going to be a very different car after reports came out that the model will lose close to 500 pounds in weight and could come with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

According to Automotive News, engineers and designers from FCA are working on making the new car lighter than the current model, which tips the scales at 3,960 pounds as its curb weight. The automaker plans to have the new model down to about 3,500 pounds, a weight that could come in handy when it’s combined with the same 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that’s currently being developed for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. There are also plans to switch the Charger from its existing platform to an extended version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s “Giorgio” platform, giving engineers and designers a more modern platform for the new model.

While this is all exciting news, don’t expect the model to burst into the scene for at least another five years. The 2019 facelift for the LX-generation model could last for another year or two so the early expectations for the new model would be around 2022 or 2023. It’s still a long way from today and with the evolving state of the auto industry, there’s no telling if today’s plans will be put to action when it’s finally time for the next-generation Charger to be built.

Still, FCA seems to be confident of its plans for the muscle car. It even showed an early styling buck of the next-gen model during a private show for dealers back in August 2015. The design was even compared to the 1999 Charger concept that was penned by former Chrysler design guru Tom Gale.

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2015 Dodge Charger

2015 Dodge Charger

The wait is over for the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger, though with a quick glance at the photos, it seems ‘all-new’ is a bit of a stretch. But while everything but the front grille may look carried over, nearly every body panel has been updated. The subtle changes continue inside with a reworked dashboard, a more techno-laden gauge cluster, a new center stack, and a sweet T-handle gear selector. Things under the hood are still familiar, too. The base 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 returns, as does the venerable 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8. The transmission options have changed, however. The eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic is now standard across the board, helping the Pentastar V-6 achieve 31 mpg on the highway while assisting the 5.7-liter HEMI sprint to 60 mph in roughly five seconds.

The interior sees a host of electronic upgrades and new technologies within Chrysler’s latest version of Uconnect. Voice texting, updated 3D navigation, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and the all-new Dodge Performance pages all find a home within the 8.4-inch touch screen. That latter item holds a plethora of performance options and customizable settings including launch control and its rpm settings, performance timers, extra gauges, and even a g-force meter.

Matching the updated and more upmarket interior is the Charger’s reworked outer skin. The most noticeable changes lie up front with its more Dodge Dart-like appearance. Around to the sides are scalloped doors still flowing into the large rear haunches and then to a detail-rich rear fascia. A new crop of wheels completes the 2015 transformation.

Updated 10/20/2014: Dodge announced prices for the entire 2015 Charger lineup which will go on sale at a starting price of $27,995 for the base SE version and goes up to $47,385 for the top SRT 392 version.

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2006 Dodge Charger

2006 Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger got its start in 1966 and was a two-door, fastback coupe that offered room for four. Generations came and went quickly in those days, and for 1968, the second generation Charger debuted. The third generation came along in 1971 and lasted till the 1974 model year. Sadly for 1975, the Charger morphed from an American muscle car to your granddad’s “personal luxury car.” The fourth generation Charger lasted through 1978 and was eventually discontinued.

The Charger name was resurrected again for the 1981 model year, as a Fox-body Ford Mustang look-alike. However, this subcompact hatchback coupe hardly measured up to the Ford. Its FWD configuration and mostly forgettable powertrains didn’t resonate with buyers. There was a turbocharged, 2.2-liter four-cylinder available in a Shelby Edition, which many would argue isn’t worthy of Carroll’s last name. Chrysler killed the car after the 1987 model year.

Fast-forward two decades, and Chrysler’s partnership with Daimler has brought forth a four-door sedan with a longitudinal powertrain configuration and room enough for a V-8. The sixth-generation Charger debuted for the 2006 model year and broke the two-door coupe mold set forth by previous Chargers. Nevertheless, the sixth generation is by far the most successful in terms of sales and longevity.

Chrysler’s partnership with Daimler afforded the automaker access to parts and engineering from Mercedes, and after raiding the parts bens, the Charger sprang forth. The front control arms were borrowed from the W220 S-Class sedan while the five-link rear suspension, firewall, and floor plan came from the W211 E-Class. Chrysler called it the LX platform.

Of course, Chrysler, the parent company of Dodge, badge-engineered itself the Chrysler 300 sedan, which shared nearly every part with the Charger, along with the LX underpinnings. Nevertheless, we’re here about the Charger, so let’s dive into the details.

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The Smoking Tire Gets Acquainted With The Dodge Charger Scat Pack: Video

The Smoking Tire Gets Acquainted With The Dodge Charger Scat Pack: Video

It’s the Charger with the performance creds and the affordable price tag

The arrival of the Dodge Charger Hellcat has mostly relegated the Charger Scat Pack into the background. Right or wrong, that’s the price the model has to pay when one of its siblings bears the fiery “Hellcat” name. But as the Hellcat continues to claim the headlines and the glory, the Scat Pack has proven to be just as capable, relative to someone’s expectations.

The Smoking Tires’ Matt Farah recently spent time with a Charger Scat Pack to give it an extensive drive-through and as you can expect from someone who’s driven his share of American muscle cars, Farah had a lot of interesting things to say about the Charger Scat Pack, some of which prospective buyers of the car should take note of.

The video is as informative as it’s going to get, especially if there are those out there who are torn between the Charger Scat Pack and the Hellcat. In a nutshell, the Charger Hellcat is the Hellcat for a reason. It’s the most powerful variant of the Charger but that kind of performance comes at a premium cost. On the flip side, the Charger Scat Pack isn’t as powerful, but it is much cheaper. The performance can be compensated, especially for those who use it as their daily drivers. But the price? Well, for a lot of people, that’s usually the trump card that decides any debate. And in this case, as Farah points out, that’s the difference between getting the Charger Scat Pack and the Hellcat.

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Dodge Adds "Go Mango" Heritage Color to Charger, Challenger Models

Dodge Adds "Go Mango" Heritage Color to Charger, Challenger Models

Dodge revives yet another high-impact color from the 1970s

When it revised the Charger and Challenger in 2014, Dodge reintroduced modernized versions of its iconic, high-impact B5 Blue and Sublime Green exterior colors. The high-impact palette was again updated in 2015 to include the popular Plum Crazy, but the flashy hue was only available between September and December. In 2016, Dodge is reviving another one of its heritage colors, this time around the even more flamboyant Go Mango.

First shown at the annual Sprint Festival in Irvine, California, Go Mango will be limited to the high-end version of the Charger sedan and Challenger coupe. Specifically, customers will be able to check the color on the options list only for the SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat variants of the said cars. Dodge didn’t say how long Go Mango will be offered, but it will probably be limited to 2016-model-year vehicles. Go Mango-painted Chargers and Challengers can be ordered starting March 2016.

This high-impact color was first introduced on the 1970 Dodge Challenger, but it was also available as Vitamin C on Plymouth models. Go Mango returned in 2006 on a limited production run on Charger R/T Daytona models and was also featured on the 2016 Dodge Dart.

“Powerful performance cars like our Dodge Charger and Challenger demand high-impact colors,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands at FCA. “Dodge muscle cars have a long history of unique paint colors with iconic names, and we’ll continue to reach back into our paint code archive to give our enthusiast customers what they want.”

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1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum Gets Jay Leno's Attention: Video

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum Gets Jay Leno’s Attention: Video

This Charger is unlike anything we’ve ever seen

I’ve seen a lot of cars make appearances in Jay Leno’s Garage. I’ve seen a restored 1942 Dodge Power Wagon, a 1990 Lamborghini LM002, a 1974 Datson Sunny 1200 UTE, and a 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus. As unique as all those cars are, I don’t think they’re as unique as the latest piece of machinery found in Jay Leno’s garage.

This is a 1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum and it’s mental beyond reproach. To be clear, there’s no such thing as a Charger Tantrum model. That “Tantrum” comes by way of SpeedKore Performance, a Wisconsin-based aftermarket company that built this 1970 Charger up to such insane levels it earned the nickname “Tantrum.”

It still looks like a 1970 Charger, but SpeedKore Performance designer Sean Smith admitted that there were a few functional changes made to make it look the way it does. For instance, there’s a generous amount of carbon fiber in the body of the car, including the hood, front bumper, and fenders. The interior also gets a generous amount of the lightweight material. Speaking of the cabin, a nice hat tip is in order for that pistol-grip shifter. That’s a swell way to keep the spirit of the Charger alive.

The powertrain is where the real magic lies. According to engine builder Dave Salvaggio, the Tantrum doesn’t have a Chrysler engine, which begs the question, “well, what does it have under that lightweight carbon fiber hood?”

If you want to know the answer, you’re going to have to watch the episode. Here’s a hint: ever heard of Mercury Marine?

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2015 Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3

2015 Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3

Dodge would like you to remember, as you look through the countless aftermarket examples of its cars that will turn up to SEMA, that there are also quite a few Mopar options for customizing your Charger. Even though an argument could be made that optioning your Charger with Mopar accessories doesn’t really make it aftermarket, this kind of thing is always common at SEMA, and from more manufacturers than just Dodge. There are a number of Mopar cars at this year’s show, and for the Charger, the in-house tuner has a concept called the Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3.

The car is tame by SEMA standards, but is a realistic approximation of what most people who wish to tune their Charger will probably be looking to do. Most of the modifications are existing products that are available right now from Mopar, but not quite everything. Hopefully this is one of those situations where Mopar is using the concept as a way of gauging the public’s reaction to the car, and future offerings will be based on that reaction. But, even if that isn’t the purpose, and Mopar just wants to remind everyone that you can buy go-fast parts right from the dealership, it’s still a good looking car.

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2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit

2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit

When Ford decided to finally lay to rest the 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, a huge void was left in the lucrative police vehicle market. In the resulting scramble to provide cruisers to fill that void, Dodge ended up with a much bigger share of this market than it had had in some time, with the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit. Dodge knows that it will have to keep updating the car if it wants to keep its contracts. The 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit is better than ever.

Keen students of the automotive industry will notice that there isn’t a new generation of the Charger for 2016, so the car isn’t entirely new for the model year. Indeed, the updates for 2016 primarily focus on the redesigned Uconnect system. This is really a big thing, but we’ll get into that in a bit. It is worth a look at the car in general though, even the parts that aren’t new, if for no other reason than to see just how different and utilitarian the police version of the car is. The differences between it and the civilian model are striking.

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Next-Gen Charger and Barracuda Convertible Shown to FCA Dealers

Next-Gen Charger and Barracuda Convertible Shown to FCA Dealers

The next-generation Dodge Charger and a new Dodge Barracuda convertible have reportedly been shown at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealer presentation in Las Vegas. If the rumors coming out of Vegas are accurate, the next Charger will resemble the dramatic Dodge Charger concept car from 1999, while the existence of a new Barracuda is corroborated by a name trademark that FCA recently filed in June with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Formerly a Plymouth product, the new Barracuda will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the new 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia, according to Automotive News. It was shown as a convertible, but if it gets the green light, it will likely be available as a coupe as well. It’s also reportedly smaller than the Challenger. It’s not clear if both cars will be sold simultaneously, but the Barracuda could represent both a lighter pony-car alternative to the Challenger and a competitor to the smaller, more-nimble 2016 Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

Like the Barracuda, the next Charger will also be built using the Giulia’s underpinnings. That being the case, expect it to be a slightly smaller than the current sedan. The comparisons to the 1999 Charger Concept are interesting considering it’s now over 15 years old, but if the reports are accurate, look for a sleek, coupe-like profile similar to the current crop of four-door coupes.

Both cars (again, if green lit) will probably arrive in either 2019 or 2020 with a range power by both four- and six-cylinder engines, including the 505-horsepower turbocharged V-6 from the Giulia. An even more powerful V-8 Hellcat option could also be offered.

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Dodge and SRT Want To Expand Hellcat Brand

Dodge and SRT Want To Expand Hellcat Brand

Dodge didn’t expect the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to be as popular as they are. In fact, the demand was so high, Dodge just couldn’t keep up. All 2015 models have been spoken for, and all remaining orders that cannot be fulfilled have been canceled so production of 2016 models can begin. Not all of the cancellations are the fault of Dodge or Chrysler as a company, though – a few sketchy dealers unethically took orders after they hit their order cap for the muscle cars.

The good news is that, as of Monday, August 17, 2015, you can now reserve a 2016 Charger or Challenger Hellcat – with a deposit, of course. Dodge also thought ahead and changed up its ordering system as well. This time around, dealerships will not be able to order above their order cap. Moreover, to help accommodate such a high demand for both vehicles, Dodge has expanded its Hellcat testing capabilities — it will now be able to produce more the twice the number of Hellcat models than it did last year

With the success of the Hellcat models, Dodge is planning on bringing the SRT and Hellcat badges to other models in its lineup. Dodge hasn’t speculated on what models yet, but I suspect we’ll see the Hellcat come to the Durango, 2017 Dodge Ram and maybe even the Barracuda — if Dodge and SRT change their minds about axing the fish car. Despite the demand from customers to create a Viper Hellcat, Dodge has implied that it does not intend to do so. The Viper is a “perfect” track car, according to Dodge, and throwing the Hellcat engine into it would disrupt the 50/50 weight ratio that makes the Viper what it is. Of course, if you’re looking to purchase a Viper anytime soon, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR and its extreme performance should more than satisfy you.

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2016 Challenger And Charger Hellcats Get Price Increases

2016 Challenger And Charger Hellcats Get Price Increases

“It’s like the ’71 Hemi all over again.” That’s a pretty good way to sum up the wildfire sales success of Dodge’s 707-horsepower Hellcat twins, and it’s how Dodge and SRT CEO Tim Kuniskis explained it when asked about that success. Now, Dodge is responding to the laws of supply and demand by giving the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat a price increase of $2,500 and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat an increase of $1,950 for 2016. In return, customers get new standard equipment, including Laguna leather and navigation.

Kuniskis also spoke with Detroit News about broader plans for the Hellcat brand. Dodge has sold roughly 4,500 Hellcats so far in 2015 and plans to double production next year. The previously limited supply meant several customers spent months on waiting lists, which often led to dealers taking deposits for orders they weren’t certain could be fulfilled. In response, Dodge has cleared orders of 2015 Hellcats and reset them for 2016, though customers who initially ordered 2015 cars will get a 2016 at the same cost. A new ordering system also ensures that dealers can’t take deposits for cars they can’t deliver.

The production bottle neck was apparently caused by a limited number of dynamometers at the factory. Each Hellcat engine requires a rigorous 42-minute test, and Dodge has remedied this with expanded dynamometer capacity. Now that Dodge has the capacity to meet demand, expect continued Hellcat sales growth, even despite the minimal price increase.

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2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat HPE800 By Hennessey

2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat HPE800 By Hennessey

Since its inception in the early 1990s, Hennessey Performance Engineering has been looking for ways to improve vehicles from just about every
brand available in the U.S, including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren. The Texas-based company even managed to set an unofficial world record record for street-legal cars with the Hennessey Venom GT, a heavily modified 2015 Lotus Exige S Club Racer that hit 270.49 mph. Now, about a year after Dodge launched the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the world’s fastest, quickest, and most powerful sedan, Hennessey announced plans to develop an upgrade package for Mopar’s four-door muscle car.

Meet the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat HPE800, the sedan that promises to be as quick and powerful as a Ferrari supercar, yet cost less than $100,000.

The Charger Hellcat adds to Hennessey extensive lineup of modified American cars, which includes vehicles from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, and even GMC. Keep reading for the full rundown and stay tuned for updates as well be back as soon as we have them.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 300K Dodge Chargers For Airbag Sensor issues

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 300K Dodge Chargers For Airbag Sensor issues

On July 27th, we brought you a story regarding Fiat Chrysler and the order requiring it to buy back nearly half of a million trucks for major safety concerns. Well today, just a week later, I’m reporting that Chrysler has issued yet another safety recall – this time involving 2011 Dodge Chargers through 2014 Dodge Chargers.

It all started with a safety recall on July 25th that affected more than 660,000 trucks in the United States. It was found that the restraint control modules used in the pickup trucks were incorrectly calibrated, which could result in the accidental deployment of not only seatbelt pretensioners, but the side curtain airbags as well. After this was discovered, Chrysler continued to investigate the rest of the vehicles in its lineup and determined the same problem existed with 284,153 Dodge Chargers. There are also nearly 40,000 vehicles outside the U.S. market that are affected by this problem.

According to Chrysler, actual complaints related to accidental deployment only accounted for 0.005 percent of Dodge Rams recalled, and related complaints from accidental deployment in the Charger only account for 0.01 percent of those recalled. Chrysler claims most accidental deployments have been caused by excessive slamming or kicking of the doors, and there have only been three minor injuries to date. If you own a Charger that is affected by the recall, you’ll be notified by mail when you can schedule an appointment to have the module recalibrated. In the meantime, they ask that you exercise caution when shutting the doors on your Charger.

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Dodge Hellcat Sales Plan For 2016

Dodge Hellcat Sales Plan For 2016

If huge demand and euphoric critical reviews are to be considered indicators, the Dodge Hellcats have been wildly successful so far. And why not? More than 700 horsepower and a top speed over 200 mph for about $60,000 is a formula any red-blooded gearhead is sure to appreciate. Now, Dodge is getting ready to open its order books for the 2016 model year, and it’s streamlining the ordering process and more than doubling production to make sure these torchbearers of the muscle car renaissance continue their streaks of success. 

“We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic response to the Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats – it was absolutely unprecedented, but then again, these 707-horsepower muscle cars are unprecedented,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT brands, FCA US.

All remaining scheduled orders for 2015 Hellcat models will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, while verified sold orders that aren’t scheduled will be canceled. However, customers with canceled orders will receive “special discounted pricing” if they re-order for the 2016 model year (the 2016 is expected to see a price increase, so customers will get the old 2015 pricing with a voucher).

To forgo some of the shenanigans seen in the past, dealers will get a “potential allocation total” for the entire 2016 model year next month. Allocation eligibility will be based on past Dodge sales performance, with the allocation adjusted based on the dealers’ average SRT Challenger and Charger Hellcat “days on lot” performance. Half of the 2016 model year allocation will arrive in August, with the second half scheduled to arrive in February, 2016. 

The ordering system will open the second week of August, with production kicking off in September.

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Dodge Hellcats and Viper Will Be Featured In New "Predators" Campaign: Video

Dodge Hellcats and Viper Will Be Featured In New "Predators" Campaign: Video

How do you feel about 700-horsepower muscle cars? What about Phil Collins? If these are both things you appreciate, then you’ll probably find a lot to like in Dodge’s latest marketing campaign, entitled ‘Predators.’ The sinister new spot features a 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat, 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat and a 2015 Dodge Viper GTS executing a few smoky donuts and skidding around the deserted nighttime streets of Miami. Phil Collins’ 1981 hit ‘In the Air Tonight’ provides the soundtrack — which science has proven to have the greatest drum-fill in the history of music.

The new commercials, both 30- and 90-second versions, highlight Dodge SRT’s halo products and how they shape Dodge’s image as a whole. “We don’t build Hellcats or Vipers for high volume, we build them as brand positioning statements,” says Dodge, SRT and FCA boss Tim Kuniskis. “These vehicles may be a small percentage of our overall sales but they send a very strong message about the brand personality and attitude.”

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat - Driven

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat - Driven

By now, everybody and their grandma knows what the Hellcat name means for Dodge. It’s synonymous with 707 horsepower of supercharged V-8 goodness that makes both the Challenger and the Charger extraordinarily ferocious machines of American might. There are countless write-ups with hard numbers of 0-to-60 times, quarter-mile runs, and so forth. This isn’t one of those reviews. No, I wanted to know what it was like to live with and drive the most powerful production sedan on the planet throughout the week.

Obviously the four-door Charger should be much easier to live with than the 2+2 Challenger – that’s a given – and it proves true. Despite the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat’s insane amount of horsepower and torque, it’s still a Charger underneath. Show up to the rental counter at your local airport, and you can drive the Charger minus the powertrain, fancy (and functional) hood scoops, and performance rubber.

That fact actually helps the Charger Hellcat. Sure it’s a powerful sedan, but it also foregoes the usual compromises associated with a performance-focused machine. So let’s get down and dirty in the daily grind of owning a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

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2015 Dodge Charger R/T Mopar '15

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Mopar ’15

Since 2009, Chrysler has offered a Mopar version of one of its vehicles each year, and for 2015, it is adding this package to its 2015 Charger R/T. The 2015 Dodge Charger R/T gives buyers an updated look, improved performance, and an upgraded cabin.

Oftentimes, automakers release these models and limit them to several thousand models, thus stretching the term “limited edition.” However, the Mopar ’15 is about as limited as they come for an American muscle car at just 50 units. What’s more, the MSRP of the package is a relative bargain.

The question is whether this relatively light package is actually worth the extra scratch or not. Fortunately, with only 50 units up for grabs, chances are that Dodge will have no problem selling out. It will be particularly easy to sell these models to traditional muscle car enthusiasts, as many of them prefer a lower key car without too many in-your-face upgrades.

Continue reading to learn my thoughts on the 2015 Dodge Challenger Mopar ’15.

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The Evolution Of The Hellcat Logo

The Evolution Of The Hellcat Logo

Legendary Mopar muscle cars have always had badass animal-inspired logos and names. Think Super Bee, Barracuda and Road Runner. The Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat twins are continuing the tradition with the now-familiar roaring cat logo that is now synonymous with the tire vaporizing, 707-horsepower cars they represent. But, it almost never happened.

When the Challenger SRT Hellcat was first shown in May 2014, a logo hadn’t been considered, but Dodge began floating some ideas (pictured in these sketches) to its social media followers. “People saw the logo and said, ‘This is awesome,’” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis told Automotive News. “It was originally just supposed to say ‘supercharged’ on the side of the car. But [the logo] got so much attention in social media that at the last minute, we changed from ‘supercharged’ to the actual logo on the car.”

Several ideas were considered, including some more cartoonish ones in the style of older Mopar muscle cars. The hair-raising ‘supercharged’ one in the middle was inspired by the Hellcat Records logo, the record label founded by Tim Armstrong of Rancid and Operation Ivy. But, everyone agreed the one of the snarling cat was by far the coolest, and Dodge included it on Charger SRT Hellcat’s flanks when it was introduced a few months later.

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How Dodge Made Everyone Love The Hellcat

How Dodge Made Everyone Love The Hellcat

In the age of social media and hyper-connectedness, what’s one of the best ways to launch a successful marketing campaign? Let the customers do the talking for you. That’s what Dodge did with the 2015 Hellcat Challenger and Charger, and is now reaping the rewards associated with such high-profile visibility.

Automotive News recently released a report on the Hellcat marketing strategy, highlighting why you simply can’t get away from coverage of the underworld feline. The first step was to let folks wonder what lurked in waiting, giving very few specifics, thus fueling rampant rumor-spreading.

When the Challenger SRT Hellcat officially broke cover last year, Dodge simply said the car would produce over 600 horsepower, inducing heavy speculation as to whether it would out-gun the 645-horsepower Viper. After weeks of conjecture, Dodge said the car would boast some 707 horses, leading to an explosion of web attention. 

Next, folks wondered if all that muscle meant to vehicle was too heavy to be fast. Dodge responded with a video of the Hellcat at the drag strip with car show host Richard Rawlings, revealing on July 11th that the car would post an 11.2-second quarter mile with production tires and a 10.8 with drag radials. 

Cue Internet tongue wagging. 

So the Hellcat was officially powerful and fast. The issue of its asking price was then the topic of debate, a figure ($60,000) that Dodge finally put to bed two weeks after divulging the performance specs.

With the big numbers out in the open, the automaker decided to fan the already sizable flames by dropping cover on the Hellcat Charger in August, followed by vehicle appearances and free ride-alongs at events throughout the country, including the Woodward Dream Cruise near Detroit and the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey car show and concert.

I guess it worked.

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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs. Tesla Model S P85D: Video

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs. Tesla Model S P85D: Video

Power comes in many forms, but it’s hard to find two cars that epitomize horsepower and performance quite like the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat and the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D. And though the two represent the fastest American-made sedans, you couldn’t find two cars more different in their deliveries of their power.

To see how different they are and celebrate their pure awesomeness, MotorTrend has pitted the pair on the drag strip and on some curvy California back roads. Who’s the winner? You’ll have to watch the video for that.

The cars? Yeah, we’ll cover that here.

The Tesla Model S P85D represents the baddest Model S money can buy, and hands-down, the quickest (and fastest) production electric car on the planet. Unlike the standard Model S, the P85D comes with dual electric motors – one on each axle – with a combined 691 horsepower and 687 pound-feet of torque. That translates to a 3.2-second sprint to 60 mph, all while not releasing one ounce of emissions. You could say it gets the green in more ways than one.

The Hellcat, on the other hand, is a snarling, rip-roaring, V-8, monster of a beast with a whopping 707 horsepower and a staggering 650 pound-feet of torque. Its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 sends power to the rear wheels through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The Hellcat does the sprint to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Sure, there’s a 0.5-second difference in times between the two, but who cares when there’s that ferocious V-8 thundering from the dual exhaust?

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1968 Dodge Charger Showing Off At The Track: Video

1968 Dodge Charger Showing Off At The Track: Video

When talking about a second-generation Dodge Charger, racing isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind. Sure, Dodge modified the R/T into the 500 for NASCAR racing and later on it slapped a pointy nose and a huge wing to it to create the Daytona, but the Charger didn’t make an impact outside the oval track. I’m not saying the second-gen Charger is a heavy slouch that can’t take turns. Heck, it’s among my favorite classics. It’s just that in order to turn it into a more nimble machine, you’d have to invest a lot of cash and time in aftermarket parts and a restomod-like rebuild.

Or pretty much what the guy who owns the gorgeous blue Charger in this video did.

Although I don’t have access to most of the details about this car, it’s obvious that it sports a more modern drivetrain and suspension, on top of a new set of wheels wrapped in meatier, low-profile tires. According to the owner, the front suspension is adjustable, while stopping power is provided by Brembo/Wilwood brakes. When you have almost 600 horsepower and more than 600 pound-feet of torque at the tend of your gas pedal, solid brakes all around are mandatory. Of course, it still wouldn’t be competitive against full-fledged race cars, but it’s definitely more potent than a stock 1968 Charger.

What I like most about it is that its exterior has been kept stock. It’s both a cool restomod and a sleeper.

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Meet The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T From Furious 7: Video

Meet The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T From Furious 7: Video

Dennis McCarthy has a pretty cool job. He’s been the picture-car coordinator for the Fast and Furious franchise since Tokyo Drift, which means he’s the man behind all those badass tweaked-out rides you’ve ogled over the years. And now that Furious 7 is rampaging through box offices nationwide, McCarthy got a chance to discuss some of the cars he’s had the pleasure of producing, including his new all-time favorite, the hyper-custom off-road Charger you see bashing its way through the film. Hit play and you’ll find copious close-ups detailing the cars, not to mention a few spots of rubber-burning sprinkled throughout.

“I have a history of off-road racing and for me to be able to combine that experience and what I have a passion for into Dom’s hero vehicle was just a dream come true,” McCarthy said in an interview with theAFICIONAUTO. “That thing is basically a Pro-2 chassis with a Dodge Charger body on top. I tried to make it look like something Dom would be proud to drive.”

For McCarthy, realism is of utmost importance. “My belief is that if you go to a movie and everything’s CG, it just takes away from the final product. People wanna see cars crashing, running into things, sliding through corners… that’s what I think makes this franchise a step above all the others.”

What can we expect from McCarthy in the future? “It is on my list to build a Hemi supercharged Charger for one of these movies.” McCarthy and his crew put one together for F7, but ended up sacrificing it to Hollywood for one of the scenes. Still, he isn’t discouraged: “We need to build that nine-second Charger.”

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Dodge Will Build An Additional 1,000 SRT Hellcat Models

Dodge Will Build An Additional 1,000 SRT Hellcat Models

Just a couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Dodge was going to put production of its SRT Hellcat models on hold due to “unprecedented demand,” but Mopar fans can now rejoice as it sounds like the Hellcat’s vacation was just temporary. Hellcat.org is reporting that Dodge plans to restart production of the 707-horsepower Charger and Challenger, although the production will be capped at just 1,000 units. If the dealer markups and wait lists weren’t insane enough before, they sure will be now.

The excessive demand meant that some dealerships were taking deposits on the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat cars that they simply wouldn’t be able to come through on. After a quick lesson in how dealer allocations work, expect it to be even harder to get a new Hellcat parked in your driveway. Despite the time off to sort through the mess, it isn’t even clear what, if any, kind of headway Dodge made in clearing up backlogged orders that didn’t have a chance of being delivered.

It’s unclear what will become of the Hellcat’s future beyond these extra 1,000 units, but there’s a good chance that this production run will coincide with the end of the 2015 model year.

Continue reading to learn why Dodge decided to increase Hellcat production figures.

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Dodge Law "Not So Fast and Furious": Video

Dodge Law "Not So Fast and Furious": Video

"Some things you just don’t do in a Dodge." That’s the company’s tagline for its latest commercial featuring both the 2015 Challenger and Charger. The sedan plays an undercover police car, but don’t let that detail, as well as the fact that the commercial is named "Not So Fast and Furious" fool you, the scenario is far from being worthy of a Steve McQueen movie. The Challenger driver is actually pulled over for driving too slow and getting passed by an older-generation Volkswagen Passat and then arrested for listening to chamber music.

The cop is none other than TV show host and Gas Monkey Garage owner Richard Rawlings, while his partner is a computer-generated monkey that doesn’t react well to Dodges being overtaken by Passats. Or to chamber music. Heck, I think this monkey needs some anger management therapy.

In all, "Not So Fast and Furious" is a cute commercial promoting two of Dodge’s most powerful offerings, but I’m not sure it sends the best message. There’s nothing wrong with cruising at 45 mph on a public roads and you definitely shouldn’t hammer the gas pedal unless you’re on a closed course. Not even if you’re driving a 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat and the car that just passed you is a rusty AMC Gremlin.

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Dodge Cars Will Be Featured In 'Furious 7' Movie

Dodge Cars Will Be Featured In ’Furious 7’ Movie

Since 2001, the Fast & Furious franchise has brought together petrol-heads of every shape, size, and creed to rejoice in the pleasures of fast cars, electrifying stunts, and plot development as subtle as a bottle of nitrous. From high-strung imports to big-block muscle, bank-breaking exotics to custom one-offs, F&F claims it all. They even had a tank in one of them.

With that said, it should come as no surprise to Mopar fans that Dodge recently announced a promotional partnership with Universal Pictures in support of Furious 7, the latest installment in the series, slated for theatrical release April 3rd.

Notable car stars include a Candy Red 2015 Dodge Charger driven by Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto, a Sublime Green and Black 2015Dodge Challenger R/Tdriven by Michelle Rodrigues’ character Letty Ortiz, and an armored 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimiteddriven by Ludacris’ character Tej Parker. In total, FCA U.S. provided nearly 30 vehicles during production.

Additionally, Dodge vehicles like the Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat will be featured in music videos from Atlantic in support of the original movie soundtrack album.

Dodge has been with the franchise since the beginning, and it would be silly to pull out now. After seven films dedicated to the glory of some of the automaker’s best machinery, I can only imagine that the partnership is as strong as ever. It’s free cars meeting free advertising, all in the name of high entertainment.

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge cars that will be featured in "Furious 7".

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Vs. Dodge Charger Hellcat: Video

Dodge Challenger Hellcat Vs. Dodge Charger Hellcat: Video

With most non-premium carmakers out there downsizing and predominantly preoccupied with fuel efficiency, not many people were expecting Dodge to revolutionize the modern muscle car with the monstrous Hellcat engine. Giving a new meaning to "Detroit muscle," the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 delivers a staggering 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, and is now powering versions of both the Challenger and the Charger.

Performance figures for the two Hellcat-powered cars are similar, with the Challenger having slightly better acceleration figures thanks to its lower weight, while the Charger brings a higher top speed thanks to better aerodynamics. Pitting them against each other would mainly result in clouds of tire smoke, and that is pretty much what happened in the comparison made by Motor Authority. Unfortunately, not even the so-called "scientific" comparison between the two models resulted in a high level of entertainment in my book.

Then again, not everyone is Chris Harris, and I should probably be satisfied just seeing and hearing the Challenger and Charger Hellcats putting down some rubber. With both cars sharing the same engine and having similar performance figures, the only real differences consist of passenger volume and how easy it is to jump in, as the Motor Authority presenter so eloquently describes at one point in the above footage. In the end, it seems that the Charger Hellcat is the comparison winner, but just by a very subjective hair.

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Check Out David Spade's $900k 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

Check Out David Spade’s $900k 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

It’s not often that I find myself perusing the pages of TMZ.com, but that’s just how I stumbled across this rare gem: a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, now reportedly owned by none other than the Grand Poobah of Hemi-loving rednecks, Mr. Joe Dirt (aka David Spade). This flawless example of the Charger Daytona crossed the Mecum Auctions block last month, and while these bullet-nosed winged wonders go up for sale every now and then, the newsworthy bit here is the price Spade paid for the car: a cool $900,000.

Only 503 Charger Daytonas were ever built, but this particular car commanded top dollar due to its provenance, amazing condition and low mileage. Unlike the ratty-looking Charger Daytona that Spade drove in the original Joe Dirt movie, his new acquisition has been fully restored, wearing a flawless coat of the car’s original T5 Copper Metallic paint. Mecum had initially estimated that this Charger Daytona would sell for between $800,000 and $1 million, and it didn’t disappoint.

The gorgeous Charger Daytona was one of 24 vehicles (mostly classic muscle cars) to be sold off as a part of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection, with other cars in the collection including another Daytona painted in Omaha Orange (sold for $280,000) and Burt Reynolds’ personal 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (sold for $90,000).

Click past the jump to read more about David Spade’s newly acquired 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona .

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2015 Dodge Charger - Driven

2015 Dodge Charger - Driven

The Dodge Charger is one of the most impressive cars on sale to wear a badge from an American company. It features a relatively sophisticated suspension setup, a rear-wheel-drive architecture like its German rivals, and if you order it with the 707 horsepower Hellcat V-8, it is the fastest and most powerful production sedan in the entire world.

When I got word that I was getting one of these big American sedans to test, I got excited at all the possibilities. Could I get a Hellcat model? Will it have the Hemi V-8? Will the new styling for 2015 look as good in person as it does in photos? All of these thoughts were running through my head as the mostly bone-stock V-6 Charger rolled into my driveway.

I am not ashamed to say that I was a little disappointed that I had been given the rental-fleet special rather than a fire-breathing V-8, but I was still prepared to give this car a fair shake. After a full week and several hundred miles, would this car be worthy of the Charger name, and is it worth your money?

You’ll have to read on to find out my full thoughts, but I can say that my final verdict on the Charger surprised me.

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Watch the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Back Up Its 204-MPH Top Speed: Video

Watch the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Back Up Its 204-MPH Top Speed: Video

We’ve seen the burnouts, the dyno runs and the quarter-mile times, but one thing we’ve yet to witness with regards to the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a top-speed run to back up its claim of 204 mph. With Dodge getting ready to kick off sales of the Charger Hellcat, it released a video showing this sedan achieving its supercar-like top speed.

For starters, Dodge has the wonderful advantage of owning a 7.5-mile, high-speed oval track. It was here that the Charger Hellcat set its stunning top speed figure, on a cool, late-July morning last year with wind speeds ranging from 8 to 14 mph. It used a radar gun to clock the speed of the car with both a tailwind (206.9 mph) and a headwind (202.2 mph), averaging a top speed of 204.55 mph.

Most importantly, these runs were made with a Charger Hellcat in full production trim, with the exception of added safety items like a roll cage and racing harness. Despite the camouflage (this video was shot before the car’s introduction last August), Dodge says it made no modifications to the car’s aerodynamics, and it even used the stock tires that come on the Hellcat straight from the factory – a set of specially designed Pirelli.

What’s even more amazing is how stable this car looks at such a high speed, which is beyond impressive considering that at its core, it’s just a full-size family sedan.

Click past the jump to read more about 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat .

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Motor Trend Reviews 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: Video

Motor Trend Reviews 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: Video

With regards to the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Motor Trend: Ignition host Carlos Lago muses: “This is a bizarre time to be into cars because we have things like this in existence.” I couldn’t agree more. The technology that carmakers currently have at their disposal makes the seemingly impossible a reality; we have zero-emission sports cars like the 2015 Tesla Model S, lap-crushing SUVs like the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and civilized four-doors with race car performance like the Charger Hellcat.

This is truly a revolutionary time in the automotive industry, which means it’s the right occasion to ask some pretty weighty questions. This video has one: is the Charger Hellcat the ultimate family sedan?

Clearly, the basis for finding an answer is based on two determining factors: practicality and speed. Around town, the Charger Hellcat is docile. The ride isn’t jarring, the exhaust doesn’t reverberate through the cabin, and the exterior design is somewhat inconspicuous.

Put your foot down, and all that changes. When more than 700 horsepower hits those rear wheels, the world blurs around you, the supercharged V-8 bellows, and a good deal of smoke can be seen emanating from the tires. Even better, all of this goodness is available for around $64,000.

It’s a magnificent dual personality — completely compliant for a school run, but flagrantly quick at the track. It’s the right combination for lots of the right reasons.

However, the question remains: is it the ultimate?

Don’t get us wrong: we think the Charger SRT Hellcat is fantastic. But to truly find that answer, we’ll need to set-up a comparison test. Here are a few cars worth inviting: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, 2015 Audi RS3, 2016 Lexus GS F, 2014 BMW M3... Anything else?

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

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Best Dodge SRT Hellcat Burnouts of 2014: Video

Best Dodge SRT Hellcat Burnouts of 2014: Video

2014 was packed with exciting automotive highlights, but none was as mind-blowing as Dodge’s new Hellcat engine. Fitted with a supercharger, the newly developed, 6.2-liter V-8 found its way into the Challenger and the Charger creating two monsters will no less than 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque at their disposal. Arguably the most powerful and quickest in their respective segments, the SRT-badged vehicles took no prisoners once their 0-to-60-mph sprints, quarter-mile times and top speeds were revealed.

Naturally, Dodge didn’t waste any time promoting its Hellcats, putting together a campaign that reminded us of the muscle car era. Both cars established new benchmarks and burned as much rubber as their HEMI-powered ancestors in the process, proving that the muscle car is alive and kicking in the 21st century. Now that 2014 has come to an end and both Hellcats are proudly displayed in dealerships, Fiat Chyrsler Automobiles has released a collection of the best burnouts done in Hellcat-powered Mopars. Nothing but tires squealing and smoke lifting up into the air as the rear wheels spin to intoxicating speeds. Hit the “play” button above to unleash the wrath!

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2014 TopSpeed Year in Review

2014 TopSpeed Year in Review

2015 is almost upon us, car lovers, and TopSpeed has one last post to close out the year that was 2014! As this little blue green ball we all inhabit completes yet another revolution around that warm spot of fusing hydrogen hanging in the sky, we tend to revert back to the time-honored tradition of summarizing a few of the big events that transpired over the course of the year. It’s a crossroads, a time to bask in the glory of past wins, as well as learn from prior mistakes in a bid to avoid such blunders in the future.

In many ways, 2014 was a time of great change and rebirth, with both exciting successes and catastrophic failures laced throughout. We’ve seen the glorious return of heroes like the Dodge Challenger, plus the emergence of exciting new technology like in the Toyota Mirai. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a glut of niche vehicles stretched thin between a variety of purposes, like the Mercedes GLE Coupe, as well as fatal corporate mistakes in a record-breaking year for automotive recalls.

Usually, we’re a glass-half-full kind of crowd, so we’re tempted to say, overall, this most recent spin around the sun yielded a net gain for the automotive world. Perhaps, but we suppose that’s still open for debate. Regardless, it’s been a mixed bag, no doubt about that. But don’t fret: we’re here to tie it up into one neat package for you.

Click past the jump to read our list of highs and lows from 2014.

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2015 Dodge Charger Configurator Goes Live

2015 Dodge Charger Configurator Goes Live

The modern-day, four-door Dodge Charger entered its second generation in 2010, when revised front and rear fascias, as well as a redesigned hood were added. For 2015, the second-gen model received its mid-cycle facelift, which, interestingly enough, brought extensive design changes and the first fully revamped front end since the nameplate’s revival in 2005. Not exactly "all-new," but certainly fresh.

Available in four trim levels below Mopar’s Scat Pack version and SRT’s 392 and Hellcat iterations, the Dodge Charger retails from $27,995 as the SE with RWD and from $35,995 in R/T clothes. I, for one, am not crazy about its Dart-like appearance, but if some of you find it appealing, then you’d be happy know the car’s online configurator is now up and running, and it’s packed with several options you can add inside and out.

Read on to find out more about the 2015 Charger’s features, then head over to Dodge’s website to build your own muscle sedan. And don’t forget to share your selection with us in the comments box below.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Charger.

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Thanksgiving 2014: 5 Things I am Thankful for This Year

Thanksgiving 2014: 5 Things I am Thankful for This Year

2014 has been quite the eventful year in the auto industry, and the best part is we still have December left before the calendar flips to 2015. But since we’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, we wanted to take this opportunity to give thanks to some of the highlights of 2014. It was a long and exhaustive list that we somehow managed to whittle down to five things we’re thankful for.

All items on the list were newsworthy at one point or another during the year, but the things on this list didn’t make it simply because they made news in 2014. Rather, the items on this list have long-term impacts on the evolution of the auto industry moving forward. Whether it was the development of a new engine or the arrival and imminent departure of two supercars, 2014 really had them all.

Read through the things we’re thankful for in 2014 and let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments section.

Click past the jump to read about the five things I am thankful for in 2014.

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