Dodge has recently announced the new GT and TA 2.0 Special Edition trim levels, a modest five-horsepower increase, a one-mpg jump on the EPA’s highway rating, and a significant price drop across the board for the V-10-powerwed 2015 Viper. However, something was still missing: a roadster. It seems like this may not be an issue much longer, as rumors of the drop-top Dodge are swirling with increasing frequency.
When the fifth-generation Viper came out for 2013, it defied Viper tradition by not offering a roadster version. Heck, the first-generation Viper was only offered as an open-top roadster. Dodge has said in the past the fifth-gen Viper was designed with a roadster version in mind, having been made with extra structural supports integrated into the design from the start, but we have yet to see it.
It’s likely slow initial sales that made Dodge and (SRT) hold off on investing the extra cash on roadster production, allowing sales of the current cars to increase. Unfortunately, that never happened. Unlike hotcakes, the Viper continued to sell more like stale bread at a gas station. Perhaps Dodge will just bite the bullet and build the roadster version in hopes that increased sales will happen. Combine the drop-top with the $15,000 drop in price – along with the other improvements – and the Viper just might make a rebound. And in anticipation of the possible Dodge Viper Roaster, we created a rendering to help give you an idea of what to expect.
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The Dodge Viper saga began in 1991, when Chrysler introduced the semi-supercar commonly known as the modern-day Cobra. The production model was based on a concept car showcased in 1989 and carried an 8.0-liter, V-10 engine under its long hood. Sold as a roadster at first, the Viper gained a coupe version in 1996, when the second-gen car was unveiled. Numerous upgrades were implemented until 2010, including a displacement increase to 8.3 liters and an output update to more than 500 horsepower, when the Viper was discontinued after four generations only to return as the SRT Viper in 2013. Heading into 2015, the SRT and Dodge brands have again become one, allowing the Dodge Viper SRT to return.
When the Viper returned under the SRT brand, it arrived with a redesigned body and a slightly larger engine. Enlarged to displace 8.4 liters, the V-10 powerplant delivered 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, a figure that remained unchanged until 2014. Going into 2015, the iconic Viper remains pretty much the same, save for the name change, a five-pony power bump, and various, but minor interior and exterior upgrades.
Updated 07/28/2014: New details on the 2015 Dodge Viper report that the sports car will deliver an additional five horsepower over the 2014 SRT version. The only question is if the 645 horsepower will help boost the very poor sales of the sports car. (Road And Track)
Updated 09/08/2014: Dodge announced that the 2015 Viper will go on sale at a price of $84,995 - which represents a reduction of $15k over the previous year.
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Rumors about an SRT-prepped Dodge Dart have been floating around ever since the compact sedan was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. But hopes of a successor for the Neon SRT-4 – phased out in 2005 – were somewhat crushed when SRT CEO Ralph Gilles said at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show that the brand has yet to find the right powertrain for the car.
Months have passed since we’ve heard anything about the Dart SRT, but it appears Dodge finally came to its senses and started working on a high performance compact. The good news came straight from the Fiat Chrysler alliance, who has just unveiled its massive five-year production plan.
With the SRT brand now back under Dodge, a host of new models will be built by 2018, with a high performance version of the Dart among them. Although the company has yet to confirm whether the compact will roll out with a SRT4 badge, it did say the vehicle will arrive in late 2016, right after the current-generation Dart gets its mid-cycle refresh.
The big news is that the brawny version of the sedan will be motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, just like the Caliber SRT4 and the Neon SRT4, and sold with an all-wheel-drive configuration. Specific details aren’t available at the time of this writing, but expect for the Dart SRT to get a beefed-up 2.4-liter Tigershark engine tuned to deliver at least 260 horsepower.
Naturally, the sportier version of the Dart will also arrive with a host of visual upgrades (check out our rendering here), including a pair aggressive bumpers, a larger apron intake, a rear diffuser, and probably a hood scoop. Under-the-skin improvements are likely to include a stiffer, performance-tuned suspension and additional driving modes.
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Lately it seems like the upcoming Barracuda is taking all of Dodge’s limelight, but we have been missing the fact that the Challenger is coming up on its fifth year in its current body design and is due for a redesign. There have been rumors swirling that the next-gen Challenger could hit showrooms as early as 2014, as either an early-2015 or late-2014 model. What we are still uncertain of is what exactly will change with this redesign.
Rumors began in the Challenger enthusiast world that Dodge would move its full-size coupe to a more compact chassis to help it better handle the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. According to a report from Automobile Magazine, the Challenger will continue to share its “DNA” with its 300 and Charger brethren. This leads to either the Challenger remaining a hefty vehicle – much to the chagrin of enthusiasts – or Chrysler completely revamping the chassis that the 300, Challenger, and Charger sit atop. The latter is very unlikely.
What we’ll likely see is a slight revision to the body and lighting, just to give it a new look, and some weight-loss measures. Things like aluminum panels, thinner metals, lighter rims, and so on, will help get the Challenger’s heft in check and maybe make it a more manageable car.
Under the hood, you can expect little change, with the exception of the elimination of the 6.4-liter SRT8 model, as the Pentastar V-6 engine is a serviceable engine relative to the Camaro and Mustang V-6 engines, and the Hemi V-8 lineup is as stout as ever, though it could use some tweaking in the efficiency area with the new CAFÉ standards being passed.
The row-your-own-gears option is a no go on the 2012 model, but with all of the outcry from V-6 buyers wanting a manual option, Dodge will likely comply in the next generation. As for the V-8 models’ transmission, look out for an 8-speed variant with paddle shifters. A dual-clutch system would be nice, but it’s highly unlikely.
For now, we simply have to wait and see. We will update this review as more information becomes available on the next-gen Challenger.
It seems as though the entire Fiat ownership umbrella is undergoing significant lineup changes in the upcoming years and this includes the entire Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep lineups. One rather odd model that we just received confirmation on is the Dodge Journey SRT6. The only car that could have been more awkward of an addition to the SRT lineup would have been if Dodge slapped an SRT badge on the now discontinued Caliber… Oh wait, they tried that.
Regardless of its awkwardness, seeing that “6” on the end of “SRT” is rather intriguing, as that definitely indicates some serious muscle is on the way. The Journey R/T, the likely donor car for the SRT6 model, has a powerful-as-is 3.6-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and pumping more power from that Pentastar is pretty eyebrow raising.
Given the fact that most STR4 and SRT6 models include either a supercharger or a turbocharger, we would expect this Pentastar V-6 engine to crank out upwards of 370 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque with a turbo or 330 horsepower and 325 pound-feet with a supercharger. Regardless of the configuration, this will make this crossover SUV, which looks more like a minivan than an SUV, a real screamer.
We also anticipate the SRT6 model to come standard with all-wheel drive, as anything less than that would be a true disservice to Dodge’s customer base. On top of all of the performance enhancements, expect SRT to inject some appearance items. The likely additions will include 20-inch rims, ground effects, a custom interior, and a lower stance.
While there is no anticipated release date yet, we expect to see the SRT6 as a mid-2013 model or an early 2014 model. We will continue to keep you updated as more details come out, but on the surface, this looks like one crossover not to be messed with. Our hats go off to the Fiat leadership for thinking outside the box, now we just have to see if people actually buy it.
2021 Dodge Barracuda
The 2021 Dodge Barracuda is an upcoming sports coupe Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Set to replace the Dodge Challenger, the Barracuda will compete in the same muscle car segment as the highly popular Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Rumored to make a comeback since 2007, it seems that the Barracuda nameplate will finally return for the 2021 model year. However, since the original Plymouth brand is no longer around, the Barracuda badge will come back on a Dodge. Details as still slim as of March 2020, but we put together a speculative review based on everything we know so far. Check it out below.
Dodge has just unveiled the 2012 Dart at the Detroit Auto Show and there are already rumors about a more powerful version called SRT4 is already under development. The upcoming Dart SRT4 should arrive just in time for the 2014 model year as a competitor for models like Ford Focus ST. Prices will be kept under $30k.
Just like its standard Dart brother, the SRT4 will borrow heavily from te Alfa Romeo Giulietta. However, do not expect to see the same 230 HP 1.7-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine because its competitor, the Focus ST gets a total of 247 HP under the hood. This means that most like the upcoming Dart SRT4 will be powered by a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine with the output raised in the 285 HP area.
Also the next Dart SRT4 will be distinguished by a meaner appearance that will include manner functional scoops and vents, an aggressive rear deck spoiler, stiffer springs and dampers, larger wheels, and upgraded rubber.