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Dodge has a storied history that goes back to 1900, but it's biggest claim to fame was its muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s. And, that heritage still lives on today with models like the Challenger and Charger, both of which can be had with a 707-horsepower, Hemi V-8. The Challenger has also been offered in Demon form with even better performance. Outside of muscle cars, the Dodge brand is also known for the Durango SUV and Dodge Grand Caravan. The company still sells the Dodge Journey, but it seems as if nobody really buys it, and it's beyond due for retirement. Dodge Ram pickup trucks are now sold under the RAM brand aren't associated with the Dodge name anymore. Dodge should be introducing next-gen versions of the Challenger and Charger in the next few years, and maybe even a replacement for the Journey. For now, however, the brand keeps a small lineup of just five vehicles that all start below the $30,000 mark, with the exception of the Dodge Durango that starts at $30,150.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The quickest and most powerful factory-built muscle car ever!

Introduced in 2008, when Dodge basically revived the nameplate after a 25-year hiatus, the fourth-generation Challenger is the oldest muscle car available in U.S. showrooms and one of the longest running models as of 2017. Using underpinnings that date back to the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2002-2009), the Challenger managed to survive all these years against the more modern Mustang and Camaro, redesigned in 2015 and 2016, respectively. But, even though the Challenger is dated compared to its rivals, it can be had with some of the most powerful drivetrains in its segment, which is why it’s still popular with pony car fans. Having launched the 707-horsepower Hellcat in 2015, Dodge took things to a new level with the Challenger SRT Demon.

Described as a vehicle that will shake "the foundation of the entire performance car industry," the Challenger SRT Demon is indeed an unprecedented creation in the market. Not only incredibly powerful, it’s also fully equipped to race at the drag strip and comes with numerous industry-first features. While the Hellcat was often described as ludicrous, the Demon is downright insane and the stats suggest it’s quicker than just about any supercar out there! “With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts, said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at FCA North America. “To do so, we had to set records that have never been set before, do more than has ever been done before, go beyond even the legendary Hellcat.”

Updated 09/01/2017: Dodge released a series of new images for the 2018 Demon and we have to admit, this new Granite exterior paint makes it look even better!

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

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Dodge Needs Money, So the Durango Hellcat is a Top Priority

Dodge Needs Money, So the Durango Hellcat is a Top Priority

There’s nothing quite like a 707-horsepower SUV to get people excited about cars again

Like most automakers these days, Dodge is bleeding money in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the whole world. And like most automakers, Dodge is reopening its business in an attempt to stem the tide and bring some much-needed cash flow back to its coffers. A big part of that plan, at least according to Mopar Insiders, is to prioritize the launch of the Dodge Durango.

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This Modern Interpretation of the Dodge Deora Concept Just Made the Future Chevy El Camino Weap in Fear

This Modern Interpretation of the Dodge Deora Concept Just Made the Future Chevy El Camino Weap in Fear

Is this the cool, electric pickup truck we deserve?

Unveiled in 1967, the Dodge Deora is one of the craziest concept cars of the 1960s. Based on the Dodge A100 pickup, the Deora was built by brothers Mike and Larry Alexander and showcased at the 1967 Detroit Autorama, where it won no fewer than nine awards. Chrysler liked the design so much that it leased the truck for two years to display alongside its factory concept cars. The Deora inspired a Hot Wheels model car and resurfaced in the early 2000s when it was restored. The Deora was auctioned off for $324,500 in 2009. More than ten years later, the Deora was reimagined as a modern concept car.

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Odd Car for Sale: 2013 Dodge Challenger Custom "Daytona" Coupe

Odd Car for Sale: 2013 Dodge Challenger Custom "Daytona" Coupe

The modern Daytona that Dodge never built

Produced for a short time in 1969, the Dodge Charger Daytona was a radical, aerodynamic version of the iconic muscle car developed specifically for NASCAR racing. Because competition rules required a run of road-legal cars to be produced for homologation, the Charger Daytona made it on public roads to become one of the most valuable cars of the golden muscle car era. The Daytona made five comebacks to the market, the most recent one in 2020, but none of the modern renditions were as radical as the original car. But someone decided to fix that by creating an aerodynamic Daytona model using the Dodge Challenger as a base. And you can buy it online via Barrett-Jackson.

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Hear a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Roar as It Scorches the Half-Mile

Hear a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Roar as It Scorches the Half-Mile

Just listen to it sing the song of its people while it hits 150 mph

We knew the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye was a beast, we just didn’t get the chance of seeing it devour the half-mile. But since we’re now given that opportunity, we’ll hit replay on this video all day long. And we strongly advise that you do the same.

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Resurrection: Is the Dodge Dakota Really Making a Comeback?

Resurrection: Is the Dodge Dakota Really Making a Comeback?

A trademark has been filed, but it may not be used on the upcoming compact pickup truck

Ram is the only major truck maker that doesn’t have a presence in the overcrowded midsize pickup truck market. However, it looks like that’s set to change. FCA had previously announced that it will come up with a compact truck in 2022.

People have connected the dots with the latest Dakota trademark filing and presumed that the truck will be given the moniker. However, the trademark doesn’t even specify that. While both these things are true - the arrival of a new compact pickup truck in the future and FCA filing a trademark for Dakota – they may not be connected to each other at all.

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Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?

Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?

The answer has a lot to do with weight and traction

They say power is nothing without control and what better field to test that out than the performance car arena? As you’re about to see in this C8 Corvette versus Charger Hellcat skirmish, packing a bucketload of horsepower doesn’t stand a chance in front of less power complemented by less weight, better grip, and sharper aerodynamics.

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Vin Diesel's Fast and Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Is Now a Lego Technic Set

Vin Diesel’s Fast and Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Is Now a Lego Technic Set

The perfect muscle car to hoon in isolation

Here’s another reason for Fast and Furious fans to jump for joy. The franchise teamed up with Lego to build Dom Toretto’s Charger and the end result is just as smashing as the Fast and Furious muscle car. Plus, given the whole coronavirus isolation thing going on globally, getting the set will offer a massive boost for any gearhead’s morale these days.

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Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K

Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K

These performance cars are cheap, fast, and have all had previous owners

With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.

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Everything We Know About The 2021 Dodge Barracuda

Everything We Know About The 2021 Dodge Barracuda

A replacement for the Dodge Challenger built on an Alfa Romeo platform

Rumors about a modern Barracuda have been flying around since 2007. That’s 13 years as of 2020 and many of us have lost hope that a revival of the iconic Cuda will happen.

However, it seems that the Barracuda may indeed return for the 2021 model years as a replacement for the Dodge Challenger. And it will do so under the Dodge brand since the Plymouth marque was discontinued back in 2001. Official details about the 2021 Barracuda are still scant, but we gathered all the information there is about the modern incarnation of this muscle car legend.

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The New Batmobile Is the Lovechild of a DeTomaso Mangusta and a '69 Dodge Charger

The New Batmobile Is the Lovechild of a DeTomaso Mangusta and a ’69 Dodge Charger

We’ll miss the Tumbler but this looks simply awesome

We’ve got to hand it to you, Robert Pattinson aka the new Batman just got handed a sweet-ass ride. The car itself is a huge step from the puny Volvo C30 he used to drive as Edward in Twilight, but that aside, we are intrigued as to what sort of base was used to create it.

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A New Mid-Engine Dodge Viper Rendering Will Make Even Haters Pray for a Comeback

A New Mid-Engine Dodge Viper Rendering Will Make Even Haters Pray for a Comeback

This is, seriously, what the next step in the Viper’s evolution would be, but Dodge had to screw it up for everybody

It was a sad day for Dodge fans when the Viper was officially discontinued. We’re still not sure exactly why it was discontinued. Some said it was because the now-required side curtain airbags couldn’t be integrated into the current model and it would be too expensive to implement a redesign. Of course, Dodge has become a fan of running models to death – more than 10 years in the case of the Challenger and Charger – so it’s not all that surprising. Others speculated that it was just a scheme to make money – once it was discontinued they could run-off a bunch of over-priced special-edition models and make some extra cheddar (they did,) sell off some memorabilia (they did,) wait a few years, and then bring the nameplate back. Regardless of the real reason, it’s now 2020 and we still don’t have a new, sixth-gen Dodge Viper. A new rendering, however, shows us what could have been.

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Did Dodge Just Tease an Upcoming Durango Hellcat?

Did Dodge Just Tease an Upcoming Durango Hellcat?

Oh boy, Dodge, don’t just leave us hanging in here

It’s the year 2020 and Dodge is still selling the bonkers Durango SRT, which can still pull off 0-60 mph sprints in 4.4 seconds. It’s also America’s most powerful SUV that comes with a three-row arrangement as standard thanks to a naturally-aspirated 6.4-liter HEMI V-8.

So, does the world really need a higher-performance Durango iteration? Not really but hey, shoehorning a Hellcat V-8 inside the Durango can’t go wrong, right? Especially since the transplant would be done in the confines of Dodge’s facilities under the close supervision of the brand’s mechanics and engineers, and not by your street-corner auto shop.

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Video: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Races Camaro ZL1 1LE and Hellcat Redeye

Video: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Races Camaro ZL1 1LE and Hellcat Redeye

This is the ultimate battle between America’s top-flight supercharged V-8s

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a massive appetite for both drag and track races. Winning them, too. Not that long ago, Ford’s top dog showed it is no pushover in front of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, beating the Hellcat effortlessly in a quarter-mile race. But this time, it has to face the Redeye.

As it turns out, the Shelby GT500 is also well-equipped to do battle against its domestic rivals. In this new episode of Throttle House, the go-fast Mustang had to face the challenge of Chevrolet’s ZL1 1LE and Dodge’s Challenger Hellcat Redeye, under the close supervision of Jason Cammisa and Randy Pobst.

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Wacky Races: Dodge Challenger Hellcat Battles Lambo Urus on the Track

Wacky Races: Dodge Challenger Hellcat Battles Lambo Urus on the Track

One’s a muscle car, the other’s a super-SUV, and you won’t believe which one’s quicker on a circuit

Let’s be honest here. Which of the two would you take for a spin during track day? Is it the beefy Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye or the chunkyLamborghini Urus? Tough call, right? We’re thinking none of them, just to be clear, but MotorTrend here did it anyway.

So, here’s the thing. You’ve got a heavy SUV racing against a heavy muscle car that’s been fitted with bits and bobs from the Demon, a car that’s designed and built to go freakishly fast in a straight line. Hell, what can go wrong?

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2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody – Driven

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody – Driven

Of all the American Muscle Cars on the Market, the SRT Hellcat Widebody stands out with impressive power and four doors.

These days, the “Hellcat” name is synonymous with power, and that holds true with the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Much like the standard Hellcat, this Charger sits in a very small bubble that includes cars like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Chevy Corvette Stingray, and even the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. It’s the unique, four-door configuration that really made the Charger Hellcat stand out, and the widebody model takes that to the next level. Make no mistake, the Widebody charger isn’t just an aesthetic package, and we got to experience just what it has to offer. This is what our week-long experience with 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody was like.

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You're More Than Likely Assured an "L" If You Decide to Race This Dodge Viper

You’re More Than Likely Assured an "L" If You Decide to Race This Dodge Viper

A record-setting run for a record-setting American sports car

Dodge Vipers are famous for being fast; the most recent iteration of the American sports car featured an 8.4-liter V-10 engine that produced 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque and it was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 208 mph. But as fast as the Viper was before it was retired, nothing can prepare you for this Viper. This refers to a heavily modified 2006 Dodge Viper that recently set the record for the fastest recorded speed in a Viper when it clocked a mind-bending top speed run that maxed out at 252 mph. The record was set at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 252-mph run was far and away the fastest a Dodge Viper has gone. Best of all, the Viper that did it is actually street legal.

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The First Dodge Viper Ever Produced Just Sold for $285,500

The First Dodge Viper Ever Produced Just Sold for $285,500

Owned by Lee Iacocca himself

The Dodge Viper came in a time when Chrysler was associated with people carriers and compact front-wheel drive cars. It was first shown in concept guise back in January 1989 after just one year under development and the first customers got their Vipers in the early months of 1992. The rest, as they say, is history.

Also history - of the living ilk - is this particular red-painted Dodge Viper, for two reasons: it’s the very first to leave the assembly line and it had one owner throughout its entire life. That owner is Lee Iacocca, who sadly passed away on July the 2nd, 2019.

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Watch a Mustang Shelby GT500 Take On the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Redeye in a 2,200-Horsepower Drag Race

Watch a Mustang Shelby GT500 Take On the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Redeye in a 2,200-Horsepower Drag Race

It doesn’t get more American than that, fellas

We know we love a proper drag race and we’re pretty sure you do, too. So today’s rumble comes courtesy of Edmunds, who took three muscle car top dogs and had them jump at each other’s throats.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye battle for quarter-mile bragging rights. We won’t tell you who wins just yet, but remember this: it’s not always the most powerful car that takes the cake.

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What is the Cheapest Dodge?

The Dodge Journey wears the crown for cheapest in the Dodge lineup with a starting price of just $22,995, which isn’t a bad price for a midsized crossover. Of course, Dodge couldn’t charge much for the Journey as it went into production back in 2008 and has never seen a real redesign since. Dodge has a bad habit of letting models live longer than they should, and the Journey is a prime example of this. While it might be the cheapest and will get the job done, the chassis underneath is old and outdated, as is the technology inside. Be that as it may, Dodge still managed to move nearly 100,000 examples of the Journey last year, which really isn’t bad for an 11-year-old design in the grand scheme of things.

What is the Sportiest Dodge?

Believe it or not, the Charger, Challenger, and Durango are all sporty in their own right, and all three can take home the trophy for being the sportiest. The Charger is the brand’s only sedan offering and, if you’re into sedans, you’ll find that it’s a pretty sporty proposition for something that starts below $20,000. It’s definitely sportier than comparable offerings from Ford and Chevy. The Challenger is our personal favorite and is a pretty sporty coupe with a lot of muscle car DNA built in. The Dodge Durango is a prime example of what a sporty SUV is supposed to look like, and it can even be had with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.

What is the Most Popular Dodge?

Dodge’s most popular model is the Dodge Grand Caravan, with sales totaling 151,927 for all of 2018, with the second best seller being the Journey (yes the one that it seems nobody still buys). If you add the sales of the Charger (around 80,000 for 2018) and the Challenger (around 66,000 for 2018) they wouldn’t match the high sales number of the Grand Caravan. Part of the Caravan’s success, however, is the fact that it’s used largely by municipalities and is also great for customization for handicap drivers.

What is the Most Expensive Dodge?

With the Dodge Viper no longer in the lineup, Dodge’s most expensive model is the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. It is powered by the same 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 but delivers 797 Horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. It’s the closest you can get to the now sold-out Dodge Demon and commands an entry price of $77,945. That’s $43,000 more than the entry-level Challenger. If you’re interested in sedans, the most expensive Charger is the SRT Hellcat with 707 horsepower and an entry price of $67,495.

What is the Fastest Dodge?

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is actually, somehow, 1 mph faster than the Challenger Hellcat Redeye with a claimed top speed of 204 mph. Be that as it may, the Challenger Hellcat Redeye is able to hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and run a 10.8-second quarter-mile straight off the production line. If that’s not fast enough for you, then you shouldn’t be looking at an American car company to quench your thirst for speed.

Are Dodges Reliable?

How reliable a Dodge really is varies greatly depending on who you ask. According to JD Power, Dodge is ranked No. 29 in the U.S. out of all major automakers, beating out only Fiat, Land Rover, and Volvo. According to JD Power, Dodge has been found to have 178 problems per 100 vehicles built. On the other hand, Repair Pal ranks that Dodge brand with a four out of five rating, or No. 15 out of 32 car brands. According to that outlet, the average cost of repair is $580, which is $51 below average, while the frequency of unexpected repairs comes down to 0.3 times per year, 0.1 times below average. 13 percent of all unscheduled repairs for Dodge models is considered severe. So, as you can see, there are polarizing opinions.