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1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV by Ring Brothers

1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV by Ring Brothers

The 1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV is the latest Ringbrothers creation, which started life in New Zealand

Dodge Charger is one of the most coveted muscle cars ever made. Like other iconic muscle cars, the mighty MOPAR has been immortalized in cinema, with movies like “Bullit”, “Deathproof”, “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry”, and many others. But there’s another way of immortalizing an automotive icon – by reimagining it. When it comes to that, the Ringbrothers are masters at building restomods, and they just came up with a one-off, 1969 Dodge Charger that they built for a special client.

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1969 Dodge Charger Captiv by Ringbrothers Makes A Great Car Even Better

1969 Dodge Charger Captiv by Ringbrothers Makes A Great Car Even Better

707 horsepower sounds a lot more appropriate for a muscle car!

The 1969 Dodge Charger is probably one of the most loved Chargers of all time. Of course, this is mostly due to "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series that featured an orange painted 1969 Charger named "The General Lee." However, truth be told, the 1969 Charger is one of the best Chargers you can get. It was offered with a wide range of engines, starting with 383 and up to 426 HEMI that delivered 425 horsepower. This particular engine made the customers go wild!

Now, Ringbrothers is offering a one-off 1969 Dodge Charger "Captiv" equipped with a Hellcat supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 707 horsepower.

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2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock HPE1000 by Hennessey

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock HPE1000 by Hennessey

With the HPE1000 package, the Challenger Super Stock makes 110 horses and 84 pound-feet of torque more than the standard model on the dyno

Dodge unveiled a special-edition model of the Challenger Redeye Widebody last year called the Challenger Super Stock. The car comes with the famous 6.2-liter, V-8 supercharged HEMI engine that churns out over 800 horses. Hennessey brought this car over to its factory and equipped it with its HPE1000 Performance Upgrade package. The result? 1,000+ horses on paper, but around 800 horses on the dyno. In Hennessey’s defense, it is still more than the Challenger Super Stock’s dyno figures.

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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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2016 Dodge Viper ACR by Geiger Cars

2016 Dodge Viper ACR by Geiger Cars

German tuner puts some extra hot sauce on the Viper ACR’s V-10 engine

The Dodge Viper is headed to an ignominious ending but in fairness to Dodge, the American automaker is making sure that the Viper is going out with a bang. A slew of special edition models based on the Viper ACR have sold out in record time, proving that the Viper collector market is alive and healthy. Sadly, those special editions were of limited quantity so not everyone got the chance to own one. Fret not though because there’s another way to get a non-standard Viper ACR, one that involves taking the aftermarket route. It just so happens that Geiger Cars has just unveiled its new program for the Viper ACR that comes with a performance upgrade that spikes the 8.4-liter V-10’s engine to 765 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque.

The new numbers represent an increase of 120 ponies and 79 pound-feet of torque, enough to give the range-topping Viper some serious road and track capabilities. Imagine what a Geiger-tuned Viper ACR is capable of when the standard model has already set some serious lap times in a number of race tracks. I can only think of the possibilities but for owners of the Viper ACR, they can actually find out for themselves if they avail of Geiger Cars’ tuning program.

Speaking of the program, the engine upgrade isn’t the only thing included in the whole kit. The tuner is also offering what it calls an “Extreme Aero Package,” a set of carbon fiber body kits that were added to help keep Viper ACR owners from losing control of their sports cars. The whole kit can be a bit pricey, especially when you take into account possible shipping costs. But if the need matches up with the desires, then it shouldn’t be a problem adding more juice to the already potent Dodge Viper ACR.

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2016 Dodge Viper Venom 800 by Hennessey

2016 Dodge Viper Venom 800 by Hennessey

American tuner does it again with another stomach-churning upgrade for the Dodge Viper

Hennessey is one of those tuners that don’t need any introduction. But I’m going to give one anyway, especially since the company is responsible for the mind-blowing Venom GT, considered as arguable the fastest production car in the world. The American tuner doesn’t have anything remotely similar to the Venom GT here, but it does have a new tuning program for the Dodge Viper that borrows the Venom name. It’s officially called the Venom 800 and it packs 808 horsepower and 790 pound-feet of torque.

Those numbers may look eye-popping, but anybody who knows anything about Hennessey is aware that these are the kind of numbers the tuner is capable of producing. Heck, that Venom 800 program, as impressive as it looks, isn’t even the most powerful engine upgrade Hennessey has on offer for the Viper. It also has a bigger modification that squeezes out in excess of 1,000 horsepower out of the Viper’s 8.4-liter V-10 engine.

This is the kind of work that Hennessey is capable of. It’s not going to do wonders in the way of cosmetic and aerodynamic upgrades, but when it comes to working on those V-8 engines, there aren’t that many American tuners that can come close to achieving what the Texas-based outfit is routinely capable of doing.

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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat By Hennessey

2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat By Hennessey

700-horsepower muscle car gets the full Hennessey treatment

The Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang may get all the muscle car headlines, but anybody who knows their ponies know that this is a three-car battle. It seems a little strange to say that the Dodge Challenger is the most understated of the three, but the Dodge muscle car has proven to be as capable as its Chevy and Ford counterparts. Hennessey definitely knows what’s up, and that is why it has programs for all three muscle cars. This one, though, is about the Challenger, specifically the Challenger SRT Hellcat version, considered as the most powerful Challenger ever.

So what happens when you take the “most powerful Challenger ever” and hand it over to Hennessey? Magic happens, that’s what. The tuner’s new program for the Dodge muscle car pushes past all of the cosmetic upgrades and focuses solely on making the Challenger’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 mill more powerful. That might sound excessive for some people considering that the muscle car already has 707 horsepower at its disposal. But, last I checked, the word “excessive” is completely foreign to the same company that gave us the Venom GT. There’s no such thing as excess to Hennessey!

Needless to say, the Challenger Hellcat received a series of performance modifications, each offering different output levels depending on what a customer can handle. There’s an HPE800 kit, an HPE850, and for those who really want their Challengers to fly, an HPE1000 program. I know what might interest a majority of Challenger owners, but in the interest of full disclosure, that HPE1000 kit is really something else. Ever wanted to feel what it’s like to cover a quarter-mile in under 10 seconds?

The answer: HPE1000.

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2016 Dodge Viper ACR by GeigerCars

2016 Dodge Viper ACR by GeigerCars

How do you improve a car that has already set lap records at 13 road tracks in the US, including Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, and Willow Springs? The short answer is you don’t. GeigerCars could have taken its usual course of modifying the Dodge Viper ACR to turn it into the black mamba of the race track. Or, it could just try to replicate the viciousness of the Viper ACR by developing its own aerodynamic package that can replicate the sports car’s record-breaking capabilities.

The German tuner opted for the latter and so here we are. This is GeigerCars’ take on the Viper ACR and it comes with what the company calls an “Extreme Aero Package” to help improve the car’s performance capabilities and turn it into a razor-sharp street legal track car across the Atlantic.

The aerodynamic modifications on this Viper are extensive and were developed with the singular purpose of improving its handling on the track. There was very little work done on the engine - surprising, right? - but according to Geiger, any improvement on the power of the Viper’s 8.4-liter V-10 engine would’ve made the car a handful to drive in any condition.

In the end, GeigerCars reconfigured the Viper the way it intended it to. It still won’t be the fastest car on the autobahn, but with all the modifications tied into improving the car’s overall handling, I can’t imagine how awesome this car can go on a race track, especially in those tight corners.

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2015 Dodge Viper GTS 710R By GeigerCars

2015 Dodge Viper GTS 710R By GeigerCars

The Dodge Viper will be never be confused for being one of those cars that’s sensitive to the whims of the environment. Eco-friendliness isn’t in the Viper’s vocabulary and that’s fine for those loyal to the homegrown sports car. These type of people kneel at the altar of that 8.4-liter V-10 engine, one that produces a whopping 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. German tuner Geiger Cars counts itself among this lot and it has even taken its love for the Viper to a whole new level courtesy of a new tuning program dedicated to the American sports car.

Comprised mainly of aero upgrades and performance modifications, Geiger Cars is no stranger to these type of builds. Over the years, it has built programs for the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro. In other words, tuning kits for American sports cars is Geiger’s jam.

Sure, the Viper might need things of that sort considering that it already packs a wallop just by having that V-10 sitting under its hood. But, like most tuning shops, Geiger Cars isn’t concerned with what’s already there as much as what’s not there…yet.

Owners of the Viper, especially those in Germany, should at least give this new program a look. It’s one thing to have 640 horsepower rampaging along the Autobahns. It’s another thing entirely to do the same with more than 700 ponies at your disposal.

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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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2015 Dodge Dart R/T Concept

2015 Dodge Dart R/T Concept

The list of Dodge vehicles prepped for SEMA keeps growing. This one is the Dart R/T Concept and combines quite a few exterior modifications to strengthen the Dart’s street cred.

Most noticeable is the matte-black hood, roof, and rear decklid combined with matching 18-inch wheels. That’s contrasted by Dodge’s O-So-Orange paint that really makes the Dart stand out.

Besides the color combination, this Dart sports a new front fascia with an enlarged grille opening that provides extra airflow to the engine’s intercooler. The grille features new textures and LED fog-lamp surrounds. Also feeding more air into the car is that updated hood. The all aluminum piece has a large intake that forces air directly into the turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four’s air intake. Further back, a heat extractor helps remove hot air and positive pressure from the engine bay.

Dodge added several Mopar parts to this concept that dress it up even more, including a front chin splitter, side-sill accents, and a rear fascia diffuser. That rear diffuser molds itself around some bold, 3.5-inch exhaust tips that let everyone know the Dart is coming. On the decklid, a large three-piece spoiler adds some downforce and sport.

Last but certainly not least are some actual mechanical modifications. A Mopar big-brake kit brings the whole operation to a halt and adjustable coil-over shocks help the Dart feel more darty.

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2015 Dodge Challenger T/A Concept

2015 Dodge Challenger T/A Concept

Dodge introduced the Challenger T/A as a 1970-only model and racing homologation car. In order to race the Challenger in the SCCA’s Trans Am championship, Dodge built a street version of its race car under the T/A moniker. The T/A shared the same 5.6-liter engine with the Trans Am racer, but while the latter used a destroked version, the road-legal coupe gained a trio of two-barrel carburetors atop an aluminum intake manifold. That’s how the 340 Six Pack engine was born. Officially rated at 290 ponies, the mill was said to make about 320 horsepower. Extra features that set the T/A apart from its standard sibling included front disc brakes, a heavy-duty suspension, bigger tires on the rear, front and rear spoilers, a black hood, and thick side stripes. The interior, on the other hand, was bone-stock. The T/A needed 14.3 seconds to complete the quarter-mile, which was a half-second quicker than the standard 340 Challenger and nearly a full second slower than the 426 HEMI-equipped cars. The Challenger T/A wasn’t offered beyond the 1970 model year, but, as we venture into 2015, Dodge is reviving the Trans Am moniker for the SEMA Show.

The T/A returns only as a concept for now, but the resemblance with the legendary classic is astonishing. That makes me want a production version in showrooms A.S.A.P., and the fact that the T/A Concept was preceded by the 2015 Challenger SRT Trans Am makes me think Dodge is planning to put it on the assembly line sometime in 2015. But until that happens, let’s have a look at the concept heading to Las Vegas.

Updated 01/23/2015: The new Challenger T/A Concept also made an appearance at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and we were there to take some shots. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Dodge Viper ACR Concept

2015 Dodge Viper ACR Concept

The Viper ACR (American Club Racing) model was introduced in 1999, three years into the second generation of the sports car. Available only as a coupe, the ACR received a host of aerodynamic and mechanical enhancements developed for the track. A revised front bumper, a vented hood and a fixed rear wing were the main body highlights, while a stiffer, adjustable suspension improved its handling. Likewise, the 8.0-liter V-10 of the second-gen Viper had its output increased by 10 ponies to 460 horsepower for the ACR. Curb weight was reduced by more than 50 pounds. The third-gen Viper didn’t offer an ACR version, but the track-ready sports car returned in 2008 with even more updates. But unlike its predecessor, the new ACR didn’t have any engine modifications as the 8.4-liter V-10 kept its stock 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. In 2011, a 2010 Viper ACR lapped the Nurburgring track in 7 minutes, 12.13 seconds. The sports car remains the sixth fastest production car on the "Green Hell" as of 2014. The 2010 model year was the last year for the ACR, but as we approach 2015, Dodge is showcasing an ACR Concept based on the fifth-generation model at the SEMA Show.

Could this mean the track-spec Viper is returning after a four-year absence? Dodge has yet to confirm it, but the concept car looks very familiar and ready to hit the assembly line. Check out the details after the jump as we wait for Chrysler to release more photos of the new ACR.

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2015 Dodge Charger R/T Mopar Concept

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Mopar Concept

The 2014 SEMA Auto Show is just around the corner so Mopar’s been extremely busy these days with plenty of products headed to Las Vegas. Two, in particular, are of the Dodge Charger variety, one of which is the Charger R/T Mopar Concept. The conceptual preview version may not have the dealership immediacy another SEMA-bound Charger, the Charger Scat Pack, but it does provide a good indication on what the meaty, four-door muscle car could look after spending some time on Mopar’s operating table.

The Charger R/T Mopar Concept isn’t meant to dramatically alter our perception of the Charger. Instead, Mopar opted for more subtle improvements, enough at least to give the Charger a little more pep in its step. It’s debatable if the Charger really does need one, but for the sake of the R/T Mopar Concept, let’s just say that it does.

It features a healthy dose of Mopar products, carefully added for both aesthetic and aerodynamic reasons. It even gets a fancy, new exterior paint, a set of massive wheels, and engine modifications that gives the four-door muscle car a “jolt” of added power. That’s a nice way of putting it, although it would have been really nice if Dodge and/or Mopar actually revealed how much “jolt” the Charger really got.

Remember, the Charger already packs a 5.7-liter, Hemi, V-8 engine that pumps out 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque on its own.

Hopefully, Mopar spills the beans when the Charger R/T Mopar Concept is unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show together with the entire Mopar-tuned brood.

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2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Test Vehicle by Mopar

2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Test Vehicle by Mopar

The second coming of the muscle car era in the late 2000s and early 2010s has brought about the reintroduction of factory-built drag cars. And Chrysler is no stranger to this realm. Hell, its Challenger Hellcat could hold its own against plenty of amateur dragsters, but for semi-pro and lower-level pro drag racing, you need a little more. This is where the Challenger Drag Pak comes in to play, and Chrysler and Mopar have just shown off the first test vehicle for this upcoming rig.

What is so awesome about these factory-built drag cars is that they are true-to-the-original racers. Unlike so many race cars, these models have real headlights, taillights and other details, and not just stickers in the places where these items would be.

We’ve already seen what the latest Mustang Cobra Jet and COPO Camaro have to offer, now it’s time to see what Mopar and Chrysler can do to get the new 2015 Challenger down the quarter mile as quickly as possible.

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2014 SRT Viper GTS by Inspired Autosport

2014 SRT Viper GTS by Inspired Autosport

With a whopping 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, and fearsome, American-made looks, the 2014 SRT Viper is one mean and powerful machine. To most, the "Snake" is perfect. To others, albeit not that many, the Viper could still use some improvements. It’s not often we see the near-supercar receive an aftermarket makeover, but companies such as Inspired Autosport are always up for the challenge.

Known for adding a touch of uniqueness to an array of vehicles, ranging from Mercedes-Benz SUVs to Lamborghini supercars, IA added the 2014 SRT Viper to its portfolio. The request came from a customers who did not want to take delivery of the 640-horsepower beast without a few extras inside and out, and thus "Project #Merica" was born.

The base car was none other than the GTS, the top-of-the-line Viper that costs no less than $124,985 before options. Did IA succeed in their mission to enhance a one of America’s coolest sports cars? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper GTS by Inspired Autosport.

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