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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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2012 Dodge Challenger SRT Project Ultraviolet by Jeff Dunham

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT Project Ultraviolet by Jeff Dunham

The 2012 SEMA Show is about dazzling the world with the capabilities of tuning companies and it takes a strong presence to be able to pull out ahead of the crowd. Chrysler Group’s Mopar and SRT brands are attempting that very feat by teaming up with comedic ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham.

For this build, Dunham is putting aside Walter (the retired, grumpy old man), Achmed (the dead terrorist), Peanut (the hyperactive, purple-skinned "woozle"), and Jose Jalapeño on a Stick (well, that one’s pretty self-explanatory) so that he can team up with Chrysler on "Project Ultraviolet," the tuning package that started off as a Dodge Challenger SRT8. The purpose behind this build is for Chrysler to show off some newly developed technology and a brand new engine. Nothing else is said about the car in this video, but there are two more videos to follow before the 2012 SEMA Auto Show opens its doors.

Are we excited to see what this purple Challenger has to offer? In the words of Jose Jalapeno on a Stick, "Siiiiii, señor!"

Hit the jump to read more on the Dodge Challenger SRT Project Ultraviolet by Jeff Dunham.

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2010 Dodge Challenger Richard Petty Signature Series

2010 Dodge Challenger Richard Petty Signature Series

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jay Leno likes his cars as much as he does cracking jokes and taking back jobs from friends that he previously gave up.

Having said that, we have a deep admiration towards Leno for his longstanding passion for just about anything that has four wheels on it. In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno’s Garage, a special edition American muscle car showed up that bears the name of one NASCAR’s most iconic drivers in its mantle: the Richard Petty Signature Series Dodge Challenger.

Leno was joined by both Greg Steadman, the GM of Petty’s Garage, and the icon himself, Richard Petty, as they discussed the finer workings of the special edition Challenger. After the discussion, Leno took the car out for a spin and during the whole time, had nothing but glowing things to say about the Challenger. Heck, he even went out and did a couple of burnouts with the car against “The King’s” orders.

Head on past the jump for more details on the Petty Signature Series Challenger, as well as a video of the vehicle.

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2011 Dodge Durango Preview

2011 Dodge Durango Preview

Chrysler is preparing the launch of their brand newDurango SUV with the help of the usual car-maker games: teaser images and videos. In this video, images of the Durango filter through the screen with just enough lighting to get a taste of the car’s body. They are not exactly full figure revealing, but they are a lot better than the boring and slightly ridiculous images laid before us for the Ford Explorer. These few sneak peeks were revealed to highlight the design characteristics of the 2011 Dodge Durango, but we should see some more of the all-new three-row performance SUV in the coming weeks.

As previously reported, the 2011 Durango will be built on a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee platform which is also shared with the 2011 Mercedes ML-Class. It will be powered by the same engine as the Jeep model, meaning a Pentastar 280 HP 3.6-liter V6 and the 390 HP 5.7-liter Hemi V8 for the top version. Rumors say that the new Durango will also get a Fiat diesel engine.

For those who are interested in staying in touch with the car’s launch, you can go to www.dodge.com/2011Durango.

UPDATE 08/18/2010: Check out these new teaser images for the 2011 Dodge Durango.

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2009 Dodge Journey

2009 Dodge Journey

When it’s not quite a wagon and not quite an SUV, then it’s a crossover. Dodge takes its first attempt at the segment with the Journey.

The Journey is based on the same D-segment platform as the Avenger; it is a new crossover utility vehicle that fits in between the compact Caliber and Grand Caravan. The Journey provides the passenger space of a minivan, the effectiveness of an SUV and has a large amount of storage bins and spaces.

The Journey was first introduced at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto show. Sales begin with this 2009 model, which was first released to the public last March. The Journey R/T is a crossover that has an almost identical wheelbase to the short-wheelbase Chrysler minivans that it replaces. This 3,800 lb crossover is powered by a 3.5 liter High Output V6 engine. This engine produces 232 horsepower, and is matted to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This is the largest engine available on the Journey models. The base Journey trim, which is known as the Journey SE, is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

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2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4

2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4

It is fast and furious all over again, but this time domestic carmakers are taking the Japanese at their own game. While Chevy is putting a turbo under the hood of their Cobalt, Dodge is also turbo charging the Caliber by adding an SRT4 badge. The SRT4 starts at $23,000 for its 285 horses. It is definitely a deal that you don’t want to pass, at least if you can hang on to the torque happy steering wheel.

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