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Mopar celebrates 80 years with the 2017 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition

Believe it or not, Mopar has been a part of the automotive world for 80 years. Yes, Mopar is celebrating its 80 years of existence this 2017, and as part of the celebrations the original equipment manufacturer for Chrysler (now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is launching the Mopar ‘17 Dodge Challenger limited edition vehicle.

As you may have guessed, this limited edition is derived from the 2017 Dodge Challenger. It may not be as hellish as the Challenger SRT Hellcat or as devilish as the upcoming Challenger SRT Demon, but the Mopar ‘17 Dodge Challenger is something to be excited about. It is more civil than its hot siblings, but it is quite special as it celebrates the brand’s 80th anniversary. Its limited status rises by the fact that Mopar is planning to create only 160 examples – 80 for each of the two color schemes of the Mopar ‘17 Dodge Challenger. It will be the brand’s eighth limited-edition Mopar-modified vehicle since 2010.

Thanks to the Mopar Custom Shop, the Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger received two-tone exterior coloring schemes. The first one pairs Pitch Black with Contusion Blue, while the second scheme matches Pitch Black with Billet Silver. The Pitch Black tone dominates the upper portion of the Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger, starting from the grille to the bonnet, and from roof to the rear decklid spoiler. Of course, these parts are courtesy of Mopar like the Shaker Hood package and the Shaker Hood scoop surround. In addition, the Mopar Design badge on the spoiler is specified to be black-on-black. Moreover, a special Mopar 392 logo is hand-painted on the lower portion of the Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger.

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X-Tomi renders a 2018 Dodge Durango SRT pickup truck

A cross between the new Durango SRT and a Dakota pickup is clearly not a bad idea. But Chrysler has stopped producing the Dodge Dakota a long time ago. In fact, we haven’t seen the company participate in the mid-size pickup category for more than 6 years.

If only Chrysler comes out with a new replacement for the famous utility wagon, it would be awesome if it ends up with the same styling cues like the one on the new SUV. We bet this is what X-Tomi Design had in mind when it drew a speculative rendering of the supposed Dodge Durango SRT hauler truck.

It’s plain to see that the artist had placed a pickup bed on the latest SUV’s body. But the Durango is actually based on the Dodge Dakota pickup right from the very start. While nowadays it is bigger and seems to be bearing some kind of a “crossover styling cues”, most of the idea is still taken from the original cargo truck. Let’s put it this way, if Chrysler had done the exact same thing, this is how the Durango is going to look like if it comes with an open bed.

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT 7-seater SUV boasts 475 horsepower

Dodge is making a bold move by introducing a 475 hp V8-powered Durango SRT. Despite not using the Hellcat’s 707hp engine, the three-row full-size Durango SRT is its fastest SUV at the moment. It also packs up to 475 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to push the new SUV from zero to sixty in under 4.4 seconds before hitting a quarter mile within 12.9 seconds.

Apart from its 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8 engine, the 2018 Durango SRT is built with exciting new features. To begin, the SUV is equipped with Track, Sport, Snow, ECO, Tow and Valet driving modes. The Sport Mode allows its transmission “shift times” to reduce by at least 50% than when using the normal Auto Mode. At the same time, the Sport Mode sends 65% of torque to the rear while 70% more torque is delivered when the Track Mode is applied.

The Durango SRT also features the latest cold-air intake that helps supply cool air to the engine at any driving condition. If there’s more, the SUV’s TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic gearbox has been recalibrated to accurately determine the vehicle’s longitudinal and lateral acceleration points, engine torque gradients, tire slip and other variables.

Read the entire article 2018 Dodge Durango SRT 7-seater SUV boasts 475 horsepower

Fans start crowd-funding campaign for Nurburgring lap record attempt for Dodge Viper ACR Extreme

A group of Dodge Viper fans and enthusiasts wants the high-performance sports car to set a new lap record at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Since a large amount of money is needed to achieve this feat, they have initiated a crowd-funding campaign.

It has been a while since the Dodge Viper ACR broke the lap record at the Nurburgring circuit. The previous generation of the Dodge Viper ACR was fast enough to complete a lap at the Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 12.13 seconds in September 2011. It was then the fastest street-legal production vehicle at the Nurburgring. Since then, the Dodge Viper ACR’s record has been surpassed by only a few other production vehicles, namely the Porsche 918 Spyder (2013), Lamborghini Aventador SV (2015), Nissan GT-R Nismo (2015) and the Mercedes-AMG GT R (2016). The Porsche 918 Spyder currently holds the Nurburgring lap record with a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds.

While there is a considerable gap in the lap times of the previous Dodge Viper ACR and the Porsche 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring, the present generation of the Dodge Viper – specified with ACR Extreme aero packages – could pose a real threat to the current record. The current Dodge Viper ACR Extreme is powered by an 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers 645 hp of max output and 600 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This pales in comparison to the total amount of power the hybrid powertrain of the Porsche 918 Spyder could provide: up to 875 hp of output and up to 940 lb.-ft. of torque.

Read the entire article Fans start crowd-funding campaign for Nurburgring lap record attempt for Dodge Viper ACR Extreme

Dodge is continuing the teasing game for the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Dodge has uploaded a new video clip – the third one in as many weeks – that shows a more solid look on the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, although all it showed was the muscle car’s rear end and its wheels.

The past two teaser clips – titled “Caged” and “Reduction” were more enigmatic than solid. The teaser game changed in the third teaser clip titled “Body.” This teaser clip lasts for only 27 seconds but the information it showed is already helpful. Basically, the video shows the Challenger SRT Demon revving up and spewing up some smokes. It also showed the Demon’s wide tires as well as its tire tracks. Near the end of the third video, the rear end of the Challenger SRT Demon was shown, indicating that not much else has changed on the posterior of the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

What is amazing about the latest teaser is the fact the wide drag radial tires – measuring 315 mm (around one foot) in width -- of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is fitted straight from the factory. These could be the widest front tires (315/40 Nitto NT05R tires) that have been installed on a production vehicle. Of course, if we are talking about tires of this width, the purpose would be maximizing as much traction from a drag launch. These tires are developed specially for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and boast of a new compound and specific tire construction.

Read the entire article 3rd teaser clip for new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon shows its rear end

What is hotter and more menacing than a Hellcat? If we ask Dodge, its answer would be the “Demon.” Of course, we aren’t talking about a demon with horns and a trident. The subject here is the upcoming 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Yes, the Demon is back.

In an ominous manner, Dodge has announced that the Demon nameplate is back. As the trailer shows, the Demon will definitely lord over the two current Hellcats that were launched around two years ago – the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat. Dubbed as the world’s most powerful and fastest muscle cars -- the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat upped the tempo two years ago. They will still be Dodge’s ultimate prides until the arrival of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon later this year.

So far, Dodge has released two pre-debut teaser videos as well as launched a new dedicated Web site -- www.ifyouknowyouknow.com – in which Dodge followers could get updates, contents and insight into the development of the brand’s new "ultimate performance halo.”

Read the entire article Dodge teases lighter but meaner 2018 Challenger SRT Demon

If you always wanted to own a muscle car for everyday use, we think now is the right time to have one. Apart from the added AWD traction, the new Challenger GT also comes with better fuel economy. Well, that also means the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT won’t come with a V8 engine. This will probably leave those who had been wishing for an AWD Hellcat very disappointed. Or maybe not.

According to the EPA’s leaked info, Dodge’s latest model will have the 3.6-litre, V6 engine along with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. This type of engine can deliver as much as 305 hp with up to 268 lb-ft of torque. The EPA has estimated its fuel economy to be at least 18 miles per gallon for the city, 27 mpg for the highway and 21 mpg combined.

Consider the added traction as a bonus, which will be perfect for the cold weather and slippery roads this time of the year. Above all, the price for the Dodge Challenger GT starts at $34,490.

Read the entire article 2017 Dodge Challenger GT arrives with 305 hp and AWD

The car brand has stopped taking orders only a couple of months ago since they needed time to determine the exact number of units that they have to build. Apparently, they ran short of headlamps and had no idea then if they can still accommodate all the orders. In fact, it was earlier reported that they also ran out of “aero wings” around September and that also prompted them to postpone further bookings for the ACR variant.

There are no details regarding the total number of Vipers to be assembled. But a big chunk of the final batch was already bought by a dealership based in North Carolina. Gerry Wood Dodge from Salisbury has come up with its own 2017 limited edition models. The ACR as we know is the most popular of the entire Viper’s line-up. No doubt, Gerry Wood Dodge’s special edition ACRs was allegedly sold out in less than an hour.

In a recent interview with the Detroit News, Fiat Chrysler’s head for passenger car brands Tim Kuniskis described how the “demand for ACR” was unexpected. Since they knew more or less how many they could build, he thinks that they are almost ready to take new orders.

Read the entire article Hear ye, this is your last chance to own a Dodge Viper!

Fiat Chrysler is reported to continue with its line-up of large cars well until 2020. Both the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger are not expected to have any redesigns through the Giorgio platform all the way to the 2021 model year. This is true as well for the Chrysler 300 sedans. This information was revealed by Automotive News citing two sources.

The Giorgio platform mentioned forms the basis of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the same vehicle that is expected to begin sales by the end of this year in North America. With regards to this platform, it is likely that for the North American market, the platform would be made wider and longer for it to be used for the Challenger and the Charger. In addition, the Giorgio platform has the needed rigidity to help the brand make a comeback on the convertible market. Should this happen, it would be the brand’s return to this segment after it stopped production of the Chrysler 200 Convertible back in 2014.

According to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, the platform’s versatility was no accident as it was created at the same time as the launching of the Giulia. He adds that the architecture has more than proven its worth and the best benefit that it gives in terms of technical development is that it can be used on a wide array of applications.

Read the entire article Dodge Challenger, Charger, Chrysler 300 will not get a new platform until 2020

There have been rumors circulating that FCA will offer an all-wheel drive version of the new Dodge Challenger. FCA has yet to officially confirm whether such a version of the Dodge Challenger will be up for grabs in the near future. But it seems it will be.

However, FCA wasn’t the one that made the confirmation. Instead, the United States Environmental Protection Agency – through its Web site – has confirmed that there will be an all-wheel drive Dodge Challenger GT for the 2017 model year. Although the EPA Web site doesn’t actually specify that the new 2017 Challenger GT is the all-wheel drive model on the main page of the listing, the specs page for the vehicle clearly states that this Dodge offering is an all-wheel drive.

Having an all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT listed at EPA’s Web site is the next true thing to official unveiling. The list covers all cars that will be sold to the general public. In addition, the Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel drive model is listed as one of the options for the 2017 model year, which means that there is huge chance that this version is a real thing.

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Soon, Fiat Chrysler’s Dodge brand will be ending the production of the Dodge Viper. So practically, the 2017 Dodge Viper will be the last Viper up for grabs.

Gerry Wood Dodge, a dealership in Salisbury, North Carolina, is taking advantage of the situation to ensure that those interested in acquiring these American supercars have their own. But, they better hurry, as Gerry Wood Dodge ordered only 135 to 140 units of the remaining 2017 Dodge Viper. So, if you want one, call or visit this dealership as soon as you can.

Boasting of being purely American-made, the 2017 Dodge Viper hand-built supercar is powered by a high-output naturally aspirated engine mated to a manual transmission.

Read the entire article North Carolina dealership wants to get 140 of remaining 2017 Dodge Vipers

Challenger is one of the best performing vehicles in Dodge’s artillery of muscle cars. Packed with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, the Challenger R/T can produce 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and it comes with a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. However, a very exciting version of the Challenger is currently for sale. Coming from the deepest pits of hell or rather, from Dodge’s production line is the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Unlike the standard version of the Challenger which is powered by the 3.0-liter Pentastar V6, the Challenger SRT Hellcat it is packed with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8. But wait, there’s more! What makes it more imposing than its ancestor is that it is able to produce 222 horsepower more than the Challenger R/T, that is, a whopping 707 horsepower plus 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The Hellcat is one hell of a muscle car as it speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 199 miles per hour.

It’s amazing how much this muscle car can achieve. Now imagine the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s already awesome stature getting a boost, say, a convertible version. I bet you’d be as excited. You won’t be the first to dream for this to be built. But there’s one man who made it happen.

Read the entire article One-off Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Convertible is up for sale

Dodge is expanding its color palette with the introduction of a modern version of heritage-inspired Go Mango exterior paint on 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT models. This new exterior paint color is now available exclusively on 2016 Challenger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat as well as 2016 Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat.

Dealers can already order this new Go Mango exterior paint color. Go Mango was first made available by Dodge on the 1970 Challenger. It was also offered, albeit on limited production run, in 2006 on certain Charger R/T Daytona models.

This paint color was most recently featured on the 2016 Dodge Dart. A modernized version of this next generation and limited-edition exterior color blend combines orange and red tones to showcase the vaunted Dodge performance attitude.

Read the entire article Dodge launches exclusive Go Mango paint for 2016 Challenger and Charger SRT models

FCA US LLC, also known as Chrysler, reported a surge in its January 2016 sales after having sold a total of 155,037 units last month. Considered as the group’s best January monthly sales figure in nine years, it also represents a 7 percent increase in monthly sales when compared to the January 2015 sales of 145,007 vehicles.

Chrysler Group continued its 70-month year-over-year sales gains boosted by the sales figures of the company’s three brands, composed of Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck, all reporting increased January sales compared to year ago levels. Dodge posted the most notable increase of 19% and now holds the record as the largest sales gain for any FCA US brand for the month of January.

According the FCA US LLC, nine models made January records this year. For the Jeep brand, the three models that did quite well are Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass. The three performers from the Dodge brand include the Dodge Journey crossover, Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger.

Read the entire article FCA announces best January sales in 9 years with 155,037 units sold

Star Wars fans in Los Angeles received a treat from Dec. 11 to Dec. 14 as a 707hp Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that were styled to look like the First Order Stormtrooper patrolled the streets.

A black Dodge Viper ACR that took inspiration from Kylo Ren also joined this troop. The locations of the vehicles were tracked in real time on Twitter with the hashtags #Dodge and #TheForceAwakens. If you ask us, this was a brilliant way to promote the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on social media.

This move was made possible with the partnership between FCA US and Disney as well as Lucasfilm as they co-promoted this movie, which is set to open on Dec. 18. Fans got the chance to have their photos and videos taken with these Star Wars-themed vehicles.

Read the entire article Three Star Wars-themed Dodge vehicles roam the streets of Los Angeles

For drivers who want to learn how to pilot high performance machines from Dodge and SRT from professionals and on a track, here is their big chance. Dodge and the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving have formed “The Official High Performance Driving School of Dodge/SRT.”

Those who can take part in this endeavor are Dodge customers who purchase or lease a MY2015 or MY2016 Dodge/SRT. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, they will be able to take part in a one-day driving class handled by professional instructors with on-the-wheel driving and racing lessons on the track.

The lessons will be held at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona. They will be taught skid control, accident avoidance and line technique. They will also take part in a lead-and-follow session.

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Canadian tuner SR Auto was tasked with decking out this Dodge Challenger Hellcat to the maximum. The tuner did not disappoint, managing to turn this authentic American muscle car to something even more powerful. The styling has veered quite a bit off the usual path though.

Employing an Airrex air suspension system, SR Auto effectively lowered the car to the ground. The system used a compressor that was installed directly into the car’s trunk. From the compressor, the team installed pressure lines on all four corners of the trunk.

Exterior upgrades included a Liberty Walk body kit, and 20-inch PUR LG05 wheels for both the front and rear. The front wheels measured 20x11 inches while the rear had 20x12 inch wheels. Both come adorned with a matte black diamond face.

Read the entire article SR Auto Group draws controversy with green Dodge Challenger Hellcat

A recall will be issued for 88,346 Dodge Challengers by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to repair a defect with the driver-side frontal airbag, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on its website last Saturday. According to the NHTSA safety report, the recall covers 2008-2010 model year Challengers produced between September 2007 and October 2010.

This report adds to the list that the NHTSA got from the company last May in relation to a nationwide recall to replace defective airbags built by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The report revealed that moisture may get into the inflators on the affected devices and this could lead to rupture, spraying metal bits on the driver.

The agency also said that Chrysler will get a replacement for the frontal airbag inflators but this isn’t available for now. These Takata airbags are at the center of what is likely to become the biggest auto safety recall in the U.S., related to 8 fatalities and hundreds of injuries that span more than 10 years.

Read the entire article FCA announces Takata airbag recall of 2008-2010 Dodge Challengers

Ordering has started for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer). This is a track variant of the two-seat sports coupe that features a much stiffer chassis and a big carbon-fiber rear wing as well as additional aerodynamic features to boost downforce. The last time that Dodge offered a Viper ACR was in 2010. The Viper was redesigned in 2012.

Like other Vipers, the street-legal race car is equipped with a 645-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine and six-speed manual transmission. However, its on-track performance is better due to revisions made to the chassis and suspension. It is built by hand at the assembly plant of Fiat Chrysler in Detroit. The buyer can have a unique car since it can be bought in a one-of-one configuration that other customers won’t be able to duplicate.

Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge brand and its SRT performance group, described this Viper track car as the fastest street-legal car that the company has ever made. He also referred to this car as the “halo” of its track segment. The ACR has a giant carbon-fiber rear wing and a one-of-a-kind hood to improve air flow and four dive planes.

Read the entire article Ordering begins for $117,895 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

FCA has just introduced the new 2015 Dodge Durango R/T, an updated version of its well-known SUV which features class-exclusive Radar Red Nappa leather seats. According to the manufacturer, the seats were only available on the Charger and Challenger models, but now the Radar Red Nappa leather is ready to complement the sporty attitude of the R/T’s exterior features.

Dodge will still offer the black Nappa leather setting, which is available with the optional Premium Nappa Leather Group. For those who don’t know, the Premium Nappa Leather Group is available for just $1,195. As standard, the 2015 Durango R/T is available with 20-inch performance tires, a 20 mm lower ride height, a sporty monochromatic exterior appearance with black headlamp bezels and LED daytime running lights.

Moreover, we find the R/T-embroidered leather seating with contrasting red or black stitching, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, premium audio with 9 speakers and subwoofer, power liftgate and HID low-beam headlamps. Under the hood, there is the same 5.7-liter HEMI V8 petrol engine developing 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque with a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds.

Read the entire article 2015 Dodge Durango R/T receives new upgrades, including Radar Red Nappa leather seats
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