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SEMA 2017: Ringbrothers’ Defector 1969 Dodge Charger

Not a lot of people outside the United States know of the Wisconsin-based repair shop, Ringbrothers. But soon, they will become larger as they showcase models that they have restored. One of them would be this 1969 Dodge Charger, which they call the Defector that had just made its appearance at the ongoing SEMA show. In total, the team behind this model spent 4,700 hours working on this model and it is also their first time to build a show car based on a Mopar.

Why did it take them that long, you ask? Well, a lot of the time was spent on redesigning the Dodge’s body. Unlike the factory model ’69 Charger, the repair shop has shortened the Defector’s trunk by two inches, losing some of its length. Despite that, its wheelbase has then been extended by another three inches. It is now covered in a BASF colour that they call “Greener On The Other Side.” This is complemented by chrome accents all over the body.

With the Defector’s shortened body, new rocker rails and quarter panels had to be added, together with a new suspension. The new subframe it sits on comes from Detroit Speed. It also has a new rack and pinion steering, and a four-link rear suspension setup. To complete the exterior design, it now rides on a set of 19-inch wheels from HRE that is paired with six-piston front piston Baer brakes.

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Dodge Challenger and Charger to come with Maserati's Ghibli architecture

In a recent report by Automotive News, we learned that FCA is no longer pursuing its original plans in using Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio architecture on both the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. Instead, it will be using the new platform that will underpin Maserati’s new sedan. Automotive News however didn’t name the source of this information.

It is also said that Fiat Chrysler Automotive will be giving both of its vehicle models the final refresh for the 2019 model year before the arrival of its all-new generation range two years after. By that time, the two Dodge models would have already moved on to Maserati Ghibli’s architecture and shall no longer use the ongoing models’ current platform. To add some new twists to the current vehicle lineups, FCA for now has cooked up some special edition packages both for the Dodge Charger and Challenger.

Suffice it to say, Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio RWD architecture will still be used on one of the upcoming generation’s Dodge model -- the Journey SUV. With its intentions in building the most driver-centric sport utility vehicle, FCA will be taking Alfa Rome Stelvio’s engine designs. The next generation SUV range is expected to arrive at the showrooms in 2019 and will soon be manufactured and produced in Italy. Currently, FCA is producing its SUVs in Mexico.

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2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit now able to prevent ambush of officers from the rear

A couple of days ago, Ford came out with their pursuit-rated F-150 Police Responder, and we were quite impressed with what it has to offer. And we are pretty sure police officers were too.

Now, it is Dodge’s turn to show what they have got. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had just announced their new Officer Protection Package for the 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles. The new package enables the car to alert officers of danger behind the car, and it doesn’t just warn them, as the car is programmed to take action in response to these potential danger - just like what we see in movies.

Jeff Kommor, FCA vice president of US sales operations, fleet and small business sales say that the company made this special package as a result of their focus on their officer’s safety in the Charger Pursuit. He also noted that they worked with the Police Advisory Board, and got some input and guidance from them so they can enhance the capabilities of technology for the 2018 model year. So what Dodge has come up with are additional sensors to ensure that their officers have an expanded field of protection, and so that they are always aware of what’s around them.

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Dodge Challenger, Charger, Chrysler 300 will not get a new platform until 2020

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

For a long time, top speed has been the basis in measuring a vehicle’s capability and performance. However, this has become an impractical way since performance cars simply cannot achieve such a speed outside the test track due to road conditions and structure.

Thus, quickness in acceleration becomes a better measure. In terms or racing, it is more practical to record the time it takes for a car to get to a certain speed; standard international scale go by 0 to 100 kilometers or an equivalent 0 to 62 miles per hour while American vehicles us the 60 mph standard.

The ability of a car to get itself to speed up from around a corner is a more significant factor to consider than how it is able to start off at full speed but having to slow down when it comes to a corner.

Read the entire article Nine of the Fastest Accelerating Production Cars of 2016

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

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.

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The 2015 Dodge Charger a.k.a. world’s only four-door muscle car received a new set of Mopar parts and accessories and became the Charger R/T Mopar Concept prior to the 2014 SEMA Show. According to Dodge, the vehicle you see in the photo received a new front splitter, new Mopar side sills and unique Mopar exhaust tips. Moreover, the rear end features a one-piece rear spoiler for better downforce and a more aerodynamic rear profile.

Furthermore, the Charger R/T Concept is finished in TorRed exterior paint, complemented by the gloss black roof and by the forged Mopar lightweight 20-inch wheels featuring a Granite Crystal low gloss finish.

The 5.0-liter HEMI V8 engine found under the hood received a Mopar cold air intake but the company didn’t give us any details regarding the total output. However, we do know that the standard engine delivers 370 hp and 536 Nm (395 lb-ft) of torque, which means that more power means some impressive performance figures.

Read the entire article Dodge Charger R/T Mopar Concept previewed before the 2014 SEMA Show

Dodge officially revealed that the world’s fastest and most powerful sedan a.k.a. the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat will be available in the United States with a starting price of $63,995, including the $1,700 gas guzzler tax but excluding the $995 destination charge. Moreover, pricing includes one day of driving at the SRT Driving Experience that was designed for owners on order to maximize their driving skills on the street or on the racetrack.

If you still don’t know, the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat is powered by a 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engine that produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. This engine is bolted to a new TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission that pushes the vehicle to a top speed of 204 mph or 328 km/h.

Moreover, the vehicle is able to run the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds and the 0-100-0 mph run in under 13 seconds.

Read the entire article 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat gets a starting price of $63,995 in the US

Chrysler released two new ads promoting their 2015 Dodge Charger but what’s more interesting is that both mock the Volkswagen Passat. The first commercial is called “Just Kidding” and presents a Dodge Charger waiting for the green traffic light. In addition, the commercial shows the well-known race track LED taillights and provides the best sound delivered by the HEMI V8.

The second commercial, called "I Wish", is in fact the same video but with a different speech and just like in the first one, the German sedan is mocked again. Both commercials promote the 2015 Charger SRT, which is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that pumps out 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.

For those who don’t know, the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in the high-second range and runs the quarter mile in the high 12s.

Read the entire article Dodge mocks the Passat in the latest Charger SRT commercials

Last month we reported that Dodge will rollout a Hellcat-powered version of the Charger. Well, this is it folks, the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, a car that claims to be the fastest and most powerful sedan in the world. As expected, the vehicle is powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engine that delivers 707 hp and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque.

Bolted to a new TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed transmission, the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat is able to run the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds, the 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds, while the top speed is 204 mph or 328 km/h.

Due to its performances, the vehicle comes as standard with the largest front-brake package over offered in a vehicle produced by the Chrysler Group, featuring the all-new 390 mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers.

Read the entire article Official: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat receives the 707 hp supercharged V8 engine

2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit has officially made its debut and it is ready to catch some burglars with a brand new design. As you can see from the photos, the 2015 Charger Pursuit arrives with a new crosshair grille, LED turn signals as well as daytime running lights (DRLs) and new projector-beam headlamps.

At the rear we see the signature “racetrack” LED tail lamp. Inside, Dodge offers a new 7-inch multi-view instrument gauge cluster, the new-generation Uconnect 5.0 system with a 5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth.

Also new for 2015 is the hands-free Uconnect Phone as standard. In addition, we find a three-spoke sport steering wheel, police-duty front seats with unique bolstering in order to accommodate officer’s belt-mounted gear and column-mounted shifter with Auto Stick.

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Two days ago Chrysler officially confirmed that the all-new 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engine that powers the 2015 Dodge Challenger was rated at 707 hp and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. Today, we found out that Dodge will use the new V8 hellcat engine also on the Charger.

The Hellcat-powered Charger will arrive later this year and will be offered with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. This means that the Challenger SRT Hellcat will be more powerful than the current Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, which uses a 5.5-liter V8 that develops 585 hp and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque.

Still, the vehicle is even more powerful than the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, that uses a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that generates 630 hp and 737 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque.

Read the entire article Dodge Charger SRT powered by the Hellcat V8 engine coming this fall

After a teaser, the new 2015 Dodge Charger finally arrived at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. It’s easy to see that the exterior was almost completely redesigned as the 2015 Charger comes with a new hood, fenders, front and rear fascias, front doors, a three-piece spoiler offered as standard on the R/T model, stylish signature LED racetrack tail lamps, new projector headlamps, LED fog lamps on the SXT and R/T models and a center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).

Moreover, the 2015 Charger received new wheels for all price classes including the impressive 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, but also new 20-inch wheels offered as standard on the R/T models. Dodge will offer new heritage colors such as B5 Blue as well as the TorRed, along with Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl, Ivory Tri-coat Pearl and Bright White.

The interior features new premium, soft-touch materials and in addition, a new 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) digital instrument gauge cluster. Taking a closer look at the center stack, we can see that the 2015 Charger features the latest Uconnect Access suit of technologies. As standard the Uconnect offers a 5-inch touchscreen, while the 8.4-inch touchscreen is available as an option.

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At the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Chrysler prepared something special for us: the 2015 Dodge Challenger and the 2015 Dodge Charger. Both vehicles with be revealed o Thursday, April 17, just ahead of Dodge brand’s 100th anniversary this summer. According to the American carmaker now owned by Fiat, the 2015 Dodge Challenger is inspired by the legendary muscle car and it is new from the inside out.

Meanwhile, the 2015 Dodge Charger will also take the stage at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The 2015 Charger promises to be even better than its predecessor as it received a full-body makeover and almost every single body panel has been resculpted. Moreover, the 2015 Challenger SRT coupe is also expected to debut the long-rumored Hellcat engine.

If we listen to all the rumors the Hellcat is a 6.2-liter version of the well-known HEMI V8, fitted with a supercharger in order to deliver over 640 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. This means that the 2015 Challenger SRT will actually be more powerful than the less successful SRT Viper and will take on muscle cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

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Chrysler Group is recalling around 49,400 Dodge Chargers for possible overheating of headlight components. According to the carmaker, customer service data led engineers to probe into reports similar to those that sparked a 2012 recall of over 9,600 Charger police cars (model years 2011 and 2012) to address overheating of jumper harnesses and other parts.

Chrysler said it is has no knowledge of any injuries or accidents related to either recall. In the latest recall, the US carmaker said it will inspect, and replace if needed at no cost to the owner, the headlight jumper harnesses and bulbs, or headlight assembles on certain 2011-2012 model-year Charger cars fitted with halogen headlights.

The recall covers 43,450 models in the United States, 2,850 in Canada, 375 in Mexico and 2,700 outside of North America. Chrysler said it will communicate with affected owners when they can set service. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety this week closed its investigation into reports of driver-side door fires in 104,593 (MY2012) Jeep Liberty SUVs with no finding of a defect trend, according to documents filed on the agency’s Web site.

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At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler Group introduced new Satin Vapor Editions of the Chrysler 300 SRT, Dodge Challenger SRT and Dodge Charger SRT. We will start with the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition, which comes with 20-inch by-9-inch forged-aluminum split five-spoke wheels with a Black Satin Vapor Chrome finish, new Satin Black mirrors, a Satin Black Spoiler, a new Satin Black spoiler, grey 6.4-liter HEMI badge, Satin Black roof and red Brembo calipers.

Moreover, the vehicle is available in three exterior colours: Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal. Chrysler also offers an optional black body stripe. Inside, the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition features black seats trimmed in Nappa leather with ultra-suede inserts various matte carbon and piano black accents surrounding the instrument panel, door bezels and center console.

Under the hood, we find the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that generates 470 hp (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode), the engine has is capable of doing up to 23 mpg on the highway. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition package is $2,300.

Read the entire article 2014 Chicago: Chrysler debuts the Satin Vapor Editions of 300 SRT, Challenger SRT and Charger SRT

Dodge is celebrating its centennial by introducing the 2014 Charger 100th Anniversary Edition. Already available in Pitch Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Ivory Tri-Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat, Header Orange, this special edition of the four-door muscle car will also be available with an all-new and exclusive High Octane Red Pearl Coat paint.

The centennial car will feature all-new 20 x 8-inch polished five-spoke aluminum wheels with Granite Crystal pockets, with matching Granite Crystal Dodge split-crosshair grille. To commemorate its century of existence, Dodge endowed the special edition with stylistic appointments like “Dodge Est. 1914” bar-style front-fender badges and special Dodge “100” logo on the center caps as well as a body-color rear spoiler and on models with the legendary HEMI and a red “R/T” heritage grille badge. The interior appointments are designed to make the 2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition more exclusive.

Inspired by the rich history of Dodge, designers sought to endow the interior with premium attributes that reflect the patina and machinist legacy of John and Horace Dodge. Thus, the interior features all-new Molten Red or Foundry Black Nappa leather with a custom cloud overprint that wraps the sport seats, center console armrest and door armrests. It also features a distinct three-spoke flat-bottom performance steering wheel that boasts of die-cast paddle shifters for improved driver control.

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The 2014 Dodge Charger also received the Scat Package and as expected, these mimic the one offered on the 2014 Challenger. The The Scat Package 1, Scat Package 2 and Scat Package 3 are the same found on the 2014 Challenger, which means we find the Mopar cold air intake, cat-back exhaust, Mopar performance camshaft, optimized engine calibration, Mopar performance ported and police heads, hi-flow performance headers.

Moreover, each Scat Package comes with a special badge. The 2014 Dodge Charger with the Scat Package sits on 20-inch unique lightweight wheels, Mopar center caps and a Hyperblack II finish.

The exterior also gets a unique front splitter and Redline rear spoiler, while the Scat pack hard badge is found on the rear quarter window. Inside, we find Katzkin black performance leather seats, black leather door panel inserts featuring red leather Dodge stripes and red accent stitching. Furthermore, the vehicle features red seat-belt webbing, red carpet bindings, and red embroidered Dodge Charger logo in the front seats.

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The Cadillac Escalade used to be the most often stolen vehicle in the United States, based on surveys by Highway Loss Data Institute. But not anymore! The Escalade that had been topping the list of most theft-prone vehicle in the US has dropped to sixth.  According to HLDI, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the instances of Escalade being stolen had dropped mainly due to General Motor's effort to overhaul the vehicle to prevent it from becoming a victim of thieves.

HLDI vice president Matt Moore said in a statement that GM has placed "a lot of effort into new antitheft technology," which may explain the Escalade's decline on its list. Topping HLDI's most theft-prone vehicle list was the Ford F-250 crew-cab with four-wheel drive, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. Completing the top five are the GMC Sierra 1500 crew and the Ford F-350 crew with four-wheel drive. HLDI's rankings covered model years 2010 to 2012.

According to GM spokeswoman Sharon Basel, the Escalade has received a number of major anti-theft upgrades, many of which were implemented for the 2012 model year. The Escalade now features the PASS-Key III+ system, which provides more sophisticated encryption for the key and key cylinder. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on the other hand, said in its own report that the Dodge Charger is the most often stolen vehicle in the country.

Read the entire article Ford F-250, Dodge Charger are the most stolen vehicles in the United States