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Aftermarket add-ons now available for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon owners are in for a special treat after Dodge has recently announced that it is making their cars extra special by offering exclusive aftermarket car accessories. Included in the collection are some fancy car covers, a leather-bound track manual and the optionally available street tires for drag performance enthusiasts.

The Pirelli performance tires which come in the sizes of 305/35ZR20 will be wrapped on the 20-inch standard wheels that suit the Challenger Hellcat’s Widebody set-up. The package is only offered on the Dodge Demon which is available for purchase through Mopar Performance Parts and Accessories. Given that the stock drag radials may also be prone to damage especially in colder climates, having an extra set of high performance tires is not far from being a necessity.

Among the aftermarket products currently available are Mopar’s rear seat delete package which gives the owners the option to remove the rear seat if they initially availed the Demon to come with the rear seat. This may sound simple but the package offers all the necessary parts and hardware that would have been used in the first place had the customer chose the Demon without the rear seat ready.

Read the entire article Aftermarket add-ons now available for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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.

Read the entire article SEMA 2017: Ringbrothers’ Defector 1969 Dodge Charger

698-hp Hellcat-powered Dodge Durango is born from Mopar shop in Arizona

Ever heard of a Dodge Durango Hellcat? Of course, no one has heard of a Durango Hellcat. This is because Dodge never developed or created such a model. In case you haven’t heard it too, there is a Durango powered by the same engine found in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, courtesy of a custom Mopar shop near Phoenix, Arizona.

Even with the arrival of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat remains a fiery proposition on the road. After all, it is powered by a monstrous engine – a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 mill – that could deliver 707 hp of max output and 650 lb.-ft. of peak torque. It is also the same engine that powers the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Moreover, it is the same engine that serves as the core of the newly launched Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk mid-size SUV.

Regrettably, Dodge hasn’t decided to equip its own mid-size SUV with this engine from hell. The closest a customer could get for a high-performance version of the Dodge Durango is the one that has been tweaked by SRT. Created for the 2018 model year, the Dodge Durango SRT is tagged by the brand as the fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV in America. It is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that delivers at most 475 hp of output and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. While this 6.4-liter V8 engine is already -- by all means – powerful, it pales in comparison with smaller displacement supercharged Hellcat mill.

Read the entire article 698-hp Hellcat-powered Dodge Durango is born from Mopar shop in Arizona

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.

Read the entire article Dodge Challenger and Charger to come with Maserati's Ghibli architecture

With all the hype surrounding the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it seems that it will be one of the most successful vehicles from the automaker even before it hits the production line.

Dodge never doubted that people would be lining up to purchase the 840 horsepower (626 kilowatt) muscle car. But now, the automaker is pleased to reveal that the Challenger SRT Demon is getting so much attention that its capability to attract customers has trickled down to the other mainstream versions of the Challenger.

FCA's North American passenger car brands said to The Detroit News that the first ever Demon has not been built yet, but the public has been talking about the car since January this year. Moreover, all this hype has pushed sales of the Challenger up and through the roof, and that the automaker has broken sales records this year, said Tim Kuniskis.

Read the entire article 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon breaks records, also boosts sales of other Challenger models

A couple of months ago, we wrote about the group of Viper ACR enthusiasts from America who raised enough money to fly the vehicle out to Germany so it could lap the Green Hell. Initially, their goal was to hit a sub-seven-minute goal, but they were a little shy of this by finishing the Nurburgring in 7:01.3 last week. They still got to break the existing record of 7:03.45, making the ACR the fastest street legal Dodge Viper ever that hit the Nurburgring.

Road & Track was in Germany that time to witness this record breaking act by the Viper ACR, and they also witnessed the car go through some serious hiccups. The first incident was from a seized differential that occurred earlier in the week, which was then followed by a high-speed tire failure after the second lap, which led to a serious crash that happened right after the Viper ACR finished the lap. Luckily, both drivers came out of the car with no injuries. If you would like to see the record-setting lap, you could always check out the video online.

So far, the Viper ACR is the fifth fastest car that has gone around the Nurburgring, at 7:01.3, being just behind the Lamborghini Aventador SV with a 6:59.73 lap time in 2015. But it actually did pretty well compared to the Nissan GT-R Nismo that has a lap time of 7:08.68, as well as the new Mercedes-AMG GT R that has a 7:10.92 time. Furthermore, it did pretty well compared to the previous-generation model that had a record time of 7:12.13 back in 2011.

Read the entire article Dodge Viper ACR takes on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:01.3 [w/video]

On July 21, 2017, this twin-turbo manual Gen 5 SRT Viper set a new world record by running a fourth of a mile in just 9.28 seconds.

But before this, it was also the Gen 5 Viper that held the record for the fastest 6-speed manual transmission in just 9.35 seconds at 157 miles per hour (252 kilometers per hour). When it went through the Carolina Dragway, this race focused model was able to cover the distance in just three passes, and it took only 2.28 seconds at 162 miles per hour (260 kilometers per hour).

Big thanks to the tuner for the twin-turbo forged V10 setup that made it possible to beat the record. This, along with the OEM wheels with Nitto 19” drag radials of course. This setup enabled the car to carry out 1,061 RWHP and 1,000 RWTQ.

Read the entire article Gen-5 Dodge Viper sets new world record with 9.28 seconds for 1/4 mile run [w/video]

A Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is seen running amok in the streets of Pittsburgh from the new Pennzoil ad. “Exorcising the Demon”, as the video title shows, features Rhys Millen and the 840hp Dodge Challenger SRT. To some it may appear as if the high performance synthetic oil brand only wants us to marvel at how the American muscle car can actually drift and perform stunts. Still, the video is incredibly thrilling to watch. It leaves no doubt that it is indeed a stunningly powerful car.

The first part of the video was shot in what looks like a church where all of a sudden there are Pennzoil containers mysteriously falling off the shelves. At some point, you will see a shadowy figure (or what must be a guy wearing a hood) before the video finally takes you to the real action.

The Demon will be seen flying off the bridges and going down an empty tunnel in what seemed like a Hollywood action film. With the 840hp 6.2-liter V8, we think the Demon has more than enough power to drift and drag anywhere it pleases. Overall, Penzzoil effortlessly demonstrates the wild side of the Demon though it is actually designed for the drag strip.

Read the entire article Pennzoil powerslides with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in new video

August 17, 2017 is a sad day for the Dodge Viper, its fans, enthusiasts and its admirers. It is the day when the last Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line, thereby effectively ending the tumultuous run of the brand’s beloved serpent.

This bittersweet event was witnessed by no other than Ralph Gilles, FCA’s head of design. Gilles has played a big role in bringing the Viper back to life in 2012 when he was the president and chief executive of SRT. In his Instagram account, Gilles posted a number of images showing him posing alongside two examples of the fifth generation of the Dodge Viper at FCA's Connor Assembly Plant, which has been the home of the two-seat sports car since 1995.

One of these images feature a Viper wrapped in red finish, which Gilles disclosed in the comments section of his Instagram post as the “ultimate last one.” As the very last example of the Viper, this unit is considered as something special. This could be the reason that Dodge wouldn’t deliver this example of the Viper to any customer, and would instead take it as a keepsake as part of its heritage collection. Another Viper was shown to be wrapped in yellow and black finishes, and it would be delivered to one of Gilles’ friends.

Read the entire article Last Dodge Viper rolled off assembly line in Detroit, production plant to be closed next

This year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles released the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, joining another creation from hell, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Just recently though, speculations have surfaced that FCA might develop a creation from a place opposite of hell: heaven. This comes as FCA apparently applied to trademark the name “Angel” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

As revealed by Fiat Chrysler Authority, FCA applied on July 17, 2017 for the name “Angel” as a trademark to be used for motor vehicles, including passenger automobiles as well as their structural parts, trim, and badges.

The Demon is practically a super-muscle car for FCA’s Dodge brand. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine that could deliver, as standard, 808 horsepower of max output and 717 lb.-ft. of peak torque. A personalized and serialized Demon Crate could unleash the full potential of this Demon V8 engine to 840 hp of max output and 770 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This V8 engine is matched to a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission. With its looks and power source, the Demon is definitely a hellish ride.

Read the entire article FCA seeks to trademark ‘Angel’, application has been filed at US Patent and Trademark Office

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.

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

The Nurburgring is the one track that many automakers want to hold a record of, because only the best of the best do. This time, a group of extraordinary passionate people are trying their best to do everything that they can to make the Viper reclaim its record as the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring. This is because the Conner Assembly plant in Detroit will official close down in August, and these guys just want to give it the best send off. In a few months, the SRT Viper, which was once Dodge’s front-line war horse for 25 years, will say goodbye.

The company itself does not have plans of sending the Viper to the Nurburgring after doing it twice already, which is why you could tell how passionate the individuals are. In fact, they started a group on Facebook called “The Viper Ring Record Run Powered by Kumho and co-sponsored by Prefix”. They’re raising funds so they could send not one, but two Viper ACRs, from the United States to Germany. In order to do this, they need about $150,000 to $200,000 aside from the sponsorships they have got. To do this, they group started a GoFundMe account earlier this January, and as of now, they have already earned $177,642, which means that the attempt to break records at the Green Hell is a go.

To keep their fans and backers informed, they post updates. And last Sunday, 23rd July, they posted an update early in the morning about a solo time slot on The Ring - except that it was raining, but they have a plan B.

Read the entire article Hardcore Dodge Viper ACR fans want to reclaim its Nurburgring record

Good news for 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon buyers, as insurance company Hagerty will make sure they are covered. The company will be offering an insurance package for the owners across the United States and Canada, numbering 3,000 for the U.S. group and 300 for those in Canada.

Just like with any other vehicles that Hagerty covers, Dodge Chalenger SRT Demon owners will get the same Guaranteed Value policy. This means that from the time the policy has been issued, the vehicle’s value will depend on how much it has been used or driven, and will not be established only when the car gets into a collision. By doing so, this eliminates negotiations and arguments over what the car’s value will be in years to come.

Tim Kuniskis, the Head of FCA’s Passenger Car Brands in North America, said that they want to ensure that the owners of these cars have the insurance they need to feel safe whenever they bring the car out on the street. And so Demon owners will be able to make the most out of their car’s performance.

Read the entire article Hagerty is named official insurer of 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

If you’ve been looking for a striking three-row SUV that also has enough power to give you the pleasure that you want, look no further as the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is here. It does not have the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that the Hellcat offers, but it does come with a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 that produces 475 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque. Now, that’s probably the most powerful 3-row SUV we have heard of.

With this engine, the Durango SRT is capable of hitting 0-60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, and has a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. That is very impressive for an SUV that weighs a lot.

The Durango SRT will have a set of 20 inch wheels, Brembo brakes, quad-exhaust tips, Bilstein dampers, and an all-wheel drive system. There will be a driving mode selector which includes seven settings like sport mode. In this mode, shift times of the 8-speed auto can be reduced by up to 50 percent, and can also split torque 35:65 front to rear.

Read the entire article 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is a tempting proposition with its starting price of $64,090

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as we know, is the Demon's less powerful sibling, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But have you ever imagined how it would look if you combine both the Hellcat and the Demon? Well, you don't have to imagine it anymore as the company has put some Demon into the Hellcat.

Yes, you're right. The Hellcat has been given tweaks all over to make it look like the offspring of both. It starts with the Demon's wider body kit that adds 3.5 inches (8.9 centimeters) to the Challenger's already broad flares. This new body kit allows them to add a set of 20-inch split spoke wheels wrapped in 305/35 Pirelli P-Zero tires under the fenders, and paired with Brembo brakes with 15.4-inch two-piece rotors and six-piston front calipers.

If you're interested to get the Hellcat widebody package, there’s no need to panic as this one is not as limited as the Demon. You can get your hands on one by the third quarter of this year with a starting price of $72,590, which already includes the $1,700 tax and $1,095 destination fee.

Read the entire article 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets widebody kit for an overall performance boost

Dodge has made it clear to everyone, including its potential buyers, that the Challenger SRT Demon is a street-legal drag car - that it is unlike any of your ordinary cars, as its name indicates. In fact, most photos that we see of the Demon shows it parked on the drag strip. Plus, knowing that it has an 840 horsepower (626 kilowatt) engine and drag radials standard should be more than enough to deliver the message to the audience.

However, the company probably realised that despite all the warnings and precautions they have given to the people, they will not be in control of what their buyers will do to the car. It wants to make sure that the new owners know exactly what they’re getting with the Challenger SRT Demon. And with good reason too. With the car’s menacing nature, it is not impossible that a few will get into accidents if the car isn’t handled with care.

The company ensures that they’ll stay out of trouble in case anything happens by providing a waiver for buyers to sign as they order their vehicles. The three-page Demon Disclosure Form states everything that comes with a car as dangerous as this. Jalopnik was able to acquire the document which states points like “Customer shall never use any “Track-Use” features on public roads or any prohibited area”.

Read the entire article 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon buyers are required to sign waiver

The wait is finally over for Dodge enthusiasts; the company will be taking orders for the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon this Wednesday, 21 June. The model will have an asking price of $86,090, including gas tax and destination. For those who take orders this week, expect to get your car this fall.

Dodge said in the press announcement that the company has developed a unique ordering process for the Demon, hoping to prevent speculators from selling the model for much higher prices. Examples of the muscle car that will be sold at or below the MSRP, will receive a lower serial number and also get priority scheduling. Meanwhile, those Demons that will be sold higher than the MSRP will have to wait until after the priority production has been completed.

As you all know, the Dodge SRT Challenger Demon is limited to only 3,000 units in the United States, plus an additional 300 units for the Canadian market. Each one of the Demons will have a serial number that indicates its place in the production order. So far, the company has only planned to build a single model year for it.

Read the entire article Dodge changes ordering method for 2018 Challenger SRT Demon to deter opportunists

A bevy of cool facts is now out in the open to help us get more acquainted with the new Dodge Challenger DRT Demon. But while most have already heard about its 840hp and its 2.3-second acceleration to get from zero to 60, there are a few other details we might not have heard about. In a recent interview with the press, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis has let out more information about the project. Among them is the stock version’s ability to break the 10-second barrier sans the 100 high octane race fuel.

Starting with the Demon’s V-8 cooling system, we learned that it is actually capable of rejecting 258kW of heat at rated power. The radiator’s heat rejection is equivalent to 250 oven toasters - the same amount of heat required when you need to boil 1 quart of water in a room temperature within 1.2 seconds.

It was also revealed that the Demon’s high- octane fuel can flow at a rate of 1.36 gallons per minute at rated power. In comparison, a typical shower head can flow at the rate of 2 gallons for every 60 seconds.

Read the entire article Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has more G-force than a Bugatti Veyron

Another day, another news update about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Just a few days after it was reportedly having issues with its production line, we’re back with news regarding the Demon. If you’re interested to be one of the first owners of the 3,300 units of the said model, then this surely will get your attention.

Last week, Dodge officially announced that the Challenger SRT Demon will have a price tag of $84,995. But what is interesting is that there is already an eBay listing for an example of the fastest quarter-mile production car. So, you don’t have to wait until this fall to get your hands on a $84,995 Dodge from the manufacturer, but you can instead get one for three times the price at $250,000, from the well-rated eBay seller.

The seller described the car as “by far the most powerful, mean looking, rare, and ridiculous production car ever made”. However, based on his description, we have doubts whether this guy already has the car on hand or is still waiting for his appointment at the dealership so he can order one. That is when he said that upon buying, there still has to be a discussion on the exact ordering specifications. He also said that if the purchase is made past the order date then the buyer will have to settle with the options chosen by the eBay seller.

Read the entire article 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon shows up on eBay with ridiculous $250K price tag

The right set of tires can be a huge factor when it comes to performance, it can make a difference between victory and loss, whether it be on the drag strip or at the road course. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is lucky enough to have some really wide drag radials from the factory, which is vital to handle 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with race gas. Now, there has been some issue in terms of the production process of the Demon.

It’s really not a good move for a company to put together a specialty car and a family sedan in the same assembly line. Well apparently, the Demon, like any other Dodge Challenger, is built at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario. And according to the latest reports, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s drag tires don’t fit the production line.

One thing is for sure, the 315/40-series tires are not overly massive. In fact, the Viper ACR’s steamroller rubber is much larger as pointed out by a lot of people on Reddit. The difference is that the Viper is not assembled on a line together with a large number of Challenger SXTs with 235/55-18 inch tires. Apparently, the Demon’s tires are built at the plant that builds Chargers and Chrysler 300s. The problem here is that the Demon’s 315 millimeter tire is too wide to fit on the line at the plant.

Read the entire article Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is having production issues with its drag tires
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