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Prices of Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Grand Cherokee Summit cut in China

Chrysler Group is trimming the prices of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 in China by CHY65,000 ($10,500) and the Grand Cherokee Summit by CHY45,000 ($7,300) following a report that it has become a subject of an anti-monopoly investigation by the National Development and Reform Commission.

China National Radio reported that the NDRC in Shanghai was near to closing a probe into possible monopolistic practices at Chrysler and said that Chrysler would be punished in the near future.

Chrysler will also trim prices of around 145 high-value and high volume warranty components by 20 percent. Daphne Zheng, managing director of Chrysler Group China Sales Limited, remarked that the price cuts were voluntary and the carmaker would “look for additional opportunities” to proactively improve its competitive offer in China.

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Marchionne places personal Dodge Challenger SRT8 under auction

A package of Chrysler Group chief executive Sergio Marchionne’s customized 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and Mopar’s latest HEMI V-8 crate engine will be placed under the hammer in the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 4-6, 2013. The auction of the package is in support of United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM), as proceeds will be donated to the organization.

The special contribution is concurrent with United Way’s annual community giving campaign launched in September 2012, aiming to raise $35 million in funds. Marchionne, who serves as Campaign Chair for the campaign, helped launched the annual campaign on Sept. 14, 2012, with a symbolic torch lighting ceremony on Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Michael J. Brennan, President and chief executive of United Way, thanked Marchionne and Chrysler Group for their “commitment to Detroit and its surrounding communities.”

Brennan remarked that the generous support of people who will participate in the Barrett-Jackson auction will allow United Way to accelerate the impact of its work in three interconnected areas: education, income and basic needs.

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Dodge brings the 2013 Challenger SRT8 Core

SRT has applied the Super Bee treatment to the 2012 Challenger SRT8, leading to the SRT8 Yellow Jacket. The new 2013 Challenger SRT8 Core has basically the same components but it will have some new features. For instance, the SRT8 Core models have all types of blacked-out trim, which include a black grille, rear spoiler, “392” logos for the front fenders, and Brembo brake calipers.

Black is usually available as an exterior paint color, but buyers can also opt for Mopar goods and get the Hemi Orange and Plum Crazy, which are unique to the Challenger Core trim. All other Challenger SRT8 colors can also be offered on SRT8 Core models with the exception of Phantom Black tri-coat pearl and Redline pearl. It is powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8.

It should be coupled with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic. It’s believed that the Challenger Super Bee and the adaptive Bilstein dampers were dropped in lieu of cheaper parts. Furthermore, there won’t be leather-trimmed seating surfaces inside. Rather, front and rear seats use the same “Ballistic” cloth from the base-grade 2013 SRT Viper coupes.

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2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show

The new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” model gets a 6.4L badge on the front fenders, marking the first time for the 300 SRT8 to have these features. In addition, it gets a set of 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers (which also come in red).

The inside of the new “Core” model comes with black seating surfaces that use the same premium “Ballistic” cloth inserts from the SRT Viper.

On both sides, it has black “Axel” cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts. The instrument panel, door bezels and center console are surrounded by different matte carbon and piano black accents. Each Chrysler 300 SRT8 model is powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 470hp (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) of torque.

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Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee for the 2013 model year will be getting several aesthetic modifications. For example, the 2012 SRT8 Super Bee was only available in black or yellow. But the 2013 model will be offered with the following options: Hemi Orange pearl coat, Plum Crazy pearl, Bright White, Pitch Black, and TorRed. It appears that the yellow theme isn’t available anymore.

The other modifications to its exterior include the black hood stripes, wrap-around decklid stripe with Super Bee logos, blacked-out grille with vintage Super Bee emblem, and a set of 20-inch wheels with black accents have been carried over for 2013 model year. The mechanicals for the 2013 model were unchanged from the prior model. This means that Chrysler’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 still powers it.

Charger SRT8 Super Bees deliver as much as 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque while a five-speed automatic distributes this power to the rear wheels. Chrysler hasn’t given an official announcement yet but it’s likely that the standard Charger SRT8’s adjustable Bilstein dampers have been scrapped to reduce costs. Nevertheless, the SRT8′s Nappa leather seating surfaces have been replaced with cloth fabric, together with striping and Super Bee logos.

Read the entire article 2013 Chicago Auto Show: Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee gets some updates

Formula One drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso last Thursday received the keys to their own 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8s, courtesy of Ferrari and Chryslers’ Italian parent, Fiat S.p.A. The SRT8s come in Ferrari’s signature finish, Rosso Corsa, which means Racing Red. The vehicles’ seven-slot grille is painted in matte black with red custom inserts. 

The SRT8s were painted with an offset black stripe that extends from bumper to bumper. The Italian flag is painted on the underside of the rear spoiler, as a tribute to the Ferrari F150th Italia F1 car. The rear vehicles’ light bar is painted in gloss black with red accents around the Jeep logo. The specialized SRT8s are 1.5 inches lower than the standard SUV, highlighted by black 20-inch wheels.

The SUVs’ interiors were also special. The seats were given Ferrari red leather inserts with bolsters. Getting the red leather trim were also the vehicles’ door-trim panels, the central armrest and instrument panel. The steering wheels were adorned with red contrasting stitching and sports paddle shifters.

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The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee, which was developed for the core performance fans, was launched at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The model's exterior paint comes in either Pitch Black or Stinger Yellow with special Super Bee graphics. It reflects a specially designed extroverted and modern interpretation of the renowned Super Bee performance developed for those who love a fast ride.

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO for SRT and Motorsports, commented that the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is "a salute to the fun-loving past" of the company's muscle vehicles powered by the famous 392 HEMI V-8 in a back-to-basics performance machine.

Inside, the vehicle has a race-inspired design, featuring the SRT exclusive three-spoke contoured performance steering wheel, silver accent stitching and embroidered Super Bee logos the front seat headrests, and exclusive Z-stripe cloth performance seats with amped silver and yellow striping in the front and back.

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The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team of Chrysler Group has revealed an exclusive production run of the special edition 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket models. These special edition models feature Stinger Yellow interior and exterior appointments. They are based on the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.

The Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket comes in a Stinger Yellow body color and black grille surround in order to complement the regular black body-side stripes that emphasize the new Yellow Jacket logo on the back fender.

Adding to the unique performance appeal to the vehicles are the new 20 x 9-inch, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets. In the inside, the standard leather seats are accented with an exclusive Stinger Yellow band with silver accent stitching and embroidered Yellow Jacket logo. On the driver’s seat, a full adjustable lumbar position with seatback tilt, memory and an easy-to-reach release handle are available.

Read the entire article 2011 LA Auto Show: 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 shows its Yellow Jacket

Chrysler Group will be displaying a special edition model – the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket – at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Its paintjob is what makes the car stand out. It uses Stinger Yellow body color, combined with a black grille surround and black profile stripes highlighted by the Yellow Jacket logo on the rear panel.

To emphasize the appearance, Chrysler gave it a set of new 20-inch five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels. When stepping inside the Yellow Jacket, we see a Stinger Yellow accent band with Yellow Jacket logos and silver accent stitching.

The model will still be powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that can deliver 470hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, said that the Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket offers another nostalgic piece to its rear-drive muscle coupe lineup in 2012.

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Chrysler Group unveiled today the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee and announced that the car will make its official debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 16. For those who don’t know, the Dodge Super Bee was first introduced back in 1968 as a member of Dodge’s Scat Pack performance group, bringing a high-performance vehicle to the low price class.

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee continues the tradition and appeared today showing the unique SRT badge with a 3-D helmeted bee mascot on the new split crosshair grille finished in Gloss Black.

As expected, the sporty theme will be offered in either Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black exterior paint with special Super Bee graphics. The sporty theme continues with the satin black hood graphics, with the black decklid stripes with a solid wide center line flanked by solid dual tracer lines on the Stinger Yellow model. Moreover, the charcoal gray graphics are used on the hood and decklid of the Pitch Black model.

Read the entire article 2011 LA Auto Show Preview: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

The Chrysler Group’s Mopar Underground team made use of some modern history cues in building a Challenger image vehicle that’s on display now at the 2011 SEMA Show. In creating the Dodge Challenger ACR, Mopar Underground’s basis was the Challenger SRT8 392. Its influences include the victory of the Mopar Drag Pak Challenger and the record-breaking lap time of the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany set for a production car.

ACR acronym is typically used for Dodge’s and SRT’s best-handling vehicles; hence, this model is dubbed the Challenger ACR.

Challenger ACR was built as a tribute to the original option-delete cars from the 1960s and 70s. Mopar parts were installed on the Challenger ACR like a coil-over suspension, front-and rear-strut tower braces, short-throw shifter, front splitter, cat-back exhaust, custom exhaust headers and Goodyear F1 Supercar performance tires.

Read the entire article 2011 SEMA Show: Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR is one of a kind muscle car

Earlier this year, Chrysler Group introduced the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 but it appears that the American manufacturer is now considering a sporty version of the Dodge Durango. Yes folks, a 2013 Dodge Durango SRT8 is possible! The car would carry the same 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine found also on the other SRT8 models.

Of course, Chrysler didn’t comment regarding this report, but according to InsideLine, a source close to the project confirmed that fact that the Dodge Durango SRT8 is being seriously considered.

Still, there are some bad news: Chrysler is not satisfied by the sales of the 2011 Dodge Durango R/T, a sporty version of the current Durango powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine delivering 370 hp. Apparently, Dodge sold 30,227 Durangos since March, but only 2,418 have been R/Ts.

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The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 will debut in Europe at the 2011 International Frankfurt Motor Show. This high-performance vehicle will be available in Jeep UK dealerships starting in the first quarter of 2012. The SRT8 will have the world-renowned Jeep capability and utility as well as an amazing ‘Street and Racing Technology’ performance.

Powering the SRT8 is an all-new 6.4-litre HEMI® V-8 engine, which delivers 470 bhp and 630 Nm of torque, giving it the recognition as the most powerful, high-performance Jeep vehicle that was ever made.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 has been fitted with an advanced new active damping suspension, which is handled by the new Selec-Track system for optimum road handling.

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Pricing for the first four models on Chrysler’s SRT performance brand has been revealed. These vehicles are the following: the Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Production will start towards the later part of July and dealerships will start receiving them before the third quarter ends.

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is priced at $46,660. The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 has a price of $47,995. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 costs $55,295. The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is being sold for $44,077.

These prices exclude a $1,300 gas guzzler tax on the automatic transmission and $1,000 for the six-speed manual. Prices include shipping cost of $825.

Read the entire article 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Challenger SRT8 and Grand Cherokee SRT8 pricing

The 2011 Chrysler 300 was already a world-class machine blessed with dynamic power, comfortable luxury and elegant style. But even so, the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) performance engineering team saw it very fitting to build on the strengths of the MY2011 Chrysler 300 sedan and create Chrysler's most powerful and best handling model to date – the MY2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8.

The efforts of the SRT team resulted in the creation of a machine that is an amalgamation of world-class luxury, power and handling. MY2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, making it the first Chrysler vehicle to use such powertrain. The new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 returns up to an estimated 465 hp of output and 465 lb.-ft. of torque – which is around 40 hp and 45 lb.-ft. better than the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces.

The new engine’s higher torque -- including an additional 80 lb.-ft. at 2,900 rpm – allows the MY2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 to accelerate from zero to 60mph at the high 4-second range and achieve a top speed of 175 mph. The vehicle is estimated to complete a quarter mile in the high 12 second range and go from zero-100-zero mph in less than 16 seconds. The 300 SRT8 also boasts of stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet. With the estimated 465 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal, the 300 SRT8 is made to appeal to customers who can’t live without the driving thrill and excitement and yet can’t live without comfort and innovative features.

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The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 made its debut today at the 2011 New York Auto Show as the most powerful and technologically advanced Jeep vehicle ever. Set to hit the dealerships this summer, the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine delivering 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque (an improvement of 45 hp and 45 lb.-ft. torque comparing to the previous model powered by a 6.1-liter HEMI V8).

With these numbers, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 runs is capable to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds an has a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h. Moreover, the car does to 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, runs the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range and brakes from 60-0 mph in 116 feet.

The impressive engine also comes with Fuel Saver Technology and a new-for-2012 active valve exhaust system and according to Chrysler the 2012 Grand Cherokee has a range of 450 miles on one tank of gas. Regarding the handling, Chrysler engineers improved it even further on the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the manufacturer says that the vehicle is capable of .90 g on the skid pad.

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Chrysler announced today at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show a limited production run of the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8 392 model, which will feature a special Green With Envy exterior color. According to the manufacturer, the new color pays tribute to some of the firm’s coolest paint colors from the past such as “Sublime” and “Green Go” Dodge Challengers from the 1970’s and more recently, the “Snakeskin Green” Vipers from 2008-2010.

For those interested, the production of the 2011 Green With Envy Challenger models will start in February 2011 and the cars can be ordered not at all Dodge dealerships. Orders for the Challenger R/T Classic models will begin in late first quarter, 2011. The 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Green With Envy will be priced at $35,785 (includes $825 destination).

The new limited edition Green With Envy model features two A-line body-side stripes (in matte black as standard or white as an option), a new set of five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels inspired by the nostalgic Halibrand or “Kidney Bean” style with a modern interpretation.

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As expected, Chrysler revealed today at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show the all-new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. As you can see from the photos the car looks quite impressive, but what is more impressive is the new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, including an estimated additional 80 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,900 rpm.

Moreover, the new engine features the Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode), which means it has an active valve exhaust system that allows it to use all eight cylinders when the power is needed. The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 also marks the introduction of the standard paddle-shift technology which joins the standard AutoStick on the floor shifter.

Both are mated to the W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the 2012 Charger SRT8 comes with an adaptive damping suspension featuring “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics. The car comes with a new set of split five-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.

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The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is Chrysler’s answer to the brand’s loyalists who asked for more power off the line: 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. This means that the car delivers 90 lb.-ft. more torque at 2,900 rpm compared with the previous 6.1-liter V-8 engine.

The new car also brings world-class ride and handling along with high-performance braking as well as the latest technology that delivers improved fuel efficiency. The result is an incredible vehicle with .93g of lateral acceleration on the skid pad, most of any production Challenger.

Furthermore, Chrysler will build 1,492 Inaugural Edition models of the Challenger SRT8 392, all with exclusive content.

Read the entire article 2010 SEMA Preview: 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition

It appears that Dodge is preparing some changes for the 2011 model year Challenger and according to the latest reports these will include an electric power steering system, a rumored floor pan, new door handles similar to those on the Charger, a wagon-style Dodge Magnum switch to pop the trunk open as well as the new Dodge logo (Ram emblem will be removed on the new model).

What is more interesting is that the 6.4 SRT8 Challenger will receive a wrap-around front spoiler incorporating the black flap at the front edge described by our sources as having an Abe Lincoln beard and side burns.

Also, the aluminum manifold will be replaced by a plastic one on the 6.4. The bad news is that the SRT8 will keep the traditional hydraulic steering pump although other Challengers will receive electric steering.

Read the entire article Rumor: 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 coming with cylinder deactivation and 480 hp