A muscle car favourite from 1971 is this week’s standout car, the Dodge Shakedown Challenger concept from this year’s SEMA show.
The idea of an old car with new underpinnings is not entirely groundbreaking, nevertheless it’s always interesting to see what modern technology can do to classic cars. In the case of the Shakedown Challenger, it comes equipped with a 392 HEMI crate engine – the same 6.4-litre HEMI V8 found in other modern Dodge SRTs – and a Viper Tremec T6060 six-speed manual transmission.
Dodge have finally unveiled the true horsepower number of their upcoming super muscle car, the SRT Challenger Hellcat, and it's a lot.
The Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine has an official power figure of 707hp and 650 lb ft of torque. This makes the Hellcat not only the the most powerful Dodge V8 ever, but also the most powerful muscle car in history.
The car will come with two key fobs, a red and black one. When the black fob is in use, engine power is limited to 500hp, while the red key fob unleashes all of the available 707hp. An eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission is available for sending all that grunt to the rear wheels.
No official acceleration times have been made available yet, but a safe estimate should be in the low 12-second or high 11-second range on the quarter-mile. We’ll be sure to post the times when track tests start rolling in.
With 2012 just days away from ending, we can only hope that 2013 will have as many exciting new cars as this year did. Here is a gallery of 22 cars that made a good first impression. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
What do you think of when you hear the name Dodge Charger? Most of the time, I think of a black 1970 model with an enormous supercharger protruding out of the hood doing a wheelie, accompanied by a monstrous V8 roar and quick gear changes, and an orange Toyota Supra trying to keep up in a quarter-mile drag race. That’s the last race scene from The Fast and The Furious. Sometimes I think of the 1968 version in Bullitt, being chased down by Steve McQueen in the famous dark green Mustang. I try not to think of an orange 1969 model with a confederate flag on the roof, accompanied by the whole “yee haa!” thing. Put simply, I think of something powerful and mean-looking, with an equally butch name to do it justice. I think one of the best muscle cars ever built.
Fast forward to 2012, and I have the keys (key fob rather) to a brand new Charger SXT – V6. When Dodge revived the Charger name back in 2006, I received it with mixed feelings. I was glad that the name Charger was back, but only this time it was attached to a sedan geared more towards affordable luxury, than a modern incarnation of B-body muscle cars. Luckily the design wasn’t all that bad, it looked really muscular in certain trim levels, and the latest version does a bit more with the whole sedan-on-steroids look – even in V6 trim.
2013 Dodge SRT Viper
The 2013 Dodge SRT Viper is without question one of the most anticipated cars of the year, and you can see it simply by going to the New York International Auto Show.
Hardcore Dodge fans will be thrilled to see the Viper again, especially since it was thought that the previous version would be the last one. To make the fans even happier, it keeps its gigantic 8.4-litre V10 engine, and has even more grunt at 640hp and 600 lb.-ft of torque – still from a naturally aspirated engine.
In terms of layout, we still get the classic long nose, short rear look, accompanied by an all new aggressive looking body with side-exiting exhausts. The driver will make use of a six-speed manual transmission sending power to the rear wheels, while being cocooned by a modern-looking cabin.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is anything but short of exciting new cars. There are far too many cool cars to have them all posted here, but with more than 100 photos, it's more than just a taste of what the show has to offer. Make sure you come back next week for the ultimate standouts of the show.
_ Mopar has just released details of their latest creation, the Dodge Charger Redline, and it looks like it’s going to be a very happy new year for Dodge fans.
The Redline, which is based on the Charger R/T, takes the standard car and makes use of a number of go-faster parts available in three stages. Stage I is a cosmetic/aerodynamic upgrade, making use of a carbon fibre chin spoiler, body-colour painted-grille with black inserts, black 20-inch wheels, carbon fibre door scoops, a carbon fibre rear spoiler, and a vinyl roof graphic in matte black.
Stage II adds bolt-on performance parts for improved power and handling. Parts include: a Mopar cat-back exhaust system for a more aggressive exhaust note, front-tower cross brace and caps, and high-performance brake linings.
Dodge has unveiled the 2012 Charger SRT-8 at the 2011 Chicago Auto show.
The latest offering from the Street and Racing Technology team comes equipped with the latest 6.4 litre Hemi V8 engine first seen in the 392 Challenger SRT-8, which means a power output of 465 hp and 465 lb ft of torque. The new engine comes with a new active exhaust valve, but aimed more at improving fuel economy.
What about acceleration times? Dodge is estimating a top speed of 175 mph, while 0-60mph is expected to be in the high 4 sec range, with the quarter mile being completed in the high 12s.
The long wait for the updated Challenger is over - well at least until it goes on sale in December. Muscle car enthusiasts will be glad to learn that the previous 6.1l Hemi V8 has grown to 6.4l (392 cubic inches), and along with it the power and torque figure.
The new 392 V8 produces 470 hp and 470 lb ft of torque. Dodge has added performance oriented motor mounts for engine smoothness, while other mechanical bits include an active intake manifold and a high lift cam in a bid to improve both low-end and high-end response. The 392 also has a fuel saving system which allows the V8 to run on four cylinders during light driving (only on automatic models).
Still available is the five speed automatic transmission from the previous Challenger, while those wishing for a manual transmission will get the Tremec TR-6060 six speed transmission that was on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10. Dodge promises easier shifting thanks to a revised heavy duty clutch. The new drivetrain is said to launch the new car from 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds, while quarter mile is covered in the high 12s. Manual transmission models will be able to reach a top speed of 180 mph, while autos will reach 173 mph.
Other goodies include a sportier sounding exhaust, as well as new 20 inch wheels.
To kick things off with the new 392, Dodge first plans to make 1,492 Inaugural Edition Challengers, which means they'll initially be available in either "Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes or Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes".
Jay "The ultimate petrol head" Leno, has taken his time to review a special edition Dodge Challenger. The car comes complete with a Paxton blower enabling the 6.1l Hemi V8 to produce 570 hp and 525 lb ft of torque. The video is complete with burnouts, noise and Jay's sense of humor. Enjoy.