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2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket revealed

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket

Yet another special edition of the Dodge Challenger has been announced, this time it’s called the Yellow Jacket and it is based on the SRT8 392 model. As it name implies, the outside of the car is wearing a Stinger Yellow paint and features a black grille surround along with matching color profile stripes that are highlighted by the exclusive Yellow Jacket logo located on the rear fender. The car rides on a new set of 20-inch cast-aluminum five-spoke alloy wheels.

This special edition is motivated by the same engine that powers the standard model, which is a V8 6.4-liter HEMI unit that churns 470 hp and a peak torque of 470 lb.-ft. On the outside it also has black painted pockets which make the car stand out from the regular version.

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket

Dodge didn’t say how many units they’ll built but what we do know is that the Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket will be available for order starting with next month and the first cars should hit the dealerships in Q1 2012.

Source: Dodge via Carscoop

Leaked brochure shows 2011 Dodge Challenger power ratings

Leaked brochure shows 2011 Dodge Challenger power ratings

While Dodge has yet to reveal anything about the 2011 model year versions of its two main muscle cars, the Charger and Challenger, we already know quite a bit about the powerful models.

Now, courtesy of a leaked brochure, the power ratings of the 2011 Dodge Challenger have been revealed.

There will be three versions of the Challenger available, each with specific features and accessories. The starting one is the Challenger with the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, capable of 305 HP and 268 lb-ft of torque. This is an increase of 50 HP and 18 lb-ft over the outgoing 3.5-liter model.

Next up we have the Challenger R/T, powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, capable of 379 HP and 410 lb-ft of torque. For those keeping score, a 7 HP and 10 lb-ft increase over the 2010 model year.

At the top of the range, the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will use a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, with 475 HP and 460 lb-ft of torque, an upgrade of 50 HP and 40 lb-ft over the outgoing SRT8.

Overall, the refreshed Challenger is set to be a worthy opponent to the likes of the Camaro or Mustang. Look forward to more details in the following weeks.


Chrysler presents Mopar ’10 Challenger limited edition

Chrysler, even though it isn’t the best economical situation, wants to keep its hardcore fans happy.

That’s why it has just revealed a new limited edition series, entitled the Mopar ’10 Challenger.

It is based on the capable Dodge Challenger R/T, and is equipped with basically all of the options you can get from the Mopar accessories and performance catalog.

The Mopar ’10 Challenger uses the same 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, but it is now equipped with a hood venting system, cold air intake, unique engine cover and a front and strut-tower braces. No word yet if these mods will augment the power output, but the stock 372 HP isn’t that bad either.

On the outside, things like a darkened grille, black wheels, a functional hood vent and hood pins are available. All of the Mopar ’10 Challenger models will be decorated with the brilliant black clear coat, and a choice of either red, blue or silver decals.

For the interior, Chrysler and Mopar fitted Katzkin leather seats, special gear shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and, as usual, a serialized plaque for each car.

Just 500 Mopar ’10 Challenger models will be built, so you’d better act fast if you want all this Mopar goodness sitting in your driveway. The automatic costs $38,000, including destination charges, while the manual costs $1,000 more.


2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 might get 480 HP and eight-speed automatic

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 might get 480 HP plus eight-speed automatic

With the 2011 model year fast approaching Dodge, the Chrysler subsidiary will be left with just one proper performance model, the Challenger, as the Viper’s life cycle will end.

As such, the guys at AllPar have got their hands on some juicy rumors. It seems that the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will see its 6.4-liter HEMI V8 develop around 480 HP and 460 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 55 HP and 40 lb-ft.

That’s not all, as Dodge will be partnering up with ZF to equip an eight-speed automatic gearbox into the 2011 Challenger SRT8.

The more tamed Challenger R/T will see its power levels remain the same, while the SE version will benefit from an upgraded Pentastar V6 unit, capable of 290 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Changes will also be made across the lineup, as elements from the Charger, will make their way onto the Challenger, as well as an upgraded interior and an electronic power steering pump.

Bear in mind that none of these changes are confirmed, as of yet, by Chrysler, so we still need to wait a few months until the official unveil of the 2011 Dodge Challenger.


SpeedFactory reveals 600 HP 2010 Dodge Challenger SF600R

The tuning engineers at SpeedFactory know how to do things old school. As such, for a retro-inspired muscle car like the Dodge Challenger, the company decided to upgrade it the old fashioned way, by increasing displacement, from 6.1-liter to an even 7.0-liter (426 cubic inches) and add a plethora of other upgrades.

The result of all this fiddling is a massive 600 HP drawn from the upgraded engine, which gets coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. You won’t find any turbo or superchargers on this SF600R Challenger, as SpeedFactory went old fashioned and kept it naturally aspirated.

You will find, however, an improved suspension system plus a Corsa cat-back exhaust. For that added dose of style, 20-inch BBS wheels wrapped in performance tires were added to the big muscle car.

The price for this increased performance? ‘Just’ $73,900.


Video: Sam Hubinette takes his 865 HP Dodge Challenger drifting

The Formula D drifting competition is getting to kick off its 2010 season, and we’ve already Rhys Millen showcase his special 650 HP Hyundai Genesis Coupe this week.

Now, Samuel ‘The Crazy Swede’ Hubinette has also revealed a video in which he and fellow Samuel Hubinette Racing teammate, Andrew Comrie-Picard, practice before the 2010 drifting season starts. Their rides? Oh, just a simple 865 HP Dodge Challenger and the same Dodge Viper SRT10 which won the 2005 and 2006 Formula D championships.

Curious to see how they teared up their BF Goodrich tires on the Adam’s Motorsports Park in Riverside, California? Then hit the jump to watch this drifting extravaganza.

Dodge Challenger gets $2,000 worth in free Mopar accessories

Dodge Challenger gets $2,000 worth in free Mopar accessories

In an attempt to sway muscle car fans into its direction, Dodge has just revealed that customers who buy its retro-looking Challenger will receive $2,000 worth of accessories from its performance division, Mopar.

The so-called Mopar Bucks can be spent on anything the customers wants, from performance parts, to visual accessories or even extended maintenance and things like that. We already revealed to you a few months ago many of the Mopar accessories , but a refresher is in order.

The exterior appearance package will cost you $1,995 (what a “coincidence”) and include a body color hood scoop and a rear GO-Wing spoiler plus stripe graphics. For those who want a bit more power, you can opt for the $1,190 cat-back exhaust system, and throw in the $790 interior accessories package, which includes a T-handle shifter and lots of chrome finishes. Classic Mopar T/A hood is also available, for $1,275, while you can also add a rear decklid spoiler, for $316.

Overall, this is a great offer from Dodge, and Challenger fans should hurry up, as it last until April 30th.


Dodge announces 2010 Challenger Drag Pak availability

The Dodge Challenger is one of the most retro-looking muscle cars of this current generation of fast American sports models. That is why it’s pretty popular with drag drivers who want to look good while racing on the quarter mile track.

Last year the company, together with its performance division, Mopar, revealed the Challenger Drag Pak special edition (pictured above), built specifically with drag racing in mind. Only 100 models were made in 2009 and they sold like proverbial hot cakes, even though they weren’t even street legal.

Now, Dodge and Mopar have just announced that they will begin taking orders for 100 more Dodge Challenger Drag Pak models, with the price of just $39,999. For all that money you’ll be getting a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 under the hood, which can be coupled with a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox.

All of the cars will get specific racing accessories, from revised hoods with functional scoops, to performance seats taken from the Dodge Viper, and a variety of other weight saving measures which manage to shave up to 1,000 pounds from the pretty fat Challenger SRT8. All of the cars can be built to specifications for competitions like NHRA Stock, Super Stock or Comp Eliminator.

Anyone interested in owning such a special drag racer can visit the Mopar.com website and place their order. Act fast though, as just 100 models will be made this year and they will certainly be in great demand.


Dodge Challenger gets Furious Fuchsia Special Edition

In an effort to spice things up even more for its retro-looking Dodge Challenger, the company has presented a special edition of the two available models, the R/T and the SRT8, entitled Furious Fuchsia and sporting a stunning paint scheme.

“Commemorating four decades of Challenger performance, the new R/T Classic and SRT8 Furious Fuchsia editions modernize one of the most memorable hues from 1970 to create a modern muscle-car that exudes more performance, passion and even more nostalgia,” said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Starting at $35,140 for the R/T, which sports a 372HP 5.7-liter V8, and $45,150 for the SRT8, which has a 425HP 6.2-liter V8, the Furious Fuchsia Challengers hark back to a very successful paint scheme from the 1970s, called Panther Pink.

No performance enhancements will be added to this special edition, which will consist of a limited run for the R/T Classic and just 400 models for the STR8, but there are a few other cosmetic enhancements included. For starters, the R/T will sport a set “A-line” side stripes in Bright White or Matte Black, as well as 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, body-color rear spoiler and functional hood scoop. On the inside, Dark Slate Grey leather racing seats with Furious Fuchsia stitching are available as standard, while you can choose Pearl White performance seats accented with Dark Slate Gray and Furious Fuchsia French-seamed stitching.

The more exclusive SRT8 Furious Fuchsia Challenger will get Satin Black wheels, special stitching on the Pearl White SRT performance seats, a commemorative plaque on the dash as well as a chromed quad exhaust tips.


Make your Dodge Challenger look faster with the Mopar Performance Appearance Package

Make your Dodge Challenger look faster with the Mopar Performance Appearance Package

While all of the current “new age” muscle cars try to evoke the appearance of the iconic models, none of them achieve it quite like the Dodge Challenger, which keeps a wide stance, huge size and aggressive design, just like its granddaddy.

But in order to make the muscle car look even more the part, the guys at Mopar have just revealed the special accessories from their 2010 Performance Appearance Package. Bear in mind, these things won’t make it go any faster, but will certainly make the Challenger look like it can.

The exterior kit includes a body color hood scoop, but no word on its functionality, and a body color Go-Wing rear spoiler complete with strobe stripe. The interior package will include a special T-shaped shifter, a “bright” (chrome-finished presumably) pedal kit, just for the automatic version, new door sill guards, premium carpets and a car cover.

The exterior package will cost $1,995 while the interior one will be $945 for the automatic and $780 for the manual one.


Dodge Challenger satisfies the most customers, new Consumer Reports survey says

In a big win for Chrysler, Consumer Reports has just published its newest customer appreciation survey, in which over 380,000 people participated. In it, they were asked, in hindsight, if they would’ve bought the same car they did in the last year.

The champ was the Dodge Challenger, with over 92% of its customers saying that they would gladly buy the car once more. Perennial favorite the Toyota Prius has recorded a fall in popularity, and ranked in at number five, behind runners up Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911.

Chrysler also has the “privilege” of being responsible for the least popular car, the four-cylinder Chrysler Sebring. Detroit rival GM also has the “honor” of selling seven of the bottom ten least popular cars, while the Pentastar has the remaining three.

In case you want to see the complete list, you can head over to the Consumer Reports website.


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Dodge Challenger R/T enters service with Broward County Sheriff department

Besides seeing sportscars become more and more popular, a new trend is appearing, as various police departments are all revealing new models which will be used to enforce the law on the road.

After Abu Dhabi’s Nissan GT-R, we know see some pure American muscle enter service with the Broward Country Sheriff department, in the form of a fully-equipped Dodge Challenger R/T model, straight from the performance team at Mopar.

The car was also quite imposing, but if you add the black and white decals and police signals, you know you’ll pull over when you see it in the rear view mirror. What do you think? Leave a comment and let’s hope we won’t meet up with this car for the wrong reason.


SpeedFactory brings supercharged 440 Hemi-powered Challenger to SEMA with aluminum engine

SpeedFactory brings supercharged 440 Hemi-powered Challenger to SEMA with aluminum engine

In case you want even more power from your Dodge Challenger and to make it more exclusive, then the guys at SpeedFactory have the best thing for you, as they will introduce a special Challenger this year at the SEMA show which boasts an aluminum engine capable of producing 700 HP.

The engine in question is a 6.1 liter (370 cubic inch) unit, straight from Mopar, which has been upgaded to a capacity of 7.2-liters or 440 cubic inch. As such, it will develop 515kW (700 HP) if you fuel it with 91 octane gas.

Other changes have been made to the outside of the car, which now sits on 20-inch BBS Black Edition CH-R wheels, wrapped in Bridgestone R Compound tires who will allow air to cool the 15-inch front disc Brembo brakes. Also, the team added enhanced performance springs to the suspension, sway barsa and a stainless steel cat black exhaust from Corsa.

Adding to the exclusivity will be a special carbon fiber bonnet, a matte finish, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and of course custom SpeedFactory badges, graphics, which continue on to the inside, filling it with floor mats, and logos of the tuner.

Keep your eyes peeled for this model and many others at the SEMA Show which will kick off next week.


Mopar to bring Dodge Challenger 1320 to SEMA, 556HP of pure drag muscle

As you all know, the SEMA show is approaching with fast steps, starting this week in Las Vegas and showcasing the best of the best in aftermarket performance parts for almost every car imaginable. As always, Chrysler’s Mopar division will bring plenty of interesting concepts and performance packages for the models made by the American brand.

One of the most interesting ones will be the new Dodge Challenger 1320, named after the 1,320 feet that a classic quarter-mile drag strip covers. It will basically be a road-legal drag car, based on the Drag Pak Challenger race car. Powered by Mopar’s special 426 cubic-inch HEMI V8 engine, which outputs 556 HP with a big 540 lb-ft of torque, you can be sure that this Challenger will fly from the stop lights, leaving the others in its dust.

Other technical details included the rear-wheel drive transmission, which consists of a six-speed manual gearbox that includes a custom Dynatrac rear housing and special Dana 60 internals from Mopar and an ARB locking differential. In order to handle the extra power, a four-corner adjustable coil-over suspension kit from Mopar has been added.

The outside is also quite interesting, sporting a non-metallic yellow pain and matte black graphics, with Mopar police wheels fitted to a set of Nitto street legal drag tires. You can also admire the hood scoop made of carbon fiber, the front spoiler and the grille panel, as well as the interior which has been stripped out to reduce weight and sees the addition of two racing seats from the Dodge Viper model.

What do you think about this model? Will amateur drag racers be attracted by it? Don’t be shy to drop a comment below.


Convertible Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger to arrive at SEMA thanks to Drop Top Customs

Convertibles are really something else, as the feeling of the wind through your hair and feeling the speed of your car can be quite addictive for some. That is why for owners of the new Chevrolet Camaro or the Dodge Challenger, the team at Drop Top Customs can make the roof go away, replacing with a cloth top.

Albeit a bit pricey, which we will cover in a second, the fact that GM only plans to unveil a convertible Camaro at the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012 and Dodge has absolutely no plans for a convertible Challenger, this offer from Drop Top Customs, which will have its own stand at the end of the month at the SEMA convention, is quite attractive.

The owner of Drop Top Customs, Jeff Morgan, revealed that the convertible package for the Camaro will start from $18,000, which don’t include the car which you must already own, which starts from $22,680 for the LS V6 version and tops at $33,745 for the 2SS V8 model. Prices for the Dodge Challenger weren’t revealed just yet.


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