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2015 Dodge Challenger Spied – Potentially Featuring 560+HP Hellcat Supercharged 6.2L V8

Rumours are swirling about a Hellcat supercharger powered 6.2L Dodge Challenger for 2015, and a special SRT-8 spied this past week may be featuring that very engine

Dodge has been quietly chipping away at a new, top-end V8 engine for a little more than a year now. This supercharger equipped variant on their 6.2L HEMI V8, which has been given the moniker “Hellcat”, is expected to become the performance competitor to the Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. This means that the new Hellcat engine, which should be slightly less powerful than the 640hp V10 engine currently gracing their top-end Viper.

Expectations place the Hellcat engine in the 560-600HP ballpark, which would put its HP numbers directly in line with the 580HP Camaro ZL1, but still well behind the overpowered 662HP Mustang GT500. However, for the Hellcat SRT-8 to become a true competitor to these vehicles, Dodge will have to find a way to lighten the vehicle and improve its track handling performance, and the tester vehicle spied this past week hints at such improvements.


Visible are what appear to be increased diameter brakes with upgraded performance calipers. Also, while difficult to see through the camouflage wrapping gracing the vehicle’s front end, there appear to be new active air intake cutouts on the front fascia–a necessity for a more air needy supercharger system. From behind, the vehicle is also sporting what is clearly a never before seen exhaust system–potentially a new dual-mode performance one–that was reported to have unbelievable volume and sound.

All of this points at some degree of confirmation towards Dodge’s intention to truly improve the Challenger as it moves in to its final years for this design. We’ll know much more early next year, as the Hellcat engine and Challenger vehicle featuring it are expected to be first displayed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, which takes place in Detroit next January.

Chrysler Issues Major Recalls

Chrysler Has Issued Recalls Of Over 250,000 Vehicles Today, Including over 100,000 Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, and Dodge Challengers

This is not a good day for Chrysler. Today, Chrysler issued four separate recall notices, which totaled more than 250,000 vehicles. The major recall group includes about 139,000 Challengers, Chargers, and 300s. These vehicles are being recalled due to a wiring issue. The faulty wiring in these vehicles can cause the vehicle’s air bag warning lights to illuminate. Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, and Dodge Challenger made from April 11, 2011 to Dec. 14, 2011 are included. If you’re uncertain if your 2011 or 2012 model year Challenger falls within this production window, please contact your local dealer. Chrysler is also urging its dealers to directly contact their customers. All recall repairs will be done free of charge, and customers with these vehicles will begin being notified this month.


This recall includes almost 119,000 vehicles in the U.S. market. The rest of the vehicles in the estimated 139,000 total are in the Canadian, Mexican, and other markets.

In addition to these recalls, Chrysler also issued a recall of 78,500 two-wheel-drive Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro midsize SUVs. This recall has been issued because the drive shafts can break under stress.

The SUVs are from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Chrysler says in documents filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a heat shield in the vehicle’s under carriage can drop and rub against the drive shaft, causing it unnecessary stress and, over time wearing down and breaking. If the shaft does break, the SUVs will lose power and the vehicle may sense this as accident induced, inflating the side air bags. Chrysler has not been aware of any crashes or incidents occurring as result of this potential issue. Dealers will install a bracket to hold the shield in place at no cost to customers. This recall affects about 61,400 vehicles in the U.S. market, although Chrysler reports fewer than 40 incidents of broken drive shafts having yet occurred.

Another 30,000 small SUVs, including the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass four-wheel-drive vehicles from the 2012 model year, as result of a faulty hose inside the gas tank which can result in gas blockage and stalling. Chrysler claims that the original hoses were improperly manufactured for their saddle-style installation. Dealers will replace the hose with a freer-flowing one that has no potential for stoppage or stalling. About 20,500 of the affected vehicles in this recall are in the U.S. market.

All of these recalls are going in to effect immediately, and can be scheduled at your local dealer.

Dodge CEO Sells SRT8 392 Challenger and Raises $175,000 for Charity

Sergio Marchionne’s Personal Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Sells at Barrett-Jackson and Raises $175,000 for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan

The media has bombarded the reading public in the last few years with articles about how the wealthiest Americans are hoarding money and hurting this country, but the last week of Barrett-Jackson proved that some of them are still doing a lot of undeniable good for those less fortunate than themselves. This past Barrett-Jackson automotive auction in Palm Beach, Florida, raised over $2 million in charity, and was headlined by a few key vehicles. Chief amongst these major cars auctioned was the Chrysler CEO’s–Sergio Marchionne–own personal Dodge Challenger.


Sergio Marchionne’s Challenger SRT8 392, about which we’ve written in great detail before, fetched a whopping $175,000 total. The vehicle was purchased by a private collector from New York. Along with the vehicle, which also featured a number of brilliant custom styling and performance touches, the buyer also received a modified 392 540-horsepower Hemi V-8 crate engine from Mopar as part of the deal. The SRT8 392 engine, which is outfitted already in the vehicle, is good for 470HP.


The SRT8 392 Challenger owned by Marchionne wasn’t the highest price tag for a charity vehicle sold at this weekend’s auction, however. That honor goes to the No. 1 C7 Corvette Stingray Convertible, which was purchased by Chevrolet dealer and collector Rick Hendrick for $1million. Mr. Hendrick has now spent over $2.1 million on a pair of no.1 Corvettes this year, all of that money going to various charities.


The 392 SRT8 previously owned by Marchionne was, however, the highest price fetching Chrysler/Fiat product auctioned for charity, but was not the only one. In total, over $250,000 was raised by the Chrysler/Fiat company this past weekend to be donated to charity.


Dodge Recalls 4,459 2013 V6 Challengers Due to Potential Fire Hazard

Dodge Kindly Requests You Not Drive Your New Challenger

4,459 2013 V6 Challengers are placed under full recall as a faulty wiring harness can potentially lead to vehicle fires.

The Chrysler Group issued a full recall today–a very rare occurrence. The full recall is going in to effect immediately and will cover all 4,459 V6 Challengers built during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24, 2013.. What makes this recall especially unique is the added advice given by Dodge to these vehicle owners: don’t drive your car.

That’s right, Dodge is currently telling almost 5000 of its newest customers not to drive their brand new Challengers. Dodge is even taking this warning a step further: don’t park your car “in or near any structure”. That’s right. Don’t drive your car or park it near your home, because this could be very bad.

If you’re one of the Challenger owners that this effects, contact your dealership immediately. They’ll handle getting your vehicle to their location and changing out this potentially faulty wiring harness.

“Customers who are uncertain if they are affected should take the above precautions and inquire with their dealers,” said a statement from the Chrysler Group.


In a major kudos to Chrysler and Dodge, they have been very proactive with this recall. The Challenger Forums today have been busy with reports from new owners who have been called directly by Dodge to set up their recall. Normally, major full recalls are catastrophic to a company’s sales and reputation in the months–and sometimes years–that follow. Dodge’s swift and complete movement to tackle this issue head on and their proactive approach seem like they’ll result in Dodge avoiding any sort of major windfall from this event. For me–and I admit I’m biased as a Dodge fan–this action has even had me a bit impressed.

There have been no reports of any injuries or serious damages occurring to customers as result of the faulty wiring harness yet. It appears Dodge recognized their problem before it became a problem.

For those who are having their vehicles recalled loaner cars will be provided, free of charge, until repairs are complete, the company said. If I were one of these Challenger drivers, I’d try and convince them to let me borrow an R/T or SRT8 for those few days of repairs.

What do you think? If you were a potential Challenger customer, would this recall effect your likelihood to purchase? Does it hurt your opinion of Dodge?

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne to Auction Personal Custom Challenger for Charity

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is Putting His Personal Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Up For Auction

Sergio Marchionne’s custom Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 will be auctioned off at the April 4-6 Barrett Jackson event to raise money for charity

When you’re the CEO of a car company, you get to own some pretty incredible vehicles. One of Chrysler and Dodge’s CEO’s personal favorites has been his 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. The CEO owned Challenger is finished with a number of custom touches and personal paint options, and will now be available to one lucky buyer.

On the weekend of April 4-6 at the Barrett-Jackson Automotive Auction in Palm Beach, Florida, Marchionne will offer up this unique vehicle for sale. The event will feature a number of special and unique Dodge, Chrysler, and Alfa vehicles, but the star of the show will almost certainly be the Challenger SRT8 392. All proceeds from this auction will go to benefit the United Way for Southeast Michigan charity. Barrett-Jackson, with Marchionne as their campaign chair, have set a fundraising goal of $35million for the year.


Marchionne’s SRT8 392 will feature the new MOPAR crate motor upgrades, which make the HEMI V8 good for over 540HP. The key aspects of the customization of his Challenger are, however, the visual upgrades. The CEO’s Challenger goes for the “sinister” style with a black on black color pallet. The vehicle has a Pitch Black Paint job with matte “Charcoal” racing stripes, and also features satin black wheels. Working to black out the vehicle from all angles, the vehicle also comes with smoked tail lamps and side markers, and unique satin black 392 and Challenger badging.


On the inside the vehicle is almost entirely stock, with a full black leather interior. Setting the car apart inside from other Challenger SRT8s are custom embroidered seats that feature the Challenger 392 emblems. For enhanced performance and ride, the vehicle features the Mopar exhaust and suspension kits, which are highlighted by multi-adjustable coil-overs and a more aggressive exhaust note. To finish off the customization, Marchionne–who is one of the most publicly visible and renowned CEOs in the automotive world–has added his own personal signature to the vehicle.


Expect a hefty six-figure price tag for this vehicle when it hits auction.


Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange Color Options Returning

Dodge is Bringing Back the Iconic Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange Color Options for 2013

In an effort to keep their sales momentum following a solid 2012, Dodge is bringing back two of its most iconic color options as available Challenger options for 2013. Last available in 2010, the HEMI Orange and Plum Crazy Purple are long-recognized as indicative colors for the incredible Dodge Challenger, and they’ll be returning as available options for 2013. As Dodge moves some of its Challenger offerings over to performance brand SRT with the new SRT Core vehicle, they’ve also made the Plum Crazy Purple and HEMI Orange colors available there as Core options for the Challenger R/T and SRT-8.

HEMI Orange and Plum Crazy 2013 Dodge Challengers

Both of these color options will be available on showroom floors this Spring, with the Plum Crazy coming first–most likely in early March–and the HEMI Orange following in Spring. These colors will be made available on select R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Classic, and SRT-8 392 Trim models. So, if you’ve always lusted over the iconic Challengers and their incredible colors, now is your chance to own a modern day version of those very same cars. Prices for the retro-colored Challengers will range from $29,995 to $44,775, excluding a $995 destination fee.  The appropriately-themed Challenger R/T Classic will list from $33,995.



Dodge Unveils 2013 Challenger R/T Redline Package

Dodge Spices Up Their Challenger Line-Up With a Gorgeous Redline R/T Package

Working to keep their Hemi powered Challenger line exciting for the 2013 year, Dodge has unveiled a new Redline package for the 2013 R/T and R/T Plus. Built on the Rallye Redline package that was offered on the V6, the R/T Redline borrows visual cues from that much applauded package and goes a little bit further.

Subtle changes both inside and outside the vehicle add to the Challenger’s muscle car aesthetic, and the finished product is one of the best looking Challengers we’ve seen directly from a dealer. The R/T Redline features gorgeous black chrome 20 inch wheels, and subtle but effective side graphics across the vehicle’s beltline. To increase performance, the Redline package features a higher flowing tuned exhaust which works to bump up power on the manual R/T Redline to a full 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels.

The package will add $1,995 to your Challenger’s price, and can be had on both the R/T and R/T Plus trims.

Full Press Release Below:

February 4, 2013. While ice cold winter weather sweeps across Lake Shore Drive, the Dodge brand heats up the 2013 Chicago Auto Show by building on Challenger’s red-hot record selling year, and now at the show, the introduction of the new Challenger R/T Redline with modern muscle-car cues, a potent HEMI® V-8 engine throwing down 375 horsepower and a performance-tuned chassis for world-class dynamics — this new Challenger delivers exactly what Dodge fans want.

“Building on Challenger’s all-time sales record in 2012, the new Challenger R/T Redline fuses our iconic heritage with a one-of-a-kind customized appearance,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand. “Featuring unique body-side stripes and black chrome wheels with red accents, the new R/T Redline combines unmatched personalization with the unmistakable performance of the legendary HEMI V-8.”

The new 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline builds on the success of the 305 horsepower V-6 Challenger Rallye Redline model that arrived in the middle of the 2012 model year.

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline

Based on the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T — America’s most affordable V-8 muscle car at $29,995 MSRP — or R/T Plus, the new Challenger R/T Redline adds even more attitude and style with a right-from-the-factory custom look to the brand’s iconic coupe.

Following Dodge Challenger’s signature A-line bodyside character line, an all-new two-color Redline Red and Graphite stripe runs from behind the front wheel arches to the tail. For a distinctive look, the rear-quarter section of the stripe features the “Redline” name in Red over Graphite color scheme. For a distinctive look, the R/T Redline features a body-color grille surround.

Filling the wheel wells, the Dodge Challenger R/T Redline features 20-inch Black Chrome wheels with a Redline Red lip and inner backbone for a one-of-a-kind look. For even more performance and driving precision at-the-limit handling, the available Super Track Pak adds Goodyear Eagle F1 P245/45R20 three-season performance tires, high-performance brake linings and a lowered ride height.

With its two-color stripe and four available exterior colors, including Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Bright White and Pitch Black, each new Dodge Challenger R/T Redline will stand out from the crowd. Dodge Challenger R/T Redline features a Dark Slate Gray interior with Dark Slate Gray (R/T) performance seats, or premium Nappa leather performance seats in Radar Red or Dark Slate Gray (R/T Plus). Automatic transmission models also feature bright pedals, a Mopar® T-Handle shifter and remote start.

HEMI Power

For the performance enthusiast, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline features the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers up to 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque and gets up to 25 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. When paired with the track-proven Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission, the Dodge Challenger R/T delivers smooth shifts, while delivering even more power through unique performance-tuned dual exhaust and under-floor mufflers with low-restriction bottle resonators. The result, 0-60 mph runs in the low-5-second range and a sinister exhaust growl for the cars left in its rear-view mirror; a trademark of the original Challenger HEMI from more than 43 years ago.

The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine is also available with a five-speed automatic transmission producing 372 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, this version of the engine includes Chrysler Group’s innovative Fuel Saver Technology to seamlessly transition to high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. And for even more control, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters with “sport mode” transmission calibration are included.

Loaded with standard features

Dodge Challenger R/T Redline also includes a tremendous level of standard equipment found on every 2013 Challenger R/T, including the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cold-air induction delivering up to 375 horsepower, Tremec six-speed manual transmission, performance-tuned suspension, performance-disc brakes, performance-tuned steering calibration, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, console-mounted USB port with iPod control and auxiliary audio input jack, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 12-months subscription, automatic headlamps, LED-illuminated instrument cluster with 160-mph primary speedometer, instrument panel with mini-carbon bezel, fog lamps, “R/T” grille badge, “HEMI” hood badges and rear body-color deck-lid spoiler. Remote start, bright pedals and Mopar T-handle shifter are also included with the five-speed automatic transmission.

For drivers who want even more premium refinement and details, the new Dodge Challenger R/T Redline can also be built on the 2013 Challenger R/T Plus, which includes premium Nappa leather seating in Dark Slate Gray or Radar Red, heated front seats, six Boston Acoustics premium speakers with 276-watt amplifier, ParkSense rear park assist, power heated mirrors, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with temperature gauge, location specific tire-pressure monitoring and compass, vehicle security alarm, and HomeLink universal transceiver. Remote start, bright pedals and Mopar T-handle shifter are also included with the five-speed automatic transmission.

Just in time for spring

The 2013 Dodge Challenger with R/T Redline Group is available for ordering now and arrives at dealerships this April 2013 with a U.S. MSRP of $1,995. When configured on the Challenger R/T or R/T Plus models, the MSRPs are $31,990 and $33,990 respectively (both prices exclude $995 destination).
source : Dodge Press

Dodge Challenger To Receive Significant Update

Comments at the Detroit Auto Show Provide Official Confirmation of a Challenger Update

Speaking at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show Dodge Head of Design, Ralph Gilles, and Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, both made official statements promising an update in the Challenger’s future

Journalists at the Detroit Motor Show with an interest in the Chrysler owned Dodge line were given quiet a gift when not one but two of the company’s highest ranking members made comments officially declaring an update in the works for the Dodge Challenger. The first of these sets of comments came from Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne who, just a few months ago, posited that changes to CAFE laws and restrictions would spell the end of the Challenger vehicle line.

In response to his own statement, as well as those others who may feel that the “Challenger is going to die and go away”, Marchionne went on record to say of the premiere American muscle car entry from Dodge that the Challenger was a special vehicle which had served Dodge and its owners well, and that Challenger “enthusiasts won’t be disappointed” by the vehicle’s upcoming update. This much needed revamping will place the Challenger in line with its direct competition, the Mustang and Camaro who outpace its sales in their competitive market niche, who are receiving complete revamps in the years to come.

At the Detroit Motor Show Ralph Gilles–President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler Group LLC–divulged a little more information than his CEO chose to. Gilles confirmed the vehicle’s update and went so far to say of the Challenger that it has ” the oldest interior of the whole group; the electronics are the oldest in the group. There’s a lot of potential – I’ll leave it at that.” These statements seem to indicate a move forwards in technology both for performance as well as luxury when the next generation Challenger is released, and a focus on implementation of newer breakthroughs in vehicle design in the vehicle’s revamping.

All of this of course just provides official backing to the previous rumors upon which we’ve reported that Dodge was in the works on a new Challenger, designed and developed upon a smaller and lighter vehicle chassis. Those prior rumors also placed the vehicle’s unveil date inside of 2015, so expect more news and information to be leaked as we get closer to that date.

What do you think? What would you most like to see implemented in the next generation Dodge Challenger? Do you think a technological focus is the key to the vehicle’s taking a dominant place within the future muscle car segment?

Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop Package

Amazing Dodge Challenger Drifting

Samuel Hubinette Doing Incredible Drifting in his Dodge Challenger

I’m definitely not the first blogger to post this video, but it’s too great not share. When most people think of drift cars, the Challenger is nowhere near the top of their mind, but the driving of Samuel Hubinette at the Red Bull Drift Shifters 2012 event in Auckland, New Zealand may bring that vehicle to the front of their mind from here on out.

Samuel Hubinette, who’s also known as The Crazy Swede, has become one of the world’s premiere stunt and performance drivers. With a number of impressive Formula D and D1 Grand Prix events under his belt, as well a very impressive Hollywood stunt driving resume, he has become a sort of super star in the automotive drift world–which is what makes seeing him utilize the Dodge Challenger and show off the vehicle’s amazing potential so exciting. The video shows off some of his drift highlights from the event where he placed second, an impressive showing considering the tight construction of the event track and the size of the Challenger by comparison to your standard drift vehicle.

Give the video a watch–and appreciate the fact that nobody felt the need to include an over the top music track over the noise–listen to the harmonious bellow of the Challenger exhaust and hold your breath as The Crazy Swede brings his Challenger within inches of danger time and time again.

Be sure to switch your media player over to 1080p HD quality to better enjoy the sights and sounds of this impressive Challenger driving.

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop Edition

The new and exciting Blacktop package available for the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T announced by Chrysler group provides aggressive and sinister styling for their premiere performance touring automobile

As part of Dodge’s ongoing effort to keep their Challenger vehicle ahead of its competition in stylistic options and packages, the new Blacktop package available for the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T provides beautiful and unique options for prospective Challenger shoppers. The new Blacktop package begins at the exterior level where three unique paint and stripe options are available. The three available paint colors for the Blacktop Challenger package are: Pitch Black, Granite Crystal and Billet Silver Metallic. Each of these color options will then be finished off with a matte graphite single stripe running down the center of the hood and vehicle, the outside of which is trimmed in red.

Further accentuating the Challenger R/T Blacktop’s exterior is a full set of unique Glass Black Chrome 20″ alloy wheels. The Gloss Black wheels are offset with other unique gloss black touches, including Gloss Black grille surround and a Gloss Black exterior fuel door. These metallic touches work in tandem with the Matte black striping and the metallic paint for a much coveted tuner look for the Dodge Challenger straight off of the lot. The combination of Blacks and Greys has become one of the most popular configurations for highly customized vehicles, and can be seen at shows and drive-ins, however few of them are as complete or as nuanced as this Challenger Blacktop package.

Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop Package

The Blacktop package extends its stylistic cues from the exterior to the interior as well. Inside the Blacktop Challenger are standard dark cloth interior with sport bucket seats up front, a standard available option for the Challenger R/T, that are offset with other small gloss black metallic touches. However, for the prospective buyer looking for more, there are other options available with the Blacktop Package to improve both the vehicle’s interior and performance.

The R/T Plus package adds heated Nappa leather seats in Dark Slate Grey or Radar Red along with added goodies like a 6 speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with a 276-Watt amplifier, ParkSense rear park assist, power heated mirrors, EVIC with temperature gauge, a tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle security alarm, and HomeLink universal garage door opener. All of these goodies will make for a more luxurious and complete interior feel and driver comfort experience.

Dodge Blacktop Package

For increased performance, Dodge also offers their Challenger R/T Super Track Pack upgrade. Coupled with the 375HP/410lb/ft torque engine inside of the Challenger R/T, the Super Track Pack works to increase vehicle performance by adding a sport tuned steering system, heavy duty brakes with high friction pads and specially tuned anti-lock braking system sensors that aid in high speed stopping/cornering. The sport suspension system with monotube shock absorbers and a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3-season performance tires round out the Super Track Pack to help with handling and road stick. The Super Track Pack also includes a unique version of the Electronic Stability Control system that allows the driver to select a true “full off” mode – which is ideal for time spent on the race track when you do not want the stability control kicking in as you soar through a high speed corner.

The base Challenger R/T starts at $29,995, which makes it the most affordable V8 powered American muscle car on the market today. The Blacktop package for the Challenger R/T will add $1995 to the vehicle’s cost. Other goodies for the Challenger R/T, such as the Super Track Pack and the R/T Plus Package can run the vehicle’s cost upwards of $36,000 for full appointments.

No official photos have yet been released of the Blacktop Challenger R/T, but we screen-capped a few still images from the Blacktop release video. In addition to the Challenger R/T, the Avenger and Charger R/T will also be available with their own versions of the exterior Blacktop package.

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