Video: 2015 Dodge Challenger, Charger in Motion

Any attempt to describe the visceral experience of hitting the gas in the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger would be words "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." The only way to truly appreciate the sound and fury is to plant your backside in the driver's seat. Until then, check out our video above of the pair rumbling and spitting exhaust about, and we'll just see if you don't get revved up for the real thing.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Challenger: Up Close

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We've seen a new 2015 Ford Mustang unveiled and have enjoyed a slightly refreshed 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, so now it's time for the third member of the American pony-car club to get its update. The 2014 New York International Auto Show is where Dodge decided to unveil its latest 2015 Challenger, which from the outside may not look all the different from the current one.

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Certainly the shape is the same, but the retro-mobile's flavor has been moved forward in time a bit. While the Challenger's latest iteration was based on the 1970 model for style and cues, this new 2015 model takes more ideas from the 1971 version. That means a new split-pane grille, a smiley lower bumper opening and split taillights, which are now LED, in keeping with the rest of the Dodge lineup.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Challenger Photo Gallery (30 Photos)

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While the 2015 Dodge Charger has adopted the look of the present-day Dart, the new Challenger is sticking to its retro-style guns. Blissfully stuck in the '70s, the large sports coupe hasn't undergone much of a makeover for the new model year, save for some front- and rear-end refinement, projector-beam headlamps with LED halos, a split grille and grinning front bumper.

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Interior design updates the Challenger's style all the way from 1970 to 1971 with that model year's trapezoidal dashboard, door and center console shapes. On the other hand, cabin materials have received an overdue refresh, lending some elegance to this muscle car's gun show.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Looks like: The current Challenger, now with more LEDs

Powertrains: Standard 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, optional 375-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 or 485-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8; eight-speed automatic (standard on V-6, optional on V-8s) or six-speed manual (standard on V-8 only) transmissions; rear-wheel drive

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With the update to the 2015 Dodge Charger, Chrysler now offers two distinct flavors of big, performance-oriented rear-drive cars for enthusiasts. The Charger's gone modern, with swoopy new styling that apes the Dart and Durango in the brand's lineup, but the new 2015 Challenger sticks to its retro theme that has been relatively successful for the big sports coupe.

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But even retro has to show progress, and Dodge has decided to base the new 2015 model on the 1971 Challenger for inspiration instead of the 1970 model that the current Challenger uses as a model. The updated interior, however, is taken right from other modern Dodge models.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Dodge Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 SRT8 Satin Vapor Edition Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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OK, so Chrysler is offering this new Satin Vapor Edition for its iconic muscle-car lineup, which takes the special stripped-down, reduced-price Core models of the cars' high-performance SRT8 variants and options them up for an increased price. (Makes perfect sense … right?) These Satin Vapor Editions include the 2014 SRT8 versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, and Chrysler 300, all of which get 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels, satin black headlights and side mirrors, a gray 6.4-liter Hemi badge and red brake calipers. Inside they get Nappa leather seating with suede inserts.

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Those are the common features of all three cars, but each package — ranging in price from $1,700 to more than $2,300 — offers its own individual content and exterior colors. You can compare and contrast all three this week during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, where the Satin Vapor Editions made their debut. Check out the photo gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | February 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Dodge Charger and Challenger Special Editions Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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To celebrate the brand's centennial, Dodge unveiled special editions of the 2014 Charger and Challenger at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The cars are hard to miss with their exclusive High Octane Red Pearl exterior paint.

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Aside from the red-hot exterior, both special edition packages feature special wheels, commemorative badges, leather interior and other unique cabin appointments. Click here for more info, and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker: More Photos

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The current-generation Dodge Challenger already takes its nostalgic cues from the 1970 model of the iconic car driven by actor Barry Newman’s Kowalski in 1971's classic car flick, "Vanishing Point." But if you're really looking to relive some muscle-car memories on that overnight delivery run from Denver to San Francisco, the new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker should do it.

2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker Dials Up Nostalgia

Introduced this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, the 2014’s functional engine-mounted Shaker scoop protrudes through the hood and rocks back and forth with the 410 pounds-feet of torque from the 375-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8, gulping in fresh air for improved performance.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | Comments (3)

Will 'Fast and Furious' Accelerate Dodge Dart Sales?

The return of Michelle Rodriguez as the ostensibly back-from-the-dead Letty Ortiz in "Fast & Furious 6," roaring into theaters May 24, has been a key element in the film's prerelease marketing. Similarly, the resurrected-for-2013 Dodge Dart is ready for its close-up in the latest edition of the immensely popular Vin Diesel-fronted street-racing saga. But will the movie spark sales of the slow-selling compact?

While "Fast & Furious 6" is likely to be quick off the line on its way to box-office success — its predecessor, 2011's "Fast Five," bowed to a reported $86 million — early sales of the 2013 Dart have proved neither fast nor furious in its crowded segment. The automaker is no doubt hoping the Dart's prominence in both the film and a cross-marketing campaign will help raise its public profile, as similar product placement in "Fast Five" did for the Dodge Charger two years ago. A fleet of Chargers will return for some more screen time in the new film, along with the current SRT Challenger and a vintage Charger Daytona, according to the Wall Street Journal.

By Matt Schmitz | May 14, 2013 | Comments (6)

2013 Dodge Challenger Wins Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award

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America loves its muscle cars, and Cars.com's Facebook fans once again proved as much by selecting the 2013 Dodge Challenger as this year's winner of the Shoppers' Choice Award. We can't say we disagree; as we stated on our Facebook page: "We think the Challenger's classic muscle-car styling, refined ride and handling, and spacious interior make this an excellent choice for anyone in the market for a fun, surprisingly practical coupe."

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The Challenger beat nine finalists and was ultimately selected based on the amount of activity generated by millions of shoppers on Cars.com, including how many people researched and reached out to dealers to check out the car. From all that activity, combined with the Facebook voting, we've determined that the Challenger best represents the voice of our users.

Dodge received its Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award this week during the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Congratulations, Dodge, and thanks to the millions of Cars.com users who made this award possible.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2013 | Comments (12)

2013 Cadillac ATS Joins NHTSA's Five-Star Club

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Cadillac's new luxury sedan, the ATS, is the latest vehicle to be awarded the top rating of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2013 Cadillac ATS earned a perfect score in NHTSA's crash tests.

The composite score for the ATS comprised across-the-board five-star ratings in the different areas of crash testing. Those test categories include: overall vehicle safety, frontal crashes, side crashes and rollover.

The long-awaited ATS gives GM's luxury brand a competitor to America's best-selling luxury car, the BMW 3 Series. Both the all- and rear-wheel-drive versions of the ATS received five stars in all crash tests.

Also joining NHTSA's five-star-rating club was the 2013 Dodge Challenger, which earned mostly five stars in the different crash-test categories; the Challenger scored a four out of five in its rollover rating.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

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