Dodge Prices 2015 Challenger Lineup

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Dodge's iconic muscle coupe will flex its way into dealerships later this summer, but it won't necessarily stretch your budget on the base-model end with a starting-price increase of only $500. The 2015 Challenger starts at $27,990 (all prices include a $995 destination charge).

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

The Challenger is available with four different powertrains, starting with the base SXT model, followed by R/T, R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392, and the much-hyped, 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat. SXT models again come with a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 305 hp and 268 pounds-feet of torque. New for 2015 is an eight-speed automatic transmission that Dodge says boosts fuel economy by as much as 11 percent; last year's version was EPA rated at 18/27/21 mpg city/highway/combined.

Standard exterior features include a 1971-inspired split satin-chrome grille, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a "power bulge hood" with twin functional intakes and power body-colored folding heated side mirrors. Inside the SXT comes with cloth seating, a stamped aluminum instrument panel bezel, a six-way power driver's seat, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone temperature control, keyless entry with push-button start and a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel and shift knob.

By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exceeds 700 hp

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When a small hammer isn't getting the job done, the most obvious solution is to get a bigger hammer, right? Dodge is bringing out its biggest hammer with the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat — its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 makes a whopping 707 horsepower. Dodge says it's the most powerful V-8 it's ever produced and the most powerful muscle car ever.

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The full 707 hp is unleashed when drivers use a red key fob; the second black key fob lowers output to a measly 500 hp. Is it overkill that the black key loses 200 horsepower and still has more power than a regular 485-hp Challenger SRT? Hell, no; bring it on. The Challenger SRT Hellcat hits dealerships in the third quarter of 2014. There's no word yet on pricing.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Joe Bruzek | July 2, 2014 | Comments (10)

It's Happening: 2015 Dodge Challenger Gets Supercharged 600-hp V-8

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The most powerful V-8 in Dodge's history is slapped between the fenders of the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which uses a supercharger to force-feed air into a 6.2-liter V-8 for an estimated 600-plus horsepower. The stout V-8 is an optional engine on the redesigned 2015 Challenger SRT that, like other 2015 Challengers, shows off an all-new interior favoring an upscale, modern design over the previous year's retro look.

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

Base Challenger SRT buyers now have 485 hp, up from 470 hp, and a newly available eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the five-speed automatic. Back to the Hellcat — it's available with the eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual with nostalgic shifter-ball knob. Hellcat production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2014.

By Joe Bruzek | May 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

Dodge Means Performance: SRT Comes Back to the Fold

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With the Chrysler brand headed for mainstream battle against the likes of Ford, Hyundai, Honda and Chevrolet, the Dodge brand is about to take a much more specialized route: performance, and lots of it.

The bigger news: The SRT brand is being folded into Dodge, ending the confusion of whether it was something separate and apart. The focus on performance and the new directive not to compete with Chrysler brand means that some models will be discontinued, namely the Avenger midsize sedan and Grand Caravan minivan.

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High-performance variants of the Dart and Journey are on tap, with high-output turbocharged engines; the SRT versions of the Challenger and Charger will get supercharged Hemi V-8 engines. Here's what to expect from the Dodge brand over the next five years:

By Aaron Bragman | May 6, 2014 | Comments (4)

Chrysler Adds Frills to No-Frill 'Core' SRT8s

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Chrysler's SRT high-performance Core models are no-frills versions of the 470-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 with fewer convenience options in exchange for a lower price. For 2014, Chrysler adds a new Satin Vapor Edition appearance package to up the base Core models' unassuming looks with satin black highlights.

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Satin Vapor Editions sit on 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels and wear a satin black chrome finish and satin black mirrors, a gray 6.4-liter Hemi badge and red brake calipers. Inside, they feature Nappa leather seating with suede inserts. Each package has its own unique cost and slightly varying content and is tied to certain exterior colors.

By Joe Bruzek | February 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Stryker Green 2014 SRT Viper Is the Least Stealth Car Ever

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If you're an SRT Viper shopper or owner you likely don't mind being noticed. That's probably why the Chrysler Group developed a new Stryker Green paint color for the unapologetic sports car to debut on the 2014 model.

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The company describes the color as "enhanced green and yellow pigments and a 'liquid mercury' appearance."

That means it's bright.

By David Thomas | January 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Dodge SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Special Edition Photo Gallery

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Get a good look right here, or make your way this week to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where it's making its debut, because your chances of parking the 2014 Dodge SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon special edition in your driveway are less than stellar. Only 50 of the limited-run version of the "American exotic supercar" will be available starting in early 2014, according to Chrysler. The automaker says the Anodized Carbon paint job is meant to create "greater accentuation to the vehicle's form," as the metallic finish adds depth while the dark matte color amplifies the Viper's "sinister" quality. Beyond the color, unique exterior accents include Black Vapor Chrome five-spoke Rattler wheels, Gloss Black GTS badging, a Satin Black exhaust bezel, an Anodized Carbon fuel-filler door, orange brake calipers and carbon-fiber brake ducts.

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Interior accents include an Alcantara-wrapped headliner, door bolsters and knee blockers; orange accent stitching on the Nappa leather-wrapped door trim, center console and instrument panel and on the Nappa leather and Alcantara seats; carbon-fiber flourishes are added throughout the center stack, door panels and steering wheel; and an exclusive carbon GTS badge adorns the dashboard. Check out the photo gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 SRT Viper: Name That Color

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For 2014, Chrysler's SRT Viper gets a new hue — what it's called, however, will be up to you. Today, the automaker launched the SRT Viper Color Contest, allowing fans to give an official name to the Viper’s new blue exterior.

The new color will join other model-year 2014 additions, including a track-tuned TA Special Edition Package with a unique suspension and upgraded Brembo brakes. Also new is an Anodized Carbon Edition Package with matte black paint outside, orange stitching inside and carbon fiber accents throughout.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 17, 2013 | Comments (5)

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8: More Photos

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When you hear a term like "American anachronism" from a car reviewer, you know it's got to be something good. And as unapologetic muscle cars go, according to Cars.com's Aaron D. Bragman, the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is as American as apple pie. Heck, this full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan's fuel will cost you a thousand bucks before you ever burn a drop due to the gas-guzzler tax that comes with its 14/23 mpg city/highway fuel-economy rating.

Rest assured: Such concerns will evaporate nearly as quickly as gas combusts for anyone seeking the sort of titillation peculiar to this nostalgic sweet spot of the automotive world. The SRT8's 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, with its 470 horsepower and 175-mph top speed, will see to that. The version Bragman tested starts at $50,445, including a $995 destination fee and that $1,000 gas-guzzler tax, but you can spend nearly $63,000 with options if so inclined.

Click here for the full review, and check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Aaron Bragman.

By Matt Schmitz | September 13, 2013 | Comments (3)

What to Drive to the World's Biggest Classic-Car Cruise

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The Woodward Dream Cruise happens every year on the third Saturday in August as it has since 1995, when a group of volunteers decided to try and relive their youth from the 1950s and 1960s, back when evening entertainment in the Motor City often involved aimlessly cruising up and down the well-known street.

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The street is M-1, Woodward Avenue, stretching 25 miles from the heart of Detroit into the suburb of Pontiac, crossing a dozen communities and the sites of many former drive-in restaurants. Since its humble beginning, the event has become the largest classic-car gathering in the world, with this year's event reportedly drawing 1.5 million people and more than 60,000 classic and modern specialty cars over the course of roughly a week. It is the ultimate event for the classic-car enthusiast, and the perfect place to take a classic, interesting or just plain fun car.

It just so happened this year that I had a test car that met all three descriptors. In a sea of extraordinary muscle cars, classic rarities and outrageous iron, what could possibly make the spectators sitting on the side of the road drop their Big Gulps, quickly whip out cameras, yell encouragement, flash thumbs-up and even in one case burst into applause en masse?

How about the redesigned 2013 SRT Viper GTS coupe in stunning, eye-popping Stryker Red Tinted Pearl?

By Aaron Bragman | August 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

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