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)

What Kind of Mileage Does a 470-Horsepower SUV Get?

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The all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a monster. If you peek through the functional cooling nostrils atop the lightweight hood, there's a massive 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that's ready to unleash all 470 horsepower. Amid the changes and upgrades for the new model year, there's an Eco mode and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2014's EPA-estimated 19 mpg highway rating is an improvement over the 2013 model's 18 mpg.

Does the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT get that highway number in the real world with all that Hemi power?

By Robby DeGraff | June 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

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)

Chrysler Really Connects With 8.4-inch Touch-Screen

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Chrysler's massive 8.4-inch touch-screen available in Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Ram and SRT models is one of the few multimedia systems to integrate dozens of tasks without overwhelming users. Tasks including smartphone integration, navigation, Satellite radio and more pair with climate control functions in one easy-to-use 8.4-inch command center versus an unwieldy combination of knobs, buttons and touch-screen complexity.

Testing Chrysler's latest Uconnect 8.4 system in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee reminded us how seamless Uconnect works and why it's one of our favorites. Below are five aspects of the Uconnect 8.4 system that give it an advantage over not only direct competitors of Chrysler products, but in the grand scheme of all automotive multimedia offerings.

By Joe Bruzek | May 7, 2013 | Comments (10)

2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) at the 2013 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 2014 Nissan GT-R
  • Looks like: A Viper competition car endorsed by Dreamsicle
  • Drivetrain: 640-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine; six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: 33 examples go on sale starting in third quarter 2013

The SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) is the Viper for track rats and those who want a more dedicated track package from the all-new Viper that debuted for the 2013 model year. Power remains the same at a chest-thumping 640 horsepower, and the package offers a more road-race-oriented suspension and aerodynamic package while remaining street legal.

It's also bright Crusher Orange, the only color available on the 33 planned production examples, and a single-spec trim level with no optional equipment.

An adjustable two-mode suspension borrowed from the up-level SRT Viper GTS combines with the low weight of the "entry-level" SRT Viper base model to make up the package's most notable change besides the retina-burning Crusher Orange paint. It's not a straight swap, however, as the two-mode Bilstein adjustable suspension is retuned with more track-oriented shocks, springs and road-racing derived stabilizer bars. The SRT brand says the TA has a smaller spread between the levels of dampening found on the Viper GTS models.

By Joe Bruzek | March 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

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