2013 SRT Viper at Roebling Road Raceway: Photo Gallery

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The third generation of the erstwhile Dodge Viper returned from a three-year hiatus not only a "better car overall," says Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder, but no less outrageous. Faithful to its rep, the 2013 SRT Viper boasts showy features like a forward-opening hood, 18- and 19-inch wheels in front and back, respectively, and lightweight carbon-fiber and aluminum components. Similarly impressive are interior upgrades, which in the GTS trim Wiesenfelder drove at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Ga., included abundant Laguna leather that muted memories of its previous inferior interior. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | March 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 SRT Viper GTS at Roebling Road Raceway Video

Admirers of the former Dodge Viper should be thrilled with the 2013 SRT Viper GTS. Those who would never dream of paying $100,000 for a less-than-practical sports car aren't likely to become converts. Whatever one's attitude on it, the third-generation Viper is an all-around improvement on its predecessor, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. The new Viper has shed 100 pounds thanks to lighter-weight materials, helping its 640-horsepower, 8.4-liter V-10 achieve a low-3-second zero-to-60 time and a 206 mph top speed. Better yet, the track-ready SRT Viper has become an overall more manageable performance sports car without sacrificing its essential "Viper-ness." Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Core: Photo Gallery

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SRT versions of the Dodge Challenger just got a little more accessible. Chrysler's high-performance brand unveiled the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Core model at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show; it's a lower-priced version of the traditional Challenger SRT8.

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Power is unchanged: The new Core version uses the same 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. Exterior features include a black grille rear spoiler, unique decals, 20-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets and black Brembo brake calipers. The biggest story is price: The Core version starts at $39,990, including the $995 destination fee. The regular Challenger SRT8 starts at $44,770, including destination. 

Check out the photo gallery of the Challenger SRT8 in Plum Crazy Pearl Coat below.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

New SRT8 'Core' Models Drop Features, Price

Dodge's and Chrysler's high-performance SRT8 models receive a substantial price drop courtesy of a new breed of high-performance trim levels called the Core models. Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 Core models strip convenience features like leather, moonroof, high-power stereo and fog lights in search of a lower price discounted as much as $4,780 than their full-featured regular models.
 
The trend started with Dodge's special edition Charger SRT8 Super Bee that — compared to the regular SRT8 — used the less-expensive radio, standard hood, cloth interior instead of leather and ditched the adaptive adjustable suspension in favor of a fixed firmness suspension.

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By Joe Bruzek | February 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Chrysler-Fiat Plans 47 New or Updated Cars by End of 2016

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Chrysler-Fiat will introduce, redesign or update 47 cars over the next four years, the automaker said Wednesday in a financial presentation to analysts. Among them are six Alfa Romeos from Fiat's upscale European division, plus seven new Fiat-branded models. Chrysler also encompasses the Dodge, Jeep, Ram and SRT brands.

The pipeline goes well beyond what Fiat had planned when it took a government-brokered stake in Chrysler in 2009. In September 2012, the automaker unveiled 66 future models at a private dealer meeting in Las Vegas, and we don't know how many of these 47 cars overlap with those. At that meeting there were just two Alfas, however.

The new plan eliminates four Fiat-built cars — two Chryslers and two Dodges — and moves the timing back by one to three years on nine models. All told, there are 16 refreshes and 31 new cars between now and the end of 2016. We've already seen five of them — the refreshed Compass and Grand Cherokee, plus Fiat's new 500L and the Ram HD and chassis cabs — and an SRT Grand Cherokee is also in the works. That still leaves 42 to come. Naturally, all of this is subject to change. Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne called the plan "a living document," the Detroit News reports.

Here's how it breaks down:

By Kelsey Mays | January 31, 2013 | Comments (7)

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Video

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The big news for Jeep's largest SUV is its new optional diesel V-6 engine that Jeep says should get around 30 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SRT debuted at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the exterior updates are minor but the upgrades to the interior are impressive.

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The gas-version of the SUV also gets a new eight-speed automatic for 2014, though Mays says its new electronic shifter will take some getting used to. Check out the video below.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Photo Gallery Two

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If the stingray's stinger could deliver the viper's venom, could it become the most formidable fish in the sea? Chevrolet hopes to take that analogy to the high-performance sports car segment with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray, whose design cues from fellow American icon the SRT Viper are apparent.

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The 2014 Corvette Stingray, bowing this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, boasts Viper-like exposed headlights and a gaping lower grille. But with features like defined rocker creases and shoulder lines, this Stingray-badged Corvette tempers the hulking appearance of the Viper. Still, the Stingray retains enough classic Corvette flavor to satisfy the faithful while tempting higher-end enthusiasts.

Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2013 | Comments (5)

With SRT Rebranding, New Engines May Follow

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Keen observers have noticed that the updated 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has dropped its "8" designation in favor of just SRT. We wondered what was behind the change. Chrysler spokesman Dan Reid explained that it's part of a wider effort to rebrand the SRT lineup; the SRT version of the Chrysler 300 will see a similar change for the 2014 model year, for instance. The models, however, won't roll up under the SRT brand as the Viper does, Reid said.

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Besides the rebranding, Reid said the change opens the door for future SRT powertrains. SRT8 has indicated a V-8 engine, and the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT still comes with a 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8. In a future shaped by stringent federal fuel-economy standards, however, perhaps there's room for a smaller-displacement, more fuel-efficient engine for the brand.

By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, SRT: Up Close

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The Grand Cherokee definitely wasn't broken, and Jeep wisely didn't mess with it too much. Of the exterior changes, the front end looks good overall, though the more squinty headlights come "courtesy" of black plastic inserts that look pretty crappy to me. The chrome grille segments are a bit much, too, but that may depend on trim level and exterior color.

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The new Summit trim level's chrome treatment, which wraps from the low bumper along the rocker panels and around the back, is a sharp addition.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | January 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, SRT at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Volkswagen Touareg
  • Looks like: A bevy of significant upgrades that don't mess with success
  • Drivetrain: 290-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8; 240-hp, 3.0-liter diesel V-6; or 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8 (SRT); eight-speed automatic; rear- or choice of three 4x4 systems
  • Hits dealerships: First quarter 2013

With its most substantial update since this generation's debut for the 2011 model year, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts a new transmission, exterior and interior tweaks, an optional diesel engine, much needed tech improvements and a new trim level. The SRT performance model also receives some welcome upgrades.

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The Grand Cherokee's styling has aged well, so the 2014's changes are subtle: The grille is shorter, the headlights slimmer and the bumper has been raised. There are now LED daytime running lights and the fog lights are more prominent. The taillights have gotten larger, and Jeep says it redesigned the liftgate to improve rear visibility.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | January 13, 2013 | Comments (6)

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