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Dodge Muscles Up With New Charger, Challenger

Power supplemented with new technology.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Tim Kuniskis introduced the 2015 Dodge Challenger, left, and Dodge Charger at the New York International Auto Show.

Automakers spend a lot of time chasing young buyers, so it was a bit of a shock to see Dodge launch into its New York Auto Show news conference with a short film filled with seniors averaging close to the century mark. No worries, though, as they quickly proved to be as young-at-heart as the typical Dodge buyer.

And so, whatever the age, Chrysler’s muscle car brand quickly refocused the spotlight on a pair of updated performance models, the 2015 Dodge Charger and 2015 Dodge Challenger, both of which undergo some significant mid-cycle updates.

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It’s clearly an appropriate move for the two-door Dodge Challenger, which is in its fifth year since its last full redesign – though, surprisingly, the classic muscle coupe set an all-time sales record last year. (more…)

Dodge To Offer First-Ever Mopar Challenger

A high-performance alternative to SRT?

by on Jul.07, 2010

For the first time in its history, Dodge bolts the Mopar badge onto one of its production models.

In the long history of Dodge and its in-house parts division, Mopar, the two have never collaborated on a vehicle together. That changes with the introduction of the limited-edition Dodge Challenger Mopar ‘10.
Dodge will build a low-volume version of the 2010 Challenger with unique stripes, black 20-inch wheels, black grille, a functional hood scoop, upgraded Super Track Pac suspension and hood pins. Only 500 will be produced and each will come with a sketch of the car signed by designer Mark Trostle and a special boxed customer kit.

The Mopar ‘10 will be offered in black only, but there will be three accent colors: blue, red and silver. The accent is used on exterior stripes and trim on the seats and other details.

“The vehicle looks absolutely sinister in black,” suggested Ralph Gillies, Dodge president and CEO, during a Wednesday teleconference.

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The Mopar ‘10 is powered by the same  5.7-liter Hemi V-8 from the Challenger R/T, where it makes 357-horsepower.

Mopar President and CEO Pietro Gorlier said the hood scoop does more than just look good.  It is expected to add an additional 15 horsepower to the base engine, but he didn’t offer an exact horsepower figure, waiting to get final EPA-certified numbers. Gorlier and Gillies also did not say if the performance boost would affect fuel mileage.