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At 840 HP, New Dodge Demon is World’s Fastest Production Car

“We wanted to be the best at the most.”

by on Apr.12, 2017

New Dodge brand ambassador Vin Diesel at the Demon debut. He drives one in the latest installment of the "Fast & Furious" series.

The news came in a letter from the National Hot Rod Association. A prototype of the new Dodge Demon had set an all-time dragstrip record, hitting 140 at the end of the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds. Oh, and the NHRA added, it was banning the new muscle car from production before the first model officially rolled off the production line.

“That was the highlight of my 25 years in the business,” said Tim Kuniskis, the head of passenger cars for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in North America, as a crowd of journalists and muscle car fans descended on the stage after the formal debut of the new Dodge Demon in New York Tuesday night.

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After a two-month teaser campaign that drew millions of views on social media, there was a palpable tension at Pier 94, along the Hudson River waterfront where the Challenger-based Demon made its debut.

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Dodge Continues Demon’s Slow Striptease

Expect something around 900 hp – and factory stock, street legal drag tires.

by on Mar.03, 2017

Dodge continues to let out Demon details in drips and drabs before the New York Auto Show.

Drip, drip, drip.

We are still more than a month away from the New York International Auto Show. And that means we have a lot more teasers coming from Fiat Chrysler as it slowly preps us for the Big Apple debut of the Dodge Demon.

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What appears to be indisputable is that the special-edition Challenger will take the Hellcat up by several big notches, turning out an estimated 900 horsepower, or somewhere around 200 more than the current, 707 hp Challenger Hellcat. (more…)

Dodge Punches Things up with Durango SRT

Hemi V-8 hammers out 475 hp.

by on Feb.07, 2017

The Dodge Durango muscles up for '18.

With more and more Americans trading in sedans and coupes for SUVs and CUVs, it would seem to make sense to also give ute buyers the option to muscle up.  And that’s what Dodge plans to do next year.

It will be showing off a new performance version of its three-row Durango model at the Chicago Auto Show, packing a 475-horsepower Hemi V-8 under the hood that will enhance both off-the-line acceleration and the ute’s towing prowess.

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“This is what you get, when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT: a 12-second quarter mile, toy-hauling, three-row muscle car,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of FCA’s passenger cars brands.

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Snowbound: Dodge Challenger GT Weathers the Storm

Testing out the new 2017 AWD muscle coupe.

by on Jan.31, 2017

Dashing through the snow...a 2017 Dodge Challenger GT takes a run.

There’s nothing unusual about lining up a Dodge Challenger at the start of a quarter-mile drag strip; the muscle coupe was born to race. Nothing unusual, that is, unless there’s a half-foot of snow on the ground.

But that’s where we found ourselves recently, getting ready to put pedal to metal to see how the 2017 Challenger would handle. Of course, we had one thing working in our favor: this was the new, all-wheel-drive edition of the Dodge muscle car, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT.

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Dodge has already put its AWD system in the Challenger’s sibling, the Charger, so we had a sense of what to expect, but the 2017 Challenger GT proved itself with aplomb during a couple days up in the snow and ice of Maine and New Hampshire, with plenty of time on public roads, as well as on a track normally closed for the season.

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Fiat Chrysler Latest to be Charged With Rigging Diesel Emissions

Automaker’s stock price tumbles in wake of EPA allegations.

by on Jan.12, 2017

The Ram 1500 turbodiesel has won a number of awards since its 2015 introduction.

Barely 24 hours after the U.S. Justice Department announced a $4.3 billion settlement with Volkswagen AG in connection with the German maker’s diesel emissions scandal, the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of rigging its own diesel engines to illegally pass emissions test.

The agency said the so-called defeat device technology “appeared to cause the vehicles to perform differently when being tested” than when in use in real-world conditions. That was the same thing the EPA, in September 2014, charged that Volkswagen had done. Since then, VW has paid out close to $25 billion in fines and penalties related to the scandal. And FCA stockholders, apparently fearing a similar financial hit, sent the maker’s stock tumbling in the wake of the latest revelation.

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“This is a clear and serious violation of the Clean Air Act,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “The undisclosed software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides from the vehicles, threatening public health by polluting the air that we breathe.”

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The Demon Returns – as Next Dodge Hellcat

New Dodge Challenger SRT Demon could top 707-hp.

by on Jan.12, 2017

The Demon is coming - a scene from the teaser video announcing the new Dodge Demon.

For those who didn’t think the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models, with their 707-horsepower hemi V-8s were powerful enough, salvation is coming – in the form of the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon set to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show three months from now.

The Demon name is a blast from the past. It was used for one of the old Chrysler Corp.’s classic ‘70s muscle cars, though back then it was based off the old two-door Dodge Dart. Dodge hinted it might want to resurrect the name with the debuting of a roadster concept, dubbed Dodge Demon, that made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007.

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The new beast, it turns out, will be based off the same modern coupe as one of Fiat Chrysler’s current Hellcat models, the Dodge Challenger SRT. But it apparently has some devilish new tricks.

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Dodge Adding All-Wheel-Drive Challenger GT

“Shifting the muscle-car paradigm.”

by on Dec.07, 2016

The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT will be the first Detroit muscle car to use all-wheel-drive.

If you’re a muscle car fan living in the Midwest or some other part of the Snowbelt, odds are you either put your steed up on blocks over the winter or spend much of your time driving worried about spinning out.

But Dodge is “shifting the muscle-car paradigm,” according to brand boss Tim Kuniskis. It’s about to launch the first Detroit model to offer all-wheel-drive, the new Dodge Challenger GT expected to plow into dealer showrooms before the end of the first quarter of 2017.

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Set to become “the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupe,” the Challenger GT actually becomes the latest in a string of high-performance models intended to improve all-weather drivability by delivering torque to all four wheels.

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Dodge Unleashes Two New Beasts for Dream Cruise

New versions close to Hellcat muscle, but not quite.

by on Aug.16, 2016

Just in time for the Woodward Dream Cruise, Dodge unveiled two new beasts the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona.

The rumble and roar of the Woodward Dream Cruise is going to be made a little louder by two new muscle car entries from Dodge: the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona.

Dodge unleashed the new beasts a week before the annual congregation of muscle car mavens meet to give them maximum exposure.

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“More than 1.5 million enthusiasts are expected to come to Woodward to celebrate classic muscle cars this week, so it’s a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona with new special editions,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. (more…)

Dodge Killing Off Viper Again

Slow sales led to repeated production cuts.

by on Jun.22, 2016

The Dodge Viper will end its run this year.

For the second time since 2010, Fiat Chrysler is killing off the Dodge Viper sports car.

Reintroduced in 2012 to much fanfare, the Viper received strong reviews, but relatively few buyers ponied up the initial MSRP of $97,395. Dodge later cut the price but sluggish sales forced it to repeatedly put production on hold.

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“The Dodge Viper has had a great run and, 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the super car world reaching for the records it continues to set,” Tim Kuniskis, the head of the Dodge brand, said in a statement.

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Big Changes Coming for Dodge Charger, Challenger Models

New platform, lighter weight, 300 hp twin-turbo four among updates.

by on Jun.03, 2016

A Dodge Charger concept shown to dealers last August bore a strong resemblance to this 1999 concept.

Two of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s most classically American models will become a little more global when they undergo complete makeovers two years from now.

While FCA officials are saying little to nothing about the planned mid-2018 replacements for the Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars, it appears they will likely switch platforms, adopting an “architecture” getting its first use for the all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia.

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While there will likely be a number of modifications made for the American muscle cars, a key goal will be to slash the weight of the next-generation models. One media report this week suggested the Dodge Charger, in particular, is targeted to shed as much as 500 pounds of mass. That would mirror moves made by key rivals General Motors and Ford.

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