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Dodge Delivers Unexpected 707 HP with Challenger SRT Hellcat

Most powerful muscle car ever?

by on Jul.02, 2014

When the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat hit showrooms this fall, it will boast 707 horsepower.

When it announced plans for the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat a few months ago, Chrysler’s performance brand suggested it would deliver “600-plus” horsepower. It turns out that was a big plus sign, Dodge now revealing that what it is calling “the most powerful muscle car ever” will come in at a screeching 707 hp when it hits showrooms late this year.

All the numbers have taken a big jump. SRT Powertrain Director Chris Cowland originally suggested we’d be looking at torque in the range of 575 pound-feet. It turns out that will actually be 650 lb-ft.

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But we anticipate that we can still take Cowland at his word, the engineering chief earlier suggesting that the 2015 Hellcat will be “bloody fast.” (more…)

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…)

Camaro Z/28 Buyers will Pony up $75,000

Chevy auctioning rights to the first one for charity.

by on Jan.03, 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 posted a faster time than the Porsche 911 on the famed Nurburgring in Germany.

In the automotive world, power often means cash, and in the case of the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 it means $75,000 if you want the 500-plus horsepower beast in your driveway.

A surprise introduction at last year’s New York Auto Show, the revived nameplate gives Camaro aficionados a high-performance option rivaling the best of America and Europe. In fact, it delivered an impressive time of 7:37.47 in a drizzly mist on Germany’s famous Nurburgring track, beating the numbers for the Porsche 911.

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“The Camaro Z/28 is an uncompromising performer that’s bred for the track – and every one of its unique components supports the goal of faster lap times,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America, in a statement. (more…)

OnStar Offers a Mother’s Day Special

Taking a tip from the cellphone world.

by on May.02, 2012

OnStar offers a discount on its FMV replacement mirror for Mother's (and Father's) Day.

Sure, some folks will buy mom a mirror for Mother’s Day.  It might be inside a nice, expensive package of make-up, or perhaps a wall-mounted mirror over the vanity.  But OnStar is betting your female parental unit might like a mirror for the car.

A replacement mirror, to be more precise, this one dubbed FMV, or For My Vehicle.  It’s a way to get the OnStar service in just about any car on the road, whether a Ford, Chrysler or Toyota.

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Introduced last year, the FMV has proven to be an unexpectedly popular aftermarket option, the General Motors telematics division so far selling about 30,000 of them.  And now, OnStar is betting it can sell quite a few more by temporarily cutting the price from $299 down to $99.99.  The good news for dad is that the deal lasts until June 16th, covering Father’s Day, as well.


Woodward Dream Cruise a Car-Geek Heaven

Our out-of-town reporter experiences his first Dream Cruise.

by on Aug.20, 2011

Is this heaven? Flame on at the Woodward Dream Cruise. Photo: Alice Hudder.

There is such a thing as car-geek heaven, and it’s in southeast Michigan.

One can only imagine the conversation between a ghostly hot-rodder and the poor kid working the counter at the Coney dog stand.

Ghost: “Is this heaven?”

Kid: “No, it’s Oakland County.”

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OK, OK, Woodward Avenue between Pontiac, Mi. and Ferndale, Mi. isn’t crawling with old muscle cars and hopped-up rat rods year-round. But once a year, the Woodward Dream Cruise brings plenty of classic cars—as well as late-model and new cars that have a performance bent—to the Detroit area, where they cruise Woodward while locals camp out and look on as if they were sitting in the prime seats at the Tigers’ Comerica Park.

They start turning out on the balmy Detroit evenings all week, as if getting into some practice before the official Dream Cruise takes place on a Saturday.  Maybe, some tell, you, it’s better to come out early if you actually want to see those muscle cars move because, by Saturday morning, Woodward is nothing but a slow-moving parking lot/car show.