The Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) division is expanding its 2014 vehicle lineup by offering new Satin Vapor Editions of its Chrysler 300 SRT, Dodge Challenger SRT and Dodge Charger SRT models. All three of the new models made their debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
Ralph Gilles, SRT boss, said of the new offerings; “We’re responding to the diversifying tastes of our performance enthusiast customers by expanding our product lineup to offer more custom models straight from the factory. Building on our core vehicle strategy, the Satin Vapor Edition models add some swagger with new, brand-exclusive finishes and content that augment the value proposition of our popular ‘Core’ price classes.”
All three Satin Vapor models are purely cosmetic upgrades. Offering bigger wheels, unique paintwork, different exterior trim finishes, graphics, and interior upgrades.
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Blacktop packages are already available for the Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan. And now for 2014 it can be ordered for the Dodge Dart. It doesn’t make the car any faster, go round corners better, or stop any quicker. But if you like gloss black mirrors, and leather-wrapped steering wheels, then it might have a small amount of appeal.
The Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop is based on the 2014 Dart SXT model with the Rallye Appearance Group. On the exterior, the Blacktop package adds as standard equipment gloss black mirrors and unique 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, a gloss black split crosshair grille, dark-tinted projector headlamps, projector fog lamps, integrated dual exhaust, and LED tail lamps.
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The 1968 Dodge Charger III was a low-slung, uber-sleek, two-seat sports car concept which Dodge built with absolutely no intention of putting into production. It was a piece of advertising, designed to show off all the company’s latest technologies and engineering advances – specifically in the area of aerodynamics. When it was unveiled, Dodge stated that it was the most aerodynamic car they had ever produced. One look at the dart-like profile and you can see they were probably weren’t exaggerating.
But a slippery shape isn’t always practical. Inside, the Charger III concept was cramped and claustrophobic, and you can forget about rolling down a window to let in some fresh air. Instead of a normal windscreen and separate side windows, the Dodge Charger III had a single-piece wrap around windscreen which was permanently fitted within a fiberglass canopy. To gain entry to the car, the entire canopy lifted up on gas struts at the touch of a button. At the same time as the canopy was lifting, the seats automatically raised up 8 inches, and the steering wheel and instrument panel swung upwards to allow easier access. It was all very fancy, but hardly practical!
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The 1982 Dodge Turbo Charger PPG Pace Car was a fully functional concept car / pace car built by SVI for PPG to act as a pace car for 1982 and early 1983 Indy car races.
The vehicle was designed to be as aerodynamic as possible – to the detriment of its styling. It featured a pointed front end, plexiglass headlight covers , covered rear wheel arches and a large spoiler.
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The very first image of the all-new reborn 2013 Dodge Viper has just been posted on the official SRT Facebook page. Obviously it’s fairly hard to tell from the simplistic outline sketch exactly what the 2013 SRT Viper will look like. But what is clear is that the design will be evolutionary, and feature several of the distinctive styling cues from both previous generations of Viper. The double-bubble roof is making a welcome return, as is the hood-mounted central NACA duct, and the sinister slit-like headlights.
While the drivetrain remains a mystery, rumors are swirling of another V10, this time with a ludicrous displacement of 8.7 litres! But for now that’s just hearsay. It won’t be until the car is finally revealed at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April the true numbers will be known. One thing the 2013 Viper will have for sure is traction control – now a requirement by federal law. Previously the Viper’s lack of TC was one of its major flaws/selling points, depending on whether you like/dislike invisible electronic safety genies.
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Remember those three preview images Chrysler released of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart last month? Well now the car is out in the open, and all the details and specifications are too. The 2013 Dodge Dart will be produced in SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T trims. Three engine choices will be available from launch, but curiously all three have fairly similar power outputs. The base engine is a 2.0 litre ‘Tigershark’ naturally aspirated four-cylinder which develops 160 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 2.4 litre NA four-cylinder producing 184 hp and 171 lb-ft. While sitting at the top of the pile is a 1.4 litre turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder which churns out 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is offered with all three engines, while a six-speed automatic is available for the 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre engines. The 1.4 litre turbo can be ordered with an optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Thanks to the Fiat/Chrysler merger, the 2013 Dodge Dart is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta‘s platform, but it’s been stretched and widened to accommodate the bigger-boned average American physique. But despite the extra few inches, the new Dodge Dart manages to look very handsome indeed. In R/T trim (pictured) it looks especially good. But even the more toned-down versions have a solid, planted stance. And who doesn’t like those those Charger-inspired wrap-around LED taillights?
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At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, which opens its doors in just over a week, Mopar will be showing off three different tuning kits which will be available for the Dodge Charger later in 2012. The upgrades range from some rather minor cosmetic touches, all the way up to a not-for-public-road-use monster.
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For 2013 Dodge is developing a new compact sedan. Well, I say Dodge is developing a new compact sedan, but what I really mean is that Alfa Romeo is giving Dodge their Guilietta platform, and letting them do their thing with it. It’s basically intercontinental badge-engineering. But that might not be a bad thing if Dodge can retain the same frugal yet sporty charactersistics of the Giulietta. Unfortunately it looks like the Giulietta’s natural good-looks have been lost in translation.
In creating the new Dart, Dodge have lengthened and widened the chassis to make room for the slightly bigger-build of the average ‘merican. Although Dodge are quick to point out the fact they’ve tried to retain similar levels of chassis rigidity found in the award-winning Giulietta.
As you’d expect, the Dart’s drivetrain options also differ from its European cousin. From the looks of it only the 120 horsepower 1.4 litre turbocharged engine will be shared between the two cars. The Dart’s other engine options are a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, and a Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir four cylinder engine. Dodge say the 2013 Dart will also have three transmission choices to match its trio of engines, but neglected to go into further detail.
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The 2011 SEMA Show is just days away, 1st – 4th November, so inevitably there are a number of manufacturer-developed custom cars en-route. Dodge has a few different vehicles which are scheduled to attend, but it’s their track-prepared Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 which looks the most interesting.
The car, called the Challenger SRT8 ACR, was created by Chrysler’s Mopar Underground division. They began by taking a stock Challenger SRT8 392 and stripping it of any unnecessary flab – with the Challenger’s considerable bulk they had plenty to choose from! On the inside they removed the rear seats, added lightweight bucket racing seats up front and fitted carbon fiber door panels and a carbon fiber center console. While on the outside they added a carbon fiber hood, the rear deck lid, rear spoiler and taillight surround are all made of the same stuff.
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