The 2014 SEMA show will host a fleet of Mopar modified vehicles. The lineup includes a selection of tuned Dodge Darts, Jeep Renegades, Chrysler 200Ss, Fiat 500s… Oh forget all that. The real draw is the Dodge Viper ACR Concept which will be lurking somewhere on the stand.
The track-tuned Viper ACR Concept is smothered in aerodynamic bits and pieces, from a carbon fiber front splitter, to a massive carbon fiber rear wing held aloft by aluminium struts. The car has spent time in the wind tunnel to make sure the front and rear downforce levels compliment each other for maximum effect. Carbon fiber fins just ahead of the front wheels, and engine bay heat extraction vents on top of the fenders have also been added.
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First of all, for anyone – and that more or less means everyone – reading this hoping to hear about a planned production date, pricing and availability of the Dodge Challenger A/T Untamed concept, this is a digital rendering of a currently non-existent vehicle.
But there is a glimmer of hope, Joey Ruiter, the man who designed the concept is a fairly prolific automotive fabricator. Having scratch-built a wide assortment of vehicles, ranging from electric-powered off-road buggys and motorcycles, to boats and personal water craft. So if anyone can make it a reality, he can. In fact he’s begun work on a kit which could transform stock Challengers into formidable all-terrain beasts.
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Dodge and SRT designers and engineers have gone all-out and created a four-door sedan with supercar humbling straight-line performance. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the fastest and most powerful production sedan in the world. It’s powered by a massive 6.2 litre supercharged Hemi Hellcat V8 engine churning out an enormous 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of tarmac rippling torque. Connected to a heavy-duty 8-speed automatic transmission, the engine is capable of catapulting the car from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, it posts a quarter-mile time of 11-seconds dead, and it has a jaw-dropping 204 mph top speed.
The drivetrain used in the Charger SRT Hellcat is identical to that found in its two-door stablemate, the Challenger Hellcat, yet interestingly the Charger has a 5 mph higher top end, but a 0.2 second slower 0-60 mph time.
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The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the supercharged top-of-the-line Challenger, is the most powerful production muscle car on offer today. That’s because its supercharged 6.2 litre HEMI V8 engine manages to produce 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
However Dodge understand that over 700 horsepower is going to test even the most experienced driver, so just to provided an additional level of security, the car comes with two different keys. The black key allows the engine to produce a slightly more reasonable 500 horsepower maximum output. While the red key unlocks the full 700. Either way, I’m willing to put money on the fact a good number of Challenger SRT Hellcats get some impromptu bodywork modifications thanks to drivers who overestimate their driving talents and ability to cope with supercar-worrying power in a heavier car with a less exotic and capable chassis.
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The recently revealed 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its supercharged 6.2 litre supercharged engine and innovative headlight/air intake combo is just the latest high-powered muscle car to appear. It sticks to the relatively safe formula of shoe-horning the largest, beefiest engine possible, into a chassis only just capable of handling its power. It’s simple, effective and offers the most bang for your buck.
However the prolific automotive photoshopper that is X-Tomi has had a go at shaking things up a little. Instead of the regular two-door coupe, he’s created an attractive and more practical shooting brake version of the Challenger SRT.
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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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