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Ford Was The Most Googled Automotive Brand In The U.S. This Year 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Buick, Dodge, Ford, Google, honda, Hyundai, Kia, LEXUS, Tesla, TOYOTA on 12 13th, 2017


2017 is coming to a close and Google is marking the occasion by revealing its annual Year in Search report.

According to the web giant, Ford was the most Googled automotive brand in the United States this year. The automaker saw lots of interest in its home state of Michigan as well as places such as West Virginia and the Dakotas. The most popular searches saw customers looking for more information about the F-150, Explorer, and Fusion.

Luxury brand Lexus came in second place as consumers from California, Florida, and Georgia were interested in learning about the company’s latest vehicles. Unsurprisingly, a number of people were excited about the LC and the all-new LS. Searchers were also fond of the IS and RX crossover.

Kia made a podium finish as the 2018 Stinger was a huge hit with Google users. However, the most popular searches were for the Optima, Sorento, and Soul.

Toyota came in fourth place as the company saw lots of interest in the 2018 Camry and Tacoma. Honda wasn’t far behind as it was the fifth most Googled automotive brand in the United States with fans researching the Accord, Pilot, and Civic.

Rounding out the top ten spots are Buick, Acura, Tesla, Hyundai, and Dodge. The latter company saw a huge spike in interest following the debut of the Challenger SRT Demon in April.

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U.S. Dealer Asking $176k For Freshly-Delivered Dodge Demon 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Demon, Drag-Racing, Galleries, Hellcat, used cars on 12 13th, 2017


Priced from $84,995, the Dodge Challenger Demon seems like the bargain of the century, especially when you consider its straight-line performance. But, is it worth more than double the sticker price? We don’t think so.

Nonetheless, used car dealership Custom Cars West, located in Sheridan, Colorado, has listed a freshly-delivered Dodge Demon for sale at a rather absurd $176,398.

The car reportedly has just a single mile on the odometer and is bathed in a glistening shade dubbed B5 Blue Pearl. Inside, the interior is said to be covered in black leather but sadly, no images of the cabin have been published by the dealer.

Despite lacking some details and any high-resolution photos of the car, we can safely say that it isn’t worth over $175,000. In fact, a used Lamborghini Huracan can be purchased for a little over $190,000 and while it may not accelerate down a drag strip as quickly as the Demon, it is a far more well-rounded -not to mention, exotic too – performance car.

Nevertheless, with just 3,000 examples of the Demon destined for the United States, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this example changing hands for the asking price, no matter how excessive it is.

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Viper-Powered Dodge Charger Leaves Jay Leno Impressed 11
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Dodge, Dodge Charger, Dodge Videos, Dodge Viper, Engine Swaps, Jay Leno, tuning, video on 12 11th, 2017


One of the most popular show cars in this year’s SEMA was arguably this heavily modified 1968 Dodge Charger.

It took Johan Eriksson and his team a full five years to complete their masterpiece and just by looking at it, you know that there isn’t a single nut and bolt left in its original state.

Under the hood now lies a Viper-sourced V10 engine that also happens to have gained a pair of turbos for a total output of 1,000hp. Paired to it is a proper manual six-speed gearbox, which should make driving this monster down the road a rather interesting experience.

The whole car is based on the platform of a Corvette C6, which makes sense if you think what 1,000hp would do to the original chassis. The roof was also chopped by 40mm to make it prettier while the ridiculously large wheels are custom-made, measuring 24×15.5(!) inches at the rear and 22×11 inches at the front.

What makes this custom Charger however stand out is the attention to the detail inside and out. Jay Leno shows us around this Swedish-built monster Charger, so let’s keep our jaws secured in place.

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Dodge Viper Crashes Following A Cars and Coffee Event In Texas 6
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Accidents, Dodge, Dodge Videos, Dodge Viper, Offbeat News, video on 12 6th, 2017


Cars and Coffee might as well be renamed Crashes and Coffee at this point as yet another accident has occurred following an event.

The latest incident happened in Houston, Texas and surprisingly didn’t involve a Ford Mustang. Instead, the victim was a Dodge Viper whose driver lost control under what appears to be moderate acceleration.

The end result isn’t pretty as the poor muscle car slams into the curb and rotates a full 180°. This caused some serious damage to the car as front suspension apparently collapsed and there are paint scuffs on the front bumper and side skirt.

The car was quickly towed away from the scene and police arrived shortly thereafter and probably had a less than jovial discussion with the owner.

Needless to say, the urge to show off isn’t worth it and has resulted in countless accidents which can sometimes injure bystanders. These accidents have also put pressure on event organizers and locations where the events take place.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Dodge Viper went out of production over the summer as the model couldn’t comply with federal safety regulations that require vehicles to be equipped with side curtain airbags.

H/T to Jalopnik

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Widebody Kit And Huge Alloys Make The Challenger SRT Look Even More Macho 2
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Forgiato, SRT, tuning on 12 2nd, 2017


We have nothing against the stock alloys with which Dodge fits its Challenger, in all its various iterations. But a vehicle with that much presence on the street is just begging for a wheel swap.

That’s just what Forgiato did to this silver example, fitting it with a set of its forged Appuntito-ECL rims in silver with cobalt-blue trim.

The deep-dish alloys do an excellent job of showcasing the SRT’s big vented Brembo brakes with their red calipers and are coated in a thin layer of Pirelli P Zero Nero rubber. While we can’t quite make out just how big these particular units are, they come in sizes ranging from 19 inches all the way up to 26 – and they look a fair bit bigger than the stock 20-inchers.

Now, this appears to be a “regular” Challenger SRT, which comes standard these days with 485 horsepower – not the 707-horse Hellcat or the 840-hp Demon. But it certainly looks the business thanks to the aftermarket widebody kit it’s wearing, which is perfect for keeping those big rollers inside the fenders.

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Widebody Kit And Huge Alloys Make The Challenger SRT Look Even More Macho 2
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Forgiato, SRT, tuning on 12 2nd, 2017


We have nothing against the stock alloys with which Dodge fits its Challenger, in all its various iterations. But a vehicle with that much presence on the street is just begging for a wheel swap.

That’s just what Forgiato did to this silver example, fitting it with a set of its forged Appuntito-ECL rims in silver with cobalt-blue trim.

The deep-dish alloys do an excellent job of showcasing the SRT’s big vented Brembo brakes with their red calipers and are coated in a thin layer of Pirelli P Zero Nero rubber. While we can’t quite make out just how big these particular units are, they come in sizes ranging from 19 inches all the way up to 26 – and they look a fair bit bigger than the stock 20-inchers.

Now, this appears to be a “regular” Challenger SRT, which comes standard these days with 485 horsepower – not the 707-horse Hellcat or the 840-hp Demon. But it certainly looks the business thanks to the aftermarket widebody kit it’s wearing, which is perfect for keeping those big rollers inside the fenders.

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Would The New Fiat Cronos Make It In North America As A Dodge? 30
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Renderings on 11 30th, 2017


FCA rolled out a new small sedan in South America a few days ago called the Fiat Cronos. And we apparently weren’t the only ones who wondered whether it would make a suitable entry into the North American market.

Budding automotive designer Kleber Silva put out these renderings of what the Cronos might look like as a Dodge, with a crosshair grille and sporty R/T trim, no less.

So what do we think, is it worth the effort? The short of it is: probably not.

The Cronos, you see, is about the size of a Fiesta, which Ford is keeping in its latest iteration from the US market. There’s just not enough demand for a sedan or hatchback that small in America, it seems. The Mazda2 isn’t available in the US anymore either, nor is the Volkswagen Polo. So it’d be up against the likes of the Chevy Sonic, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris.

Hardly an empty segment, then. But for its part, FCA has realized the lack of profitability in the small-sedan market, and accordingly discontinued production of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. So the chances of it bringing an even smaller one to US showrooms seems slim to none, to say the least.

That wouldn’t stop it from rebranding it as a Dodge for, say, the Mexican market, for example, where the Turkish-made Fiat Tipo is sold as a Dodge Neon. (Yep, Dodge Neon.) But don’t expect to see it cross out of Latin America and into the United States. (While our imaginations are engaged, though, Silva performed similar transformations into Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati forms as well, and we’ve included them all in the gallery below.)

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Dodge Performs Amazing Ice Dance Routine While Avoiding Camry 27
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Dodge, Dodge Nitro, Offbeat News, video on 11 27th, 2017


If you’re ever unfortunate enough as to lose control of your car and slide uncontrollably towards incoming traffic, this right here would probably be the best outcome you could hope for.

All together, four different cars managed to escape this incident with little to no damage, and we’re including the Dacia/Renault Logan that forced the driver of the Dodge Nitro to take evasive action in the first place.

Whether or not the Nitro was speeding to begin with is hard to assess. But it’s a possibility seen as how it was already “off-road” by the time the Logan slotted back into its own lane – suggesting panic.

As for the other two cars, as far as we can tell the driver of the dashcam vehicle had no choice but to stop completely and hope the SUV wouldn’t hit them, while that silver sedan was also presented with few options, banking right being the safest one.

In the end, the Nitro missing those two cars while spinning all over the road was simply a matter of luck. The driver did nothing more than slam on the brakes and keep the wheels pointing right until the car came to a halt. So no, it wasn’t the perfect snow drift.

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McLaren 720S Vs 800 HP Dodge Viper ACR: Who’s The Boss? 22
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dodge, Dodge Videos, Dodge Viper, Drag-Racing, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, video on 11 22nd, 2017


One would think that a Dodge Viper ACR would be enough to tackle the new McLaren 720S – especially a tuned example like this one.

This particular ACR has new heads, cam, and a custom exhaust, which allow the 8.4-liter naturally aspirated V10 to make approximately 800 horsepower at the crank, or some 155 HP more than the stock one, which is good for 645 HP and 600lb-ft (813Nm) of torque.

Despite having a smaller 4.0-liter V8 engine (albeit with two turbos strapped to it) delivering 710hp and 568lb-ft of torque to the wheels, the McLaren 720S incredibly fast. Compared to its US-bred contender, the British supercar has some advantages, such as a dual-clutch gearbox instead of a manual stick shift, clever aerodynamics and less weight.

Now, we already know that the 720S is capable of beating some very serious machines on the drag strip, and the Viper ACR has recently ended up on its list, but how fast is it compared to this 800 HP example? DragTimes have put together a video that shows the two exotics going head-to-head in a few roll races, so click on the “play” button and find out who comes out on top.

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Here’s A Take On The Facelifted 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Hellcat, Renderings, SRT on 11 17th, 2017


It’s hard to believe that more than three years have passed by since Dodge first introduced us to the Charger SRT Hellcat, isn’t it?

During this time, the super saloon has proved its credentials against some very powerful machines, coming out on top in most cases. An entirely new generation of the Charger and Challenger will reportedly make their way onto the market in 2021, but before they do, Dodge will update both cars in 2019.

So what should we expect from the two popular vehicles? Well, according to Enoch Gabriel Gonzales’ vision, plenty of visual drama, as his renderings are very optimistic, to say the least.

The artist has focused on the range-topping version of the Charger, the SRT Hellcat, fitting it with new bumpers and lights and toning down some of its aggressive lines. While the front end looks quite nice, the rear isn’t exactly appealing with those gigantic taillights.

Of course, we will have to wait at least one more year before seeing what the FCA-owned brand has in store for the Challenger and Charger, and if their upgrades will include any work carried under the hood of the Hellcats, although with 707 HP at their disposal already, we doubt anyone would mind if Chevy left the supercharged V8 well alone.

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Dodge Begins Shipping the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, SRT on 11 10th, 2017


The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is finally headed to dealerships and eager customers.

Saying “Ready or not, we don’t care,” Dodge confirmed it began shipping the Demon earlier today and it will soon arrive in the hands of 3,300 customers.

Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is billed as the “industry’s first and only purpose-built, street-legal production drag car.” It features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces up to 840 hp (626 kW) and 770 lb-ft (1042 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph (225 km/h).

Pricing starts at $84,995 and each model comes with a leather-bound track tech manual written by the editors of Hot Rod magazine. Customers can also order Demon Authentication Package which costs $1 and includes the car’s build sheet, an archive portfolio, and a carbon-fiber card that features the owner’s name, vehicle VIN, serial number, and production option sales codes.

Perhaps the coolest option is the Demon Crate which enables the car to unlock its full potential. Priced from $1, the package includes a performance powertrain control module with a high-octane engine calibration, a conical air filter, front-runner drag wheels, and a passenger mirror block-off plate. The package also includes a number of tools such as a hydraulic floor jack, an impact wrench, and a torque wrench.

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Three Dodge Demons Destroyed After Delivery Truck Catches Fire 2
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Demon, Hellcat, Offbeat News on 11 2nd, 2017


Three Dodge Challenger Demons have been burnt to a crisp after a delivery truck caught fire in Michigan.
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1969 Dodge Charger Defector Is A HEMI-Powered Restomod 31
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Classics, Dodge, Dodge Charger, SEMA show, tuning on 10 31st, 2017


New cars aren't the only vehicles getting attention at SEMA as Ringbrothers have unveiled an awesome 1969 Dodge Charger called the Defector.
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Hellcrate: Mopar Finally Launches Hellcat’s Supercharged Hemi As A Crate Engine 30
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chrysler, Dodge, Engine Swaps, Hellcat, Mopar, SEMA show, tuning on 10 30th, 2017


Following countless requests from Mopar’s loud fan base, Mopar has announced the launch of the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 as a crate engine, or as Mopar calls it the “Hellcrate”.
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Hellcrate: Mopar Finally Launches Hellcat’s Supercharged Hemi As A Crate Engine 30
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chrysler, Dodge, Engine Swaps, Hellcat, Mopar, SEMA show, tuning on 10 30th, 2017


Following countless requests from Mopar’s loud fan base, Mopar has announced the launch of the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 as a crate engine, or as Mopar calls it the “Hellcrate”.
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