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Modded Hellcat And Twin Turbo Viper Show Us The True Meaning Of “Photo Finish” 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Videos, Dodge Viper, Drag-Racing, Film, Hellcat, SRT, SRT Viper, tuning, video on 01 10th, 2018


As if a straight line battle between a stock Challenger Hellcat and a Viper wouldn’t be delightful to watch in its own right, these two cars did a great job to amplify, and then meet, our expectations.

In stock form, the Hellcat lays waste to its rivals using 707 HP and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm), while the Viper stands strong with 645 HP and 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) of torque.

In order to make it even more of a beast, the owner of this Hellcat bumped the power output to roughly 825 horses, while the Viper was fitted with a twin turbo kit, resulting in approximately 950 WHP.

With both cars wearing drag radials, they set out to post low 10-second 1/4 mile times, separated by just five hundredths of a second, although as they crossed the finish line, they were already traveling at different speeds.

On paper, the Viper is the favorite as it packs considerably more horsepower than the Hellcat. So, did it beat the Hellcat? Scroll down and find out…

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Plymouth Superbird Inspires Dodge Challenger Rendering 6
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Demon, Plymouth, Renderings on 01 6th, 2018


Dodge Challengers have grasped a good chunk of the internet these days, especially in Hellcat and Demon guises, unleashed on drag strips, but this rendering is truly something different.

Inspired by the iconic Plymouth Superbird of the 1970s, RainPrisk has imagined it with an almost identical front end and a gigantic rear wing. Moreover, this Dodge Challenger rendering has other mods too, such as the double-vented hood with quick-release, new front bumper with repositioned fog lamps, side exhaust tips, and a set of very special wheels.

For a car made four decades ago, the original Plymouth Superbird had an impressive amount of power: 425 horses, to be more precise, coming from a 7.0-liter supercharged HEMI V8.

Nowadays, the most extreme version of the Dodge Challenger almost doubles it, being good for 840hp in the range-topping Demon model, with race fuel in the tank and the powertrain control module. This allows it to sprint from naught to 60mph (96km/h) in just 2.3 seconds, or 3.2sec faster than the Superbird.

Now, if you’re interested in an unrestored Plymouth Superbird, then you should get ready to spend a huge chunk of cash on it, because these examples usually retail in the neighborhood of $200,000, while properly maintained ones tend to double that price. This makes the $84,995 starting price of a new Challenger SRT Demon seem like a bargain, doesn’t it?

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Brand New Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Simply Owns The Drag Strip 5
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Demon, Dodge Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, SRT on 01 5th, 2018


Not many stock cars can brag about running the quarter mile in less than 10 seconds, or faster than early Bugatti Veyrons
but then again, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon isn’t your average machine.

First of all, it was developed on and for the drag strip, building upon the already mad Challenger SRT Hellcat, to which it adds a suite of modifications that make it the world’s fastest production car from 0 to 60mph (96km/h), according to Dodge.

However, in order to enjoy the full force of the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, you need to fill the tank with race fuel and get the powertrain control module from the ‘Demon Crate‘, as only then it will produce the full 840 horsepower. Secondly, it needs to run on drag radials to make that front end go in the direction it’s intended to, but in the right conditions and with someone behind the wheel who knows what they’re doing, it reaches the 60mph (96km/h) mark in just 2.3sec.

Now, let’s see what the ultimate muscle car looks like on the drag strip pointed against a Camaro SS, a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Before checking out the video posted below, we should mention that this Demon was allegedly brand new during the runs, with only a few miles on the clock, and its tank was filled with 91-octane fuel, which limits its power to, well, “just” 808hp. It did run on drag radials, though, but was this enough to beat its rivals?

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“General Lee” Dodge SRT Hellcat Challenges Lambo Aventador 4
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Videos, Drag-Racing, Hellcat, SRT, video on 01 4th, 2018


The modern Dodge Challenger makes for a very interesting General Lee, even if the original was actually a Charger.

It becomes even more interesting as an SRT Hellcat like this one, which was filmed recently during a drag racing event.

With his ride inspired by the famous car from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard‘, the owner of this Challenger SRT Hellcat put on quite a show thanks to the sound of its supercharged V8 and the iconic horn.

The muscle car was also pitted against some powerful machines, from an Audi TT-RS to a Lamborghini Aventador. However, it appears that, for whatever reason, the driver had a hard time unleashing the 707hp and 650lb-ft (881Nm) of torque straight from the start, but that didn’t make the runs any less exciting.

In the right hands, and with the correct tires, the Challenger SRT Hellcat needs 3.6 seconds for the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) run, and it can complete the quarter mile in just under 11 seconds. For those who might want something more, there’s the even madder Demon, an 840hp version that can go from naught to 60mph (96km/h) in just 2.3sec and does the quarter-mile in 9.65sec.

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Ford F-150 Continues To Dominate The Sales Chart But The Surprise Winner Is The Dodge Grand Caravan 29
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford, Ford Mustang, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4 on 12 29th, 2017


Mercedes is on track to become the best-selling luxury brand in the United States for the second year in a row but that’s not the only interesting sales competition as there are classic rivalries such as Camaro vs Mustang and F-150 vs Silverado.

USA Today compiled a list of the hottest segments and they found some pretty familiar winners. In the compact sedan category, the Civic is dominating the competition as Honda has sold 345,880 models through November which puts it far ahead of the second place Toyota Corolla and its 290,163 sales.

The mid-size sedan segment is the opposite as the Camry is outselling the Accord by nearly 43,000 units. Next year promises to be even more interesting as the redesigned Camry had an early head start against the all-new Accord.

The muscle car segment is always interesting and this year was surprising as Dodge Challenger sales dramatically increased thanks in part to the halo effect of the Challenger SRT Demon. This helped Dodge to move 60,029 Challengers which wasn’t far behind the 64,138 Camaros that Chevrolet was able to sell. Of course, the real winner is Ford which sold 74,152 Mustangs.

Talking about surprises, the minivan segment was won by the ancient Dodge Grand Caravan. Thanks to fleet and commercial sales, Dodge sold 118,573 Grand Caravans which put it ahead of the newer Chrysler Pacifica which came in second place with 107,130 sales through the first 11 months of the year.

The crossover segment is booming and the Toyota RAV4 was a huge hit with consumers as they bought 375,052 units so far this year. The Honda CR-V is close behind at 340,912 units but the remaining competition isn’t even close.

The mid-size pickup market has seen renewed interest thanks to entries such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma. However, the latter model is the winner as Toyota has sold 179,420 Tacomas so far.

Speaking of trucks, the Ford F-150 continues to dominate the competition as it’s outselling the Chevrolet Silverado by nearly 300,000 units. Even when you factor in the GMC Sierra, General Motors still trails Ford by almost 100,000 units.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Wipes The Floor With Challenger Hellcat 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, Hellcat, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Videos, video on 12 29th, 2017


When the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was released, it quickly became the king of the drag strip, frequently out-accelerating much more expensive sports cars and supercars. Soon, high-performance versions of the Tesla Model S came along and the Hellcat’s reign was over.

Fast forward to the end of 2017 and it is no longer the sleek, two-door Challenger Hellcat that is the quickest vehicle in the FCA family. As a matter of fact, the Hellcat has now been surpassed not just by the Demon, but also the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Powering both the Challenger Hellcat and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 707 hp.

However, whereas the Hellcat struggles to put all that muscle to the ground, the all-wheel drive system of the Trackhawk makes it far superior in a straight line. To show just how big the performance gap is, Hennessey Performance pitted the duo together and the Trackhawk left the Hellcat Widebody in its wake.

While Hellcat owners may be disgruntled that a Jeep is significantly quicker than their muscle car, SUV enthusiasts will be enthusiastically celebrating. We wouldn’t blame either of them.

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These Dodge Hellcats Proved Too Much Machine For Their Drivers 26
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Accidents, auction, Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Hellcat, SRT on 12 26th, 2017


Weighing well over 4,000 pounds with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 sending over 700 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, the Hellcat version of either the Dodge Charger or Challenger is a whole lot of machine to handle, to say the least.

 Too much for most of us, to be sure, and evidently far too much for the unfortunate drivers of these examples.

Head over to Copart and you’ll currently find no fewer than 11 Hellcats that have been written off by their insurers, their salvageable remains to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. (We didn’t find a single Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, though.)

Now while Copart doesn’t give the full story of what happened to each of the cars it’s auctioning off, it’s clear that not all 11 of these were totaled by drivers who were in over their heads. One, for example, suffered from some mechanical issue (ostensibly from having been even further modified). Another seems to have sat out in a hail storm, likely leaving its oily bits in tact but damaged the outside. And another was stripped down to its shell (maybe after an accident, maybe not).

The damage to the others appear to have resulted from crashes: damage to the front end, damage to the rear end, a complete rollover, or even having burned practically down to the ground. And while we can’t say for sure it was the driver’s fault, we wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case with most of them.

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CR Owners Survey Lists Top 5 Most Satisfying New Cars 24
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford F-Series, Honda Odyssey, Lincoln Continental, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius, video on 12 24th, 2017


Whether you’re a petrolhead or not, there aren’t many things as enjoyable as buying a new car, but choosing among the plethora of models that are out there could prove to be quite difficult.

Enter Consumer Reports and their new study, which might make this task a bit easier.

Based on data collected from owners, who rated their rides in six categories that include driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems, and to answer the ultimate question, which is whether they would buy or lease it again, CR has put together the five most satisfying new cars on sale in the U.S. market right now.

#1 Tesla Model S

Elon Musk’s all-electric executive saloon is the car that put most smiles on the faces of consumers, with 92.5 percent of them saying that they would gladly buy it again. The Model S impressed buyers with its styling, comfort, and driving, managing to become more desirable than some highly established sports cars.

#2 Porsche 911

This brings us to number 2, the Porsche 911, with its impressive driving credentials, interior comfort, and great styling that has evolved over the years, yet it’s instantly recognizable. The sports car from Stuttgart is great as a daily driver, too, and in the publication’s survey came right under the Tesla Model S, with 92.1 percent of buyers admitting that they would happily choose one again.

#3 Chevrolet Corvette

The bronze medal goes to an all-time American classic that’s getting ready to be replaced by an entirely new generation that ditches the front-engine for a mid-engine layout when it comes out next year. However, until the C8 arrives, the Corvette C7 wowed 91.2 percent of its owners, who love the way it drives and consider it great value for money.

#4 Lincoln Continental

Missing the podium by an inch is the Lincoln Continental, which scored 91 percent in owner satisfaction. Unveiled at the beginning of the year, it shares its nuts and bolts with the Ford Fusion (or Mondeo in other markets), has a very imposing design, is tech-friendly and made its owners appreciate its comfort, driving characteristics, equipment and spacious cabin.

#5 Ford F-350

You might have noticed that, so far, that no crossovers, SUVs or pickups have made it on the list, which given their popularity, is remarkable. In fact, just one made it to CR’s number five, namely the Ford F-350. No less than 90 percent of the Blue Oval’s trusty heavy-duty truck owners say that they would absolutely buy it again, as they were impressed with the driving experience and rugged styling.

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Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Races Challenger Hellcat In Forza Motorsport 7 23
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Videos, Drag-Racing, Forza, Games, Hellcat, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Videos, Trackhawk, video on 12 23rd, 2017


According to the people who deal in algorithms and virtual physics and developed the Forza Motorsport 7 game, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is no pushover when it comes to drag racing a Challenger Hellcat.

Also, thanks to the user who goes by the nickname Ericship111, we now have a pretty good idea regarding who would win in a virtual fight between the world’s most powerful SUV and the mighty Hellcat, at least in Forza’s world.

This straight line race takes place over a distance of one mile (1.6 km), which means that you not only need to get off the line quickly, but also have sufficient power to keep your opponent at bay at high speed.

Let’s run some numbers, shall we? For starters, both opponents pack the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 707 HP and 645 lb-ft (874 Nm) of torque. Jeep says the Trackhawk will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds, which is very similar to what the Challenger Hellcat can do, and while the Dodge is lighter, the Jeep has all-wheel drive that may, or may not, help it in getting off the line faster.

Therefore, the result of this race is unpredictable, even in a video game. We obviously won’t tell you who won, but we will say that you’ll want to pay close attention to the finish line.

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Hennessey And Dodge Introduce The World’s Fastest Christmas Tree 21
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Videos, Film, video on 12 21st, 2017


Christmas is right around the corner and Hennessey Performance is celebrating the occasion in typical fashion.

In the company’s latest video, John Hennessey explains they came up with the idea of creating the world’s fastest Christmas tree so they reached out to Dodge to see if they had a Challenger SRT Demon available. Dodge didn’t but the company happily sent over a Challenger Hellcat Widebody.

During a baseline test, the Challenger was able to hit a top speed of 177 mph (284 km/h) with the makeshift roof rack but not the tree. When the tree was added to the roof, it didn’t have much effect on the car’s performance as the model was able to hit a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).

Like the standard model, the $71,495 Challenger Hellcat Widebody has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 707 hp (527 kW) and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 195 mph (313 km/h).

While we have no reason to doubt this is the world’s fastest Christmas tree, we’ve seen trees mounted on everything from a Ferrari 458 to a McLaren F1 GTR.

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Dodge Demon Puts Down 724 RWHP On Pump Gas During Dyno Test 21
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Demon, Dodge Videos, Film, video on 12 21st, 2017


There’s a button inside the Dodge Challenger Demon that allows you to switch between regular pump gas and 100+ high-octane race fuel. The difference between the two should be noticeable.

Dodge said it themselves that if you fill up on high-octane fuel, you will see “big changes in elapsed time,” when it comes to the Demon – as if it wasn’t already as quick as a hypercar over a 1/4 mile.

In fact, if you’re running on pump gas, instead of 840 horses, you’ll be using just 808 at the crank, which is still great, but not optimal in the world of drag racing.

Now, it might interest you to know that this particular Demon, which we can only assume is completely stock, put down an impressive 724 RWHP on the dyno. In other words, over 830 HP at the crank. The best part is that it was using pump gas, which could mean that perhaps Dodge isn’t telling us the whole story with regards to how powerful the Demon really is.

That or the driveline loss is relatively small, somewhere around 10% – this of course being a… less fun to entertain scenario.

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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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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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Humble Dodge Challenger Hellcat Driver Gives Corvette C6 A Taste Of 707 Horses 22
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Videos, Hellcat, video on 11 22nd, 2017


If you own a Dodge Challenger Hellcat that’s capable of out-accelerating most supercars, one couldn’t blame you for being a little arrogant while cruising the streets in the supercar-slayer.

The owner of this Hellcat couldn’t be any more different.

While cruising the streets in his C6 Corvette, YouTuber itsjusta6 came across a man who appeared to be in his 60s driving his blacked-out Hellcat and begging for a race against the Corvette.

Given the horsepower advantage of the Hellcat, it’s no surprise that it came out victorious in all of the rolling races. However, the really cool part is when the Corvette driver pulls alongside to comment on the Hellcat.

“Man, that thing is awesome,” he says, prompting a simple response from the Hellcat driver; “It runs alright.” He then proceeds to pull away, performing a picture perfect powerslide in the process, and proving that the Hellcat can really make you feel as if you run the world. Good on him.

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