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Archive for the ‘Dodge Challenger’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger

The 1972 Dodge Challenger is the epitome of the tired muscle car. Not yet bloated and altered beyond any recognition like the 1974 Mustang, but showing clear signs that the muscle car phenomenon was dead thanks to stringent emission and safety regulations that turned all of America’s muscle to mild fat.

The Challenger, which debuted in 1970, has somewhat always lived in the shadow of the bigger Charger but, there, it had a life of its own. It raced to some success in the then-sprawling SCCA-governed Trans-Am Series, and that spawned a highly popular homologation special: the Challenger T/A. Then, things changed and new regulations swept away all of the big engines, so the 1972 Challenger was only available with a choice of three small block engines.

To make it even more evident that the status quo had changed, Dodge decided to give the Challenger a makeover. Basically, the body itself remained unchanged, but the car sported different front and rear sections which made it, arguably, uglier than the original iteration. With that being said, it’s unarguably still a work of art compared to the generic Japanese car Dodge decided to rebrand as a ’Challenger’ in 1977…

PostHeaderIcon Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

The world of EVs is ever growing, and as we near a time when there will be no gas to fill our tanks, we realized some of the world’s best-sounding and glorious engines will have to be ditched in favor of electric power. Think of an electric Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, or Lamborghini… does it sound good? Or rather, does it make any sound at all?

With the advent of electrification in the business of car building, you see every major manufacturer scramble to put together a lineup of eco-friendly electric vehicles as a statement of their forward-thinking plans and their bias towards the future of mobility. It all looked foolish almost 20 years ago when Honda introduced the original hybrid Insight, which was shortly followed by Toyota’s Prius, but today, this seems to be the trend that will sell. For some, it might be a marketing ploy to appease a new section of the market, but you can’t dismiss the trend altogether.

Audi just took the wraps off its first fully-electric car, the E-Tron. Mercedes was doing the same just a few weeks ago with its EQC, and just about any manufacturer you can think of has a mid- to long-term plan for at least hybrid, if not electric. For instance, Aston-Martin is looking forward to the year 2030, by which time the British manufacturer’s stable should be made up exclusively of electric cars. Ferrari, well-known for their devotion to making their cars sound perfect, is planning a 60 percent hybridization of its lineup in just four year’s time. You can imagine a Ferrari EV isn’t that far off in the future, then.

All this got us thinking – which cars would you never want to see without a growling V-8, or maybe a high-revving V-12 under the hood? Which car’s move from gas to electric sounds like blasphemy to you? We know there is a Mustang-inspired sports utility vehicle coming from Ford in 2020, and the pony car itself might go electric in the future, so how does that make you feel?

Read on to learn about our top 10 cars that would be blasphemous to turn into EVs.

PostHeaderIcon This 1,200-Horsepower Dodge Demon is No Joke: Video

Hennessey Performance’s new engine upgrade package for the Challenger Demon raises the muscle car’s output to 1,200 horsepower. Called the HPE1200, the program makes the Demon’s standard output of 840 horsepower look like a puppy by comparison. Hennessey put its crown jewel Challenger Demon program to the test, and as you’d expect it, “mercy” wasn’t in the muscle car’s vocabulary.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Most Affordable New Sports Cars for 2018

Although it’s easy to get lost in the deluge of noise surrounding fully self-driving, electron-powered commuter bubbles, there’s still a strong number of gas-powered sports machines out there to enjoy. And we aren’t talking about six-figure unobtanium supercars either – nope, we’re talking about loads of driving goodness to be had in the far more reasonable $20k to $30k price range. As such, we put together the following list of the 10 Most Affordable Sports Cars on the market today.

Looking over the list, some of you out there will undoubtedly point out how several entries aren’t your typical “sports car,” whether it’s the body style, drivetrain layout, or both. Regardless, every single one of these models comes packed with maximum smiles per miles, and for a lightweight price tag to boot. As such, we’ve included a few hot hatchbacks, a rally car, and a few others that fall outside the traditional sports car spectrum. Of course, there’s plenty of RWD coupes in there as well, so fear not and read on.

Continue reading for the full list.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320

If you like to live your life 1,320 feet at a time, then Dodge has just the ride for you. Not only is it rocking a high-output all-atmosphere V-8 under the hood, but it comes with all the gear you need to dominate at the local bracket racing event – no trailer required.

Continue reading to learn what makes the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Special.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

The modern-day Dodge Demon is officially out of production, but in its place comes the Challenger Hellcat Redeye – a model that essentially bridges the gap between the range-topping hellcat and the late Demon. It’s powered by the same 6.2-liter V-8, but it’s been tuned to deliver 797 horsepower at 6,300 rpm. Torque figures carry over from the standard Hellcat at 707 pound-feet, but the Redeye benefits from lots of Demon gear, including things like line-lock and launch control. Sure, we would have been happier if Dodge introduced a second-gen Challenger for 2019 but this is at least one way to keep things fresh, right? Either way, we decided to make the Hellcat Redeye our wallpaper of the day and give it a little desktop love. Want to join in? We’ve got some pretty sweet wallpapers waiting for you below!

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Challenger Hellcat stunned the muscle car market through its powerful engine and impressive performance. Dodge took things to a new level with the Demon in 2017, when it introduced a series of segment-first features. Come 2018, and FCA launched a new model that bridges the gap between the impressive Hellcat and the absolutely evil Demon. Meet the Hellcat Redeye!

While not as menacing as the Demon performance-wise, the Redeye borrows numerous drivetrain features from the drag-prepped coupe. It’s also significantly more powerful than the regular Hellcat and obviously faster. What’s the purpose of this car with the Hellcat already more powerful than the competition? Well, the Challenger is pretty long in the tooth and Dodge is probably trying to keep things interesting before the next-generation muscle car arrives. Let’s find out what makes the Hellcat Redeye special in the review below.

Continue reading for to learn more about the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Challenger Hellcat stunned the muscle car market through its powerful engine and impressive performance. Dodge took things to a new level with the Demon in 2017, when it introduced a series of segment-first features. Come 2018, and FCA launched a new model that bridges the gap between the impressive Hellcat and the absolutely evil Demon. Meet the Hellcat Redeye!

While not as menacing as the Demon performance-wise, the Redeye borrows numerous drivetrain features from the drag-prepped coupe. It’s also significantly more powerful than the regular Hellcat and obviously faster. What’s the purpose of this car with the Hellcat already more powerful than the competition? Well, the Challenger is pretty long in the tooth and Dodge is probably trying to keep things interesting before the next-generation muscle car arrives. Let’s find out what makes the Hellcat Redeye special in the review below.

Continue reading for to learn more about the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge is Showing A Bit of Self-Awareness in New Advertisement

A new advertisement for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon claims that it’s the world’s fastest 0-100-mph production car, at least when you take out “non-mass production vehicles” and “hybrid/electric” vehicles out of the equation. The self-aware advertisement is hilarious on so many levels, not the least of which is Dodge admitting that the Challenger SRT Demon isn’t faster than the Tesla Model S.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge is Showing A Bit of Self-Awareness in New Advertisement

A new advertisement for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon claims that it’s the world’s fastest 0-100-mph production car, at least when you take out “non-mass production vehicles” and “hybrid/electric” vehicles out of the equation. The self-aware advertisement is hilarious on so many levels, not the least of which is Dodge admitting that the Challenger SRT Demon isn’t faster than the Tesla Model S.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Is Now The Most Powerful Muscle Car In Production

Dodge axed the outrageous Challenger SRT Demon following a limited production run for the 2018 model year, but luckily, the aftershock of this cataclysmic machine will continue to rattle the Challenger lineup for the foreseeable future, as the latest model gains a host of Demon-inspired performance goodies.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Watch Dodge Give Birth to the Last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

It’s been less than a month since the final Dodge Challenger SRT Demon rolled off the line and now that you’ve seen the pictures, it’s time to see the video that shows it being built.

The video was released by FCA North America and shows various stages of the final Demon as it creeps through the production line. Throughout the video, you get to see it transform from a mere shell to the car we’ve all grown to love…or loathe. This specific model comes off the line looking as black as the nights sky but will be sent off for a special (and exclusive) Viper Red paint finish before it heads off to an auction where it’s expected to pull in some $2 mill based on the $1.65 million that the first Hellcat model pulled in. Of course, it could go for even more than that as it’s being auctioned off as part of a package deal with its sports car cousin, the Dodge Viper – the very last Dodge Viper at that.

As the final production model, it will get a pair of exclusive drag tires, a front passenger seat, rear seat delete, truck carpet kit, car cover, VIN badge, and a Demon Authentication package. Naturally, it will get the Demon Crate too, which comes with the drag wheels, tuned PCM, and a full set of track tools. As a reminder, this track-ready monster comes with 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, enough for it to blow most supercars away with a sprint to 60 mph coming in just 2.3 seconds. It can also hit the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph – a standing record for any production car.

This car, and the final production Dodge Viper, will be auctioned off at the Barret-Jackson Northeast Auction between June 20 and June 23 with all proceeds heading straight to United Way. Stay tuned to find out how much the final Demon goes for and, until then, check out the video and gallery below!

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Dodge Challenger Demon vs Lamborghini Huracan

The Dodge Demon and Lamborghini Huracan are two very potent machines from two very different backgrounds. The Demon is U.S. home grown and built on the wet dreams of modern muscle fanboys. The Huracan, on the other hand, is a fine, Italian-bred machine the feeds on just about anything that’s not exotic without fear. On paper, the Demon should spank the hell out of the Huracan without question – it’s deliver more than 250 ponies more than the Huracan when running on premium fuel. It’s also a purpose-built drag car with the qualifications to hit the road. The Huracan on the other hand is a little more mild and built more for showing off downtown than it is spanking over-tuned rice burners on the track.

Be that as it may, Drag Times decided to line these two bad boys up. So how does one of Italy’s finest compete with some American muscle? Well, there are some mixed results and while the Demon does spank the hell out of the Huracan at one point, it all boils down to reaction time and quality of launch – something that allowed the Huracan to win twice. The other thing to keep in mind is that, while the Demon has a published quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds, its real straight-line performance is dependent on track and weather conditions, among other things.

Either way, this video is pretty damn awesome, so go ahead and click play, then check out the links at the bottom of the article if you want to see some awesome pictures and learn more about either of these amazing cars.

PostHeaderIcon Ebay Sellers Think You’re Dumb Enough to Pay $500,000+ for a Dodge Challenger Demon

Launched for the 2018 model year, the Dodge Challenger Demon is pretty much a road-legal dragster. It’s also the quickest and the most powerful Challenger built in a factory. Given these facts, as well as the limited, 3,000-unit production for the U.S. market, it’s not exactly surprising that the Challenger Demon starts from $84,995. Granted, it’s a bit steep for a platform that’s been around for ten years now, but it comes with many benchmarks. With demand higher than production rates, Demons are actually sold with a high premium on the used car market, but things just got ridiculous on eBay, where supercharged Challengers are listed for more than $100,000.

PostHeaderIcon Ebay Sellers Think You’re Dumb Enough to Pay $500,000+ for a Dodge Challenger Demon

Launched for the 2018 model year, the Dodge Challenger Demon is pretty much a road-legal dragster. It’s also the quickest and the most powerful Challenger built in a factory. Given these facts, as well as the limited, 3,000-unit production for the U.S. market, it’s not exactly surprising that the Challenger Demon starts from $84,995. Granted, it’s a bit steep for a platform that’s been around for ten years now, but it comes with many benchmarks. With demand higher than production rates, Demons are actually sold with a high premium on the used car market, but things just got ridiculous on eBay, where supercharged Challengers are listed for more than $100,000.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Ferrari 488


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Rumor has it Ferrari is cooking up an SUV to take on the new Lamborghini Urus, making a clear break from over 70 years of tradition (at least as far as the segment goes, not the whole Lambo challenge thing). But while we’re still waiting for the tall-riding Prancing Horse to arrive, we’ve got this big-and-bad 488 to check out. Draped in Rosso Corsa and sporting an array of LED light bars, this thing is deliciously sacrilegious. And check out the wheels, which appear as through they were plucked from an F40. Splendid.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2017)


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Believe it or not, but Stuttgart has a good deal of experience mixing it up in the dirt. No, I’m not talking about a Cayenne set in the off-road driving mode – I’m talking about the 911! With a history of competition in rally events across the world, including Group B, the East Africa Safari Rally, and the Dakar, the 911 is actually quite formidable with the right modifications. This thing has exactly that, with a taller suspension, big knobby tires, and uber-tough skid plates, all of which should help it go, well, anywhere! And with 700 horsepower on tap, you can bet it’ll get there mighty quick as well.

Bugatti Chiron


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Plucked off the golden streets of Monaco or Dubai and set down in the nitty gritty terra firma, you’d have to be crazy to turn a Chiron into an off-roader. The kind of crazy we like. Tear off the bumpers, swap the adaptive suspension with extra wheel travel, and add an enormous winch to the front end. Done deal. Of course, you gotta keep the quad-boosted 8.0-liter W-16 intact, because 1,500 ponies in the dirt just feels right. Don’t worry – the AWD and monster rubber should handle it all just fine.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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When it comes to straight-line speed, there are few muscle cars out there as badass as the Demon. With 6.2 liters of blown ‘Merican V-8 under the hood, it certainly has the goods to perform at the drag strip. But what about the rock crawl? Makes sense to us, and we’re sure Dodge has the right parts bin to sift through to make this a thing…

2020 Tesla Roadster


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Taking a quick break from the internal combustion, we’ve got this battery-powered two-door on deck to bring the EV heat. While the Roadster 2.0 is still several years out, we’d love it if someone had the chutzpah to turn one into some gravel-churning monster. It’ll do 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds on pavement, but what about off it? Well, with 10,000 Nm of torque, that plus-sized wheel and tire package shouldn’t slow it down too much. And oh yeah – check out the roof-mounted solar panels! Stellar touch.

Jaguar F-Type


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Jaguar Land Rover has plenty of experience in the world of off-roaders, but we’ve never seen it applied to the first word in that name. Rest assured though, because this thing definitely has experience climbing through the mud and rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

Nissan GT-R


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While conquering all challengers on the track is kind of the GT-R’s thing, perhaps it’s time to expand its list of challengers. The AWD system is ready to go, while the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 makes lots of momentum. Just flare the fenders, add some steel bumpers, then have at it.

References


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 615039

Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488.


2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - image 722043

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 727469

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - image 713133

Read our full review on the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


2020 Tesla Roadster - image 746102

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.


2017 Jaguar F-Type - image 655250

Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


2017 Nissan GT-R - image 670401

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Ferrari 488


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773963

Rumor has it Ferrari is cooking up an SUV to take on the new Lamborghini Urus, making a clear break from over 70 years of tradition (at least as far as the segment goes, not the whole Lambo challenge thing). But while we’re still waiting for the tall-riding Prancing Horse to arrive, we’ve got this big-and-bad 488 to check out. Draped in Rosso Corsa and sporting an array of LED light bars, this thing is deliciously sacrilegious. And check out the wheels, which appear as through they were plucked from an F40. Splendid.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2017)


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773964

Believe it or not, but Stuttgart has a good deal of experience mixing it up in the dirt. No, I’m not talking about a Cayenne set in the off-road driving mode – I’m talking about the 911! With a history of competition in rally events across the world, including Group B, the East Africa Safari Rally, and the Dakar, the 911 is actually quite formidable with the right modifications. This thing has exactly that, with a taller suspension, big knobby tires, and uber-tough skid plates, all of which should help it go, well, anywhere! And with 700 horsepower on tap, you can bet it’ll get there mighty quick as well.

Bugatti Chiron


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773965

Plucked off the golden streets of Monaco or Dubai and set down in the nitty gritty terra firma, you’d have to be crazy to turn a Chiron into an off-roader. The kind of crazy we like. Tear off the bumpers, swap the adaptive suspension with extra wheel travel, and add an enormous winch to the front end. Done deal. Of course, you gotta keep the quad-boosted 8.0-liter W-16 intact, because 1,500 ponies in the dirt just feels right. Don’t worry – the AWD and monster rubber should handle it all just fine.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773966

When it comes to straight-line speed, there are few muscle cars out there as badass as the Demon. With 6.2 liters of blown ‘Merican V-8 under the hood, it certainly has the goods to perform at the drag strip. But what about the rock crawl? Makes sense to us, and we’re sure Dodge has the right parts bin to sift through to make this a thing…

2020 Tesla Roadster


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773967

Taking a quick break from the internal combustion, we’ve got this battery-powered two-door on deck to bring the EV heat. While the Roadster 2.0 is still several years out, we’d love it if someone had the chutzpah to turn one into some gravel-churning monster. It’ll do 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds on pavement, but what about off it? Well, with 10,000 Nm of torque, that plus-sized wheel and tire package shouldn’t slow it down too much. And oh yeah – check out the roof-mounted solar panels! Stellar touch.

Jaguar F-Type


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773968

Jaguar Land Rover has plenty of experience in the world of off-roaders, but we’ve never seen it applied to the first word in that name. Rest assured though, because this thing definitely has experience climbing through the mud and rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

Nissan GT-R


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773969

While conquering all challengers on the track is kind of the GT-R’s thing, perhaps it’s time to expand its list of challengers. The AWD system is ready to go, while the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 makes lots of momentum. Just flare the fenders, add some steel bumpers, then have at it.

References


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 615039

Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488.


2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - image 722043

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 727469

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - image 713133

Read our full review on the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


2020 Tesla Roadster - image 746102

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.


2017 Jaguar F-Type - image 655250

Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


2017 Nissan GT-R - image 670401

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Goes Plum Crazy with Customization Options For The Challenger and Charger

The Dodge Challenger and Charger are two cars that don’t lack in personality. But in times when the names aren’t enough to get your juices flowing, Dodge is adding a cosmetic package that should get your juices flowing. It’s called the Shakedown Package, and it includes plenty of exterior and interior upgrades, all of which were added to make the Challenger and Charger models stand out even more than they already do.


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“The Shakedown Package does have extensive aesthetic updates, including aggressive accents, interior modifications, and a revival of two of the most classic colors ever given to a Challenger”

There’s nothing anybody can do that can make either the Challenger or Charger look like boring church cars. Both machines have fierce personalities, the kind that’s born out of years of testing and development. But that’s not to say either of these two models can’t have a bit more aesthetic fun along the way.

That’s what the Shakedown Package is for. It doesn’t have any power or performance upgrades, but it does have extensive aesthetic updates, including aggressive accents, interior modifications, and a revival of two of the most classic colors ever given to a Challenger. Those of you who are old enough to remember the Dodge Challengers of yore will probably recognize the B5 Blue and Plum Crazy color schemes that were the rage back then. The history of both colors relative to the history of the cars themselves shouldn’t go unnoticed. The B5 Blue color, for example, takes its name from the original paint code that Dodge used on a specific shade of cobalt. The Plum Crazy color, however, dates its lineage all the way back to 1970.


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“The B5 Blue color takes its name from the original paint code that Dodge used on a specific shade of cobalt”

Specifically, the two colors are available on all variants of the Charger and the T/A, T/A Plus, and T/A 392 versions of the Challenger. Together, they join an already eclectic mix of colors that make up Dodge’s High Impact Paint palette. So, in case you’re not feeling Panther Pink, HEMI Orange, Top Banana, Sassy Grass, and Go Mango, the B5 Blue and Plum Crazy colors should get your creative juices flowing.

The two colors complement the other exterior upgrades available on the Shakedown Package: the asymmetrical stripes that run over the car’s body. Just like the two colors, this stylistic treatment has a history of its own, one that dates back to the 1971 Dodge Shakedown Challenger Concept that the company unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show.


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“Regardless of the model, you’re going to need to shell out an extra $995 if you want to score a piece of Dodge’s new Shakedown Package option”

Inside, the package includes white gauge faces for the instruments and a new Alpine stereo. Opt for the R/T Shaker version and the audio upgrades also include six speakers and a 275-watt amplifier. If that setup isn’t enough, you can get nine speakers with a 506-watt amp on the R/T Shaker Plus and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker.

Regardless of the model, you’re going to need to shell out an extra $995
if you want to score a piece of Dodge’s new Shakedown Package option. Given what it’s offering, it’s an affordable price to pay to get upgrades with a proper amount of flair and personality.

References


2015 Dodge Challenger - image 549868

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger.


2015 Dodge Charger - image 549793

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Charger.

PostHeaderIcon Watch Hennessey Do 174 MPH in a Hellcat Hauling A Christmas Tree!

Adding to its long list of wild stunts, Hennessey Performance decided to strap a Christmas tree to the roof of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody to see just how fast the car could run. Needless to say, the Hellcat comes perfectly equipped for speed. Its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 makes an astounding 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

As a refresher, the Widebody version of the Challenger Hellcat has a wider track than the standard car, which allows for fatter tires. Naturally, wider tires offer better traction – something that’s desperately needed with the Hellcat’s power levels.

John Hennessey, CEO of his tuning and performance company, took the Challenger Hellcat Widebody to Continental Tire’s test track for some top speed trails, tree and all. The baseline run without the tree but with the suction cup-mounted roof rack posted a top speed of 177 mph. That means the Hellcat Wideboy only lost three mph off its top speed with a live tree strapped to its hood. That’s impressive.

References

Dodge Challenger


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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody.

PostHeaderIcon Christmas Greetings From Hennessey and a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody

Christmas day is literally three days away, and if you haven’t set up your Christmas trees yet, then you’re in a lot of trouble. Fortunately, there are ways to get a tree up and standing in your living rooms in no time. You can buy a plastic one in Walmart and set that one up, or you can go to a Lowe’s and get a natural one. If you decide on doing the latter, John Hennessey of Hennessey Performance has a suggestion on how to buy one quickly and transport it at 174 mph.

Of course, you’re going to need a fast car to do it, and that’s exactly the point of this video from the American tuning company. Part of the demonstration involves mounting temporary roof rails on the roof of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody. Once the rails are mounted, the next step is to strap the actual tree on it and head to Continental Tires’ test track in Texas to see how fast the Challenger Hellcat Widebody can go while transporting a holiday tree.

The muscle car eventually hits 174 mph, an impressive figure considering the cargo it’s carrying. It’s also just three mph slower than the top speed Hennessey achieved on the Challenger Hellcat Widebody minus the rails and the tree. And if blasting along a test track at that speed isn’t enough, Hennessey decides to throw in a bit of tire smoke into the proceedings because, well, it wanted to.

If this is Hennessey’s way of greeting us “Merry Christmas,” then I suppose it did it the only way it knows how. Think of a Christmas theme, bring in a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody, add a gimmick, and blast off on a clear stretch of road.

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