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PostHeaderIcon 8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

There are no clear favorites when choosing the best all-wheel-drive sedan under $35,000. The important thing to remember here is to know what your preferences are. The Ford Fusion SE ($23,500), for example, is regarded for having a good amount of interior space to go with one of the most spacious trunk spaces — 16 cubic feet — among all sedans in its class. It also has a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you’re not particularly into cavernous trunk spaces and instead prefer sedans that are known for their power and handling, the two Subarus could be in your future. The WRX ($26,995) has the most powerful base engine — a turbo-four unit that produces 268 horsepower — of its class, and while its fuel economy ratings aren’t anything to write about — 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — it’s still regarded as one of the most dynamic cars in its class to drive.

The Subaru Legacy ($22,195), on the other hand, doesn’t have as powerful of an engine as the WRX. It’s 175-horsepower, four-cylinder unit is uninspiring compared to the WRX, but that’s likely a product of the Legacy sitting below its fellow Subie on the automaker’s totem pole. Still, the Legacy has a pretty spacious interior and returns one of the best fuel economy ratings among all models in its segment at 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Then there’s the Kia Stinger ($31,900), a car many people consider as one of the future stars of its segment. Maybe it’s a byproduct of the Stinger being a new model that still gives it a fresh odor among buyers, but a big part of the Stinger’s appeal rests on its all-around quality. This model really is a star-in-the-making. Even with just the base version, you’re already getting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower at its disposal. Combine that with its own large cargo area — a whopping 23.3 cubic feet of space — and an engaging and athletic drive that’s pure fun for all of us, and it’s no wonder why the Stinger is one of the most sought-after all-wheel-drive models in the market today. All that despite the sedan only returning an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Four models in and the choices are about to get more difficult once you bring in Germany’s finest into the fold. The Audi A3 Premium and the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic may be visitors from the Old Continent, but you’re going to quickly realize how at-home they make you feel once you get either one of them. The A3 Premium ($31,950) is one of the cheapest compact luxury cars on the market. In fact, the difference in price between the Stinger and the A3 Premium is a measly $50. As promising as the Stinger is, there’s a big population of people who will prefer an established model over an upstart. The A3 Premium is the base unit of the family, but it doesn’t feel like one, thanks in large part to having its fair share of luxury amenities. From leather upholstery to a panoramic sunroof to a 10-speaker audio system, they’re all there as standard equipment. About the only downside of the Audi sedan is that the Quattro all-wheel-drive system doesn’t come standard across the whole lineup. You’ll need to upgrade to the Quattro to have the most fun in the sedan. Doing so comes at the expense of a lower fuel economy rating — 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway — but that’s ultimately a small price to pay for all the fun you’re going to have driving it.

If the A3 isn’t your cup of tea, the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic ($32,700 plus $2,000 to get the 4Matic AWD system) is a solid, albeit slightly more expensive option. Nobody needs to remind you what kind of model you have when you’re driving a Mercedes. The CLA 250 4Matic is teeming with luxury like only Mercedes can provide. It doesn’t have the same power figures as the A3 Premium — a four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces only 208 horsepower — but it does get some of its appeal back by how engaging it is to drive and by having one of the highest fuel economy ratings — 24 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway — of any sedan in its class. The last two sedans we’ll mention are both American bred, but like all the models we’ve mentioned, these two are special for entirely different reasons. The Chrysler 300 Touring ($28,995 plus $2,500 for an AWD version), for example, packs a punch with its 292-horsepower V-6 engine. It’s also one of the bigger sedans in its class, and that size comes into play in the spacious interior. Its fuel economy rating is average — 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — but if you look past that, you’ll come to realize that the 300, despite all the negativity surrounding it, is a pretty fun ride, as well. Unfortunately for the 300, it’s still not as fun to drive as the Dodge Charger ($28,995). The meaty sports sedan packs a similar V-6 unit with an identical 292-horsepower output as the 300 Touring, but make no mistake; the Charger is a completely different animal when it comes to driving dynamics. Some people may not like it because it’s a little too wild for their capabilities, but those who have seen the Charger in action can vouch for what it’s capable of. Ultimately, choosing one sedan among these intriguing options is an exercise in futility. But if I were to choose one, my money’s going to the Kia Stinger. It isn’t as established as some of the other models here, but when you combine everything it has to offer with its starting price, there’s no better value for money than Kia’s new performance-oriented sedan.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the Dodge Challenger Battle up Goodwood Hill in the Coolest Movie Car Chase Ever Recreated

You don’t often see cars recreate movie scenes at an event like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the event is proving to have something for everyone. The 25th edition of the festival kicked off with a bang yesterday, and one of the most surprising sights was seeing a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum share the track in what can only be described as a loose interpretation of the iconic car chase scene in the move Bullitt.

Ok, so there’s probably a reason why the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum didn’t go balls-to-the-wall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Those cars aren’t replicas, but the actual vehicles that were used in the film that, coincidentally, is celebrating its 50th anniversary just as the event is celebrating its 25th.

There’s an incredible amount of provenance attached to both models, and that’s especially true for the Mustang GT Fastback because it’s the exact same one that was driven by Steve McQueen himself and was inducted quite recently by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register.

It’s no wonder then that both drivers were taking it easy trying to recreate a car chase scene that does look a lot more exciting than the one we saw at Goodwood. Then again, it’s not often that you’re graced by the presence of what is arguably the most famous movie car of all time. That counts for something, too.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the Dodge Challenger Battle up Goodwood Hill in the Coolest Movie Car Chase Ever Recreated

You don’t often see cars recreate movie scenes at an event like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the event is proving to have something for everyone. The 25th edition of the festival kicked off with a bang yesterday, and one of the most surprising sights was seeing a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum share the track in what can only be described as a loose interpretation of the iconic car chase scene in the move Bullitt.

Ok, so there’s probably a reason why the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum didn’t go balls-to-the-wall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Those cars aren’t replicas, but the actual vehicles that were used in the film that, coincidentally, is celebrating its 50th anniversary just as the event is celebrating its 25th.

There’s an incredible amount of provenance attached to both models, and that’s especially true for the Mustang GT Fastback because it’s the exact same one that was driven by Steve McQueen himself and was inducted quite recently by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register.

It’s no wonder then that both drivers were taking it easy trying to recreate a car chase scene that does look a lot more exciting than the one we saw at Goodwood. Then again, it’s not often that you’re graced by the presence of what is arguably the most famous movie car of all time. That counts for something, too.

PostHeaderIcon It’s Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019

The Dodge Charger, which has seriously soldiered on since 2011 with minor changes, is getting some more minor updates for 2018 as Dodge hopes to maintain its relevancy on the market. As of the time of this writing, the Dodge Charger is creeping up on eight years old and probably won’t see its much-needed generational shift until at least 2020. With that in mind, it should also be noted that Dodge is downsizing the Charger lineup, which will now be offered in just six trim levels. The revised offering of trim levels and minor updates should at least help the old-geezer of a car carry on, so let’s take a good look at the new trim levels and what each trim level gets.

PostHeaderIcon 5 Iconic Names That Are Coming Back in All the Wrong Ways

To some people, a car’s name is nothing more than that: a name. They have no value other than identifying one model from another model. But for others, a car’s name is it’s value. We identify them beyond what others do. For us, they’re more than just names; they’re identities that have helped shape our love for them and this whole industry.

Unfortunately, not all of the best car names live on in perpetuity. Some get retired — R.I.P., Dodge Viper — while others are shelved for an indefinite period of time before they’re brought back, sometimes in a different guise. The latter has happened quite a lot in recent years, and while there have been some expected hits to come out of this name recycling exercise — the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4are poster children of this — there are those that are probably best left in the shelves.

PostHeaderIcon Like the Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Charger Will Also Get a Facelift for 2019

The Charger isn’t exactly as old as the senior-citizen Challenger (now 10 years old) but it has been on the market since 2011, making it due for a generational shift. We’ll have to wait a little longer for that, but to help keep the mob at bay, Dodge is ushering in a much-needed facelift for 2019. Little is known at this point but as you can see from the teaser image, it’s slated to get a new face. High performance models like the SRT Hellcat, for example, will get an all-new grille and will even get that integrated intake. The grille is slimmed down considerably compared to the 2018 model and it looks like the front fascia may actually be a bit sportier.

Outside of what we can see in this photo, however, there’s little more to be said without going into excessive speculation. We don’t even know if the Charger will get that same aggressive hood scoop from the Challenger update. We do know that a full design is underway for both the Challenger and Charger, however. And, to make things even better, the wait is due to a major platform shift that will have the Challenger and Charger brothers riding on the same platform as the Maserati Ghibli.

That could be big news for these two reborn but aging muscle cars. Stick around for updates about the 2019 facelift and be sure to check out our full review of each model at the links below!

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


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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Charger.

PostHeaderIcon Florida Highway Patrol Officer Caught Racing (and losing to) a Lamborghini Aventador on the Highway!

A state trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol is in hot water after being caught — on film — racing a Lamborghini Aventador on a public highway. In the footage, the state trooper can be seen driving a Dodge Charger Pursuit and lining up side by side with the Aventador before both cars engage in a drag race in the middle of the day.


“The Florida Highway Patrol is already investigating the incident, though it’s looking like someone’s going to get more than a slap on the wrist”

Well, someone’s in trouble. The clip itself first popped up on Instagram over the weekend. Since then, it’s been viewed tens of thousands of times. It’s also been featured in local newscasts, damning evidence that the state trooper driving the Charger Pursuit will have to answer for breaking laws that he was supposed to uphold. The Florida Highway Patrol is already investigating the incident, though it’s looking like someone’s going to get more than a slap on the wrist. “The Florida Highway Patrol has opened an immediate investigation about this incident,” Lt. Thomas Pikul told NBC2. “The trooper in question will be held accountable upon any findings of misconduct.”

The race itself wasn’t really a race. The two cars line up and then speed off, though it becomes clear early on that the Charger Pursuit was no match for the Aventador. The trooper eventually decides to throw in the white flag and give the win to the mighty Italian supercar.


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“Before anybody forgets, the Aventador can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds before setting off to a 217-mph top speed”

The result wasn’t a surprise considering that the Charger Pursuit’s two powertrain options are still no match to the one powering the Aventador. Supposing the engine under that police car’s hood is the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, it still produces just 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with its burly weight — 4,522 pounds (2,051 kilos) — and you can see why it can’t keep up to a supercar that features a 6.5-liter V-12 with at least 700 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. Before anybody forgets, the Aventador can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds before setting off to a 217-mph top speed. Unless that Charger Pursuit happened to be a Decepticon, it’s not going to do well in a drag race against a Lamborghini.

Unfortunately for the state trooper, he not only got shamed by the Aventador, he’s also now in the crosshairs of a police investigation that could lead to him losing his job.

References


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Read our full review on the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador.


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Read our full review on the
2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit.


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PostHeaderIcon Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept


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I like how this turned out. You can clearly see elements of the modern DB11 in the front. The headlights, the front grille, and the hood are all straight out of the DB11. Meanwhile, the bumper is straight out of the DB5. It’s the same thing with the wheels. The rest of the body features a blend of the two vehicles. The upright windshield is a callback to the iconic Aston Martin but as the roof approaches the rear section, the shape takes a more streamlined turn, departing from the boxy look of the DB5. Overall, there’s good balance in this rendering. Both the DB11 and DB5 are well-represented and there shift from the design of one car to the other doesn’t feel forced.

Mercedes-AMG GT Retro Concept


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I’m not a fan of this one. This is what the Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept avoided. I do appreciate the references to the AMG GT on the front, specifically the headlights and the front grille. What I didn’t like is how busy and front-heavy the car looks. The modern AMG grille already attracts a lot of attention, but when you add that long hood and the front bumper of the 300SL, the result is too many things happening in such a small space. The rest of the car looks great, especially the use of the 300SL’s side intakes. Shorten the length of the front hood and use the 300SL’s grille and this rendering could look a lot better.

Ford Mustang Retro Concept


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This one is a beauty. I love everything about it. I love that references were used on more than just two versions of the Mustang. I love that even with a big canvas to work on, the finished product still looks like a proper Mustang. The modern front end blends seamlessly with the old-school rear section. It’s the latter that really takes this rendering to another level. Those imposing fenders look like well-tuned traps, creating the look of a perfectly toned muscle car. The hood scoop is also a nice touch. Of all the renderings in this article, this is the one that stands out as something that I would love to see come to life.

Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept


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I’ll say this about the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept: no shame was spared in the rendering of this car. I can see a pocket of people who’d appreciate the use of design elements from the Type 57C. I just don’t think it works. The separate front bumpers look completely out-of-place on the Chiron-inspired front section. I wouldn’t have added them in the first place. Those intakes on the front would’ve been fine on their own. Leave it like that as opposed to adding front bumpers that don’t do anything aesthetically. As messy as that looks. the rear section is the real eyesore in this rendering. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to use the Chiron as the modern inspiration in this rendering, there’s no way the finished product works if you’re going to go old-school in the design of the rear section. Not only are those wheel covers aerodynamic hindrances, but they just look completely out-of-place in this kind of rendering. This one could’ve been a lot better if it wasn’t too ambitious.

Aud R8 Retro Concept


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I find the Audi R8 Retro Concept rendering to be the opposite of the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept. There’s not enough here to make this rendering stand out. If you look real close, the only notable elements from the R8 are the side blades and the rear shape of the car. Every other bit is a mix of old-school Audi’s that make the rendering look like a convoluted mess. If you’re going to use the R8’s name to identify this retro concept, shouldn’t you have more noticeable references to the R8 in the rendering? It’s not the case here so I’m having trouble seeing anything that’s worth remembering.

Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept


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I like the Ford Mustang Retro Concept the best. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept is a close second. My only concern about this rendering is how the low the front end sits. It’s a little too close to the ground for my liking. Other than that, this rendering hits all the right spots, right down to the use of the LaFerrari’s front section and the cockpit-style interior. Combine that with the elegant length of the legendary Ferrari F40 and this creation hits all the right spots. It’s a Ferrari that I wouldn’t mind seeing on the road today.

Dodge Charger Retro Concept


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Ok, I’m changing my mind. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept gets bumped down to third place in my personal rankings of this list. The Ford Mustang Retro Concept slides into second and the Dodge Charger Retro Concept takes its place as the best of the lot. Look at it. Everything about it speaks muscle and performances, right down to the perfect design balance attributed to the Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbird. I’ve always been fascinated with these so-called “Wing Cars,” and to see them combined into one car is a sight to behold. This is the best rendering of the lot, and it’s not even close.

PostHeaderIcon GA Police Officer Hits 140 mph Chasing McLaren 720S in High-Speed Chase

A Georgia Police Officer got the chance to push her police-spec Dodge Charger to the limit this past weekend when a man in a McLaren 720S casually passed her doing north of 100 mph on a public highway. It didn’t take long for the officer to hit the blues and take chase. Nobody was injured in the chase that lasted just a couple of minutes, but the driver – a Dwayne Sherwood Pope – was charged with speeding, DUI less safe, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and – get this – driving with an expired tag.

All told, the dash cam video lasts nearly a half hour, but for the most part, the action is over with within a few minutes. The Dodge Charger which, in police-spec, has a top speed rating of 155 mph when powered by the 5.7-liter, HEMI, V-8.
There’s no word as to what engine this officer put her foot into, but it did keep up with that McLaren 720S quite well. We’re still not sure why he stopped, considering the 720 S is rated up to 212 mph, it could have quite easily gotten away. Something tells us that the man was telling the truth about pulling over when he noticed the lights – after all if he did intend to run, that cop car really didn’t stand a chance.

Fortunately, for him, and anyone else on the road, that wasn’t his intention otherwise things could have been a lot worse than a DUI charge, had he really pushed it to the limit. After all, he did have “three drinks.” Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

References

McLaren 720S


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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

Dodge Charger


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Read our full review on the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

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Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


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Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


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Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


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Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


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If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


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Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


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Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

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BMW i8 Dodge Charger

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

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BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


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Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


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Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


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Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


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If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


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Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


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Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

PostHeaderIcon Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.

But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.

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Ford Mustang GT


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Price: $35,095

Still one of the best values in the market today, the Ford Mustang remains one of America’s most popular performance cars for good reason. The latest version of the iconic pony car can still get the job done on the performance end. It has 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque on tap courtesy of a 5.0-liter turbo V-8. It can hit 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and do 0 to 124 mph in 13 seconds at 112 miles per hour. And don’t mistake its 164-mph top speed for a slouch. The Mustang is all business, all the time. It’s also one of the most customized cars in the business today so buyers who want to get a little extra on the ’Stang GT can still do so without burning holes in their bank accounts. Best of all, the Mustang GT starts at just $35,095, though if that price is still too steep, there is an option to get the base ‘Stang version, which starts at $25,585.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

Chevrolet Camaro SS


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Price: $37,995

Any mention of the Mustang must be followed by a mention of the Chevrolet Camaro. There’s no rule against it, but the two have become synonymous with each other that referring to one without the other is like talking about pizza without cheese and pepperoni. In any event, the Camaro SS checks all the same boxes that the Mustang GT does. It’s capable of producing 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers allow it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph. And if you’re comparing the Mustang GT with the Camaro SS, know that the latter can also hit a top speed of 165 mph. The Camaro SS is a little more expensive at $37,995, but again, if that’s too expensive, there is an option to get the base Camaro for just $26,900.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro.

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack


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Price: 41,090

I was tempted to put the Dodge Challenger in here to complete the muscle car troika, but I ultimately opted to go with the Challenger’s performance car sibling, the Dodge Charger. It’s not just the Charger too; it’s the Charger R/T Scat Pack, the gnarly variant that features a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Its power output is complemented by a 475 pound-feet worth of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 16.1 seconds, and 0-to-a-quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 111 mph. Top speed has been rated at 160 mph, making it as potent as any “affordable” sports car in its segment. It’s priced at $41,090, which is a little pricier than the Mustang GT and the Camaro SS. There’s still no shame in getting the Charger R/T Scat Pack, though if the move is to only get a base version, the 292-horsepower base SE trim starts at just $27,995.

Read our full review on the 2017 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack.

Subaru WRX STI


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Price: $36,095

Let’s switch things up by featuring one of the best performance imports to come out of Japan: the Subaru WRX STI. It’s not the range-topping model – that would be the WRX STI Limited – but it’s arguably the best value for a customer’s money. Power comes from a 2.5-liter boxer four engine that pumps out 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. That allows the performance sedan to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 160 mph. It may not be the performance treat that it once was, but with extra features like limited-slip differential and torque vectoring, it’s still good enough to make for a memorable ride without buyers having to worry about explaining how much they spent for it.

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


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Price: $37,995

Want something that’s new and different? Well, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is as good a choice as any. It may not have as much power and performance as the muscle cars on this list, but it still features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. Those figures translate to a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph. The numbers back up what would be a solid purchase, especially when you see that the cars the Giulia directly competes against are much more expensive than the Alfa. Take the BMW 340i for example. It has the numbers edge on the Giulia –
320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque – but it’s also around $10,000 more expensive.

Read our full review on the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

BMW 340i


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Price: $47,900

Speaking of the BMW 340i, the performance sedan still falls under the $50,000 threshold so technically; it qualifies on this list. And why wouldn’t it? If you had the budget, this is the BMW to get. There are cheaper Bimmers available, but the value for money is best on this variant of the 3er. It carries a lot of the elements of the 3 Series and packages all of it with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Those figures help carry the 340i to an acceleration time to 60 mph of just 4.8 seconds. Just as important, it’s quarter-mile time was clocked at 13.3 seconds at 106 mph, close to what the Mustang GT and Camaro SS are capable of. All of that for a car with a BMW badge at a price that barely reaches $50,000? Seems like a good deal to me.

Read our full review on the 2017 BMW 3 Series.

BMW M240i xDrive


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Price: $46,450

If you’re itching for a version of BMW’s M division, the best you can do at this price range is the M240i xDrive. Don’t be disappointed though because this coupe is very capable in a lot of different ways. It features the very best of BMW design, has advanced safety and performance techs, and is crowned by a 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are a good way to get from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph. There is a way to get the price down to just $44,450 – a $2,000 savings – but that would mean opting out of Bimmer’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. That may be a good option for those who want a challenge out of their M240is, but I’d still suggest getting the xDrive unit just to make it worth the purchase of the sports coupe.

Read our full review on the 2017 BMW M240i xDrive.

Audi S3


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Price: $42,900

For the record, if there was one model that I’d suggest a buyer gets from this list, it’s the Audi S3. I’m particularly impressed by how the S3 looks. Credit to Audi in that regard because it has managed to make its design language look applicable across its entire range. It doesn’t matter if its the S3 or the S7, the genetics of Audi styling is present in all of them. On top of that, the S3 is also a capable performance sedan, thanks in large part to a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine that’s good for 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It’s a little short of what the BMW 340i can produce, but the S3 makes up for it with a sprint-to-60-mph time of 4.7 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the 340i. Just as impressive is the fact that the S3 can also cover a quarter-mile distance in just 13.3 seconds, exactly the same as its BMW counterpart. Top speed is also rated at 155 mph, so the Audi sedan doesn’t suffer in that regard either. All that and you have a car that’ll only cost you $42,900.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi S3.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport


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Price: $48,700

If power is the be-all and end-all of your purchase preference, there’s no better sub-$50,000 purchase than the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport. There’s a lot to like about the Q50 Red Sport. For one, it’s a range-topping model, which means that it boasts of every available technology that Infiniti is using for the Q50 line. There’s also something to be said better-than-expected design. It’s not as sporty-looking as the Audi S3, but there is a nice balance to its sporty design that also hints at a premium look without one trait drowning out the other. Oh, and as far as performance sedan goes, the Q50 Red Sport’s 400-horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque output puts it in a league of its own as it offers the most power for a car of its size that costs under $50,000. All those ponies waiting to be unleashed can moveQ50 Red Sport spring from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on its way to reaching a quarter-mile distance in 13 seconds at 109 mph.

Read our full review on the 2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ


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Prices: Toyota 86 ($26,255) / Subaru BRZ ($30,515)

I debated on whether I should put these two cars on this list because quite frankly, they’re still a disappointment to me. But I am compelled to talk about them regardless because they do return good value for the price. Both the 86 and the BRZ only produce 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, but the catch is with these two is that they look like proper sports cars and they perform like one too. The 86, for example, can hit 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 147 mph while the BRZ can cover the same ground in 6.6 seconds before maxing out at a similar top speed. The best part about these two models though is that they’re cheap relative to the cars on this list. The 86, for example, sells for just $26,255 while the BRZ’s top-of-the-line 2.0 Yellow Series variant starts at just $30,515. As far as value for money, these two sports coupes are as good as anything you can get without having to pay a fortune for either one of them.

Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota 86 and the 2017 Subaru BRZ

PostHeaderIcon Watch This Ford Crown Vic Transform Into A 1969 Dodge Charger

The ole Duke Boys put their 1969 Dodge Charger, affectionately named the General Lee, through countless jumps over the TV Series’ six-year run. No matter how rough the landing, the boys never seemed to skip a beat, despite their car supposedly being held together with duct tape and bailing twine. Sadly, each of those jumps cost a real-life Dodge Charger its life. These days finding one is getting harder, and those that are still around have seen their price skyrocket. So, it comes to no surprise that “The Dukes of Hazzard” superfan James Smith chose to build its own General Lee from an old cop car.

Yep, Smith started with a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria with relatively low miles despite it being nearly 20 years old and having served time with the Portland Police Department. Every body panel came off, including the roof and trunk supports. With a bare chassis, aftermarket Charger parts started going on. Impressively, the A-pillars are actually part of the roll cage. Smith even hand-built the Charger’s iconic split grille from leftover aluminum and the plastic grate from a household box fan. In fact, the front fenders, trunk lid, and fuel filler cap are the only authentic Dodge parts. Naturally, that means this car is expendable. Wreck it (or in this case, jump it), and the only loss is a worn out Crown Vic, the cost of aftermarket parts, and sweat equity.

Smith has gotten his money and time out of it though. The car was used for a music video before being painted in General Lee livery before its big jump. Best of all, the car survived its two scheduled jumps and will likely live on so jump again.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Debuts Heritage-inspired 2017 Color Palette

When it comes to paint jobs, most modern cars are offered with rather dull color options. This isn’t the automakers’ fault though, it’s mostly because hues such white, gray, silver, and black have become increasingly popular in recent decades. But this wasn’t the case in the 1960s and 1970s, when American drivers favored livelier colors and carmakers responded with flashy hues – especially for high-performance vehicles. These were known as the “High-Impact” colors. Ford, GM, and Chrysler have revived several classic paints for their respective muscle cars recently, and Dodge has just introduced a range of new color names inspired from its colorful heritage for the 2017 model year.

Although most colors aren’t new, their names revive the brand’s bold paint naming strategy, which should play well with sentimental enthusiasts. Starting 2017, buyers will be able to order hues such as White Knuckle, Maximum Steel, Bomber Brown, Octane Red, White Noise, Blood Orange, Green Go, Destroyer Gray, Go Mango, Contusion Blue, or Bruiser Gray. Granted, some of them sound rather cheesy, but words such as “knuckle,” “bomber,” “destroyer,” “noise,” and “bruiser” are definitely bolder options to simply naming the color and adding “metallic” or “pearl” next to it.

On the other hand, other color names aren’t as punchy, while some remained unchanged from previous years. If you’re not a fan of in-your-face names, you can pick one of the following: Redline 2K, Blu By You, Stout Brown, Redline 3K, Vice White, Yellow Jacket, Granite, TorRed, Olive Green, Billet, Black Onyx, DB Black, or Pitch Black.

All of the above will be available not only for Dodge’s hottest cars, the Challenger, Charger, and Viper, but also for family vehicles such as the Durango, Journey, and the Grand Caravan.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Charger Daytona

The second-generation of the modern Dodge Charger arrived in 2010, five years after Chrysler had revived the iconic nameplate as a four-door sedan. Although presented as a redesign, the new model uses not only the same platform, but also many styling features. More important changes were made under the hood, where brand-new 3.6-liter V-6 and 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engines joined the updated 5.7-liter V-8. In 2015, the sedan received an extensive facelift that brought the first major changes inside and out. The update was soon followed by the SRT Hellcat, a supercharged, 707-horsepower model that’s the quickest, most-powerful factory-built muscle car ever built as of August 2016.

The second-generation model also spawned many models that pay tribute to the classic, two-door charger, including the Scat Pack. The most recent of them is the Daytona, launched for the 2017 model year. Named after the highly-modified coupe that was created in 1969 as a homologation special for NASCAR, the 2017 Charger Daytona marks the nameplate’s return after a four-year hiatus. Revived for the first time in 2006 and produced until 2009, the Daytona returned for the 2013 model year. Now, it’s being offered for the very first time on the updated second-generation model.

As usual, it comes with a sportier exterior appearance, several unique interior features, and a drivetrain that includes Mopar-modified components. Although not as impressive as the original car that set numerous records on NASCAR race tracks, the new Charger Daytona is indeed a special performance car, especially if you’re looking for something with four doors, seating for five people, and a big trunk.

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Charger Daytona.


PostHeaderIcon Fast 8 Shows Off "Ice Cars" For Iceland Location

Since it was announced that Fast 8 would have segments of the movie filmed in Iceland, a lot of people have wondered if the production team would have a specific set of cars for Dominic Toretto and his motley crew. It took a few months, but now we have an answer. The menu of cars that will apparently be used includes a highly modified Dodge ‘Ice’ Charger that looks to have had better days judging by the production photos and a suspension-juiced Rally Fighter that appears to have been set up to tackle the icy conditions.

Suffice to say, the roster of cars is as varied as anything we’ve seen from the Fast & Furious franchise. Obviously, Toretto (Vin Diesel) will be behind the wheel of the Ice Charger, as is with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in the Rally Fighter. Other than those two cars, the vehicle lineup also includes a pair of military vehicles – the Ice Ram and the Ripsaw – and an out-of-its element Lamborghini Murcielago that will be driven by the team’s automotive Liberace, Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson).

It certainly not surprising that one of the military vehicles will be driven by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) given his penchant for going for the biggest and most badass ride he can get his hands on. And as far as Tej (Ludacris) is concerned, he’s going to control the Ripsaw, a developmental unmanned light tank. Considering that, don’t be surprised if Tej, being the tech guy of the group, finds a way to control the Ripshaw from a safe distance.

The lineup of cars is definitely eclectic, though that sounds like a conservative observation. Then again, it’s not like the franchise hasn’t set a precedent for going a tad overboard with the cars that have been used in the past seven movies. After all, this is the same franchise that thought it was physically believable to launch a Lykan Hypersport from one building to another…and another.

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PostHeaderIcon Next-Generation Dodge Charger To Get Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine

The current-generation Dodge Charger is old, and by old, I really mean old. It’s been around since 2005 and while Dodge has managed to keep the fire simmering with new variants and special edition models, there are reports that Fiat Chrysler will keep the model going until after 2019. That’s an incredibly long time for one generation of a car, let alone a car with the status of the Charger. But don’t feel too bad Charger fans because once the next-generation model arrives, it’s going to be a very different car after reports came out that the model will lose close to 500 pounds in weight and could come with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

According to Automotive News, engineers and designers from FCA are working on making the new car lighter than the current model, which tips the scales at 3,960 pounds as its curb weight. The automaker plans to have the new model down to about 3,500 pounds, a weight that could come in handy when it’s combined with the same 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that’s currently being developed for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. There are also plans to switch the Charger from its existing platform to an extended version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s “Giorgio” platform, giving engineers and designers a more modern platform for the new model.

While this is all exciting news, don’t expect the model to burst into the scene for at least another five years. The 2019 facelift for the LX-generation model could last for another year or two so the early expectations for the new model would be around 2022 or 2023. It’s still a long way from today and with the evolving state of the auto industry, there’s no telling if today’s plans will be put to action when it’s finally time for the next-generation Charger to be built.

Still, FCA seems to be confident of its plans for the muscle car. It even showed an early styling buck of the next-gen model during a private show for dealers back in August 2015. The design was even compared to the 1999 Charger concept that was penned by former Chrysler design guru Tom Gale.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger got its start in 1966 and was a two-door, fastback coupe that offered room for four. Generations came and went quickly in those days, and for 1968, the second generation Charger debuted. The third generation came along in 1971 and lasted till the 1974 model year. Sadly for 1975, the Charger morphed from an American muscle car to your granddad’s “personal luxury car.” The fourth generation Charger lasted through 1978 and was eventually discontinued.

The Charger name was resurrected again for the 1981 model year, as a Fox-body Ford Mustang look-alike. However, this subcompact hatchback coupe hardly measured up to the Ford. Its FWD configuration and mostly forgettable powertrains didn’t resonate with buyers. There was a turbocharged, 2.2-liter four-cylinder available in a Shelby Edition, which many would argue isn’t worthy of Carroll’s last name. Chrysler killed the car after the 1987 model year.

Fast-forward two decades, and Chrysler’s partnership with Daimler has brought forth a four-door sedan with a longitudinal powertrain configuration and room enough for a V-8. The sixth-generation Charger debuted for the 2006 model year and broke the two-door coupe mold set forth by previous Chargers. Nevertheless, the sixth generation is by far the most successful in terms of sales and longevity.

Chrysler’s partnership with Daimler afforded the automaker access to parts and engineering from Mercedes, and after raiding the parts bens, the Charger sprang forth. The front control arms were borrowed from the W220 S-Class sedan while the five-link rear suspension, firewall, and floor plan came from the W211 E-Class. Chrysler called it the LX platform.

Of course, Chrysler, the parent company of Dodge, badge-engineered itself the Chrysler 300 sedan, which shared nearly every part with the Charger, along with the LX underpinnings. Nevertheless, we’re here about the Charger, so let’s dive into the details.

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PostHeaderIcon The Smoking Tire Gets Acquainted With The Dodge Charger Scat Pack: Video

The arrival of the Dodge Charger Hellcat has mostly relegated the Charger Scat Pack into the background. Right or wrong, that’s the price the model has to pay when one of its siblings bears the fiery “Hellcat” name. But as the Hellcat continues to claim the headlines and the glory, the Scat Pack has proven to be just as capable, relative to someone’s expectations.

The Smoking Tires’ Matt Farah recently spent time with a Charger Scat Pack to give it an extensive drive-through and as you can expect from someone who’s driven his share of American muscle cars, Farah had a lot of interesting things to say about the Charger Scat Pack, some of which prospective buyers of the car should take note of.

The video is as informative as it’s going to get, especially if there are those out there who are torn between the Charger Scat Pack and the Hellcat. In a nutshell, the Charger Hellcat is the Hellcat for a reason. It’s the most powerful variant of the Charger but that kind of performance comes at a premium cost. On the flip side, the Charger Scat Pack isn’t as powerful, but it is much cheaper. The performance can be compensated, especially for those who use it as their daily drivers. But the price? Well, for a lot of people, that’s usually the trump card that decides any debate. And in this case, as Farah points out, that’s the difference between getting the Charger Scat Pack and the Hellcat.


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$29,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 14:00:00 PDT
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1986 Chevrolet C-10 Silverado 1986 Chevrolet C10, Silverado, Regular Cab, Short Bed, Rust Free!
$15,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 18:00:01 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1972 Chevrolet K10 4x4 Pickup Full Restoration Excellent Condition
$999.99 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 20:33:24 PDT
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1966 Chevrolet Corvette Base Real 45,000 mile, real honest '66
$35,200.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Oct-17-2018 7:00:14 PDT
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1968 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 1968 Ford Convertible GT Mustang 289 C-CODE Power Top - Power steering -
$13,490.00 (48 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-20-2018 18:25:40 PDT
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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 mach 1 351w fastback
$5,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Oct-16-2018 12:42:53 PDT
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1965 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1965 Chevrolet C-10 6ft step side, 355 engine, AC, CD ,BT complete resto in 04
$6,500.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 19:26:24 PDT
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1953 Chevrolet Other Pickups 53 Chevy Pickup
$15,200.00 (66 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-19-2018 10:05:38 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Cheynne Z84 350 Factory AC Power Steering Power Disc Brake
$16,600.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-18-2018 12:33:35 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1969 Chevrolet Custom C-10 Stepside - 454 V-8 - Auto - Florida Truck - Solid
$6,501.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Oct-17-2018 16:30:32 PDT
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1953 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1953 Chevy 3100 pick up truck
$14,000.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 9:33:07 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1972 Chevrolet 3/4 ton 4x4 with 4BT Cummins Diesel *LOW RESERVE*
$5,125.00 (40 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-19-2018 6:31:33 PDT
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1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1949 Chevy 3 Window Truck NO RESERVE Barn Find PATINA Rat Rod SHOP TRUCK Project
$1,200.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 18:30:00 PDT
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$23,500.00
End Date: Saturday Oct-20-2018 14:12:24 PDT
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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 mach 1 mustang
$18,100.00 (31 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 19:00:41 PDT
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1947 Chevrolet Other Pickups Standard 1947 Chevy Truck Hot Rod with a V8
$14,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Tuesday Oct-16-2018 12:44:51 PDT
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$12,000.00
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 9:05:22 PDT
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1962 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1962 4x4 B Model Monster Gasser Mack
$1,225.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 18:33:27 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet C-10 1969 Chevrolet C-10 SWB super nice original truck one owner till this year
$6,000.01 (18 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 18:52:27 PDT
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1965 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1965 Chevrolet C-10 Short Box Fleetside RestoMod Custom Build No Expense Spared
$40,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 12:08:06 PDT
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1965 Ford Mustang 2door 1965 mustang convertible
$2,750.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 14:00:16 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 chevrolet truck 3100 NR patina hot rod rat rod solid truck with parts truck
$2,999.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Oct-18-2018 15:32:44 PDT
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1966 Ford Mustang 2+2 1966 ford mustang 2+2 raven black 4 speed c code
$27,300.00 (62 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-19-2018 9:46:22 PDT
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1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1949 chevy full custom 4 door diesel dually
$31,200.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Oct-17-2018 16:31:14 PDT
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