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Souped-up Dodge Neon that netted $3,671 ticket

Advertising it's need for speed.

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Souped-up Dodge Neon that netted $3,671 ticket
A motorist police say they clocked at 233 km/h in a 90 km/h zone told a judge his little Dodge Neon is incapable of reaching such breakneck speeds, but a classified ad for the car suggests otherwise.

The ad touts $25,000 in upgrades, including a 420-horsepower "Stage 3" turbocharged engine, adjustable sport suspension and ventilated disk brakes.

The 23-year-old appeared before a judge in Saguenay, Que., this week to argue that his $3,671 ticket should be quashed. His lawyer argued the Neon can't go 233 km/h.

But the online ad, posted on Monday, touts the power of the the car, on sale for $9,900.

Race car driver Bertrand Godin told QMI Agency the car in the ad is fully capable of shattering speed limits.

"The fully lowered suspension, the Stage 3 turbo which significantly increases engine power ... means the modified car can reach speeds well in excess of 233 km/h," said Godin, who has competed in Formula One and IndyCar junior circuits. "It's far from a jalopy."

The motorist earned 40 demerit points after police say his car was caught hurtling down a street on bald tires late last month. The driver had his licence suspended for a week and is still allowed to drive because he entered a not-guilty plea.

Source: NiagraFallsReview

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Sneak peek at 2011 Mopar Charger

Dodge teases us.

Tags: mopar, dodge, charger, domestic

Sneak peek at 2011 Mopar Charger
The 2010 Mopar Challenger arrived last summer to a hero's welcome. Chrysler only offered 500 copies of the special edition Mopar model, which carried a base sticker price of $38,000. With the all-new 2011 Charger now trolling Dodge dealer parking lots all around the country, you can probably guess which vehicle is next to feature a Mopar makeover.

Fortunately, Chrysler doesn't plan to disappoint, as the automaker has released the first sketch of its forthcoming special edition model. The rendering reveals a black and blue color scheme similar to that of the Challenger, though the side stripes have been replaced with a stripe that stretches across the hood, roof and trunk. As an added bonus, the Mopar team appears to have gotten rid of the bulbous and unnecessary hood scoop for the 2011 Charger; a move we support 1,000 percent.

Some 2010 Mopar Challenger owners may have been disappointed that Chrysler's mod team opted for the 5.7 liter V8 as the engine of choice instead of the more powerful 6.1 liter V8. Team Pentastar hasn't yet announced which engine the Mopar Charger will receive, though the automaker did promise that engineers have "added even more performance." We're hoping that "more performance" translates into the new 470-horsepower, 6.4 liter V8, but we'll have to wait until later this month when Chrysler officially reveals the hot new sedan at an as-yet undisclosed event (New York Auto Show?).

Source: AutoBlog

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Chrysler seriously considering new Barracuda

Do you think it should come back?

Tags: dodge, chrysler, barracuda, domestic

Chrysler seriously considering new Barracuda
Might a fishy new muscle car be bound for U.S. market consumption? According to USA Today, Ralph Gilles, the man who ably heads Chrysler's Dodge brand, indicated to a crowd of Mopar-obsessed fans at the 2010 SEMA Show that a resurrection of the classic Barracuda is indeed a possibility.

Keep in mind that Dodge has already re-released the Challenger, which was the Barracuda's fellow pony car sibling from 1970 through 1974, so the car's platform is seemingly already there. That raises an interesting conundrum, though: how would The Pentastar differentiate the two models if they shared a platform and featured similar styling?

Another question that would need answering is where the model would fall into the current Chrysler portfolio. Remember, the Barracuda wore a Plymouth badge way back when, and that brand got sent to the great scrapheap in the sky several years ago. As such, if it were ever to happen – which is a very, very big 'if' – we may be in store for a Chrysler Barracuda.

Source: AutoBlog

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2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

Prices start at $42,555

Tags: dodge, challenger, domestic

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
For the 2011 model year, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 is stepping up the game with a big boost in power and performance. Leaving the Camaro SS and the Mustang GT in the rear-view mirror (in terms of horsepower at least), the 2011 Challenger SRT8 gets a 392-cubic inch HEMI V8 making 470-hp and 470 lb-ft. of torque, an extra 90 lb-ft of torque at 2,900 rpm versus the previous 6.1-liter V-8 engine.

“We listened to our devoted, loyal Dodge customers, and this new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 answers their call for more power off the line,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We consciously tuned the 392 for a lot more torque, as that is what truly creates the thrust that sets you back in the seat and keeps you there! We can’t wait to see our customers’ reactions when they get behind the wheel and put their foot on the throttle – it is so responsive and a blast to drive.”

The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is available standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick or an optional Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission. Mated to the 392-cubic inch HEMI V8, the combination allows the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 to go from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range and a 1/4 mile run in 12 seconds. For those of you thinking that the new 392 will burn a lot of gas, Chrysler has added its the Fuel Saver technology in automatic transmission equipped models, which allows the engine to operate 4-cylinders when all 8-cylinders are not needed.

Chrysler will build 1,492 Inaugural Edition models with exclusive interior and exterior appointments. Prices of the Inaugural Edition will be announced closer to launch but the standard 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 will start at $42,555 (excluding an $825 destination charge and any applicable gas guzzler taxes).

Source: eGMCarTech
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SEMA: Dodge Challenger Drag Pak V10

Ohhhhhhhhhhh baby.

Tags: dodge, challenger, drag pak, domestic

SEMA: Dodge Challenger Drag Pak V10
In a live webchat this morning, Ralph Guiles and Pietro Gorlier announced that Dodge and Mopar will be pulling the sheets off of the new Challenger 392, complete with a 6.4-liter V8 with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. In addition, quarter-mile fans can get excited about the new Challenger Drag Pak V10. The car will come with all the goodies you'll need to dominate the strip, including a V10 borrowed from the mighty Dodge Viper, a two-speed transmission, roll cage, fuel cell and unique gauge cluster. Even better, both Challengers are production models.

Source: AutoBlog

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Here is the New Dodge Viper Logo

Do you like it?

Tags: dodge, viper, domestic

Here is the New Dodge Viper Logo
Should they have kept the old one or did they make the right decision with a redesign?

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2011 Dodge Charger: First official images, details

See what's changed.

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2011 Dodge Charger: First official images, details
The hotly anticipated 2011 Dodge Charger has beat a path onto the Internet in a million little ways, but this is the first complete, undisguised look that we have of the redesigned muscle sedan after a seemingly endless stream of spy shots and leaks.

2011 Dodge Charger, rear viewSaid to be more closely inspired by the second-generation Charger of 1968-1970, the rear/all-wheel-driver picks up the classic model's full-width rear taillamps but goes without the original's hidden front lighting. That massive 'race track' brake lamp assembly, incidentally, is illuminated via 164 LEDs. The nose appears to be more closely derivative of the outgoing model, albeit with a prominent grille assembly that sits a bit more proudly ahead of the front fascia.

Under that big hood, Chrysler confirms that the 2011 Charger will receive both the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 as expected. All-wheel drive will be available in R/T trim, and the system includes a front-axle disconnect function to aid in fuel economy, meaning that when it isn't needed, the AWD Charger ought to behave like its rear-drive counterpart (albeit with some extra weight from the additional componentry).

The Ontario, Canada-built Charger is expected to rumble into showrooms before the year is out.

Source: AutoBlog
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New Dodge Challenger Brochure Leaks

See all of the new changes.

Tags: dodge, challenger, domestic

New Dodge Challenger Brochure Leaks
A lot changing this time around!
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Dealer unleashes limited-edition Viper Roadster

Viper getting some last hurrahs.

Tags: dodge, viper, domestic

Dealer unleashes limited-edition Viper Roadster
Before production of the Viper ended earlier this month, Dodge made sure to send out the current generation of the V10 supercar with numerous limited-editions. Versions such as the 1:33, the Voodoo Viper, the ACR-X and dealer-exclusive models all trickled out of Chrysler's Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit.

Arguably, the track-only ACR-X is the most extreme iteration, but hidden within the group of dealer-exclusive models is another noteworthy special model: the SRT10 Convertible ACR built specifically for Woodhouse Dodge in Blair, Neb. Located in a town of approximately 7,500 people, Woodhouse Dodge has sold more Vipers than any other dealer since 1999. Its in-house tuning arm, Woodhouse Motorsports, also modifies roughly 75 percent of the Vipers the dealer sells. More in the jump!

Being the highest-volume Viper dealer, a limited edition with nothing more than an exclusive paint job and badges wouldn't do like most of the other special models. Instead, Woodhouse proposed the idea of combining all of the go-fast parts from the ACR with a convertible body--and Dodge obliged.

However, doing an ACR roadster correctly took a bit of work by the SRT engineering staff. Parts such as the adjustable KW suspension, Stoptech rotors, lighter wheels, short shifter and new fifth and sixth gears were easy, but the aerodynamic improvements required attention. With the aero differences between the coupe and convertible, a new, lower wing and light revisions to the front splitter had to be developed and undergo many hours of wind-tunnel testing.

The result is a true, bona fide ACR model right down to the 21B Chrysler build code given to all Viper ACR coupes. And with only 20 produced, the Viper SRT10 Convertible ACR Woodhouse limited edition could be one of the more sought-after Viper models down the road.

Available colors include white, yellow, red and black and all are available with dual or driver's striping. Pricing begins at $107,310 and, of course, it's only available at Woodhouse Dodge.

Source: AutoWeek

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2011 Dodge Challenger Facelift Scooped Undisguised

It went from happy lower grille to sad lower grille.

Tags: dodge, challenger, domestic

2011 Dodge Challenger Facelift Scooped Undisguised
Now here's a nice surprise for Dodge fans. A member of the Mopart forums has snagged some photos of what appears to be the facelifted 2011 Dodge Challenger in R/T trim without a single trace of camouflage. The cosmetic changes over the 2009/2010 muscle-coupe are extremely subtle and it will take a trained eye to spot the differences.

These include the reshaped lower intake up front (basically, the designers turned it upside down) and the elimination of the Ram nose emblem on the hood, plus a new set of door handles. It is possible that the 2011 Challengers could feature more changes on the outside and in particular the rear end as we don't have any other photos of the car.

It is believed that the refreshed Challenger will get a much needed reworked interior with a new design and upgraded materials.

Rumor has that the 2011 Challenger will also benefit from some important changes under the hood. More specifically, it is said that the base Challenger SE will get Chrysler's new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine pushing out somewhere between 280HP and 300HP, while the flagship SRT8 will receive a new 6.4-liter V8 delivering some 480-horsepower, up from 425HP.

Source: CarScoop
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Dodge boss talks next Charger, Viper and Durango

Future plans from Dodge.

Tags: dodge, charger, viper, durango, domestic

Dodge boss talks next Charger, Viper and Durango
Gilles, who has been at Chrysler since 1992, has led the refreshening of nearly every vehicle in the lineup. He expects even better things this fall, when the new Charger and crossover arrive.

Gilles agreed to an exclusive interview with The Detroit News and offered a glimpse of Dodge in the future, some of the vehicles that may or may not arrive, as well as how the brand will continue to evolve. Q & A in the jump!

Q: How has Dodge changed since the November presentation (a day-long event when the company's broad plans were unveiled) by you, Fiat executives and others.

A: We're Ram-less for one.

But things are taking hold. We now have our 100,000th Facebook fan. We went from virtually nothing online a few months ago. The brand is becoming hipper already.

And the brand is getting controversial, in a good way. We're really starting to smell different, act different. We showed up a few weeks ago at the super bike event in Utah. We had a drift competition and hundreds, thousands of people were lining up for these thrill rides.

And then we had the World Cup ads.

Being in the World Cup touches my multicultural audience, it touches my sport enthusiasts, it touches my young-at-heart audience.

We're tying to give the brand a cool edge to it, with a lot of unexpected activity, where people are shaken aware of us, and it's working.

Q: When the new Charger arrives and it gets the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, will the engine top 300 horsepower?

A: I'm not saying. We will investigate that and we are looking at a higher-power version of (the Pentastar V-6). It will have a unique power rating, I will say that.

Q: When the new Durango replacement arrives in November, will it be called a Durango?

A: We're actually debating the name as we speak.

Q:Will a new Dodge Viper appear in 2012 as a 2013 model?

We're looking that right now. We're talking to owners, and to people outside of the Viper circle. There's no timeline, no rush. I want to bring it out and make sure it's the right thing. The issue right now is the company is really focused on the year and the task at hand. We have a lot going on in '12.

Q: You have emphasized the Dodge lifestyle and even developed a website and clothing line, how has that progressed?

A: It's done very well. We've set up a site for our dealers, who also wanted access to that. We're looking at what sells. It's doing a lot better than we thought.

Q: What do things like apparel bring to the brand or to the customers?

A: It finishes the story. If people are passionate about their cars, they want to celebrate them. I went online on Day One of my new job and said, "I'm going to fill my closet with Dodge stuff" and it was all pretty boring.

Now you have this nouveau look, loud and proud NASCAR and more of a corporate look. We're trying to give you a choice. We don't know who you are.

Q: Dodge cut back some of its NASCAR funding this year. How has that worked out?

A: This year, we're doing a one-team deal. We're doing what we need to do. In less than two weeks, we're going to debut our new Challenger car. It really does look like a Challenger now. It's a big breakthrough. It looks like the car you can drive.

I love the drivers; they are phenomenal people, but they've taken a lot of the limelight. They are more of the stars than the cars themselves. We're making this experiment and will see what happens.

Q: What other sponsorships has Dodge taken?

A: I'm sponsoring the Rock and Roll marathon. It is a totally different dimension of people than the NASCAR people. So this is more of a fitness lifestyle. It's all incremental. Research shows us that this demographic is nobody that knows us right now. A very different socio-economic background. About 70 percent women and it's huge, growing like crazy.

Q: A lot of carmakers are embracing smaller, grass-roots kind of marketing. How do they help? And will they replace national campaigns?

A: It's more tactical. It's more focused. I'm still going to have a national presence. I'm always going to have a brand-centric national presence. At the ground level, I want to be very tactical. Go places where people don't expect you to be.

The thing about our cars. The 2011 models are so revamped, I want people to sit in them.

Source: Detroit News

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2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 to get 480 HP?

More horsepower is always welcomed.

Tags: dodge, challenger, domestic

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 to get 480 HP?
First and foremost among the predicted changes on the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 is more power from an enlarged 6.4-liter Hemi: a bump of 55 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque. That would put the big coupe at 480 ponies and 460 lb-ft., and rumor also has it that power will get to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission developed by Chrysler and ZF. Also according to Allpar's inside man, output levels will remain the same on the R/T model, while the base SE will get Pentastar V6 engines with 40 more horses and 20 more lb-ft, for 290 hp and 270 lb-ft. in total.

Most of the other supposed changes seem meant to make life easier for Chrysler and Challenger buyers. The floorpan is being reworked so the car fits more easily into Charger and 300 production, an electric power steering pump is coming onboard and an upgraded interior is in the offing. Cosmetically, the muscle car picks up the Charger's door handles, the Magnum wagon's hatch release button for its trunk, and the lower front grille gets turned upside down.

Source: AutoBlog

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Dodge creates three special-edition Vipers

For top dealers only!

Tags: dodge, viper, domestic

Dodge creates three special-edition Vipers
For a Dodge dealer, it couldn't get much better than selling a good quantity of Vipers. As if selling Chrysler's flagship model wasn't sweet enough, we bet seeing the smile on a customer's face when they crank over their new 8.3-liter V10 for the first time is a reward in and of itself. The Viper's time on this earth may be limited, but while it's still being offered, the process just got that much sweeter for three dealers.

As part of its "Dealer Exclusive Program," Dodge has created three special editions specifically for the dealers who've sold the most Vipers across the country. The first is the Viper SRT10 ACR Roadster, commissioned by Woodhouse Dodge of Blair, Nebraska, in yellow with black; followed by the "Reverse SRT10 ACR" in green over black for Texas' Tomball Dodge; and finally Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Illinois' Black SRT10 Coupe with a split purple stripe up the middle.

All of them look like a pretty darn sweet way to send the Viper rumbling off into the setting sun, but only 50 will be made in total, so we're betting that more than a handful of these will be stashed away by collectors.

Source: AutoBlog
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The New Dodge Logo

Set to appear on the new Charger.

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The New Dodge Logo
Out with the old, in with the new.

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Video: Motor Trend V6 Challenge

'11 Mustang V6 against '10 Genesis Coupe, '10 Camaro RS, '10 Challenger SE

Tags: ford, mustange, hyundai, genesis, chevrolet, camaro, dodge, challenger

Video: Motor Trend V6 Challenge
After putting the 2011 Ford Mustang GT against the 2010 Camaro SS and the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Motor Trend got its hands on the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 and decided to compare it against its competitors including the 2010 Hyundai Genesis 3.8, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS and the 2010 Dodge Challenger SE.

Watch the video to see who ranked where!

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