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(from Chrysler Press Release)
-Dodge designers resculpt and refine nearly every body panel on the new 2015 Dodge Charger, including dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear

-Standard segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission is now paired with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine on 2015 Dodge Charger R/T models, as well as the fuel-efficient and powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine

-Award-winning Pentastar V-6 paired with standard TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission delivers best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg)

-New interior design elements, including three-spoke steering wheel, 7-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, premium materials and a choice of eight new trim and color combinations

-Charger offers more than 80 available safety and security features, including new for 2015 full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, ParkSense rear park assist systems and 9-1-1 call/Assist Call

-Charger features a slew of the latest high-tech features, including the new award-winning Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access Services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, new Dodge Performance pages, new 3-D navigation and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hot spot

-New mobile app lets 2015 Charger owners start and lock their vehicle from a distance

-Uconnect Via Mobile lets customers enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. It seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Dodge Charger, including Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker

-Charger’s segment-exclusive Beats Audio System is designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience

April 17, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car and Charger four-door sedan.

The iconic Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and, new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8.

“Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Dodge Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimble appearance,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Charger’s all-new exterior design combined with its standard new TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the latest in-car technology builds on the brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling for our customers.”

The 2015 Dodge Charger will be available in four models: SE, SXT, R/T and R/T Road & Track. Charger is built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant in Canada. Production is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Charger continues to grow its market share
The 2015 Dodge Charger competes in the U.S. full-size car market, but stands alone in a class by itself as the only American-bred four-door muscle car. In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of more than 1 million units in the United States.

The Charger’s combination of aggressive and youthful image, full-size functionality and world-class engineering and quality resonates with young and affluent buyers. Charger’s purchasers on average are 15 years younger than its competitors’ buyers within the segment, with more than half identifying themselves as millennials or Generation Xers.

The Charger’s appeal is attracting a high number of conquest buyers, helping drive a 62 percent increase in sales since 2009 – double the growth of the standard full-size car segment. In 2013, Charger posted its best sales year since 2007, further fueling a 3.2 percentage point gain in market share since 2009.

To help Charger keep its edge, Dodge is loading up the new sedan with a slew of new technologies and a host of premium features, such as high-end interiors, the latest technologies and impressive powertrain options, along with a new exterior design that is distinctly Dodge. New feature updates for 2015 include:

New exterior styling
-New hood

-New fenders

-New front and rear fascias

-New front doors

-New three-piece spoiler (standard R/T)

-New Dodge signature LED racetrack tail lamps

-New projector headlamps (high-intensity discharge headlamps on premium trims)

-New LED fog lamps (SXT and R/T)

-New center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL)

-New wheels for all price classes, including available 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheels

-New 20-inch wheels standard on R/T models

-Six different 20-inch wheel styles available

-New heritage colors, including B5 Blue, which accompanies classic high-impact TorRed

New interior styling and materials

-New 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital gauge cluster

-New instrument panel center stack with next-generation radio and 5.0-inch and 8.4-inch touchscreen displays with 3-D navigation and downloadable apps

-New three-spoke thick rim steering wheel with available paddle shifters

-New performance-inspired electronic shifter

-New Dodge Performance Pages (R/T Road & Track)

-Eight all-new interior trims, including:

-New Black and Tungsten cloth (replaces Light Frost Beige on SXT and R/T)

-New Black and Pearl leather (replaces Tan leather)

-New Black and Ruby Red (replaces Radar Red leather)

Technical highlights

-Included trial of Uconnect Access Services

-9-1-1 call/Assist Call

-Roadside Assistance Call

-Theft-alarm notification

-Uconnect Access App for remote services


-Voice texting

-Wi-Fi hotspot (service available)

-New Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist

-New Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop

-New advanced Brake Assist

-New full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus

-New dynamic grid lines displayed with the rear camera view to show projected path of vehicle based on driver steering input

-New TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on all models

-New fully hemmed rear wheelhouse to accommodate larger tires

-All-wheel-drive (AWD) with front-axle disconnect available on SXT and, now for 2015, SE model

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Discussion Starter #2

Electric power steering (EPS)

New EPS now provides three driver-selectable steering modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport. Tuning allows for more responsive steering for spirited driving while maintaining ease in low-speed situations and when parking

All-new, lighter weight axles for RWD and AWD

All-new cast-aluminum axles and axle housing provide weight savings and help to reduce parasitic friction

Sport mode

Sport mode provides blistering-quick gear changes, reducing shift times by 37 percent (250 milliseconds vs. 400 milliseconds), while engaging a more aggressive transmission calibration. When Auto Stick is engaged with Sport mode, the driver can select and hold the desired gear without unexpected shifts, including at the redline

Sport mode also engages a more aggressive throttle map and steering feel

Electronic shifter

Fully electronic shifter provides the intuitive look and feel of a traditional linkage shifter with less shift effort, short throws and refined engagement and detents providing clear physical feedback of gear position. Like the available steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters for manual shift control, the new electronic shifter also has a manual-mode shift gate for Auto Stick control

Segment’s most innovative All-Wheel Drive system delivers best-in-class fuel economy

The 2015 Dodge Charger SE and SXT are available with AWD capability thanks to a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system that improves fuel economy by up to 5 percent. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in RWD vehicles. To better anticipate low-traction roadways, the Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system automatically engages in cold weather, when slip is detected or when the windshield wipers are on in rainy or snowy conditions.

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(Car And Driver)

2015 Dodge Charger
New skin, same bad-boy attitude.
Dodge observes its centennial this year, and its bread-and-butter full-size rear-drive sedan is one of the prime players in the celebration. Making its debut at the New York show, the Charger still exudes power and a vague sense of menace—maintaining its four-door muscle-car persona—while reshaping nearly all of its sheetmetal. The roof and rear doors are the only exterior panels that carry over unchanged.

Paying homage to its late-1960s muscle cars, Dodge cites the 1969 Charger as the inspiration for the 2015 redesign. The design goal of the snug-fitting new skin, according to Dodge, was to make the Charger appear a bit smaller and lighter than the current sedan without diminishing its muscular persona. Whether the 2015 model achieves the smaller/lighter illusion is up to the beholder, but the exterior dimensions are essentially unchanged, as are the underpinnings, save for new cast-aluminum axles and axle housings.

That muscular persona is certainly undiminished, and it’s backed by Chrysler’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8—370 horsepower, 395 lb-ft of torque—in R/T and R/T Road & Track models. The base engine continues to be the 3.6-liter V-6 (292 horses, 260 lb-ft. Both the Hemi and the V-6 are paired with Chrysler’s eight-speed automatic, the only transmission offered.

With the V-6, the Charger is EPA-rated for 31 mpg on the highway, which Dodge says is best in class. All-wheel drive continues to be available, and features an active transfer case that automatically disconnects the front axle when it’s not needed, which Dodge claims can improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent.

Inside, the redesign includes new seats, extensive soft-touch materials on the dash, center console, and door panels, and eight different trim packages, including cloth and leather upholstery choices. The sporty three-spoke steering wheel is new, backed by optional paddle shifters. A new electronic shift feature delivers brisk shift times—400 milliseconds, according to Dodge, diminishing to 250 milliseconds in sport mode, which also holds the selected gear to redline.

Inevitably, new telematics abound. A standard seven-inch TFT screen nestles between the speedo and tach, with programmable info including Dodge Performance Pages. The new center stack embraces a standard 5.0-inch touch screen or the available and monstrous 8.4-inch version. As predictable as such gadgetry is in thus fill-size segment is the abundance of nanny aids: lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise with emergency braking, and forward-collision warning all are available.

When the 2015 Charger lands on showroom floors near the end of the year, it’ll represent just how far the automotive industry has come since Dodge’s beginnings 100 years ago. And while we’re appreciative of such progress, it’s heartwarming to know that some things, like the Charger’s bad-boy attitude, never change.

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Discussion Starter #4
(Automobile Magazine)

Crosstown rival Chevrolet may have reclaimed the value full-size sedan segment with its latest Impala, but Dodge will not take that sitting down. The 2015 Dodge Charger that makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show gets a thorough refresh, known in the industry as a “major minor” update. Boosting Fiat-Chrysler’s faith in the rear-wheel-drive sedan’s future is Dodge’s claim to the youngest buyers in the segment.

The only unchanged sheetmetal on the 2015 Dodge Charger consist of the roof and the rear door panels. Such a thorough facelift means the inner panels of the front and rear fenders have been changed as well as those outer panels. Dodge design chief Joe Dehner’s team drew in the bodywork at the four corners of the car and lowered the hood, ditching the truckworthy grille profile in favor of a grille that draws on the Dodge Dart’s for inspiration and proportions. Don’t worry, it works. Dehner is proud of the way the Charger looks like it’s eight to ten inches shorter than the current Charger, even though it remains about 199.9 inches long, on a 120.2-inch wheelbase.

“We chainsawed off the corners of the car,” Dehner says.

His team has minimized chrome on the new car, with black window moldings and an optional black grille. Even on the standard grille, Dehner says, the chrome is kept to a minimum. A “subtle satin bead” grille will be available, and the grille’s shape is repeated in the punch-out openings of the grille itself. The headlamps, lower front foglights and full-width “racetrack” taillamps are all-LEDs. Washer nozzles have been moved from the top of the hood to behind the hood at the windshield, which makes it easier to apply stripe options.

The Charger’s new sheetmetal alters the proportions between the lower body and the daylight opening. It no longer looks like a low-roofline, high-beltline sedan, a style the car has been sporting since its debut as a 2006 model. In back, a low-profile lip spoiler attached directly to the trunklid and rear fenders replaces the stanchion spoiler of the current car.

When the 2015 Dodge Charger goes on sale this fall, it will come with the eight-speed automatic transmission only. The eight-speed currently comes with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which is rated 31-mpg highway, and now will be the transmission coupled to the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 option. All-wheel-drive versions will come with the de-coupling feature already in AWD versions of the new Chrysler 200 and of the Jeep Cherokee. The base Pentastar V-6 makes 280 horsepower, and a performance package upgrade increases that to 300 horsepower. Hemi-equipped Chargers will have 20-inch wheels as standard equipment. Electric power assisted steering will be tuned specifically to the various wheel/tire combos offered.

Inside, the changes include “less retro” gauge faces, a new seven-inch thin film transistor (or TFT – liquid crystal display) cluster, a new wheel design, new color and material selections, and new aluminum bezels and brushed metal finishes. Of course, the latest Uconnect in-car connectivity system will come with the Charger.

All this work indicates Fiat-Chrysler put considerable additional cost into the Dodge Charger, even as an all-new model expected on a new, flexible rear-wheel-drive platform being developed primarily for Alfa Romeo is expected in three model years. The Charger is not a niche car, Dodge says, with sales of 98,336 last year, beating everything in its segment but the Chevy Impala.

Dodge says it has the youngest buyers in the segment, and for the first quarter of 2014, sales are down fewer than a thousand units, to 24,956, still ahead of Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima. Dodge won’t say how many of these Chargers are the Charger Pursuits, which get the same updates for 2015, though the Charger is said to be the second-bestselling police car in the U.S., behind the Ford Explorer-based model, but ahead of the Taurus-based Police Interceptor.

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Discussion Starter #8

(Chrysler Press Release)
The horsepower wars are alive and thriving, and the Dodge brand shook the foundation of the Jacob Javits Center in New York with the roaring exhaust note of its new 2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker model during the auto show reveal of its newest evolution of an iconic American Muscle car.

“For 2015, we’re going deep with the remake of the Dodge Challenger,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The iconic 1971 Challenger inspired the design of this modern day muscle car, but the recreation of this classic styling extends well beneath the surface of the sheet metal. We have completely re-engineered the Challenger with a new best-in-class 485 horsepower 392 HEMI and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission powertrain, an upgraded suspension, new class-exclusive technologies and a completely new interior.”

The 2015 Challenger is available in eight trim levels: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker (late availability for Shaker). It will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014.

Building on record-setting sales success as the segment is set to grow by almost 50 percent in the next five years

Dodge is building on tremendous sales momentum as it introduces the new 2015 Challenger. In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of more than 1 million units in the United States.The previous generation Challenger scored five solid years of continuous sales growth. In fact, in its fifth year in the market, when most cars are on their natural decline curve, the Dodge Challenger set an all-time sales record in 2013, doubling sales since its launch in 2009.

Looking to the future, the standard specialty segment in which the Challenger competes is projected to grow substantially in the United States. With nearly 430,000 units sold last year, the segment is up 10 percent since 2009 and is projected to grow more than 42 percent in the next five years, giving Dodge, and Challenger, a huge opportunity to grow with it.

With a best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque (projected), the 2015 Dodge Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker models deliver up to an estimated 113 more horsepower and 65-lb.-ft. leap in torque compared with the 5.7-liter Challenger models — representing more than a 30 percent jump in horsepower and 18 percent jump in torque. The coupe’s best-in-class power enables it to turn mid 4-second 0-60 mph times and low 12-second quarter mile times.

An active electronically controlled exhaust gives the 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack a deep, throaty exhaust note in keeping with its heritage and track-bred credentials. Performance upgrades include Brembo four-piston caliper front brakes that deliver world-class stopping power, enabling a braking distance of 60-0 mph in 117 feet, performance suspension, an isolated rack-mounted electric power steering system (with three settings: Normal, Comfort and Sport), all-new 20-by-9-inch polished with black pocket aluminum wheels, high-performance tires, standard Dodge Performance Pages, which allow driver control over a range of vehicle settings, including steering feel, transmission response, stability and traction controls, and standard launch control. A Scat Pack 6.4-liter badge, a 180-mph radial-numbered speedometer, and aggressive front splitter and rear spoiler with an embedded ParkView rear backup camera complete the package.

A special Scat Pack Appearance Group adds a unique Bumble Bee rear stripe, Gloss Black grille surround, HID headlamps and unique 20-by-9-inch forged lightweight Hyper Black II matte aluminum wheels. The interior features Scat Pack embroidered high-performance seats, premium embroidered floor mats, animated Scat Pack logo in the cluster, a high-performance steering wheel and premium Alpine-branded audio system with 276-watt amplifier (late availability on interior content).

Challenger R/T models include legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and available Shaker
For Dodge fans looking for the most affordable V-8 muscle car in America, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T lineup features the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, which delivers up to 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque with a six-speed manual transmission. When paired with the highly refined Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual, the Dodge Challenger R/T models feature a unique performance-tuned dual exhaust and under-floor mufflers with low-restriction bottle resonators. The result: 0-60 mph runs in the high-5-second range and a sinister exhaust growl for the cars left in its rearview mirror – a trademark of the original Challenger HEMI from 45 years ago.

When paired with the new, state-of-the-art ZF 8HP70 TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T models produce 372 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, and include innovative Fuel Saver Technology to seamlessly transition to high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. For even more control, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters are included. The result: quicker shifts, an engaging driving experience and even quicker 0-60 mph runs in the mid-5-second range.

The Shaker returns for 2015 on the R/T and the R/T Plus models, bringing the iconic engine-mounted, fully functional cold-air induction Shaker hood with up to 410 lb.-ft. of torque and unique wheels, interior trim, exterior styling cues and more.

Award-winning 305 horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine – now with standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission for improved responsiveness and improved fuel economy
Challenger SXT and SXT Plus models feature the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which delivers 305 track-ready horsepower at 6,350 rpm and a responsive 268 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. A cold-air induction system and dual exhausts from the headers back to the exhaust tips help to deliver more than 90 percent of the engine’s peak torque from 1,800 to 6,400 rpm – all for outstanding drivability and responsiveness. Paired with the new standard eight-speed transmission, the Pentastar V-6 delivers improved fuel economy compared with the outgoing model.

Segment-exclusive eight-speed automatic now standard on 2015 Dodge Challenger
The 2015 Dodge Challenger’s segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission delivers world-class precision and fuel efficiency, along with a new electronic shifter, sport mode and paddle-shifting capabilities for more performance, as well as an improvement in fuel economy. Once limited to sedans costing twice as much, the new Dodge Challenger democratizes this exclusive world-class technology, offering the Torque-Flite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on every V-6 model for 2015.

The new 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T lineup and high-performance 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker trims offer the choice of a six-speed manual or the ZF 8HP70 electronic eight-speed automatic transmission. By design, this state-of-the-art gearbox provides world-class shift quality and refinement with enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. Paired with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and its 400 lb.-ft. of torque, the Dodge Challenger R/T models can deliver 0-60 mph performance in the mid-5-second range. For even quicker acceleration, the Dodge Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker with 485 horsepower can do the same sprint in the mid-4-second range.

For customers looking for V-6 power and efficiency, the Dodge Challenger SXT models now offer the advanced TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission for 2015, delivering 0-60 in the low 6-second range.

The design of both eight-speed transmissions further contributes to efficiency. At 198 pounds (90 kg), it weighs just 8 pounds (3.6 kg) more than the previous Challenger R/T’s five-speed gearbox. Furthermore, the transmission features particularly close fifth through eighth speed gear ratios for smoother shifting, along with a lower cruising rpm in top gear for added refinement.

The legend returns with fully functional Shaker cold-air intake and complete Shaker appearance (late availability)
For Challenger owners looking for an even more aggressive appearance, Dodge brings back the legendary Shaker package, featuring a functional engine-mounted “Shaker” hood scoop and a full array of exclusive Shaker content. The all-new Shaker hood and scoop provide cold-air induction, along with a Mopar-branded cold-air intake fitted with a conical air filter, which feeds fresh air to meet the demands of the 6.4-liter V-8, as well as the 5.7-liter HEMI, at speed.

Shaker chassis upgrades include the standard Super Track Pak, which includes such performance upgrades as suspension, brakes and steering, as well as three-mode electronic stability control, including “full off” mode and Goodyear Eagle F1 performance tires (all-season tires available). In addition to the prominent hood scoop, the Shaker special trim adds hood-to-tail Satin Black Shaker graphic stripes, Gloss Black grille surround, Satin Black rear spoiler and fuel filler door, Challenger script grille badge, “Shaker” badge underhood – just like the original – and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with black pockets in satin finish (20-by-8-inch on R/T; 20-by-9-inch on 392 HEMI Shaker). R/T Shaker models add a unique “Shaker” badge on the Shaker scoop, while the 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker has a legendary “392 Shaker” badge on the Shaker scoop and a unique Bumble Bee badge on the fender. Two new heritage colors are available, Sublime Green and B5 Blue. They join TorRed, Billet Silver, Pitch Black and Bright White.

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New Challenger Now Offers an Estimated 485 Best-in-class Horsepower, Track-ready All-new 6.4-liter Scat Pack Model, 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker, All-new Interior and Segment-first Standard TorqueFlite Eight-speed Automatic Transmission

-New for 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 punches out an estimated 485 best-in-class horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque via a six-speed manual or new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, Brembo brakes and 20-by-9-inch aluminum wheels

-New 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker combines the ultimate combination of power and heritage cues with a functional Shaker hood

-1971-inspired design, both inside and out, features refined exterior styling updates and heritage muscle-car appearance with new split grille, more pronounced and functional power bulge hood, LED halo headlamps and LED tail lamps

-All-new interior includes 1971-inspired high-sill center console and driver-focused instrument panel, aluminum bezels and 14 interior color and trim options, including throwback Houndstooth premium cloth, Radar Red, or Pearl and Alcantara suede and leather high-performance seats

-Segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission delivers world-class precision and fuel efficiency, along with Sport mode and paddle-shifting capabilities for enhanced performance and an improvement in fuel economy

-Significant new technology upgrades feature all-new class-exclusive 8.4-inch touchscreen media center with Uconnect Access system, new class-exclusive 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster display, electronic shifter and Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start across all models

-More than 70 safety and security features, including new for 2015 class-exclusive Forward Collision Warning, adaptive cruise control, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection

-Enthusiast-desired rear-wheel-drive (RWD) architecture with advanced technological solutions:

-New electric power steering (EPS) now provides three driver-selectable steering modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport

-All-new cast-aluminum axle housing reduces weight

-Updated suspension – Super Track Pak now available on all models

-Standard Sport mode adjusts throttle, transmission and steering performance

-All-new Dodge Performance Pages provide configurable drive modes

-New launch control improves offline acceleration performance

-Available Brembo four-piston high-performance brakes reduce stopping distance

-Electronic shifter functions, such as a linkage shifter, provides visual and physical feedback of gear position

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Discussion Starter #10

New feature highlights on the 2015 Dodge Challenger include:

Improved performance

-New class-exclusive standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission provides improved performance and fuel economy

-3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 delivers 305 horsepower

-5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with up to 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. torque (six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic)

-New 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with an estimated 485 horsepower with 475 lb.-ft. torque (six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic)

-0-60 mph in the mid-4 second range with new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission

-Quarter mile in low-12 second range

-Top speed of 182 miles per hour (mph)

-World-class stopping power with new available four-piston Brembo® brakes

-New launch control and three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) with “full off” mode

All-new heritage inspired interior with unmatched customization

-Fourteen all-new interiors with new retro colors, including Houndstooth, Tungsten Torque, Ballistic II premium cloth, and Pearl White or Ruby Red leather sport seats

-New heated and ventilated performance seats available in Nappa leather and Alcantara suede

-New Dodge race-inspired heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with available paddle shifters

Iconic exterior styling

-New heritage-inspired split grille surround

-New projector headlamps with halo light-emitting diode (LED) surrounds

-New projector fog lamps

-New heritage-inspired split LED tail lamps with Gloss Black surround

-Retro and high-impact exterior colors ranging from Sublime Green and B5 Blue to TorRedNine wheel options, including new 20-by-9-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels in Hyper Black II finish

New state-of-the-art technology features

-New class-exclusive eight-speed TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission

-New electric power steering

-New class-exclusive standard 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster with “tic-toc-tach” gauges

-New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch touchscreen

-New ParkView rear backup camera

-New Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/Assist Call and roadside assistance

-New selectable drive modes to adjust steering effort, engine and transmission response, and electronic stability control settings through all-new Dodge Performance Pages

-New class-exclusive electronic shifter paired with eight-speed automatic transmission
New iconic heritage models

-R/T and R/T Plus Shaker models with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 deliver up to 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque (late availability)

-New 6.4-liter Scat Pack model with an estimated 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic Exclusive new 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker, powered by the best-in-class 485 horsepower engine, offers maximum throwback heritage styling with performance hardware (late availability)

New class-exclusive safety and security features

-New adaptive cruise control

-New Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection

-New Forward Collision Warning

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Discussion Starter #11
(Car And Driver)

2015 Dodge Challenger
A marriage of then and now.
Does this car look familiar? Of course it does, especially if you remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, 1970–’71, when the Challenger challenged the Mustang, the Camaro, the Firebird, and others in the pony-car sweepstakes with Hemi muscle and snappy styling.

Fast forward some 45 years and the latter-day Challenger has been extensively freshened. The 2015 model retains its retro roots, albeit with styling reminiscent of the 1971 model, rather than 1970, according to the manufacturer. The Challenger’s second year was its high-water mark for performance, and final year with the option of 426 Hemi V-8 power.

The styling distinctions between 1970 and ’71 models were subtle, and that’s true of this update. For 2015, the front and rear fascias have been redesigned. Other changes include a thinner split-grille slot, a deeper air dam, an LED halo surrounding the quad headlights, a bigger power bulge for the new hood, and a new Shaker hood option. LED taillights adorn the revised stern.

But as with the transition from 1970 to ’71, the 2015 profile is essentially the same as the 2014’s. With the exception of a new cast-aluminum differential cover and electric power steering, the chassis is also little changed for 2015. Dodge is channeling its muscle-car past by adding “high impact heritage hues” to the 2015 Challenger’s color palette—including B5 Blue, Tor Red, and Sublime, an incandescent green that is not recommended for introverts. There are also seven stripe options—“heritage inspired,” of course.

While the exterior maintains its cosmetic ties to the early ’70s, the all-new interior is a blend of retro design and contemporary technology. Highlights under this heading include a new seven-inch TFT cluster between the tach and speedo with programmable information via Dodge’s Performance Pages feature; a new 8.4-inch touch-screen option with Chrysler’s Uconnect telematics; driver-selectable operating modes; and a new rear-view camera. An S3 card slot, auxiliary audio input, and USB outlet are integrated into a new media hub housed in the center armrest. Need we point out that not even Gene Roddenberry had imagined these interior features in 1971?

The front seats have been redesigned, with upholstery choices ranging from cloth to Nappa leather, and the option of heating and cooling for leather-clad perches. There’s also a performance-seat option with heftier thigh and torso bolstering. Based off the larger Dodge Charger sedan, the 2015 Challenger still offers more rear-seat legroom than its Mustang and Camaro rivals, although the rear center position is best suited to severe interrogations.

Plenty of Ponies

Pony cars have always been about performance, and there’s no shortage of hustle here. Engine choices are familiar: Chrysler’s 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, and 5.7- and 6.4-liter Hemi V-8s. Output for the 5.7-liter Hemi ranges up to 375 horses and 410 lb-ft of torque in the Challenger R/T when the intake air is enhanced by the optional Shaker hood and the engine is paired with a Tremec six-speed manual transmission. That package includes a low-restriction exhaust system, emitting a visceral rumble straight from Woodward Avenue, circa 1971.

The Shaker package goes beyond cold air, extending to chassis elements via the Super Track Pack, with upgrades to suspension, brakes, and steering, plus three-mode stability control and Goodyear Eagle F1 performance rubber.

The 6.4-liter Hemi generates 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft, and both Hemis will include the option of Chrysler’s TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic (standard with the V-6), replete with paddle shifters and a new electronic shift feature.

Dodge has also introduced a new line of Scat Pack accessories from Mopar that includes 5.7-liter engine hardware, performance suspension parts, 20 x 9-inch forged-aluminum wheels, and Brembo brakes, plus a Scat Pack appearance package with a 276-watt audio system and animated start-up screen.

The 2015 Challenger will reach showrooms this fall, with some of the high-performance elements due later in the year.

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Discussion Starter #12
(Automobile Magazine)

2015 Dodge Challenger
There is no more literal retro design interpretation than the Dodge Challenger’s. The 2009–14 model, which received a mild facelift for 2011, including a new V-6 and electrically assisted power steering, is closer in styling to its 1970-74 forbear than archrivals Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. But the problem with doing retro is, how does one update the car?

One way is to evoke some iconic early ’70s performance packages, which is fairly easy when you’ve got rear-wheel drive and Hemi engines in your arsenal. For 2015, the Dodge Challenger will be offered with the R/T and R/T Plus Shaker packages, with the 5.7-liter Hemi offering up to 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The latter package comes with the recently revived shaker hood option.

A 6.4-liter Scat Pack option will deliver an estimated 485 hp and 475lb-ft (compared to 470 hp and 470 lb-ft from the current Challenger SRT) and will be available with the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The 392 Hemi with Scat Pack Shaker also produces 470 hp and includes what the Dodge boys describe as “maximum throwback” heritage (retro) style.

For the 2015 Challenger’s styling facelift, Dodge looked to the 1971 model, which added two horizontal, rectangular grille inserts that essentially split the ’70 Challenger’s grille design in halves and replaced the ’70’s full-width taillamps (as connected by the center backup lamp) with two separate lamps. The 2015 Dodge Challenger also features a more prominent power bulge in the hood.

By adapting these rather subtle cues, Dodge adheres to a mandate that Dodge chief Tim Kuniskis says fans of the current (and by extension, the original) Challenger demand: “Don’t screw up the design of this car.”

Dodge has no reason to do so, as the Challenger has kept breaking sales records for the past five years. That’s unusual for any sporty, aspirational model, let alone a two-door coupe, but both Camaro and Mustang sales also have remained strong in the last half decade. The Dodge Challenger is “the GT of the segment -- bigger, wider, heavier,” Kuniskis says. In fact, it’s about half a foot longer than the ’70-’74 (which already was the biggest in the segment), because the current model uses what Chrysler now calls the “L” platform, the LX of the original Dodge Challenger, Charger, Magnum, and Chrysler 300, and the LY of the newer Charger/300.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger is on what Chrysler calls the “LA” platform, an evolution of LX. Dodge has updated the suspension and switched to cast aluminum for the axle housing. A standard sport mode adjusts the throttle, transmission, and steering. The electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) can be set in your choice of normal, comfort, or sport. New safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection warning, cross-path detection, and forward collision warning.

The story of the ’15 facelift is really about style, however, including requisite interior upgrades. There’s a trapezoid-shaped center console surround with new retro gearshift designs to operate the six-speed manual (Hemi V-8s only) or eight-speed automatic (Pentastar V-6 or Hemi). With the automatic, the gearshift moves vertically, rather than acting as a kind of electronic throttle switch. The Challenger also gets a configurable seven-inch gauge cluster TFT display and a new, 8.4-inch center console touchscreen with Chrysler’s latest UConnect infotainment system. This all comes wrapped in a choice of fourteen new interiors, including Houndstooth, Tungsten Torque, Ballistic II premium cloth, Pearl White, and Ruby Red.

It’s all pretty appealing stuff, no matter what your feelings about this extra-large pony-car coupe. It ought to keep the Dodge Challenger selling right up to the 2017 model year, the rumored date an all-new car, possibly downsized and probably off a new Alfa Romeo-developed flexible rear-wheel-drive platform, is unveiled.

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Discussion Starter #15
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT (Hellcat)

(from Chrysler Group Press Release) Dodge Unleashes Most Powerful Challenger Ever
All-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with 600-plus horsepower HEMI® Hellcat engine delivers unrivaled performance, race-inspired interior and new technologies geared toward the driving enthusiast

-New 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat features the all-new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® – the most powerful V-8 engine Chrysler Group LLC has ever produced

-New Challenger SRT's standard 392 HEMI V8 delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of peak torque

-Segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions available on both new Dodge Challenger SRT models

-Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine features new Pirelli tire technology with class-exclusive standard Y-Plus rated four-season tires to help handle extreme loads

-Both 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT models ride on new, SRT-exclusive forged-aluminum wheels

-New Dodge Challenger SRT with the HEMI Hellcat features the largest front-brake package ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle as standard equipment

-All-new, driver-focused cockpit is designed for true performance enthusiasts with stunning style, premium materials, world-class craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology

-Functional, performance-designed exterior maintains Challenger's original muscle car heritage and key Dodge brand hallmark

May 20, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The newly consolidated Dodge and SRT brands are launching out of the gate at full throttle, introducing the new 600-plus horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine and its stablemate – the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT – just one month after taking the wraps off the new Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker at the New York Auto Show.

Driven by the five SRT performance hallmarks, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine are re-designed and totally re-engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupes on the market with performance-enhancing technologies inside and out. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will feature the most powerful V-8 engine ever produced by Chrysler Group – the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8.

“The new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the ultimate performance muscle car,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Dodge is the Mainstream Performance brand, and now combined with SRT, we are able to unleash a true GT car with an all-new driver-focused interior and the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission combined with the most powerful V-8 Chrysler has ever produced. The Challenger Hellcat has been released!”

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT coupes will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014.

Awe-inspiring powertrains

For 2015, the Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine is propelled by the new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8. Its 600-plus horsepower rating will be the highest of any V-8 engine in Chrysler Group’s celebrated history. The all-new V-8 engine can be mated with an upgraded six-speed manual transmission or a beefy, new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic – the first such gearbox ever offered in the Dodge Challenger SRT’s time-honored segment.

This new HEMI® Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT’s first application of V-8 supercharger technology, delivering the full brand experience with fresh potency.
The breakthrough supercharged engine features a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered it can withstand firing pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. And its unique, specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.

High-strength, forged-alloy pistons – developed using advanced telemetry measurement – are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like-carbon-coated piston pins.

The new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 has premium-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads that are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. And its die-cast aluminum rocker covers are HEMI Orange.

In addition to the supercharged HEMI V-8 in the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT model also gets a power boost with upgrades to the 392 HEMI V-8. Horsepower climbs to 485 from 470, while peak torque jumps to 475 lb.-ft. from 470 lb.-ft.

The 392 also can be mated with a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic or the proven six-speed manual transmission.

All-new Drive Modes tailor the driving experience to each individual driver

Whether its on-road or on-track, Challenger SRT owners can personalize their drive experience via the all-new Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering (Challenger SRT only), paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension. Drive Modes are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while the Custom setting lets the driver customize the drive experience to their favorite settings.

-Custom - Allows the driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance

-Sport - Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Default Mode

-Track - Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces

-Default - Activates automatically when starting the vehicle

The Drive Mode feature is controlled through the Uconnect system and may be accessed by performing any of the following:

-Pushing the SRT button on the instrument panel switch bank

-Selecting “Drive Modes” from the “SRT & Apps” menu

-Selecting “Drive Modes” from within the Performance Pages menu

Unlocking the power

-For the first time in Chrysler Group history, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine comes standard with two key fobs – red and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full horsepower and torque potential of the Challenger SRT Hellcat engine; while the black key fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output.

-Valet Mode is offered on both Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine. When Valet Mode is activated, the following vehicle configurations are enabled:

-Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited to 4,000 rpm

-Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal

-Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive position

-Traction, steering and suspension are set to their “Street” settings

-Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled

-Drive Mode functions are disabled

-Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on

-Launch Control is disabled

The driver can activate and deactivate Valet Mode with a four-digit PIN code they create.

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Outstanding ride and handling

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT rides on new, SRT-exclusive “77” eight-spoke 20 x 9-inch forged-aluminum “Hyper Black” wheels. Standard 245/45ZR20 (front and rear) Goodyear RSA2 All-Season or available Goodyear F1 Supercar Three-Season tires deliver serious grip and handling.

Standard wheels on the Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine are new SRT-exclusive “Slingshot” split-seven spoke 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with a matte black finish; available on the SRT 392 as part of the SRT Track Pack. New P275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero Nero tires (front and rear) provide all-season traction while the newest tire technology from Pirelli includes the class exclusive four-season tire that is Y-Plus rated to handle the extreme speeds. Pirelli P Zero tires are available for three-season performance driving.

Available on the Challenger SRT Hellcat are 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with a Brass Monkey/dark bronze finish.

Benchmark braking

Standard on the 2015 Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine is the largest front-brake package ever offered in an SRT vehicle, featuring all-new 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers for outstanding heat management/thermal capacity and longevity. This upgraded high-performance brake package is available on the 392 HEMI® SRT model as part of the SRT Track Pack.

New anti-lock braking system (ABS), ESC and traction control systems are uniquely tuned and configurable for specific tire and powertrain configurations.

Aggressive and functional exteriors

Dodge and SRT designers and engineers spent 35 percent more time in the Chrysler Group’s full-scale wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan, (compared with the previous-generation Dodge Challenger SRT) developing and further refining the aggressive and functional exteriors on the Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT Hellcat. The result is a re-engineered Challenger capable of maximum aerodynamic performance for spirited driving on the road or the race track.

At the front, new fascia designs and all-new vertical-split grille provide a menacing update of its 1971 inspiration. A larger, power-bulge aluminum hood features a dedicated “cold-air” intake – a visual styling cue from the first Viper coupe built in 1996.

The hood on the new Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine also includes dual air extractors to ensure effective removal of heat and reduced air turbulence in the engine compartment. The hood is standard in body color and is available in a Satin Black finish. Both models of the Challenger SRT feature all-aluminum hoods designed to reduce weight.

Another key design element on the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the exclusive Air Catcher inlet port, which feeds ram-air directly into the engine air box through the driver-side parking lamp.

All-new quad projector headlamps give a more detailed appearance, while a more aggressive brow “chops” the upper portion of the lamp design for an even more sinister attitude.

Integrated projector fog lamps on the Challenger 392 SRT are pushed to the lower corners to help accentuate the car’s width while illuminating the road. A new duck-bill fascia splitter helps improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

The Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine features a larger front splitter designed for optimal downforce to minimize lift.

From the side, the signature muscular proportions and large thruster rear-quarter panels stand out from the crowd, while fender and belt lines tie together at the front and rear of the car to create a sleeker appearance. Differentiating the Challenger SRT Hellcat from the rest of the Challenger lineup are its “SUPERCHARGED” fender badges. Black sills accentuate the proportions of the muscle coupe and have been tuned in the wind tunnel to improve aerodynamics.

Out back, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT recalls the historic 1971 model’s styling with a new split tail-lamp design and rear fascia. The tail lamps feature the new signature LED graphic with its smooth glow of light that can be seen from blocks away. A redesigned rear valance helps the 2015 Challenger SRT models look more planted on the ground. A unique, taller rear spoiler on the SRT Hellcat features a raised SRT logo.

Race-inspired, high-performance interiors

Inside the 2015 Dodge Challenger is an all-new enthusiast-centric cockpit with world-class materials, execution and technology. Key elements are inspired by the interior of the 1971 Challenger. The performance cockpit of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT carries an essence of the 1971 Challenger, in an artistic and more organically styled way.

The all-new cleanly executed instrument panel features a stamped aluminum bezel, which sets the tone for the driver’s display. For a high-tech look, an innovative 7-inch driver-selectable driver information display (DID) screen is centered in the gauge cluster and provides an almost infinitely customizable display. The all-new DID screen is flanked by new analog speedometer and tachometer gauges, which provide a heritage-inspired look with concave shapes and a hub-covered needle design, reminiscent of the “tic-toc-tach” gauges from the 1971 Challenger. For the Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine, the fixed gauges and digital graphics are finished in a Dark Radar Red tone to make it even more unique.

Additionally, the dashboard’s center stack neatly houses the new standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. New for 2015 drivers can select one of the many offered backgrounds to connect the digital look and feel with their chosen interior package.
A new, trapezoidal shaped stamped aluminum center console provides Challenger SRT’s interior with a fresh look. The aluminum trim gets one of two finishes, “Hectic Mesh” for the Challenger 392 SRT and “Dark Engine Turn” for the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The console also exudes craftsmanship and style with leather-wrapped surfaces and French-seamed accent stitching running from the back to the front. Employing a unique, elevated design, the all-new center console houses ergonomically located redundant button and knob controls for audio and climate functions. An all-new media hub with an SD card slot, USB outlet and audio jack is neatly housed inside the center console’s flocked armrest.

For those who opt for the segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, an all-new and class-exclusive electronic shifter with an all-new driver-oriented T-handle provides the driver with intuitive gear selection and offers an Auto Stick selector gate for added control. For those who prefer having a third pedal, the precise and track-proven Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission is fitted with a throwback ball shifter.

A redesigned SRT-branded heated steering wheel features a flat bottom for the high-performance driver. Available paddle shifters (with automatic transmission) are located on the back of the upper spokes. The buttons to control the driver-configurable full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) display are large and illuminated. Buttons for Uconnect and phone access now reside along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes. Optional adaptive cruise control is configured by buttons that are symmetrically opposite on the right hand side of the wheel. As before, the highly praised audio controls are still found on the back of the upper spokes. This new tilt-telescoping steering wheel also has a 360-degree heat element.

To make cruises more pleasurable, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT features redesigned seats with improved cushioning and more comfortable contours. For improved comfort and convenience, new for 2015 are standard heated and ventilated front seats. The passenger seat also has an easy exit/entry function to provide access to the rear seat – this is controlled by a release handle on the top shoulder of the seat.

Challenger SRT offers performance seats with large side bolsters for maximum lateral support in hard cornering. The seats can be covered in Nappa leather/Alcantara material with embroidered SRT logos. Laguna premium leather, colored either sepia or black with embossed SRT logos, is available as part of an equipment package.

High-impact exterior colors

Many of the most memorable paint colors in automotive history have been found on the Challenger. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and SRT with the HEMI Hellcat will be available in 11 exterior colors: B5 Blue Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl Coat, Ivory White Tri-Coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat Pearl, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Redline Tri-Coat Pearl, Sublime Metallic Pearl Coat and TorRed Clear Coat.

Twin, full-body stripes are available in Black Satin Gloss and Silver High Gloss on the SRT 392.

About Dodge

The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year as America’s mainstream performance brand, celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2014. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The consolidated Dodge and SRT brands will offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge will be the “mainstream performance” brand within the Chrysler showroom. SRT will be positioned as the “ultimate performance” halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand.

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Discussion Starter #18
(Car And Driver)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT / SRT Hellcat: A Two-Pronged Attack
A more-powerful 6.4 Hemi is joined by a supercharged 6.2.
Having already covered the changes made to the rest of Dodge’s Challenger lineup for 2015, we’ll skip right to the good stuff in this report: The SRT model with Dodge’s new supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine is a real thing. Dodge has confirmed the beastly model we’ve been eagerly anticipating and even spotted testing in the wild earlier this month.

Curiously, Dodge is making its Hellcat-powered Challenger a sub-model to the Challenger SRT 392, rather than making it the Challenger SRT. That means you’ll have to ask for the “SRT with the Hellcat engine,” to use Dodge’s clunky descriptor. In either Challenger SRT, though, power is the name of the game. The regular car’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 gains 15 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque—for totals of 485 and 475—while the blown Hellcat motor brings “600-plus” horsepower and more than 575 lb-ft of torque.

Although the lack of final figures for the Hellcat is disappointing, we’re confident Dodge isn’t holding back merely for the fun of it. There likely is a heated internal discussion going on right now over where to cap the supercharged V-8’s output—or to cap it at all. The elephant in that boardroom surely is Chrysler’s crown jewel, the Viper, which gets 640 horsepower from its massive V-10. Company men might not like the idea of an engine in a far-more-affordable Challenger topping those numbers. Still, former SRT chief Ralph Gilles indicated the Hellcat could crest the Viper’s mark, and besides, anything over 600 is bonkers. (Just ask anyone that’s driven the 662-horse last-gen Shelby GT500.)

Hell Kitty Rises from the Embers

Dodge is at least speaking our language on what makes the Hellcat so hellacious. The 6.2-liter mill is really a 6.4-liter Hemi with its stroke reduced by 0.14 inch (3.6 mm), apparently to spare the crankshaft and rod bearings a brutal death. To further ensure that doesn’t happen, the crankshaft is forged steel with hardened bearing surfaces. The pistons are forged, while the rods are powder-forged and fitted with beefed-up bushings and carbon-coated pins. Dodge fitted heat-treated aluminum heads, as well as die-cast aluminum rocker covers slathered in Hemi Orange paint, a touch sure to be appreciated by hard-core Mopar-heads.

The Hellcat’s screw-type supercharger comes from IHI and is bolstered by dual water-to-air intercoolers, while air-to-oil engine coolers helps the V-8 avoid the sweats. A near-straight-through exhaust—with electronic valves that open up for more sound—helps the Hellcat hellbreathe. Both the 6.4-liter and the Hellcat engines can be paired with either a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual or a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic. Power is routed to the rear wheels via an up-rated driveshaft, axles, half-shafts, and a rear differential with additional cooling.

Aside from its (at least) 115-hp advantage, the SRT Hellcat is differentiated from regular SRTs by its half-inch-wider matte-black forged-aluminum wheels, Pirelli P Zero Nero rubber in place of Goodyear F1 Supercar pieces, standard 15.4-inch two-piece Brembo brake rotors and six-piston calipers, a larger front splitter and rear spoiler, “Dark Engine Turned” aluminum interior trim, and Radar Red gauge faces and digital graphics. The Hellcat also gets a funky “Air Catcher” ram-air inlet built into the driver’s side parking light, “Supercharged” fender badges, and a pair of unique keys. One is red, and unlocks the Hellcat’s full potential, while the other is black and limits the engine’s output to 500 horsepower. An intense valet mode also is included; it “significantly reduces horsepower and torque,” limits engine speed to 4000 rpm, engages all safety nannies, and locks out manual control for the automatic.

Everything Else

All Challenger SRT models get an aluminum hood with a bulging center intake scoop, while the Hellcat adds dual air extractors to the same piece for more cooling. An SRT-specific, heated flat-bottom steering wheel also makes the list, as well as a Uconnect infotainment-based Drive Mode selector for cycling between Default, Sport, Track, and Custom settings for the power output, transmission, three-mode Bilstein suspension, traction control, and steering.

The interior benefits from standard heated and cooled front seats, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen, and a seven-inch full color TFT driver-information display. Buyers will be able to add performance seats, Nappa leather or even higher-end Laguna leather, a matte-black hood, a bronze “Brass Monkey” finish for the Hellcat’s wheels, adaptive cruise control, and the choice of twin full-body stripes in either matte black or glossy silver. SRT buyers can upgrade to the Hellcat’s Brembo big-brake kit and P Zero tires by opting for the Track Pack.

Dodge promises pricing will be available closer to the on-sale date later this year, following a pre-order period that begins this summer. And since they’re pending final calibration, the Hellcat’s official output figures will be released, too, which is all we’re really waiting for. Well, that, and to drive the thing.

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Discussion Starter #19
(Motor Trend)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT First Look
Nearly Viper-Like Power With An Available Eight-Speed Auto
The SRT Viper hasn't exactly set the performance-car world on fire, but the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is all the Chrysler Group needs to remind everyone which musclecar oozes with personality, plenty of power and even offers an eight-speed automatic. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT and 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat complete the redesigned two-door's lineup with an interior that easily rivals a Nissan GT-R in performance customizability, while offering so much more than it did before the redesign.

We'll get right to it: the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT now produces 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque from a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V-8 -- up from 470 hp and 470 lb-ft in the 2014 Challenger SRT. The supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, meanwhile, is the most powerful V-8 engine ever produced by the Chrysler Group. We don't yet have SAE-rated power figures, but Dodge promises the engine will make more than 600 hp. Considering the SRT Viper is good for 640 hp from its 8.4-liter V-10, count on the 2015 Challenger SRT with the Hellcat V-8 engine to fall well below that. A Tremec six-speed manual transmission is available on both 2015 Challenger SRT models alongside an eight-speed automatic as well. On the Hellcat model, the eight-speed can handle 30-percent more engine torque than any other eight-speed automatic in the Chrysler Group family.

Dodge says there are over 200 possible drive-mode combinations with the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat -- and the car even comes with a red key fob that unlocks the engine's full potential. If you're trying to protect your 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat from an adventurous valet (or teenager), use the black key fob that limits power to 500 hp. After entering your four-digit PIN code, stick the car in Valet Mode, which limits the car to 4000 rpm, upshifts earlier than normal, disables the steering-wheel paddle shifters on automatic-transmission models, eliminates the Drive Mode selections (Default, Sport, Track, and Custom), keeps the stability control completely on, and disables launch control.

What makes the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's interior so cool is SRT's continued focus on presenting the driver with all kinds of entertaining performance information and options. In the seven-inch instrument cluster screen alone, you can take a look at peak G-forces (measured in the front and back, and on both sides), time 0-60 mph runs, use a lap timer, and more. On the 8.4-inch center stack screen, you can see how much horsepower and torque you're using at any given time, activate launch control, and set up at what rpm you want the car to illuminate a shift light. It's a lot of cool stuff that may not be used on a daily basis, but will impress when Challenger SRT Hellcat owners are showing all their friends a Dodge musclecar that will likely retail in the low to mid-$60,000 range.

All 2015 Challenger SRT coupes ride on 20-inch forged wheels, but where the regular SRT model gets 245/45ZR20 Goodyear RSA2 All-Season or Goodyear F1 Supercar Three-Season tires, the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat model is upgraded to P275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero Nero four-season tires that are Y-Plus rated for high speeds (a three-season tire is also available). As you'd expect from the most powerful new Challenger ever, the SRT Hellcat model also has the largest front brakes ever offered on an SRT vehicle, with 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers -- a package that's also offered as part of the SRT Track Pack for regular Challenger SRT models.

Engineers of the revised Challenger spent 35-percent more time in the automaker's wind tunnel to optimize aerodynamics on an in-your-face car that looks anything but aerodynamically efficient. Let's be honest, though, one of the main reasons buyers will go for the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat is to kick visual ass on the street or on the track compared to its competitors. You can distinguish the Hellcat model from lesser Challengers by its Slingshot-design twin-seven spoke wheel design, the larger front splitter, the "Supercharged" badges, and a power-bulge aluminum hood whose design recalls the hood of the original 1996 Viper. And yes, the all-aluminum hood with its dual air extractors can be ordered in black. The Hellcat model pictured in this First Look is the brightly colored car, while the regular Challenger SRT is the black coupe.

Though the 2015 Dodge Challenger is no luxury car, the automaker will offer some upscale trim options for those who want the best the Chrysler Group can offer but don't want to pay more than $100,000 for a Viper. The standard heated and cooled SRT seats have been redesigned, while the available performance seats can be upholstered in a Nappa leather-Alcantara combination or in Laguna premium leather. A heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control will be on the options list, as will two full-body stripe options and 11 exterior colors.

The Challenger doesn't sell as well as its cross-town rivals, but with the SRT Hellcat model, Dodge has at last equipped the musclecar with exactly what it needs to be mentioned in the same sentence as the best Camaro and Mustang models. That alone justifies the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and we can't wait to get one on the track.

Production on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT is set to begin in the third quarter of 2014.
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