Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you probably know there’s a new, heavily revised 2015 Dodge Challenger on the horizon. And for the last week or so, there’s been an inundation of media about the fastest, most powerful iteration of said new Challenger (actually, make that any muscle car, ever) known as the Hellcat. I went to the press introduction to spend a day with the Challenger, in the hopes of getting past the hype and finding out what this new Hellcat is really all about. Read on to find out. Read More
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Trying to figure out which 2015 Challenger best fits your desired performance goals and options list requires poring over a labyrinth of commingled model names and trim packages; we figured a basic primer would be helpful coming out of our press introduction with the cars yesterday in rainy Portland. Here goes:
Since its introduction, the Fiat 500 has had an uncanny ability to appeal to shoppers from all socioeconomic classes. It’s a bit classless, in the way it’ll fit right in whether it’s parked in a high-end valet lot, or the parking lot of the value club. The 500C droptop version ratchets up that appeal even further, with the Abarth adding a bit of cheeky high-performance flair to the equation. So how does the mightiest-mite 500C Abarth measure up as a driver’s car?
I always relish the opportunity to test different iterations and trim levels of the same model, perhaps because it helps me determine whether the inherent goodness (or badness) of a given car is innate, or limited to a specific loaded-up example. In the case of the Dodge Challenger, my experience with the model line had thus far been limited to the full-fat SRT8 392 model with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. I thoroughly enjoyed that car, loaded as it was to a near $50k price tag, but would its core values be retained in the 95-horsepower-tamer R/T Coupe? Only one way to find out.
Resto-modders, listen up: stop tearing apart perfectly salvageable classic muscle cars, fitting them with wide wheels and tubbed fenders, and instead go straight to your nearest Dodge dealer. There, you’ll find the Challenger SRT8 392, a classic 70s muscle car disguised as a brand new, modern five-seat coupe with a warranty. The Challenger looks as tough as those resto-modded vintage rides, hunkered down the way it is on its 20” 5-spoke wheels, a deep chin spoiler splitting the flies up front and a pair of over-the-roof vinyl stripes the only decoration on what is otherwise a totally throwback body.
Chryler’s SRT Motorsports chose Circuit de la Sarthe to unveil the newest race version of the Viper, officially named the SRT Viper GT3-R. The Viper GT3-R has been developed as a direct descendant of the SRT Viper street car with a collaboration between SRT Motorsports and Riley Technologies. Riley is well known in the sports car racing community for their winning Grand-AM Daytona prototypes, to their successful GT racing endeavors.
The SRT Viper GT3-R builds off the knowledge already gained from the ALMS/GT version of the Viper, the GTS-R and has been equipped with a GT3-spec aero kit. The transmission is an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters and a multi-disc race clutch, six-piston brake calipers up front and four-piston brake calipers in the rear. Power comes from the iconic V10 engine found in every Viper. Power numbers have not been released, but we expect this to vary based on the needs of the race series the Viper GT3-R will be competing in.
Deliveries to customers begin in late 2013, and prices for the SRT Viper GT3-R begin at $459,000. We’ll take two.