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Review: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T

For all the problems it faces, Chrysler has to be happy with this: the Dodge Challenger rollout has gone about as well as anyone could have hoped. Everyone wanted this car to happen from the moment it appeared as a concept back in 2006. Back then, the S197 Mustang was still new and demonstrating that retro done right can be a very good thing. Flash forward to today and following a brief, SRT8-only 2008 model year run, the Dodge Challenger is now available in three distinct trim levels. We've already reviewed the stylish and value-priced, six-cylinder SE model, and we'll soon give you... Read More

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    Rumormill: Chrysler to replace Dodge Challenger with Barracuda?
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    Motor Trend reports that Chrysler may forsake the Dodge Challenger for a resurrected Barracuda. The magazine cites two unnamed sources as saying the nameplate will surface in time to celebrate the vehicle's 50th anniversary in 2014. If true, the Barracuda will ride on a new smaller and lighter platform that's more fit to compete with the likes of the Ford ...

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    Video: will.i.am starting own car company in Los Angeles
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    If the guy who invented Paypal can start his own car company, than why can't the lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas? The one and only will.i.am has decided to throw his hat into the carmaking ring with a new company that he is calling IAMAUTO. So far, we have only one photo of the coupe (above), which looks a bit like a 1980s Maserati and Doc Brown's ...

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    Official: Dodge Challenger SRT Yellow Jacket and Charger SRT8 Super Bee debuting in LA
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    Chrysler is taking a page from the insect world with its latest set of high-performance machinery. Just as the bright yellow and black motif of a bumble bee is meant to warn potential predators that they might get stung if they come too close, the new 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee and Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket feature Stinger Yellow and Pitch Black ...

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    SEMA: Dodge Challenger ACR sheds pounds, adds speed
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    The Mopar team showed up to SEMA 2011 in full force with a bevy of factory-tuned machines, including a Dodge Challenger ACR. The company says that the vehicle is an homage to the option-delete muscle-bruisers of old, and as such, this Challenger has scrapped any component that could possibly slow it down. In addition to a gutted interior and plenty of ...

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    Official: Mopar announces 800-hp V10 crate engine at SEMA
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    It may be another year or two before the next-generation Dodge Viper comes rumbling in, all 8.7 liters of it. But even though there is no Viper currently on offer, that doesn't mean there isn't some V10 power to be had. If you're a drag racer, anyway. The Chrysler Group's performance catalog division Mopar has just announced the availability of a V10 ...

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    Official: Mopar rolling into SEMA with Challenger ACR, Ram 392 and more
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    Since the Chrysler Group joined up with Fiat, its brand portfolio has grown to include Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat vehicles. And you know what that means: more stuff for Mopar to tinker with. That's just what Auburn Hills has got in store for the upcoming SEMA show in Vegas, with a whole slew of show cars to demonstrate just what the group's ...

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    Exclusive: Flyin' Miata at Targa Newfoundland, Part 2: Technical difficulties
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    While Keith and Janel Tanner took Friday to hash out setting the odometer on the Targa Miata, Brandon Fitch and I continued on with our education with the Open Road Motorsports Targa School in our trusty Supercharged NC. The day's instruction orbited around two simulated stages on Bell Island just a short ferry ride from St. John's. With our notes ...

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    Official: Chrysler prices 2012 SRT fleet
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    Chrysler has announced pricing on four of the company's new SRT models, including The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8, 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. According to Automotive News, buyers looking to jump into the 470-horsepower Charger with its scowling bodywork and 12-second quarter mile time can expect ...

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    Study: NADAguides reveals six top auto picks based on low depreciation
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    NADA Guides has released its Quarterly Car Buyers Market Report, and six models earned the organizations Top Recommended Buys designation. The 2011 Acura TL, Dodge Challenger R/T, GMC Terrain SLE-2, Hyundai Azera Limited, Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual and Toyota Venza I4 AWD all made the cut. While low first-year depreciation rates factor into which ...

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    Video: Motor Trend compares muscle cars, past and present
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    All day long, boys. All. Day. Long. To what are we referring, you ask? Well, that's how long all six muscle cars rounded up by the staff at Motor Trend will eviscerate their tires. Such is the nature of the beast, and, in fact, it's why many automotive enthusiasts just can't get enough horsepower at the rear wheels. What we have here are Camaros, ...

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    Pennsylvania dealer loves Vanishing Point, creates Kowalski Edition Dodge Challenger
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    As if you needed any reminder, in the 1971 film Vanishing Point, a character by the name of Kowalski is tasked with making it from Colorado to San Francisco in a 1970 Dodge Challenger. Kowalski bets a friend that he can make the run in just 15 hours, but – Spoiler Alert – he doesn't make it... and neither does the muscle-bound coupe. The flick ...

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    Chevrolet Camaro sales still outpacing rival Ford Mustang
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    The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro is still outselling the Ford Mustang, netting 19,972 sales through March compared to the Mustang's 15,419. Both cars handily outsold the Dodge Challenger, which itself is selling fairly well with 9,742 units through the same period. This is the second year running (well, so far this year at least) that the Camaro has managed ...

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    Review: Review: 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 [w/video]
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    God's Own Engine Wrapped In The Most Appropriate Package Though it's cleverly disguised as an automobile, don't be fooled. The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is the world's ultimate portable smoke generator. The fact that it can pull double-duty as a method of transportation is nothing but a quirky side benefit to its purpose in life. Consider it a ...

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    2011 Mopar Charger ready to rumble [w/burnout video]
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    In 2010, Chrysler released the 2010 Mopar Challenger with a 500-unit production run. Chrysler tells us the gussied-up pony car was so popular with the die-hard Mopar faithful that the entire production run was sold out in three days. Team Pentastar is looking to make similar headlines for 2011 with the official introduction of the 2011 Mopar Charger. ...

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    Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak sets NHRA AA/SA records
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    The Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak debuted just shy of a month ago and has already stormed its way into the NHRA record books. Driver Dave Thomas laid down a 9.43-second pass at 143.90 mph at a test session April 7, simultaneously setting the elapsed time and mile-per-hour records for the AA/SA class. Thomas' record is all the more impressive when ...

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    Samuel Hubinette to field two-car Formula Drift team for 2011
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    Two-time Formula Drift champion Samuel Hubinette is fielding a two-car team for the 2011 season, calling on European Pro Drift champion Dean Kearney as his second driver. The two will compete in a Dodge Motorsports Challenger and a Dodge Viper SRT-10. Kearney will wheel the Viper, while Hubinette will pilot the Challenger. The two will drive for ...

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    Lingenfelter unleashes supercharger package for the Dodge Challenger
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    Do you own a 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger and now regret not waiting for the revamped 2011 models? There's no need to worry, as Lingenfelter has just the prescription to make you feel better. The performance company normally known for making go-fast Chevys has turned its attention to Mopars, offering a supercharger package for the first-generation V8 ...

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    Report: Pentastar V6 models first to get ZF eight-speed autos at Chrysler
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    Chicago 2011: 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T is Green With Envy and so are we
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    Dodge has never been shy about using eye-popping colors for many of its performance models like Plum Crazy Purple, Go Mango! and Top Banana Yellow. The tradition continues with the 2011 Challenger, as Dodge will offer this new Green with Envy paint scheme for both the R/T and SRT8 392 models. The limited edition paint scheme will also come with a few ...

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    Chicago 2011: Dodge Challenger goes Green With Envy
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    Dodge is spicing up the Challenger line with a new eye-searing paint color. The hue is called Green With Envy, and it's supposed to pay homage to some of the wilder colors from the company's past, including Sublime and Green Go. Buyers will be able to grab their new green Challenger in one of two configurations, including a new R/T Classic that serves up ...

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