I might be a little biased, but having spent Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise festivities, I think that it is very safe to say that no automaker had the impact on this year’s event like the Dodge brand. Starting with the Roadkill Nights event on Wednesday and continuing over to their huge display at the corner of Woodward Ave and 13 Mile Road, Dodge made this 2015 Dream Cruise one of the best to date.
I should start by pointing out that both General Motors and Ford Motor Company had large displays at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise, giving show-goers a chance to check out the newest vehicles from Chevrolet and Ford while also showing off privately owned Mustangs and Camaros, each in their own designated areas. Ford fans and Chevy fans certainly got their fill of close-up time with the new models, but over in the Dodge display – fans got to go for a high speed thrill ride in the Hellcat Challenger and the Dodge Viper.
The Dodge fun began on Wednesday, when the Roadkill Nights tour kicked off in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome. This event was free to the public, whether they were racing, showing their cars or just coming to check out the action and over 10,000 people filled this incredible event. In addition to the Dodge-heavy car show and racing action, there were a variety of Dodge displays with new products that attendees could check out up close and personal while also scoring some free Dodge swag like shirts, stickers, hats, etc. Best of all, the thrill ride display was in action in Pontiac, giving fans a chance to ride in the 707hp Challenger or the 645hp Viper. It was an incredible event for everyone, especially Dodge fans as while there was something for everyone who loves high performance cars – the Dodge influence was heavy. In my opinion, the show was one of the coolest events I’ve ever been to and I cannot wait to go next year.
While the main event for the evening was the match race between the Hellcat powered Dodge Dart from Fast N Loud and the Hellcat powered Dodge Charger from Roadkill, there was also the Quickest Dodge Shootout. This took two of the cars from Roadkill (a stock Hellcat Challenger and a customized Hellcat Charger) and pitted them against the 6 quickest Dodge vehicles in the racing field. You can check out all of the videos below, including the Quickest Dodge Shootout and the match race between the Roadkill and Fast N Loud teams.
On Thursday morning, the crew moved the entire Dodge display layout from the Pontiac Silverdome to the Dodge display at the corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, with an all-Viper car show Thursday night kicking off the fesitivies at the official location.
On Friday, 250+ members and 115 cars from LXForums.com filled the thrill ride area with their own vehicles as we all got to show off our privately owned cars in one high profile location, right in the Dodge display at the Woodward Dream Cruise. For those who didn’t attend, it was a great chance for members to meet, show off their vehicles to a crowd that included a large public attendance, have a great barbecue dinner and check out the Dodge display before the huge crowd arrived on Saturday. I was fortunate enough to be invited to show off my 1972 Dodge Demon 340 in the LXForums show area, and having also visited the Dodge area on Saturday, being there a day early made it much easier to check out all that the Dodge/Mopar area had to offer. The rain came in late, but not after the LXForums crowd put on a great show for visitors while enjoying the early access to the sprawling Mopar display.
Dodge has really out done themselves this year. You can race your friends on a 1/8 mile drag strip, win a Hellcat motor, meet Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage, and more! This is a great time to be affiliated with the one automotive brand that really "gets it".
Stop, Dodge and Roll ... Down Woodward Avenue
Dodge Dominates 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise with Grudge-style Match Drag Racing, Hellcat Horsepower, Live Music and Celebrity Guests
Dodge kicks off the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise festivities on Wed., Aug. 12, when ROADKILL Nights "Powered by Dodge" takes over the new custom-built, 1/8-mile drag strip at the Pontiac Silverdome from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Grab your racing helmet: enthusiasts can race one another in their personal cars in an old-school grudge-style drag race
Feature race of the night pits Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and his custom 1967 Dodge Dart, powered by 707-horsepower Dodge SRT Hellcat powertrain, versus David Freiberger of ROADKILL and his “General Mayhem” 1968 Dodge Charger, also upfitted with the 707-horsepower Dodge SRT Hellcat powertrain
TEN: The Enthusiast Network will give away a Hellcat engine. All Dodge owners who drag race their Dodge at ROADKILL Nights on Aug. 12, 2015, are eligible to win. The 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI Hellcat engine produces an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, making it Dodge’s most powerful V-8 ever
More than 150 cars will be on display at the Show and Shine car show with 50 slots reserved for Dodge models
Dodge brand has a full slate of fun during the Dream Cruise at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road
Dodge Rock City starts the party Aug. 13 with Viper Owners Night from 6-9 p.m.
Dodge Night is Friday night, Aug. 14, when Dodge Charger and Challenger owners and Scat pack Forum members gather for a car show and get together from 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15, during the Woodward Dream Cruise, Dodge will have thrill rides in Dodge Vipers, Dodge Challenger SRT and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats, appearances from the hosts of ROADKILL, special appearances from WRIF on-air personalisties, a live rock band, games and giveaways, including Woodward Dream Cruise exclusive Dodge T-shirts and stickers
It was announced recently during an Automotive News interview with Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis that the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat would both be getting price increases for the 2016 model year. This came with the news that the remaining 2015 model year orders had been cancelled and those folks whose orders are cancelled will receive a voucher to purchase a 2016 Hellcat car at 2015 pricing.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has a starting price of $59,995 and when you add on the destination fee, you get an out-the-door price of $60,990. The 2015 Charger Hellcat starts at $63,995, which climbs to $64,990 when you add destination. Those prices made the Hellcat cars far, far less expensive than any vehicle with similar power sold in the US. From American competitors, the only true competitor is the C7 Corvette Z06, which packs 650 horsepower, 650lb-ft of torque and a price of $80,990. Compared to the best performance cars from around the world, the Hellcat Challenger and Charger rank 6th overall in terms of power, sitting between the 690 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador and the 730hp Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The Lambo costs $397,500 and the Ferrari costs $319,000.
The Charger Hellcat is currently the most powerful production sedan in the world by a fair margin, and it is vastly less expensive than any of the competitor’s high performance sedans. The next most powerful sedans in the world are the 640hp Cadillac CTS-V and the 621hp Mercedes Benz AMG S65, with the Caddy being another bargain beast at $83,995 while the Benz starts at whopping $222,000.
In other words, both the Hellcat Challenger and the Hellcat Charger offer the best bang for your buck in the world and with such huge gaps between the 707hp Mopar muscle cars and their closest competitors, the Chrysler Group has plenty of space to raise the price for the 2016 model year. With the Z06 coupe starting at $81k, the Hellcat Challenger could just as much as $10,000 and still be far less expensive than the 650hp Corvette while the $20,000 gap between the 707hp Charger and the 640hp Cadillac also allows the company lots of room to raise the prices into the $70k range without risking the “bargain high performance” status.
Fortunately, I don’t think that the company will raise the price of the 2016 Hellcat Charger and Challenger by $10,000 without significant changes or additions. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the prices jump by $5,000 for the new model year, while coming with new standard features to help cushion the blow of that hefty price hike.
Rumors online suggest that the Harmon Kardon sound system and the Laguna leather package could become standard for the 2016 Charger and Challenger in Hellcat trim. Those packages cost $1,995 and $1,795 respectively, leading to a combined price in 2015 of $3,790. In addition almost $3,800 worth of value, the company wouldn’t have any issues adding $5,000 to the price of both Hellcat cars in 2016.
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