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3 Ways Dodge could Improve the Hellcat Challenger, Charger for 2018

May 24, 2017 - 6:19 PM - by armtorque
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We don’t have any official information on the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat or 2018 Charger SRT Hellcat, but based on a few other 2018 model year vehicles from FCA – there are three seemingly simple ways for Dodge to improve the Hellcat cars for the next model year.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat are both relatively unrivaled in terms of real world performance capabilities, with only the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 posing a real challenge for the coupe while the 707hp Mopar sedan continues to be unrivaled by anything with four doors. The Hellcat Challenger and Charger are incredible performance machines from the factory and they have proven to be even more impressive with relatively minor aftermarket modifications, so those Hellcat owners who demand better performance can gain that extra power through a variety of channels.

However, even without any real competition for the Hellcat Challenger or Hellcat Charger, it is likely that Dodge will want to continue to improve the performance attributes of these two Mopar machines. There has been no word from FCA about changes coming to the 707hp Challenger or Charger for 2018, but based on some other 2018 model year vehicles, there are a few simple features which could go a long way in making the Hellcat cars even more impressive without adding more power.

  1. A Wide Body Package
  2. The Torque Reserve System
  3. Weight Reduction
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Dodge Announces Pricing for 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon $84,995 plus a couple $

May 23, 2017 - 2:07 PM - by MagnumClub
$84,995 Plus a Couple of Bucks

Dodge Announces Pricing for 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — Owners Can Unleash Full Power for $1

New Dodge Challenger SRT Demon starts at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $84,995 (including $1,700 gas guzzler tax, excluding $1,095 destination); Demon Crate and options available to owners for $1

  • Exclusive, personalized and serialized Demon Crate offers components that unleash the Challenger SRT Demon’s 840 horsepower, 770 lb.-ft. of torque and full potential at the drag strip; available to owners for $1
  • First-ever, factory-production car with driver’s seat only; front passenger seat, available for $1
  • Rear seat available in leather or cloth for $1
  • Demon trunk carpet kit available for $1
  • Highest horsepower V-8 production car engine ever produced
  • First-ever front-wheel lift in production car as certified by Guinness World Records
  • World’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time (ET) of 9.65 seconds and 140 miles per hour (mph) as certified by National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)
  • World’s fastest 0-60 production car: 2.3 seconds
  • 0-30 miles per hour: 1.0 second
  • Highest g-force acceleration of any production car: 1.8 g
  • Challenger SRT Demon is covered by FCA US LLC factory warranty, including three-year/36,000-mile limited vehicle warranty and five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage
  • Production of limited-edition, serialized, single model-year (3,000 United States/300 Canada) Challenger SRT Demon begins later this summer; deliveries to Dodge//SRT dealers to begin this fall
  • All customers who buy the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon receive one full-day session at Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving

May 23, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the most powerful muscle car ever with 808 horsepower, starts at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $84,995 (including $1,700 gas guzzler tax, excluding $1,095 destination). Challenger SRT Demon owners who want to unleash its full potential at the drag strip – and its full 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque – can do so for $1 (MSRP).

“Eighty-five thousand dollars is not just a number in a business case to Dodge; we know it's a lot of money and a significant up-charge over a Challenger Hellcat,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “We worked very hard to build as much value into the Challenger SRT Demon as possible – features, performance and exclusivity that simply can't be duplicated with a goal of maintaining, and possibly even growing, as much future value as possible.”

The limited-production Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the first-ever production car to do a front-wheel lift, as certified by Guinness World Records, and it’s the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time (ET) of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour (mph), as certified by National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). It also registers the highest g-force (1.8 g) ever recorded at launch in a production car.

While the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon remains a livable street car, every component was scrutinized and optimized for weight, capability and durability on the strip. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon includes key standard features unique to Dodge’s ultimate performance halo, including:

  • Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Demon V-8 with 808 horsepower and 717 lb.-ft. of torque
  • TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission with factory-production car exclusive TransBrake
  • Standard with one seat, a premium cloth-covered driver seat
  • Standard cloth seat includes Ballistic II inserts with silver embroidered Demon head logo
  • Standard line lock engages the front brakes to hold the Challenger SRT Demon stationary but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires
  • Brembo lightweight high-performance brake system with two-piece
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The Jeep Trackhawk is the Greatest Sport Utility Vehicle Ever

Apr 24, 2017 - 10:23 PM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

Jeep Trackhawk
The Greatest Sport Utility Vehicle Ever. Period.

We have known for more than a year that a Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee was coming, but last week at the opening day of the 2017 New York Auto Show, the Trackhawk finally, officially met the world – and it was worth every second of the wait.

We knew that the Jeep Trackhawk would be awesome, but there were rumors that it would pack less power than the Hellcat cars in an effort to preserve the all-wheel drive components. These rumors insisted that during the development phases, the transfer case was being chewed up by the 707 horsepower Hemi, but any problems in that department must have been resolved – as the Hellcat Jeep packs the same 707 horsepower as the Hellcat cars.

707 horsepower makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk the most powerful SUV in the world.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk does have 5 fewer pound-feet of torque, but what little performance is lost due to the torque difference is made up for with the advanced, heavy duty all-wheel drive system. With the new Track mode, which sends 70% of the power to the rear wheels and 30% to the front, the Trackhawk will move out from a stop to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds – making it just as quick as a well driven Hellcat car, even though it weighs around a thousand pounds more than the Hellcat Challenger.

Part of the reason that the Trackhawk is so quick is that the blown SUV features the Torque Reserve system from the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which allows the Hellcat-powered Jeep to launch at a higher boost level than the Hellcat cars, so this SUV leaves the line with far more torque than the cars and that is possible thanks to the advanced all-wheel drive system.

With a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds, which is likely easier to replicate with the Jeep than the Hellcat cars, the Trackhawk is the quickest SUV in the world.

In addition to getting up to 60 miles per hour in a hurry, the Hellcat-powered Trackhawk will blast through the quarter mile in just 11.6 seconds with a trap speed of 116 miles per hour. No other gasoline powered SUV in the world can challenge the Trackhawk on a drag strip, making it the quickest in the world in this metric as well as 0-60.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is quick, but it is also very fast, with a top speed of 180 miles per hour. In fact, that makes it the fastest production SUV in the world as well.

The closest competition for the supercharged Jeep is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, which costs $161,600. The Porsche has a twin turbo V8 that delivers 570hp and 590lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, allowing it to hit 60 in 3.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 176 miles per hour. Information around the internet suggests that the Turbo S will run the quarter mile in the low 12-second range.

In addition to the monster Hemi making this Jeep the quickest, the fastest and the most powerful SUV in the world, the SRT team has equipped it with the biggest production braking package ever offered by the brand, with 15.75” Brembo rotors under 6-piston calipers helping this 5,000+ pound SUV get stopped from 60 miles per hour in just 114 feet. According to GM, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 stops from 60 in 107 feet, so this two and a half ton SUV will stop almost as well as the top of the line Camaro.

Oh, and on top of the Jeep Trackhawk being the quickest, the fastest and the most powerful SUV in the world with a high tech suspension system and a braking system which allows it to compete with Chevy’s best Camaro – it will tow 7,200lbs. This means that you could use this Jeep to tow your Hellcat Challenger to the drag strip, drop the trailer and – if your Hellcat Challenger is stock – you could turn times within a half second of your Mopar muscle car.

The Trackhawk is an amazing SUV on every front, proving to be the best in every single “sport” category, without compromising the “utility” aspect of the Grand Cherokee. It is truly the super-sport utility vehicle that we have all been hoping for, and when it arrives, FCA will have yet another in a long list of segment leading performance claims.

The only question left with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the pricing. The current Grand Cherokee SRT with the 392 Hemi starts around $66,000. The Hellcat Challenger is... [Read More]
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