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LxForums Covers the NYIAS

Apr 16, 2014 - 8:01 PM - by DMAG

New York International Auto Show

LxForums will be live at the Dodge Press Conference Thursday at 11:30AM ET where we will see significant updates to the Charger and Challenger. We'll be posting pictures and video from the event (and our impressions all day long of the entire show) to here as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Dodge is also live streaming the event and we have made it available right here (well, below). Make sure to tune in at 11:30AM to watch the next iteration of Lx's be introduced to the world!

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Anodized Carbon Special Edition Package Viper GTS Gets New Time Attack Group

Apr 16, 2014 - 5:00 PM - by armtorque
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When the SRT Viper Time Attack model was introduced last year, it built specifically onto the “base model” SRT Viper, but the Chrysler Group announced today that the new Time Attack Group for the Anodized Carbon Special Edition Package will bring some of the enhancements of the Viper TA to the Viper GTS in the stunning matte black paint.

The SRT Viper Time Attack model was introduced as the best performing of the modern Viper lineup, with every go-fast goodie possible affixed to the base model SRT Viper. Most notably, the Viper TA did without any luxuries from the Viper GTS that are not needed to make the Mopar supercar any faster and as a result, the Viper TA was able to turn out quicker lap times than the pricier Viper GTS.

The only “problem” was the people buying the Viper GTS wanted some of the styling cues of the Viper TA so the Street and Racing Technology brand engineers have come up with the new Time Attack Group for the Viper GTS and to introduce the new Time Attack Group in the grandest way possible – SRT will offer 10 of the 50 Anodized Carbon Edition Viper GTS models with the Time Attack Group goodies.

“We’ve received an overwhelming response to the unique Metallic Matte exterior color since first showing the Anodized Carbon Special Edition Viper late last year,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports. “So we’re adding even more exclusivity with 10 distinctive SRT Vipers that combine our special exterior color with the new Time Attack Group of performance parts to offer our customers mind-boggling limits on their favorite road courses."

The Time Attack Group for the SRT Viper GTS takes all of the chassis and aerodynamic features of the Viper TA and applies them to the normal features of the range topping Viper GTS. This begins with a set of carbon fiber two piece front corner splitters and a carbon fiber decklid spoiler which work together to build 339 pounds of downforce at 150 miles per hour. Next, the suspension is upgraded with solid front and rear sway bars, a specially tuned dual mode Bilstein Damptronic damper system featuring unique spring rates, a firmer programming setup for the Street and Race modes and matte black lightweight forged-aluminum Sidewinder wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

These components all work together to afford the Time Attack equipped GTS Vipers incredible handling while a massive Brembo brake package with two piece rotors will get the Viper stopped like few cars in the world.

“Combining the Time Attack Group with the Anodized Carbon makes for a pretty special and unique car,” says Jeff Reece, Viper Vehicle Integration Engineer. “We tuned it in the wind tunnel to achieve the proper aero balance and provide the customer added grip on the race track. Bottom line, the Time Attack Group provides more grip.”

Unlike the SRT Viper TA which features lightweight cloth seats, the Time Attack Group for the Viper GTS takes a far more luxurious approach in the Annodized Carbon Edition, including dark Alcantara from top to bottom with orange stitching on the seats, steering wheel, headliner and dash pads.

“Bringing the Anodized Carbon and the Time Attack track performance package together pairs two special-edition vehicles and results in an even more special SRT Viper for buyers,” says Graham Henckel, Chief Engineer, SRT Viper. “The matte paint has a sinister look, and putting the Time Attack package on just makes the vehicle look that much more menacing. It’s the most sinister looking Gen V car we have built and looks great.”

Pricing for the Time Attack Group for the SRT Viper GTS has not been announced, but it should be noted that the Time Attack package for the base SRT Viper costs $16,000. Since the components of the Time Attack Viper and the Time Attack Group for the Viper GTS are so similar, we can expect that there should be a similar price for the GTS TA package. The Viper GTS has a base price of $124,985 while the Anodized Carbon Edition package adds $13,900 and the Time Attack Group will likely add around $16,000 for a total price of $154,885 plus tax, title and destination fees.

The Time Attack Group will first be offered on the Anodized Carbon Edition Viper GTS units #41 through 50, but we would expect to see the package offered for Viper GTS coupes of other colors in the near... [Read More]
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Dodge Announces Unique 1-Year Lease Plan for 2014 Challenger and Charger

Apr 15, 2014 - 10:02 PM - by armtorque
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The Chrysler Group has announced a new lease plan for the 2014 and 2015 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger that should help spur sales to both Dodge muscle cars for the current model year and the next – including a 1-year lease deal that is unlike anything in the American auto industry today.

The Chrysler Group has announced their new Double Up lease program which technically includes the 2014 Dodge Charger and Challenger along with the new 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger. Under this new plan, those folks who are interested in the 2014 Dodge Charger or 2014 Dodge Challenger can get into one as part of a unique 1 year lease program. 1 year leases are relatively unheard of, but the program gets even spicier.

"If you have your eye on a new Challenger or Charger, there's no need to wait for the new models to arrive," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand President and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC. "The Dodge Double-Up program lets you drive today's Charger or Challenger and trade to the 2015 with no increase in payment. This is our way of thanking our loyal Charger and Challenger customers, and extending this offer to any new customers longing to get into one of these iconic muscle cars."

Those folks who buy into this new 1 year lease on the 2014 Dodge Charger or Challenger will, in effect, agree to trade in their 2014 lease vehicle for a 2015 Dodge Charger or Dodge Challenger with a three year lease. Best of all, the trade up to the 2015 model year Challenger or Charger doesn’t come with any additional fees – no down payment, no trade-in fee and no increase in their monthly payment. In other words, if you get into a 2014 Dodge Charger or 2014 Dodge Challenger between April 17th and the end of August under the Double up lease program, after one year you will be able to trade it in for a 2015 Charger or Challenger without any change in your monthly payment so on your end, nothing changes…shy of the fact that you will be driving another brand new Dodge muscle car after one year without any other charges.

Unfortunately, the Chrysler Double Up leasing program does not apply to the SRT versions of the Dodge Charger or Dodge Challenger or the base model Charger SE, but those folks who are after the SXT or RT versions of these two sporty Dodge brawlers can hook themselves up with two new cars over the course of the next year for one low monthly rate. That’s an awesome deal. Also, anyone who gets into the Double Up lease program with a 2014 model year Charger or Challenger, can switch to the other vehicle for the 2015 model year so if you start with a Challenger in 2014 and your wife has twins in 10 months, you can swap to the Charger for 2015. If you are an older buyer who gets into a Charger R/T in 2014 and your son goes away to college next fall, you can opt for the 2015 Challenger R/T. Finally, anyone who decides to purchase the 2015 Charger or Challenger after the three year lease is up will get a discount of $1,000 off of the normal buyout price.

The one key stipulation is that you are required to lease through Chrysler Capital for financing while getting both cars (2014 and 2015) from the same dealership.

Again, this program begins on April 17th – the day that the new 2015 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are introduced at the New York International Auto Show. Beginning on Friday, those folks interested in leasing a 2014 Charger or Challenger for a year and then a 2015 model for three years can visit their local Dodge dealership for more information. This program will run through the end of August 2014 so if you are going to get in on this program, you have about 4 and a half months.
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