Dodge’s SRT division is an endless pit of absolute lunacy. The brand keeps the American formula of muscle cars alive in Dodge’s lineup, because stuffing Hellcat engines into random cars is easier than making door trim that doesn’t fall off every summer. Dodge has now decided to churn out three more cars — 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye — all ready to hand over about 800 horsepower to people with no proper training.
The Americans have been putting out overly-powerful performance cars over the past few years. The top dogs of that crop right now are the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the Dodge Challenger Demon. What if they went head-to-head at the drag-strip? Someone found the answer.
The last time we did a muscle-car comparo back in 2011, the Mustang still had the suspension of a bullock cart, the Camaro was a heavy tank with slit windows, and the Challenger was the size of the Titanic. Fast-forward to 2017, and the Mustang has now become a refined tea-sipping aristocrat; the Camaro is a lighter, smaller car with even slittier windows; and the Challenger is still the size of the Titanic, except with better everything under the skin. Time for another comparo then. Which is the best muscle car available today?
Dodge has finally taken the covers of the new Challenger SRT Demon after their excruciatingly long marketing campaign to reveal the car. Most of us thought the SRT Hellcat was bonkers, but Dodge ended up outdoing themselves with this one.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger is now available in an all-wheel-drive version in North America. The unusual move (for a muscle car) is aimed at potential buyers from snowy climates.
It almost feels like Dodge is exclusively a muscle-car brand. Sure, they also peddle the excellent Durango currently, but at the moment, their brand seems to be defined by the Charger and the Challenger, with a bit of Viper thrown in as well. Muscle-cars are known to only be straight-line warriors, so Dodge saw it fit to let us try out their latest Challengers and Chargers at the Yas Marina circuit no less.
It looks like the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has hands-down won the horsepower war among the Big Three muscle-car makers. It makes 707 hp. Pretty decent we’d say.
Hot on the heels of the 2015 Dodge Charger’s dramatic facelift, the 2015 Challenger gets its own retro-esque styling upgrades, a new 6.4-litre Scat Pack and Shaker trims.
The last time we got behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger SRT8 was back in early 2011, driving a 2010 version with the 6.1-litre Hemi and standard bouncy suspension. Even then, it left a mark on our minds, more so than its two other rivals, as the best iteration of a true muscle-car that harks back to the hey-days of the 1960s. And then the 392 version came out in late 2011, with a host of upgrades, including a 6.4-litre Hemi and adaptive suspension. But this is the first time we got to try it out.
The Fast & Furious movies nowadays have as much to do with street-racing as Titanic has to do with reality, but its remains the only movie series for car enthusiasts to anticipate at the moment. Here’s a look at some of the cars that have been specially-built for the latest sequel.
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