Mopar Celebrates 80 Years With Debut of Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger


The vehicle offers a pair of hand-painted, custom, show car trim options. Only 80 models will be available in Pitch Black/Contusion Blue, with another 80 in Pitch Black/Billet Silver, in a nod to 80 years of the Mopar brand.

The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger also includes Mopar performance parts, accessories, an exclusive owner’s kit and a serialized badge.

“Since its birth in 1937, Mopar has evolved from the name of an antifreeze product to a global customer-care brand,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger, our latest limited-edition vehicle, is a testament to this philosophy, showcasing how Mopar assists owners in personalizing all FCA US vehicles.”

The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger joins an exclusive club as the eighth limited-edition, Mopar-modified vehicle delivered straight from the factory. In 2010, the brand produced the first of an ongoing series of limited-edition vehicles, the Mopar ’10 Challenger. Other low-run, factory-produced Mopar rides would follow: the Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 300, Mopar ’13 Dart, Mopar ’14 Challenger, Mopar ’15 Dodge Charger R/T and Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel.

Mopar ’17: Exterior
The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger begins turning heads through its exterior and a pair of two-tone custom paint options achieved with an assist from the Mopar Custom Shop. Contusion Blue and Billet Silver hues are pulled from the Dodge brand’s color palette, with the upper portion of the Mopar ’17 hand-painted Pitch Black at the Mopar Custom Shop to achieve the striking two-tone appearance.

The Contusion Blue color conveys a tone-on-tone look, providing a subtle, hiding-in-plain-sight feel at night and a brilliant appearance in daylight. Billet Silver offers a more high-impact, high-contrast exterior color. The inherent bodylines of the Dodge Challenger are used to transition from Pitch Black to Contusion Blue or Billet Silver, providing a seamless segue point.

A special Mopar 392 logo, also hand-painted on at the Mopar Custom Shop, gives an additional custom touch.

The upper exterior is unified with Pitch Black accents. The standard satin black of the Shaker Hood package by Mopar and Shaker Hood scoop surround is painted Pitch Black. The rear decklid spoiler also receives the Pitch Black treatment, and the Mopar Design badge on the spoiler is turned black-on-black.

20 x 9-inch aluminum wheels are embellished with semi-gloss accents and center caps feature the Dodge logo. Standard chrome exhaust tips are replaced with Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat black exhaust tips.

Mopar ’17: Performance
The six-speed manual transmission Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger also makes a powerful performance statement that enhances the base Dodge Challenger R/T 392. The 6.4-liter, 392 HEMI® engine pumps out 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and is augmented by the Shaker Hood package by Mopar, which provides performance gains with a hint of vintage styling. The scoop is embellished with Shaker badging.

A Mopar cold air intake also delivers a performance boost and is aided by an air catcher duct system via the headlamp. The upgrade, inspired by the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, feeds additional cold air into the vehicle. Mopar Shaker strut tower braces and caps are silver powder-coated and increase rigidity and handling of the Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger. Four-piston Brembo brakes provide stopping power.

Mopar ’17: Interior/Exclusive Content
Heading inside, performance seats are the star, customized with Tungsten Mopar logos embroidered on the seatbacks. Tungsten stitching matching the Mopar logo borders the seats and continues throughout the vehicle, touching the door panels and additional interior areas.

Befitting its limited-edition origins, the Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger is delivered with exclusive content that highlights the vehicle’s prestige and collectability. A special serialized Mopar ’17 80th Anniversary badge is included under the hood, announcing 1-80 of the Contusion Blue version and 1-80 of the Billet Silver option.

Each customer will receive a special Mopar ’17 Owner’s Kit, packaged in a custom Mopar box that includes:

  • Mopar welcome letter
  • “Birth certificate” with vehicle specifications, date of manufacture and proprietary vehicle number
  • Hand-signed Mopar ’17 rendering from the FCA US LLC Product Design Office
  • Special Mopar ’17 booklet
  • Customized acrylic memorabilia showpiece
  • Mopar valve stem caps
  • Mopar-branded items, including a Mopar ’17 keychain and a Mopar 80th anniversary badge

The limited-edition vehicle will be available in both the U.S. and Canada, with a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $55,790, excluding taxes and destination fees. The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger will begin arriving in select dealerships in early second quarter of 2017.

The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger will be displayed at the Chicago Auto Show. For more information, visit

About Dodge and SRT Brands
The Dodge brand is America’s mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is focusing on its performance roots with every single model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the mainstream performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

From muscle cars to minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand’s full lineup of 2017 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, active exhaust, cold-air induction, 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment centers and 7-inch customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2017 model year, the Dodge brand lineup features the 25th anniversary Viper, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including the new Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A, as well as the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever and the Charger SRT Hellcat, the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.

Mopar-First Features
During the brand’s 80 years, Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

  • Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
  • wiADVISOR: first to incorporate a tablet-based service lane tool
  • Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
  • Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
  • Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format

80 Years of Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was born on August 1, 1937, as the name of a line of antifreeze products. Mopar has since evolved over 80 years to serve as the total service, parts and customer-care brand of all FCA vehicles around the globe.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

For 80 years, Mopar has been the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at


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2017 Dodge Challenger Earns “Five-Star” Overall Safety Rating

October 12th,2016   2017 Dodge Challenger earns “Five-Star” overall safety rating

  • 2017 Dodge Challenger earns five stars overall, the highest rating in NHTSA’s vehicle-evaluation program
  • High-strength steel structure contributes to five-star ratings for both NHTSA side-impact tests – vehicle and pole
  • Fifth time Dodge Challenger has been accorded overall score of five stars
  • 2017 Challenger boasts more than 70 available safety and security features, including Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
High-strength steel in the 2017 Dodge Challenger accommodates top ratings in two types of side-impact tests.

October 12, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. 
– The 2017 Dodge Challenger has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Five stars is the highest rating in the regulatory agency’s vehicle-evaluation program.

“This proves the 2017 Dodge Challenger is much more than a great-looking car,” says Mike Dahl, Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance, FCA North America. “It reflects our commitment to delivering exceptional occupant safety in every vehicle segment.”

Nearly 60 percent of the sporty Challenger’s body structure consists of high-strength steel. This engineering strategy, combined with the careful integration of side-guard door beams, was critical to the car’s performance in NHTSA’s side-impact testing.

The agency simulated collisions with a pole and with another vehicle at closing speeds of 32 miles per hour and 62 miles per hour, respectively. The Challenger’s rating for each: five stars.

Supplementary restraint systems also contributed the car’s performance. Driver and front-passenger side air bags are standard equipment on all Challenger trim levels, as are front and rear side-curtain air bags.

In its assessment of the new Challenger, NHTSA notes the availability of Forward Collision Warning (FCW), which features forward-facing sensors programmed to detect the potential for certain types of frontal collisions. If a frontal impact with another vehicle appears imminent, the system pre-fills the Challenger’s brakes and transmits audible and visual warnings for the driver to respond.

FCW is among more than 70 available safety and security features on the 2017 Dodge Challenger. Others include Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection.

BSM uses radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes, passing or being passed. When another vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind spot, its presence is noted with illuminated icons in the Challenger’s side-view mirrors and a driver-selectable chime.

RCP detection warns drivers of lateral traffic when backing out of parking spaces. It automatically activates whenever the driver puts the Challenger in reverse gear.

Since the modern Dodge Challenger was launched in 2008, NHTSA has included the car in its annual model-year ratings seven times. It achieved five-star scores every time, including five overall five-star ratings – one for each year overall ratings have been awarded.

Dodge Charger And Challenger Go Mango At New York

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm | Posted by Take a trip down memory lane with Dodge’s Go Mango Challenger and Charger models, displayed at the New York Auto Show.

If you’re aching for Mopar’s “good ol’ days”, the American car manufacturer has prepared a surprise consisting of a new paint addition to the Charger and Challenger model line-up. Initially, Dodge announced that it will only make the color available for SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat models, but in the meantime the parent company decided to offer the option on “lesser” models as well – no need to stay exclusive if the demand is pretty high, right?

We’ve seen a tremendous response from our customers after we announced the return of Go Mango at the 11th annual Spring Festival in California. In fact, nearly half of all SRT and Hellcat orders are for Go Mango,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.

This intriguing hue was first introduced as an option, in the 1970 Dodge Challenger, and offered again (albeit in limited numbers) on some Charger R/T Daytona and Dart models in 2006 and 2016, respectively.

Dodge adds the new color to its list of revived heritage paint schemes, which includes the “Plum Crazy” purple, “B5 Blue” and “Sublime” green.



More Power, Less Cash: 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker Review

With money a finite resource for most shoppers, buying a new car sometimes comes down to weighing dollars against sheetmetal. Do you spend your paycheck on a sensible crossover, a fuel-efficient sedan, or a racy hot hatchback?

Or do you simply buy the most horsepower you can afford?

2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker Profile

If so, direct your attention to the 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker, which is Dodge’s code for more horsepower with a smaller monthly payment. It’s the affordable way to get Dodge’s 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) Hemi V-8 under the hood of your Challenger, saving you a few thousand bucks compared to the $46,690 SRT 392 model.

Opting for the Scat Pack Shaker means you’ll do without the SRT model’s adaptive suspension dampers, leather-and-Alcantara seats, and HID headlights, plus you’ll get four-piston Brembo front brakes versus six-piston stoppers on the SRT 392. But you’ll be glad you saved some cash when it’s time to buy new rear tires.

2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker Engine

Open up the big Hemi from a stop just once, and you’ll fall in love. While the Ford Mustang’s DOHC V-8 needs a few revs to wake up and the fifth-gen Chevrolet Camaro’s pushrod V-8 starts to run out of steam before redline, Dodge’s 6.4-liter monster dishes out power all the time. It’ll happily sublimate the 9.6-inch-wide Goodyears if you sidestep the clutch, and it can rocket forward if you’re more judicious with your launch. It takes a strong tug to pull the Tremec six-speed manual into second gear, but it’s worth it as the Challenger Scat Pack Shaker keeps pulling ferociously. There’s no doubting Dodge’s claim that, had we enough asphalt, we could hit 179 mph.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger is less happy when you find curves. The aggressive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar footwear grips and grips as g-forces build, but with plenty of rock ’n’ roll from the suspension, you’ll find yourself gripping the steering wheel ever harder to stop from sliding around on the wide, flat seats. The car’s size and heft likewise discourage us from clipping apexes or darting through traffic.

The upshot of the Challenger’s size means buyers also get lots of room for their money. The coupe’s trunk is cavernous compared with the Camaro’s and the Mustang’s (16.2 cubic feet versus 11.3 and 13.5, respectively), with a wide opening that will easily swallow golf bags or even a flat-screen TV. And although it’s tricky to squeeze past the fold-down front seats, the back seat has such plentiful leg- and headroom that average-size adults can sit comfortably for long drives.

Above all, though, the Challenger Scat Pack Shaker wins our hearts when we find an open stretch of road and let ’er rip. The entire point of buying this car is to worship at the temple of all that is horsepower. Hey, if you have 485 hp, you might as well use it. The 2015 Dodge Challenger lacks the poise and sophistication of the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang, but if you value sheer horsepower above all else, this is the car to get.
2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker Rear Three Quarter

2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $39,890/$45,780 (base/as-tested)
Engine: 6.4L OHV 16-valve V-8/485 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 475 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe
EPA Mileage: 14/23 mpg (city/hwy)
Suspension F/R: Control arms, coil springs/multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R: Vented discs
Tires F/R: 245/45ZR-20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar
L x W x H: 197.9 x 75.7 x 57.5 in
Wheelbase: 116.2 in
Headroom F/R: 39.3/37.1 in
Legroom F/R: 42.0/33.1 in
Shoulder Room F/R: 58.5/53.9 in
Cargo Room: 16.2 cu ft
Weight: 4,232 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 55/45%
0-60 MPH: 4.5 sec (est)
1/4-Mile: 12.3 sec (est)
Top Speed: 179 mph

Dodge Challenger Hellcat is wickedly fun to drive

I hadn’t driven a muscle car in years when I slid somewhat hesitantly behind the wheel of the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

But within a few blocks I had cut off a school bus, dusted two old ladies in a Camry and tattooed a strip of hot rubber through a hospital zone, laughing all the way.

This is a good ol’ boy of a car — a broad-shouldered bully that makes you want to grab a Dixie beer and a chaw of tobacco and tear down the road like you’re running from the revenuer man.

Dodge is paying homage to big Detroit steel of the past with its Challenger and four-door Charger Hellcat cars — except with double the muscle, at 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 barely fits under the hood.

Dodge Challenger Hellcat

These are big-bore, big-ticket throwbacks that burn gas like it still costs a buck a gallon and spew enough CO2 to make every trip to the supermarket a one-man smog alert.

But America surprised Dodge. The company has not been able to manufacture Hellcats fast enough to keep pace with demand, and recently had to ask dealers to stop taking orders.

Curiously, the No. 1 market for the Hellcats isn’t Detroit or Dallas but Southern California, the land of Prius and Tesla.

In fact, according to stats provided by the research firm True Car, the person most likely to be driving a Hellcat is a man between the ages of 34 and 60. Living in Los Angeles.

OK, so that’s me.
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The Hellcat is wickedly fun to drive, and not nearly as scary as that first fishtail out of the parking lot implies. The handling is firm, the braking is crisp and the muscular motor seems to demand aggressive driving. The Hellcat won’t force you to drive like a jerk, but … it’ll help.

The engine and suspension are tunable through a dashboard application. Available driving modes include Sport, Track, Custom and — laughably — “Eco.” The engine can be told to produce the full 700 horsepower, the restrained 500 horsepower or a planet-saving 300 horsepower.

There’s even a “Valet” mode, which takes most of the fun out of the Hellcat and may prevent the guy who parks the car from putting it into a ditch or getting arrested.

Standard equipment includes traction control, stability control and other safety features like a tire-pressure monitoring system, rear stabilizer bar and “rain brake support,” which should keep the back end on the ground during wet weather.

There’s even “Track Experience” software that will log your laps at Willow Springs.

The engine power is distributed through an eight-speed automatic transmission that can be manipulated in semi-manual mode with optional paddle shifters. A true stick shift is also available.

It’s actually fastest in automatic mode, but using the paddle shifters is more fun and leaves more rubber on the road.

This coupe is as big as station wagon — 16 feet long and 4,100 pounds. So it’s a little ungainly in parking lots and the steep streets in the hilly sections of Los Angeles — unless you’re remaking the San Francisco chase scenes from “Bullitt.”

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Sneak it onto a clear stretch of highway and it’s CHP bait. The Hellcat goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds — if you can keep from shredding the tires — and then keeps going as far past 60 as you care to take it. The speedometer goes to 200 mph — because it needs to.

The car’s appetite for asphalt is a little scary, but the raw power is intoxicating. Fortunately, the Dodge engineers fitted with the Hellcat with big-bore Brembo brakes. It stops fast too.

The interior is comfortable and quiet, though not so quiet that you can’t hear the Hellcat growl every time you light it up. The front seats are embracing, highly adjustable, heated and air conditioned. Each Hellcat also comes with Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, an 8.4-inch touch screen and a Harman Kardon sound system.

I had real trouble picking the right soundtrack for this automobile. The Hellcat put me in a redneck mood — I can say that; I’m from North Carolina — that felt half hillbilly and half rock ‘n’ roll. It wasn’t quite ZZ Top or the Fabulous Thunderbirds. It wasn’t exactly Steve Earle or Dwight Yoakum. In the end, I settled on a menu of Jimmy Reed, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Booker T and the MGs.

Everything is in easy reach. The densely programmed touch-screen panel is easy to operate, though the programming options are so rich that you need a computer programmer or a teenager to guide you though it.

Visibility to the sides and rear, though helped by a backup camera and blind-side warning signals, are not great — perhaps on the assumption that you’ll be going so fast that no other vehicles will be anywhere near you.

The trunk is too small for a family vacation, and getting in and out of the back seat is a job for a contortionist. There are other annoyances too, like the door handles, which are low, out of sight and difficult to reach comfortably.

The fuel economy won’t win any prizes. Dodge and the EPA rate the Hellcat at 13 miles per gallon city and 22 highway for a combined 16 mpg. If you drive it like I did, you won’t get anything near that.

The Hellcat is a hot ride, and even in Southern California is still relatively rare. So it gets a lot of attention. A single guy could get some pretty serious action driving this automobile — but only if he was interested in meeting other single guys driving the same kind of car.

Dodge has made the entry-level Challenger for less than $30,000. But the Hellcats start just below $60,000. The one I was driving, boosted by options like a $995 “Satin Black” aluminum hood, the $1,995 “TorqueFlite” transmission with paddle shifters and a $1,700 “Gas Guzzler Tax,” cost $65,070.

Would I spend that kind of money on this car? No. But would I spend another week in the Hellcat? Hellyes.