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

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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 http://blog.mopar.com/.

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 www.mopar.com.

SOURCE FCA US LLC

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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.

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Hellcat Charger, Challenger Becoming More Available Around the US

By Patrick Rall 2015-11-13 13:55

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As the 2016 model year units of the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger reach dealerships around the United States, we are seeing more and more Hellcat versions sitting unsold on lots – meaning that if you have been waiting for your chance to own one of the 707hp beasts, some careful shopping will almost certainly net you a new supercharged muscle car.

Throughout most of the 2015 calendar year, it was nearly impossible to get a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat or a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat unless you placed an order well in advance or were willing to pay a massive markup over MSRP. The Hellcat cars were so in demand that the company had to cancel hundreds of orders which they just couldn’t get around to building and while some shopping could turn up an unreserved Hellcat Challenger or Charger, available cars were very few and very far between.
Later in the year, the shortage of the heavy duty 8-speed automatic transmission meant that many of the units being sent to dealers had the 6-speed manual transmission, but finding one with an automatic was literally impossible.

Fortunately, that is changing with the arrival of the 2016 model year Hellcat Challenger and Charger, with cars on dealership showroom floors around the country with both the manual and automatic transmissions. This means that those folks who didn’t preorder a Hellcat Challenger or Charger will have an easier time finding a dealership with an available car on their lot – although buyers can still expect to pay a premium price for the most powerful American production cars of all time.

2016 Hellcat Challenger and Charger Popping Up
I am a long time Mopar fan and I belong to a long list of Mopar fan pages on Facebook. Over the past year, I would occasionally see car salesmen posting about available Hellcat cars, but those cars were almost always equipped with the manual transmission and they were sparsely scattered across the USA.

However, over the past month or so, I have seen a massive influx of available Hellcat Challenger and Chargers being posted on the various Facebook pages. Most notably, I have seen car salesmen posting Hellcat Challengers with the 8-speed automatic transmission which are available for sale, which was nearly impossible to find earlier this year. Also, with the Hellcat Charger rolling out late in 2015 when the Hellcat Challenger had already eaten up the stock of both Hellcat Hemi engines and the heavy duty 8-speed automatic transmission, the Hellcat Charger was nearly impossible to find earlier this year.

This means that for the first time, someone who didn’t want to preorder a 2015 Dodge Challenger or Charger can now hunt around and buy a new Dodge with the supercharged Hellcat engine and the 8-speed automatic transmission. The Hellcat Challenger with the manual transmission continues to be available as well, but the Hellcat cars in the highest demand are now available around the country.

For example, there is currently a 2016 Charger SRT Hellcat in Plum Crazy purple on eBay with a buy it now price of $76,135. The listing includes a photoshopped image of the window sticker with that price displayed, along with a base price of $65,945 and $5,190 worth of options and fees. This should equal $71,135, but the dealership has obviously marked the car up by $5,000 – which is a very average markup for these uber popular muscle cars right now. The location of this vehicle isn’t listed, but in searching the phone number listed in the account, this Plum Crazy Hellcat Charger is in the possession of the AutoServ Dealer Group in Tilton, New Hampshire.

So, if you have been waiting to buy a 2016 Dodge Challenger or Charger with the Hellcat Hemi engine, now is a great time to begin shopping around your local dealerships, as the 707hp muscle cars are more available now than they have ever been in the past.

Review: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Photo: Picture 1 - Review: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

By Byron Hurd
Sunday, Nov 30th, 2014 @ 1:00 am
With the supercharged, 707-horsepower Hellcat commanding unprecedented attention and the all-new Scat Pack stealing some of the 392’s big-motor thunder, who could blame a car enthusiast for overlooking the former performance king of the Challenger lineup?
Fear not. The SRT 392 returns for 2015 with an all-new interior, more horses under the hood, an available 8-speed automatic transmission, and perhaps a little something to prove. Can it deliver the SRT experience, even in the shadow of its pavement-warping sibling? Let’s find out.

The SRT 392 represents the peak of naturally aspirated performance in the Challenger lineup. Under the hood, you’ll find a 485-horsepower, 6.4L Hemi V8–the same engine found in the Scat Pack R/T–mated to either a 6-speed manual or a “TorqueFlite” 8-speed automatic transmission. Our tester is equipped with the latter, which includes an “autostick” shift feature and wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All 475 lb-ft of torque go to the rear wheels via an “anti-spin” differential.
So what does the SRT offer over the Scat Pack’s big engine? Plenty.First and foremost, the 392 comes standard with adaptive dampers at all four corners. Available only on SRT models (this and the Hellcat), this trick suspension allows the Challenger to seamlessly transition from comfortable highway cruiser to a track day weapon with a click on the 8.4″ touchscreen (the “SRT” button on the center stack provides a shortcut). Just need to carve up some corners on your favorite back road and don’t want to punish your kidneys? Try the “Sport” setting for an excellent compromise.

The SRT also gets 20″ wheels to accommodate its standard six-piston Brembo brake calipers (not to mention fill those massive, muscular fenders).

What’s it up against?
The Challenger is the odd man out among domestic V8 coupes. It most closely competes with the Ford Mustang GT and the Chevrolet Camaro SS, but in reality it stands apart from that segment entirely. The Challenger SRT 392 is a muscle car, through and through. At nearly 4,500lbs, it simply can’t keep pace with the leaner, meaner pony cars. If anything, it’s a domestic take on Germany’s V8 coupes–think BMW 650i, but for a lot less money.

What’s it look like?
The Challenger’s exterior design hasn’t changed much in the last seven years (one could even argue that it hasn’t changed much since the 1970s).

For 2015, the 392 gets a mild, but effective aesthetic overhaul. LED exterior lighting brings a more modern touch to its classic lines and further accentuates the Challenger’s signature round headlights. The front grille is now split, and the hood line arches forward ever so slightly more than it did in previous years, giving the Challenger’s face a more sinister squint.

To round out the new look, the 392 also receives a center-mounted hood scoop, and while it doesn’t feed the Hemi lurking underneath, it is a functioning cooling inlet. No more just-for-looks hood bulges here. This signature SRT styling element helps set the 392 apart from more run-of-the-mill Challengers, and it can also be found on its four-door cousin, the Charger SRT.

The 392 also take the visual formula one step forward with conspicuous “SRT” badging on the front grille and rear spoiler, and “392” badges can be found on the front fenders. Rounding out the look on our tester was a set of flat-black stripes. Against the glossy, “Pitch Black” paint finish, the stripes appeared grey, providing a subtle but pleasing contrast. At $595, they’re almost a no-brainer.

And the inside?
As well-executed as the exterior may be, the 2015 Challenger’s interior is far more impressive. As one of the last vehicles engineered under the Cerberus regime, the 2008 Challenger’s interior fell victim to some of the most egregious penny-pinching in a modern domestic. The big, boastful coupe had outward personality for days, but from the inside, could have been any other Chrysler product on the road. Dodge addressed this somewhat in 2010 with a mild interior refresh, but until now, the big coupe has been left out of the “Fiat era” of interior styling.

Gone are the days of nondescript functionality and barebones features. For the first time, the 2015 Challenger SRT 392 comes standard with a suite of luxury features befitting its nearly $45,000 price tag, and all of them are wrapped in an attractive, comfortable, boast-worthy design.

Without ticking any option boxes, you get dual LED displays (the aforementioned 8.4″ center-mounted touchscreen and a 7″, SRT-branded gauge cluster), heated/ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a flat-bottom “SRT” steering wheel, leather seats, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, Uconnect (Chrysler’s infotainment interface) and a whole slew of safety features (including park assist, blind spot and cross-path monitoring, HID lighting and a back-up camera)

For an additional $995, the Technology group adds adaptive cruise control (which can be toggled on or off if normal cruise control is preferred–a welcome feature), automatic high beams, forward collision warning and rain-sensing wipers. A navigation package is also available as an upgrade to the basic Uconnect for a very reasonable $695. Our tester is also equipped with a striking Ruby Red interior–an excellent match to the black exterior–and the stand-alone power sunroof.

But does it go?
That’s the question, isn’t it? Chrysler claims the 392 will do 0-60 in the mid-4-second range when equipped with the TorqueFlite 8-speed. It’ll go on to a 1/4 mile in the low 12s on the way to a top speed of nearly 180mph (transmission-dependent). The TorqueFlite is the automatic transmission this car has deserved from the beginning, delivering crisp (even violent, in “Track” mode) up-shifts and rev-matched downshifts. The six-speed manual may still be the enthusiast’s default choice, but for the first time, there’s little shame in option for the Challenger’s two-pedal setup.

There’s no doubt that the 392’s centerpiece is its engine. The 6.4 pulls like a freight train from 2,500 rpm on up to its (appropriate) 6,400 rpm redline, and the noises it makes are nothing short of intoxicating. The 392’s active exhaust makes the most of every stab of the gas pedal. However, the 392’s cylinder deactivation does result in some odd harmonics in four-cylinder mode. Our solution? Put everything in “Track” mode and never hear a hint of drone again.

The SRT model has always managed to drive “smaller” than its size and weight should allow, shrinking slightly around the driver and imparting a sense of confidence. With the 2015, that is truer than ever. With the suspension in “Sport” or “Track” mode, the 392 dutifully responds to inputs, tucking into tight corners cleanly and rotating precisely with the throttle. The Brembo brakes are phenomenal, and will hold up to mountain roads for quite a while before needing to cool down.

It’s still more of a sledgehammer than a scalpel, but Chrysler’s engineers have done wonders with what they have. It’s no Miata and it never will be, but it gets the job done in its own way.

In city driving, however, the Challenger grows around you once again. Navigating a parking garage can prove tricky, with the tapered nose contributing to a sense of being unable to place the large coupe’s front corners. Urban driving also murders the 392’s already shaky gas mileage. On the highway, 22-23 mpg is realistic; in the city, that quickly drops to the low teens.

Leftlane’s bottom line
The Challenger 392 stands alone as a tribute to America’s muscle-car heyday. It won’t beat the Mustang GT or Camaro SS around a track, but it packs a heft and charisma that the other two cannot match.

While the 392 may lack the value proposition of the Challenger R/T Scat Pack, it’s still the speed junkie’s choice of the 6.4L models. The fully configurable drive modes and Brembo brakes are an absolute must for those who need to extract every ounce of performance from this quick, heavy coupe.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 base price, $44,995. As tested, $51,265.
Technology group, $995; TorqueFlite 8-Speed Automatic, $1,400; Power Sunroof, $1,195; Uconnect with Navigation, $695; Gaz guzzler tax, $1,000; Summer tires, $395; Twin Black Center Stripes, $595; Destination, $995.