Mopar’s latest custom creation is sure to be in the running for coolest car at this year’s SEMA show. It’s a 1968 Dodge Charger, a car selected in part because this year marks the car’s 50th anniversary, but taken to the extreme and renamed Super Charger. The headliner of the car’s radical upgrades is the new “Hellephant” engine. It’s a take on the original car’s 426-cubic-inch Hemi V8. But this new engine, with the same displacement, is based on the current Hemi V8, and adds a supercharger. All told, it makes a whopping 1,000 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque on 93 octane pump gas. It will be available as a crate engine, too.
The engine is far from the only impressive change to the car. All over the body are mild to wild tweaks. The wide, uninterrupted grille from the original is still here, but it’s a one-piece example now. And instead of hiding the headlights behind doors that have to open for illumination, the lights simply shine through the grille, retaining a clean look even at night. The whole car sits 2.5 inches lower than stock, and it’s now four inches wider thanks to the huge fender flares. They house 305-mm-wide tires up front, and 315-mm tires in the rear.
Likely the most complicated change to the car is the lengthened wheelbase. There are two more inches between the wheels now, something Mopar did to reduce the front overhang. A close second in complexity are the taillights. They’re the same shape as the originals, but now the round elements are actually exhaust outlets. The tips also happen to be the same as those on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. There are other details that help bring together the exterior. The rain rails have been smoothed out on the roof, the vent windows removed, special 426 stickers have been added, and the fuel door now has a Hellephant badge with a blue background with lots of little Mopar Ms.
The interior gets some attention, too. The rear seat has been removed, Dodge Demon style. It gets a custom roll bar designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, even getting the hoop around the seats to roughly line up with where the windows meet. Gauges come from the Mopar catalog, and the steering wheel and seats are from the dearly departed Dodge Viper. They’re particularly relevant, as the six-speed manual transmission comes from the Viper, too.
Last month, Dodge teased the updated 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and its new grille with air intakes. Now we get to see it before its full debut thanks to these spy shots. We can see that the grille is one of the few things that has changed for the 2019 model year. It also appears to have a new hood that has extractor vents farther back than on the current model. We can also see that this new grille is on an SRT 392 Scat Pack model, not the Hellcat teased a month ago. This seems to imply the grille will be applied to all Charger SRT models, or at least offered as an option.
Aside from the grille and the hood, the rest of this new Charger looks like the outgoing version. The bumpers, spoiler, side skirts and lights all seem to be carryover. As such, we’re not expecting anything else to change radically under the hood or chassis. There’s a possibility one or two engines pick up a few horsepower, but we don’t expect much more than that.
If anything else changes to the 2019 Charger, it will probably consist of colors, options and maybe even another trim level. We’ll know more about it when it makes its official debut this summer. An updated version of the Challenger will be revealed at the same time.
Ouch. That was our first reaction after we saw the video up above, in which stunt driver Raymond Kohn goes full-on Bo and Luke Duke in a specially prepared Dodge Charger right in the middle of Downtown Detroit. The jump looks good – and, courtesy of the whistling-Dixie horn of the Charger, sounds good, too – until you see the landing. Like we said, ouch.
The ramp stood just five feet tall, but since the bright orange ’69 Charger was traveling around 55 miles per hour when it launched, the car soared 25 feet in the air over a distance of 134 feet. That’s pretty impressive. Apparently, the car was modified to take the brunt of the landing forces at impact to help keep Kohn safe (relatively speaking, of course).
The stunt was a promotion for the 65th annual Autorama Show, which is taking place this weekend at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Scroll down to watch a video interview with Kohn that was shot right after the stunt, and stick around till the end to see the automotive carnage close up.
The Dodge Charger, for sale in Portland at Dick’s Country in Hillsboro, is the world’s only four-door muscle car. Its rear-wheel-drive architecture enables a model lineup highlighted by extensive performance-driven powertrains with the latest technology under the hood and behind the wheel – further building on the Dodge brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class power, efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling. For further information, please contact your Oregon Dodge Charger dealer at (866) 817-9034.
New for 2017, Dodge builds on its heritage, introducing new Charger Daytona models designed to deliver more performance and heritage-inspired styling to the naturally aspirated Dodge 5.7-liter and 392 HEMI lineup.
The innovative TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on every Dodge Charger model. New for 2017, Active Exhaust is now standard on all HEMI V-8 models. The Charger also offers a full range of fuel-efficient and powerful engine options. The award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine delivers up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg) on SE and SXT models. The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 on the R/T and Daytona delivers 370 horsepower. The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 punches out a best-in-class, naturally aspirated 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque in the R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392 and SRT 392 models. For ultimate performance, the 6.2-liter supercharged Charger SRT Hellcat delivers 707 horsepower, 650 lb.-ft. of torque, a top speed of 204 miles per hour (mph), National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-certified, quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.0 seconds on street tires and 0-60 mph in the high 3-second range, making it the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.
- Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat model with supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque and a top speed of 204 mph, making it the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world
- Charger SRT 392 model, powered by standard 6.4-liter 392 HEMI V-8 engine, delivers best-in-class, naturally aspirated 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque with SRT Performance Pages, six-piston Brembo brakes and standard 20 x 9.5-inch aluminum wheels
- Active Exhaust is now standard on all HEMI V-8 models. New for 2017, all 5.7L HEMI V-8 Charger models, including the new Daytona, feature a 2.75-inch electronically controlled active exhaust system to deliver a signature Dodge muscle-car sound
- Both Charger SRT models and Daytona 392 feature the largest front-brake package ever offered in a FCA US vehicle, 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers, for outstanding heat management, thermal capacity and longevity
- SRT Drive Modes allow the driver to tailor their driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters, traction and suspension. Drive Modes are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while Custom mode lets the driver select their favorites
- Charger SRT models feature three-mode Bilstein adaptive damping suspension, featuring Auto, Sport and Track modes
- Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack model offers the most horsepower under $40,000 U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), featuring a 392 HEMI V-8, which punches out a best-in-class, naturally aspirated 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and features Dodge Performance Pages, Brembo brakes and 20-by-9-inch aluminum wheels
- Dodge brand’s popular Blacktop Appearance Group enhances the 2017 Dodge Charger SE, SXT and R/T models’ sinister appearance with a “blacked out” look
- Dodge Charger SE AWD and SXT AWD models include the segment’s most technologically advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy
- Efficient TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission is standard on all models and enables 30 mpg best-in-class V-6 highway fuel economy, 27 mpg best-in-class AWD V-6 fuel economy and maximum performance with 160 millisecond shifts and rev-matching on SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat
- Super Track Pak delivers a full complement of race-bred chassis upgrades that include a 0.5 inch lower ride height, Bilstein shock absorbers, 3.07 rear axle ratio (V-6) and Dodge Performance Pages, which provide visible performance information, such as programmable shift light indicator, reaction time, 0-60 mph times, G-force indicator and lap times
- Charger offers more than 80 available safety and security features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control – Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
- Charger’s available segment-exclusive BeatsAudio system immerses passengers in the ultimate audio experience with 552-watt amplifier and trunk-mounted subwoofer
Dodge Charger Model Lineup
For 2017, the Dodge Charger lineup consists of six models:
- Charger SE (and SE AWD)
- Charger SXT (and SXT AWD)
- Charger R/T
- Charger Daytona
- Charger R/T Scat Pack
- Charger Daytona 392
- Charger SRT 392
- Charger SRT Hellcat
- Yellow Jacket (NEW)
- Green Go (NEW) (late availability)
- Destroyer Grey (NEW)
- Octane Red (NEW)
- Go Mango
- White Knuckle
- Redline Red Tri-coat
- Pitch Black
- Granite Crystal Metallic
- Billet Silver Metallic
- Contusion Blue Pearl
- Maximum Steel Metallic
- Black/Ruby Red
The 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT models are ready to go with newly available Go Mango orange paint. The carrot-like shade is the latest in the brand’s long line of vibrant, throwback colors like Plum Crazy purple and Sublime green. Dealers can start order the bright hue right now.
Dodge originally introduced Go Mango on the 1970 Challenger and also offered the color on the 2006 Charger R/T Daytona and 2016 Dart. Now, it’s available on the SRT 392 and Hellcat models. The orange shade highlights the vehicles’ lines well and looks especially good with black stripes running from the front splitter to the rear bumper like in these photos. There’s no way to blend into traffic in such a vibrant muscle car, so this hue is for extroverts only.
Last year at the Woodward Dream Cruise, Dodge brought back Plum Crazy on most Challenger and Charger models. The deep purple is a nice enough color, but Go Mango seems like a better fit for the SRT’s performance-oriented demeanor.
Sometimes you just want four doors. Earlier this week we brought you Hennessey’s riff on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Now comes the Dodge Charger.
Much like its two-door sibling, the Charger gets boosted to as much as 1,032 hp and 987 lb-ft of torque (at the crank) thanks to the addition of a twin-turbocharging setup that works with the factory supercharger. The turbo headers and downpipes are stainless steel, and there is a high-flow air-to-water intercooler and dual-turbo waste gates. Hennessey also beefs up the fuel injectors, fuel pump, and the rest of the fuel system. The engine management system and chassis are recalibrated to accommodate all of this. You also get numbered plaques signed by John Hennessey, the boss of the Texas tuning outfit, and the technician who does your build.
Hennessey’s additions result in zero-to-60 mph sprints in 2.7 seconds, and the big sedan can run the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds at 142 mph. Like the Challenger, the Charger has the same disclaimer: the lofty horsepower figure comes from an engine dyno, and it will be a 15-to 20-percent lower at the rear wheels.
For those of you paying attention, we’ve really ramped up the old Autoblog video game these days. Our new series Car Club USA joins Translogic and The List, and there are more Daily Drivers and Short Cutsthan ever. But sometimes, all you care about is the car.
The Autoblog Beauty-Roll video series has one goal: bring you glossy video images of cars, and nothing but. We’re collecting moving pictures of all the cars we test, inside and out. Each episode comes with a hit of engine sound – start-up and with a few revs – to round out the package.
Set your resolution to max, kick it into full-screen, turn up the sound, and enjoy today’s subject, the Stormtrooper Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. Oh, and if you’d like more Beauty-Roll, click here to see the back catalog.