2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 – An Upgrade

I like how they call this color Furious Fuschia, they are really taking the Muscle car to another level with the Challenger, some people may not like it but I love the bluntness of this car, they were unapologetic when they made it and they love the statement that it makes. They have now upgrade to a 6.4 Liter Hemi for the SRT8 with a bump of 55 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque up to 480 bhp and 460 lb-ft. They are also planning upgrades for the interior, but I think that its simple and fits the simple look of this muscle car. I’m not expecting this car to handle like a German machine but I think it would be a lot of fun to drive.

Link: Autoblog


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Challenger SRT8 – Manual


I have never been to big a fan of the American sports car, except maybe for the Chevy Corvette for its engineering and quality. Now Dodge has come up with the Challenger, also the more powerful SRT8 version. I can’t keep my eyes off this machine, its beautiful and it exemplifies everything that a muscle car should be. Big, bulky, loud, and the ability to shred it’s tires to bits. For once a manufacturer designed a car unapologetically, not caring about the mileage, or other tid-bits that don’t make a car fun to drive, I got in one a little while back and any man would feel like a kid behind the wheel wanting to slam the gas pedal to the floor with a broad smile on their face. The best part is the manual transmission that it comes with, check out the excerpts from autoblog.

Why Men Love Manuals:

We’ve driven the slushbox-equipped SRT8 on both the street and track. While that variant delivers most of what it promises, the manual gearbox completely transforms this bear from Teddy to Grizzly. Stick-shift junkies will tell you they like manual control – the ability to downshift and engine brake when most automatics simply coast. They like the ability to run the engine to redline, and hold it there, when most automatics simply shift up. As manual transmissions are slowly replaced by quicker (and more efficient) automatics, we welcome Dodge’s generosity to still allow us manual addicts the ability to control a whopping 6.1-liters of gasoline-fed HEMI explosion with the grip of our right hand.

We’ve driven the slushbox-equipped SRT8 on both the street and track. While that variant delivers most of what it promises, the manual gearbox completely transforms this bear from Teddy to Grizzly. Stick-shift junkies will tell you they like manual control – the ability to downshift and engine brake when most automatics simply coast. They like the ability to run the engine to redline, and hold it there, when most automatics simply shift up. As manual transmissions are slowly replaced by quicker (and more efficient) automatics, we welcome Dodge’s generosity to still allow us manual addicts the ability to control a whopping 6.1-liters of gasoline-fed HEMI explosion with the grip of our right hand.

One thing describes this machine perfectly, “It’s an ego car above all else.”

What I like About It:

  • Rational thought was thrown out the window, its dripping in testosterone and its one mean machine.
  • From its big and brawny stature to its angry exhaust note, its what any man wants.
  • There are faster cars in its class but no car can come close to the authenticity of this machine.
  • Don’t expect it to hold corners tightly, or to be the most luxurious, its a muscle bound machine going in a straight which can surprisingly handle when needed.

Link: Autoblog


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U.S Air Force Challenger Vapor

The Air Force wanted to show case their technology and power so they decided to work on making two supercars and worked with Galpin Auto Sports. They decided to work on one Ford Mustang and another Dodge Challenger, I’m more interested in the USAF Challenger Vapor, it looks like a scary machine, even the internals of it looks like a jet fighter, with thermal imaging, long range camera, and fully integrated controls, and stealth mode. A heads up display the covers the whole windshield, solid carbon fiber discs, this machine can sneak on KITT and make him look like a punk. I ‘have always liked the challenger but this machine is really something else, they have turned it into a dark stealth machine to be afraid of.

Link: Air Force Supercars
Link: Galpin Auto Sports

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Classic Design Concepts Group 2 Widebody Challenger

Classic Design Concept or CDC took the Dodge challenger to another level. I always find the old muscle cars beautiful especially the ones which are well taken care of, but this machine is a little different. Dodge has made the new Challenger to resemble the old muscle cars with a new life. Its a true muscle car of the 21st century, especially with its tire shredding 575 bhp engine, thanks to the vortech supercharger. What I liked is that they didn’t just modify the engine, they improved it with a Big Brake Kit, Pirelli Pzero Rosso tires to match. Then they stiffened the suspension with some KW coil overs to lower the body roll and to help with the handling. I think its a beautiful machine and a real work of art made by CDC.

Base vehicle specs:
2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8
6.1LHEMI
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
Brilliant Black

CDC GROUP 2 Challenger Wide Body Kit
Package components Include
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  • Right and Left Composite Front Fenders
  • Right and Left Composite “Billboard” Rear Quarter Panel Extensions
  • Front and Rear Inner Wheel Well Extensions
  • Aerodynamic Front Spoiler “Canards”
  • Unique CDC GROUP 2 Exterior Badging and Numbered Console Plaque

Options on GROUP 2:

  • Challenger R/T – SRT8 Functional Shaker System
  • Challenger RTM Composite Flat Hood

GROUP 2 Specific Wheel and Tire Package:

  • Rims – USW Forged “Crossover” w/Three Piece Construction and unique spacing. Front – 20″X 10″, Rear – 20″ X 11.5″
  • Tires – Pirelli PZero Rosso Front – P275/40ZR 20, Rear – P315/35ZR 20

Other Modifications:

  • Vortech Supercharger
  • KW Coilover Suspension
  • Corsa Cat-Back Exhaust
  • Baer Extreme Plus Brake System

Link: autoblog
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