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Road to Recovery - Texas and Louisianna

Oct 02, 2017 - 9:17 AM - by MagnumClub
EDITOR NOTE: Dodge, Ram and FCA are lending a hand in the recovery down south. Every little bit helps.


Dodge is committed to helping the people of Texas and Louisiana get back on their feet and back to work. If you have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, you may be eligible to purchase or lease a new Dodge Brand vehicle at an employee price. Present a copy of your auto insurance claim form and you could be back on the road to recovery with a new 2017 or 2018 Dodge!

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Dodge Challenger SRT8 Runs a 9.53, Setting a New World Record

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:32 PM - by armtorque
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This past weekend, David Crockett and his 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 rocketed down the quarter mile in just 9.53 seconds during the Modern Street Hemi Shootout event at Virginia Motorsports Park – setting a new world record for the quickest modern Challenger with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Before getting into David Crockett’s world record run, I want to clarify his record claim. In running a 9.53 quarter mile, Crockett’s 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 set the record for the quickest quarter mile time by a modern Mopar machine with the factory-equipped 6-speed manual transmission. Some of you might be wondering how this record relates to the current Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat quarter mile record set by the Epling Garage car at 9.06. Leon Epling’s record-setting Hellcat Challenger does feature a manual transmission, but it is an aftermarket racing transmission, not the factory-equipped TR6060, and that is the key difference between the two records.

With the Liberty race transmission, Leon Epling’s Hellcat Challenger set the record for the entire Hellcat community, but in terms of those Mopar muscle cars with the original 6-speed, David Crockett’s Challenger is the quickest in the world. Not to take anything away from the Hellcat record-setting run in the Epling Garage Challenger, but this 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is being shifted with the clutch like your average street-driven cars – and David Crockett gets through the gears well enough to lay down a mid-9-second quarter mile. No Dodge Challenger with the factory-equipped manual transmission has run a quicker ET.

David Crockett’s 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8
David Crockett bought his 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 new and he quickly decided that he wasn’t happy with the stock horsepower. With the help of Josh Schwartz at High Horse Performance, this Challenger has been transformed into the quickest of its kind and the heart of that record is under the hood.
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2017 Dodge Hellcat Challenger, Charger Production Numbers Hit the Net

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:56 PM - by armtorque
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Production numbers for the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 2017 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat have arrived online and while they are not official numbers, the lack of official numbers of a particular trimline leaves us to rely on these unofficial numbers for the 707 horsepower Mopar muscle car – just like we have done for the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Before getting into the production totals for the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 2017 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, I want to explain the source of these numbers. These numbers come from a member of the forum Hellcat.org who goes by the name PLMCRZY, and he has posted the accepted Hellcat production numbers for each of the 3 model years. He doesn’t explain where he got the information and these numbers are neither official nor are they officially confirmed, but they are the only Hellcat production numbers available.

FCA will occasionally reference sales totals for a model like the Hellcat cars, but the company (and other automakers) do not offer a detailed breakdown of sales units for a particular trimline. FCA will announce how many Challengers and Chargers they sell in 2017, but the company is unlikely to announce production numbers specifically for the Hellcat Challenger for the 2017 model year. Because of that lack of official information, we have been forced to rely on unofficial numbers gathered by a source which is believed to be reliable.

It should be noted that FCA would not confirm these numbers (just like they would not for the 2015 and 2016 model years), but an insider who asked to remain unnamed told me that “the totals sound about right”, and this is a person who likely knows the actual numbers.

So the bottom line is that these are not official numbers, but the numbers from PLMCRZY have been accepted as accurate over the past few years, so these are likely the only production numbers that we will get for the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Charger in their SRT Hellcat forms.

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Production
For the 2017 model year, Dodge built 2,976 examples of the Hellcat Challenger, with 735 having the 6-speed manual transmission and the other 2,241 are equipped with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Pitch Black (640 units) was the most popular color for the 2nd year in a row, Destroyer Grey (365) was 2nd, Yellow Jacket (355) was 3rd, White Knuckle (328) was 4th and Go Mango (298 – shown above) was 5th. The least popular color for the 2017 Hellcat Challenger was Maximum Steel for the 2nd year in a row, with just 41 units built.

Reprinted from TorqueNews.
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