"Our sole Challenger has just broken the ring of evil the deep blue meanies have so righteously wrought — get through 'em baby, get through 'em." — Super Soul, Vanishing Point 1971
It happens deep in the Nevada desert, just past Austin. On a long, straight section of road with nothing to lose, our friends in the white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T finally put the hammer down. At once, the rawness and purity of Kowalski's ride pulverizes the well-insulated interior of our 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, shredding the peace inside the modern car's cockpit with the same brute force Kowalski used to pierce a hole in the cool desert air 38 years ago. Even with my right foot buried, I see nothing but taillights until they disappear into the desert.
In these few brief seconds, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is clearly defined by its soft edges and quiet Exhaust. Manufacturers don't let us feel cars raw and unfiltered anymore. Hammering down a desert road with a thin-rimmed steering wheel and pistol-grip shifter — that's raw. Four hundred and forty cubic inches and a four-speed — that's raw. Powerslides unhampered by electronic intervention — that's raw.
In 1970, when Kowalski drove this very road — U.S. Highway 50 through Nevada — he felt it. And it was raw.
Hybrid v Diesel Smackdown: Chevy Hybrid vs Mercedes Diesel
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI
No one's talking about it, but the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and 2008
Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI are the two most fuel-efficient full-size SUVs on
the market. We guess that makes Paris Hilton, proud owner of a 2008 GMC
Yukon Hybrid, the hybrid Tahoe's twin, a forward-thinking early adopter at
the vanguard of the green car movement.
Truthfully, calling either of these SUVs "green" might border on an insult
to the color, not to mention the movement. These are still large,
comfortable vehicles with more torque than the average commuter needs and
more seats than most families will use, perfect for vacations but decadent
in daily life.
But these vehicles are more reasonable when you consider that the
four-wheel-drive 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid earns an EPA rating of 20 mpg
city/20 mpg highway, and the all-wheel-drive 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI
rates 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway. This works out to a combined rating of 20
mpg for both SUVs — a big achievement for a full-size sport-utility.
When it comes to large sport-utilities, think of this as a practicality
test for hybrid and diesel. In other words, if you want to drive something
big without feeling bad, this is what it's all about.
Jaguar v Germany Dust-up: XF v BMW 550i v MB E550 v Audi A6
We regret to inform you that the era of the V8-powered midsize luxury sport
sedan could be over. Gas prices aren't the problem; instead, it's the
impending federal fuel-economy standards that could spell the end of these
luxurious street sleepers.
So this meeting of the 2008 Audi A6 4.2, 2008 BMW 550i, 2009 Jaguar XF
Supercharged and 2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 might represent the end of an era.
Under the new rules, shoving big V8s into midsize sedans will become a
questionable prospect even for luxury brands. Without massive price
increases, only the most expensive flagship models will be able to offer
thirsty eight-cylinder engines, leaving the smaller sedans to get by with
six cylinders or worse.
With that prospect looming, we figured a comparison of the current crop of
V8 midsize European luxury sedans was in order. They may not have much of a
future, but they offer some of the best combinations of luxury, prestige
and completely unnecessary horsepower you can get —
2008 SEMA: Dodge Challenger Convertible
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HIGH SPRINGS, Florida — Dodge has no plans to offer a Challenger
convertible, which provides Coach Builders Ltd. an open shot at muscle car
enthusiasts looking for an alternative to the popular Ford Mustang drop top. Now in final
preparations for its official debut at the upcoming 2008 SEMA Show, the
Coach Builders Dodge Challenger convertible will be shown alongside the
company's Chrysler 300C and Cadillac CTS convertible conversions.
Coach Builders' Larry Moran told Inside Line that production of the
Challenger convertible will begin on November 15, and that the company is
"already taking deposits for getting a place in line." The Challenger
convertible conversion is priced at $16,000, Moran said. A 2009 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 currently costs $41,695 including shipping charges and
gas-guzzler tax, so expect to pay nearly $58,000 for open-air Challenger
Moran also says that "custom interiors, performance options and wheels and
tires" will be offered, but the details "are not firmed up yet." The car
that will debut at SEMA was fortified with a Vortech Supercharger that bumps the 6.1-liter Hemi V8 to
560 horsepower and
510 pound-feet of torque. It rides slightly lower on a KW coil-over
suspension kit and 22-inch Foose Challenger wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.
The convertible conversion reinforces the Challenger with strut bars hidden
inside the trunk instead of a visible roll bar, and the acrylic polyester
cloth hydraulic top is padded between the structure and the exterior fabric
for sound and temperature insulation. A heated glass rear window and
matching fabric headliner are also included.
Pontiac GTO vs. Subaru WRX STi Video by Edmunds' Inside Line
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Inside Line pits the Pontiac GTO against the Subaru WRX STi both on the
track and out on the streets of Los Angeles. It's King Kong vs. Godzilla
and only one can come away the winner.
2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT vs. 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Look no further than the hood scoops on the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and
2007 Ford Shelby GT to find the fundamental difference in their
personalities. It's here that both cars' sense of purpose and ability is
displayed prominently and publicly as a statement of their true character.
First Test: 2010 SMS 570 Challenger
Associate Editor Scott Evans is out at the Motor Trend test track to find
out how fast the all-new 2010 SMS 570 Challenger is.
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Hot Rod Time Machine: Old vs New
Just How Good Were the Good Ol' Days? To find out, we've gathered three
modern high-spec ponycars and matched them with their glory days ancestors.
We're pitting a 2011 Camaro SS against the '69 Camaro SS396 that inspired its
design; a 2011 Challenger SRT8 meets the '70 Challenger it so faithfully
resembles; and a freshly minted Shelby Mustang GT500 convertible meets its
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The new Challenger vs. the World [S3 Ep.8-1]
Some of the biggest news to come down the automotive pipeline in a long
time is the fact that Dodge is making the Challenger again. But how does it
stack up against the legendary Challengers of old? Well, Stacey decided to
find out! First, by "grabbing" a Challenger in a most unorthodox way... and
then comparing it head-to-head with a 70'440 six-pack car. But that's not
all... Then Stacey decided to take the new car beyond the legend by
sticking on a Supercharger and really
blowing the doors off of the competition! If you are a Mopar nut, or have
just wondered what all the fuss was about concerning the new Challenger...
this is one show you've got to see!
Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 vs. Shelby GT350
Video of our muscle car showdown between the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
and the 2012 Shelby GT350. Only 1492 Challengers like this one will be
built, and Shelby has a cap of 2200, with only 500. Read the Dodge
Challenger SRT8 392 vs. Shelby GT350 photos and comparison test here:
Challenger Drag Race! - SE vs R/T vs SRT8
MT Technical Director Frank Markus tests the three 2009 Dodge Challenger
variants - SE, R/T, SRT8 - with a three-way drag race and laps around our
figure eight. Read the story here:
Best Car Chase EVER
From the comedy 'Short Time' with Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer and Teri
Garr. Overall, considering all factors, I find this the best car chase
scene ever filmed.
NOTE: Coleman's car here is NOT a Diplomat. The grille in this red car says
Plymouth. As the chase was filmed in Canada where the Plymouth Gran Fury
was sold as the 'Caravelle' from 1978-1982, and as the 'Caravelle Salon'
from 1983-89, it might be a Caravelle. But the fender emblems were removed,
so we can't say for certain that it isn't a US-market Gran Fury.
See http://www.allpar.com/squads/diplomat.html for more specs.
Dirt Cheap Rat Rod! 1968 Charger Buildup and Thrash - Roadkill Ep. 23
Freiburger and Finnegan think this is the best episode so far! It's the
longest, too. This show has it all: a Mad-Max-vibe 1968 Dodge Charger built
with motorhome parts, sideways Dukes-style action, lots of low-buck
wrenching, hilarious snafus, and cameo appearances by the Macho Grande from
episode 8, the '66 Buick Special convertible from a pre-Roadkill episode,
the ramp truck from episode 20, and the Fury from episode 22. Enjoy the
last Roadkill of 2013!
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Ford Shelby GT500 vs Dodge Challenger SRT-8
Motor Trend comparo between Ford Mustang GT500 and Dodge Challenger
SRT-8. This is for those of you complaining that the Camaro SS should have been
stacked up againt these two. When (or if) the Z28 comes out then we'll see
who the true muscle car king is.
Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Ford Mustang
Watch our muscle car comparison with this video from Consumer Reports and
get more car info on our website:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/index.htm Muscle cars are back! We
take a first look at the new Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and