"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 —
2009 Dodge Challenger R/T - 1st Full Test
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ENGLISHTOWN, New Jersey — There has been lots of speculation about the
speed of the new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T with its 375-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, and
we were able to conduct our own independent testing at Old Bridge Township
Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, the site of the official
introduction of the 2009 Dodge Challenger lineup.
This is the very first chance to test the performance of Chrysler's new
muscle car in R/T trim. Our data includes 0-60-mph acceleration,
quarter-mile performance, braking distance and slalom speed, as well as
insight from IL's test-driver.
Chrysler based its introduction of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8, R/T and
SE at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, a traditional stop for the NHRA's
professional drag-racing championship. Thanks to our portable Racelogic
VBOX III testing gear, we were able to use the track for performance
testing, although the lack of a suitable plot of pavement precluded skid
The 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T with its 375-hp 5.7-liter V8 and six-speed
manual transmission accelerated to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds (5.5 seconds with
1 foot of rollout like on a drag strip), then reached the quarter-mile in
14.1 seconds at 100.8 mph. In comparison, the 315-hp 2008 Mustang Bullitt we tested late last
year with a 4.6-liter V8 and Tremec five-speed manual transmission ran to
60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. The Bullitt also ran a 13.8-second quarter-mile
at 102.1 mph.
At 4,041 pounds, the R/T weighs about 100 pounds less than a 2009 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 with a six-speed transmission. In fact the R/T is only
fractionally slower to 60 mph than the SRT8's 5.5 seconds (5.2 seconds with
1 foot of rollout). The difference lies in the higher redline of the SRT8's
425-hp 6.1-liter Hemi, which enables the car to pull past 60 mph in 2nd
gear. In comparison, the R/T requires a shift into 3rd gear.
2008 SEMA: Dodge Challenger Convertible
MORE SEMA INFO:
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.
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!
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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2015 Dodge Challenger: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2015 Dodge Challenger and 2015 Dodge Charger
made their debuts at the New York Auto Show bringing refreshed muscle to
There's an all-new interior on the 2015 Dodge Challenger with 1971-inspired
high-sill center console and driver-focused instrument panel, aluminum
bezels and 14 interior color and trim options, including throwback
Houndstooth premium cloth, Radar Red, or Pearl and Alcantara suede and
leather high-performance seats.
Check us out on:
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Twitter: ( https://www.twitter.com/tflcar )
and now even Truck Videos on YouTube at:
The Fast Lane Truck ( http://www.youtube.com/user/tflcar )
and classic cars as well at:
TFLClassics ( http://www.youtube.com/user/ClassicsUnleashed )
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!
Roadkill appears every fourth Friday on the Motor Trend channel.
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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.
Read the full story here:
Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador! Roadkill Episode 5
On this episode of Roadkill, HOT ROD's David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan
spend 24 crazy hours with a 1930 Model A Rat Rod and a 2012 Lamborghini
Aventador to find out which wildly impractical, larger-than-life car
attracts the most attention.
Roadkill appears every fourth Friday on the new Motor Trend channel.
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Are interiors in American cars crap?
Collection of different videos about American cars interiors.
What do you think? Write your comments or respond by posting your video
GENERAL LEE VS THE BANDIT TRANS AM - BEST CAR CHASE EVER !!!
Here it is...Two of the most famous cars of all time in a an all out car
No matter which car is your favorite, everyone wins with this feature video
shot in the Arkansas countryside with A REAL GENERAL LEE.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!
Special thanks to Mark Osborne of Southern Coating & Nameplate, Inc. (
http://www.southerncoating.com/contact.html ) for letting us beat the crud
out of his cars and his wife for making us some of the best Southern fried
chicken we've ever had!
Look for this story on the cover of the November 2011 issue of Hot Rod
Magazine...buy two or three copies, seriously it's that good!
Video Shot and Edited by Jason Lewis (email@example.com)
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: