First Drive: Is 2011 Dodge Charger still style over substance?
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Forty four years ago the very first Dodge Charger
rolled off the assembly line and for much of that time some would say that
the Charger has been style over substance. For 2011 Dodge says that's all
changed. Now that Dodge's parent company Chrysler is owned by European
Fiat, the new Charger is a much more of a blend of European driving
dynamics with more traditional American car muscle. But you have to wonder
does it all work.
The 2011 Dodge Durango revealed from the Inside out
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Here are some basic facts about the 2011 Dodge
Durango that raise an interesting question.
1) The Durango is built on basically the same platform at the all new Jeep
2) The Durango use the same two engines as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Of
course the obvious question you might be curious about is...so what's the
difference between the two new SUVs. For starters the Durango seats seven
and is five inches longer. It also doesn't come with the Jeep's fancy air
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:
National Speed: 2011 Dodge Challenger 392 SRT-8 - 420.22whp/419.95ftlbs...
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Great job Dodge, the car makes incredible power for a factory vehicle. This
car is absolutely 100% stock, and these Dyno numbers are SAE with a
smoothing level of 0.
I cannot wait until the aftermarket community gets their hands on this 392,
great things are going to happen.
► 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 on the Track
The 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI® V-8 delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470
(637 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque. The torque band is extremely flat allowing
for strong standing starts and improved straight-line performance
throughout the rpm range. An advanced active intake manifold along with
high-lift cam with phasing provides maximum low-end torque and high-end
power while still delivering up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway with
the standard manual transmission. Performance-tuned engine mounts improve
idle stability and ride control at all speeds.
Standard Fuel Saver Technology (four cylinder mode) in automatic
transmission equipped models allows the engine to operate economically on
four cylinders or use the power of all eight cylinders when needed. The EPA
fuel economy miles per gallon (mpg) (City/Hwy) ratings for the 2012 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 392 are 14/22 for automatic transmission models and 14/23
for manual-transmission models.
A look under the hood reveals unique valve covers with painted silver ribs
and the "392 HEMI" logo, which gives the engine a unique, clean and
The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a standard Tremec TR-6060
six-speed manual transmission and a dual-disc high performance clutch -- a
proven performer that was first offered on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10®.
The optional five-speed automatic transmission features new, standard
steering wheel mounted paddle shifters that join the center console mounted
Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and
the race track. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select
specific gears on the transmission.
In "Drive," the transmission controller will automatically shift the
vehicle. The aggressiveness of the shifting is defined by the mode chosen -
either "Normal" or "Sport." Fully adaptive electronic control of all
shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.
In "Manual," the shift method is defined by the driver choosing to use
either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The "Sport" mode adds a hold function to
the calibration in all gears, allowing the driver full control of the
Most Muscle? Camaro SS v Challenger SRT8 v Shelby GT500
2010 Camaro SS vs. 2009
Challenger SRT8 vs. 2010 Shelby GT500
Camaro v Mustang v Challenger:
Hennessey Camaro v
Shelby GT500: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwCFIk0xH_s
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In our recent pony car comparison test, the retro-heavy — and just plain
heavy — 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS walked away with top
honors in its debut. The big V8-powered coupe needed a new challenge. It
was time to refocus the lens. Shoot from a different angle, so to speak.
So we squared the brooding visage of our SS-badged protagonist up against
the cruelest bunch of savages we could find, the range-topping 2009 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 and 2010 Ford Shelby GT500.