Is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Overkill?

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The Dodge Charger Hellcat has always been popular with car fans due to its extreme power.  That 707 horsepower was hard not to get excited about.  That makes it hard not to use extreme comparisons and words when used to describe the Charger Hellcat.  As a writer for MSN Autos put it, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is “Nuclear overkill.”

It’s clear from his review of the Charger SRT Hellcat that writer Will Sabel Courtney is overwhelmed by it.  One of those is what to use to describe his time with the Charger.  In his own words “It’s hard to avoid nuclear terminology when trying to describe the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi known as the Hellcat.”  In the end, the word that came out to describe the Charger Hellcat is “overkill.”

Is the Dodge Charger Hellcat too much power for its own good?  It may just be.  The problem with that idea is that I believe the appeal of the Charger Hellcat is the idea of overkill.  It’s a muscle car with as much power poured into it as possible.  That’s what the power of something like this wants.  It’s the fun and the thrill of the drive that is wanted.

Courtney does realize this.  He compares the fun of driving the Charger Hellcat to what it is that makes people wait in line for a ride at a Six Flags.

Check out the review of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and see if you agree that the Hellcat engine is overkill.

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Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge Expands in 2016!

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Dodge is going to be helping muscle car and performance car fans get their need for speed fix.  The company will be sponsoring this year’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” on TEN: The Enthusiast Network.

“When more than 10,000 performance enthusiasts flooded the gates at the first ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ event at last year’s Woodward Cruise Week, we promised the event would be back and it is,” said Head of Passenger Car Brands Tim Kuniskis.  “Even more than a pure enthusiast event filled with drag racing, thrill rides and live music, Roadkill Nights gets people off the streets and onto a track run by professionals, so they can really show how their hot rods perform in a more controlled environment.”

The Roadkill event started last year at Detroit during the Woodward Cruise Week.  It was a major success with the performance enthusiast who attended and Dodge is looking to give that group even more of what they wanted.  First off, the event will be expanding as it heads to two additional stops in Kansas City and Pontiac, Michigan.

The first event will be on Saturday, June 18th and the lineup for the day looks like one that any enthusiast would not want to miss.  It’ll be a day of open-run drag racing, Dodge thrill rides where you get to ride along with a professional driver in the SRT Hellcats and Viper, and live music.  Definitely sounds like an amazing way to spend the day.

To find out more information on the event, visit their website.  For the rest of us who cannot attend, all we can do is dream of the drag races in our fantasies.

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Dodge Journey’s Platform Update Delayed?

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There has been a lot of change lately at Fiat-Chrysler as they’ve been reconsidering much of their five-year plan to compensate for the way the market has changed.  While many of the major milestones they hoped to hit are still in place, little ones have been being made.  Mainly it seems that there was no way to see just how popular Jeep was going to grow; that it would have such an explosion of popularity.  Because of this, many resources have been diverted into keeping the Jeep enthusiasm.  What may have this affected?

Automotive News has put out an article stating the upcoming Dodge Journey will still be keeping its older platform.  It seemed like the Journey was due for something new, but Dodge is keeping things the same for the immediate future.  This decision is set to be till the 2018 model year when the Journey may get that new platform.

This is all according to an un-named source, so take it with the grain of salt that comes with such news.  It is certainly plausible.  Dodge is making a shift to being the place for premium driving experiences, focusing much of their energy on performance, as seen in the Hellcat Charger and Challenger.  It is possible that they have putting off an update to the Journey and other vehicles that use the platform to give them some wiggle room in development.

The future is bright at Fiat-Chrysler, no matter how you look at it.  While it may take some time, I do see the Journey getting some loving attention that it deserve, it just needs time to get the dedicated care.

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Jay Leno’s Garage Pits Leno Against Tim Allen in Dodge Hellcats

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At this point, the public should not be caught by surprise at the news that Jay Leno has an extensive car collection.  He’s never been shy of showing off the vast line-up he has accumulated over the years.  Since retiring from the Tonight Show, Leno has been putting out various YouTube videos that put his cars on display, as he did when he was able to get a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.  After taking it for a thorough test-drive, he ended up giving one to a returning vet.  Leno is now planning on premiering a CNBC show titled “Jay Leno’s Garage” in which the host will run for eight episodes.

The shows concept is simple, it will be Jay Leno covering the thing he knows the most about cars.  It will also combine his love and knowledge of cars with his other passion, guest stars.  Each episode will bring on a different celebrity for him to interview and drive around with.

The first episode’s guest-star will be Tim Allen.  The two will be facing off against each other in what is bound to be quite the spectacle.  They will be racing Hellcats against one another.  Can definitely not wait to see that one in action.

Aside from such spectacles as racing around in Hellcats, Leno will also be using the show to highlight classic cars, restoration projects, and various road tests.  It really looks like it is bound to give car lovers something to drool over and Jay Leno is definitely the best choice to do this.

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Dodge Offers New Contest for Custom Garage

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Would you want to have Dodge build you a garage?  That’s a silly question, who wouldn’t want a Dodge garage?  Think of what a garage door opening with 707 horsepower could do.  It’d send that door straight into orbit.

Dodge is running a contest for them to give one lucky fan a custom garage.  The way to enter is simple, just have a Dodge car and upload a video to their Facebook page showing why you deserve them to come on over and give you a garage makeover.  There is a time limit on that plea, it is 60 seconds.

The contest ends on September 21st and then five finalists will be selected.  On October 7th, those same finalists will be voted on by Dodge fans to see who is worthy of the garage.  The winner of the contest gets a makeover worth of $20,000 and the four not so lucky finalists will get a Contur Cabinet Ltd’s Hi-Kab Kompact storage unit.

So if you want to win, get cracking on getting that video over to Dodge.  Best of luck to all who enter.

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Dodge Plans for 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats

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The popularity of the Dodge Hellcats was something that Dodge didn’t expect.  Due to those issues, the brand had to make some tough choices about the 2015 Hellcats and pull the plug on getting more out to customers, instead giving them a refund and first crack at the newly announced 2016 models.  While this certainly is bad news for customers still trying to get a Hellcat Challenger or Charger, the boost in popularity has really helped the brand.

“It’s an absolute milestone of Dodge history,” said Dodge and SRT President and CEO Tim Kuniskis according to Detroit News.  “It’s the ’71 Hemi all over again.”

The cancellation of orders left hundreds without Hellcats and to rectify this, Dodge is putting an increase in effort into their production of the 2016 line.  They will be producing more than double what was in 2015 in hopes of making sure they avoid this problem in the future.  The two Hellcats, the Charger and Challenger, will also be getting an increase in price.  The main reason is that the standard equipment on the 2016 models has been made nicer, including Laguna leather.

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Dodge is Heading to the Woodward Dream Cruise 2015!

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Dodge motor heads, it is time for a glorious celebration.  The Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise is back in 2015 and Dodge is bringing out the big guns to make sure this year’s event is memorable.

“The Woodward Dream Cruise is a celebration of performance car culture, and Dodge is proud to be at the heart of a gathering of like-minded people who have a passion for cars and a passion for performance,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge, about the event.  “This is the second year in a row Dodge is pulling out all the stops for the Cruise, and if you thought last year was big, this year is going to be absolutely a ‘can’t miss’ event.”

Throughout the four day event, it is expected to draw in racing enthusiasts and those who really want to show off their custom cars.  On the Dodge side of the event, the muscle car maker is bringing some special treats for racing fans.

The popular Hellcats will be making an appearance.  Both the Charger and Challenger will be on hand to be driven through a ‘Drag-n-Drift’ thrill ride alongside a professional driver.  The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, the fastest street-legal Viper, will also be on display.  Dodge will also have a Dodge Challenger simulator at the event for attendees to compete for high test tract times against each other.

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Dodge Readies Plan for 2016 Dodge SRT Hellcat Production

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The Dodge Hellcats have been one of the most popular vehicles this year.  It has been so popular that it has been next near impossible to get hands on one.  Dodge has been frantically been trying to keep up with the amount of orders they received.  The supply definitely was behind the demand.  Dodge was unprepared for how much people would want a Hellcat.  To keep that from happening again, Dodge is prepping for the 2016 models of Hellcats to make sure they can meet the demand of buyers.

“We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic response to the Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge and SRT.  “To meet this demand, we are more than doubling our SRT Hellcat production for 2016 and simplifying the process to make it easier for our enthusiasts to get their hands on the hottest muscle cars in history.”

This good news does have one sour caveat with it.  Dodge will be canceling unscheduled 2015 SRT Hellcat orders.  For those that get this unfortunate news, the silver lining is that Dodge will be offering each customer that gets their order canceled a discount on the 2016 model year.

The steps that Dodge is taking to make sure it doesn’t run into the same issue with orders like in 2015 is to give dealers a potential allocation total for the entire model year.  This number will be based on previous Dodge sales.  The dealers will be getting this number by August 2015.

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Dodge’s “Predators” Features Hellcats on the Prowl

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It is always great to see new Dodge ads pop up.  Dodge produced two new videos to showcase the how awesome and powerful their Hellcats are.

Showing the Hellcats in this way is kind of rubbing salt in the wound.  Yes Dodge, we all know that the Hellcats are powerful and cool, but it is a tad hard to get one at the moment.  Anyway, the thing these ads do, and do very very well, is show why the Hellcats have been so popular.

The title for the two videos is “Predators.”  It features the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat in the wild.  Wild is the key word here; the ad sets a very cool vibe and uses numerous visual cues to reflect a jungle look.  Like a wild animal on the loose, the Dodge vehicles burn up and chase each other through the night, scaring away all the other lesser cars.  Add on top of that Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” and the message of the Hellcats as wild animals on the road hits the bullseye.

The gritty and dark feel with the Dodge car’s red exterior and red lights evokes a unique look for the brand that isn’t shared by the others.  Chrysler has established the washed out look of Americana and Detroit with their Superbowl ads.  Ram hits home the earthly feel combined with country music.  This gives Dodge its own identity.

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2015 Dodge Charger Gets Scat Pack Performance Kit!

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The Dodge Charger has been getting a lot of press and noise recently with the SRT Hellcat.  With the fact that the Hellcat is, unfortunately, having a difficult time keeping up with the public’s demand.  Fear not Charger fans, Mopar is still offering a way to get a Dodge Charger with tons of great stuff by giving the 2015 Charger a Scat Pack Performance Stage Kit.

The Stage 1 kit includes a front strut tower brace with caps, cat-back exhaust, cold-air intake, a premium powertrain control module, and a high-flow oil filter.  The performance is increased with an extra 18 horsepower and 19 lb-ft of torque.  The kit even includes a bright pedal kit.

No Mopar kit would be complete without some fancy decorations to show off.  The extra interior flourishes is a host of Mopar logos and door sill entry guards and a really cool Mopar ’15 graphic on the dashboard.

On the outside, the kit gives the Charger doesn’t try for anything big, settling for a simply matte black Mopar ’15 body side graphic.  The Charger is a good enough looking muscle car that there isn’t much one can do to improve on the design, even with a performance kit.

More items will be included as part of the kit besides parts and designs for the car.  The kit comes with things for the driver such as a certificate of authenticity, a replica vintage Poster, and a Mopar Performance fender badge.

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Source: Mopar