Let Freedom Ring
In the late 1960′s a new modification and performance movement began at Dodge, and over the next few years the company would roll out a succession of beautiful and powerful race inspired special editions of their automobiles. The Super Bee, The Coronet RT, and the Dart GTS were all released during this few year span, and each captured the hearts and wallets of more than a few automotive enthusiasts. There was, however, one Dodge special edition that stood out from the rest: the Challenger Yellow Jacket.
The original 1970′s Challenger Yellow Jacket, which was built on the Challenger Convertible E-Body platform, was a targa top special show car that captured media attention immediately. While the Yellow Jacket itself never saw a true production run, it’s popularity and influence in the automotive show circuit lead to a number of its features becoming utilized on the production Challenger–in ’71 the Yellow Jacket Front Grille was introduced, and from ’72 to ’74 the rear panels and rear quarter panels were changed to reflect the Yellow Jacket styling. That was it, though. The Yellow Jacket never hit production and became a fabled vehicle.The 1970 Dodge Challenger Yellow Jacket Concept was both beautiful and exciting.
Well, it’s no longer a dream to own a Yellow Jacket. With the rising popularity of the new 392 SRT-8 Challenger, Dodge has decided to revitalize the special edition Yellow Jacket moniker and modeled a new version of it’s SRT Challenger on the classic Yellow Jacket cues, in both style and performance.
The new Yellow Jacket is only available in the new, and gorgeous, attention grabbing yellow coloring with black striping. The looks is distinctively aggressive, and highlights the track and performance focus of the vehicle itself. The wheels are specially made, 20×9″ five-spoke aluminum designs, which also feature black window accents, for a fantastic integration between wheel style and body–something that not enough automotive manufacturers take in to consideration when building special edition models. For me, these custom wheels are the true highlight of the exterior changes. The Yellow Jacket also receives a modified front grille that’s close to the standard one in style, but a little more aggressive with wider spaced diamond pattern. The rear fascia panel also has a few interesting highlight touches to separate it from the standard SRT8 Challenger. The look is finished off with Yellow Jacket specific branding, including gorgeous integration of the Yellow Jacket name in to the vinyl side striping.The SRT8 392 Dodge Challenger Yellow Jacket updates the classic Yellow Jacket with modern styling, class and power.
The interior didn’t go untouched, either. The seats are a special edition black leather with yellow stitching and trim to match the exterior. The rest of the cabin is highlighted with small, and tastefully designed, yellow and silver touches as well. These changes are subtle, but, stylish and tasteful, and really help set this special edition Challenger apart from the inside as well as the outside.The seats for the 2012 Dodge Challenger are subtle and gorgeous, with special silver stitching and yellow Yellow Jacket accents.
Of course, this car’s not just about looks, either. The performance of the 392 SRT8 is undeniable. The 470HP/470Torque 6.4L Hemi V8 engine is a monster of a machine that is able to propel the Challenger from 0-to-60 in the 4 second range, and run the quarter mile sub-13 seconds. The Yellow Jacket also features front and rear performance Brembo big brakes, upgraded in size to match the new wheels, that help reign in all of that muscle. The Yellow Jacket will also handle better than previous iterations of the Challenger thanks to a new adaptive suspension system, which features both a standard driving and performance sport mode, and will allow the vehicle to maintain grip at up to .90g on the skid pad. All of is necessary on a car with the size and power of the Challenger SRT8 392, and its full 182mph top-speed capabilities (when outfitted with the 6-speed transmission).The 470HP 392 V8 Hemi Engine in the SRT8 Challenger Yellow Jacket is an absolute work of art.
The Yellow Jacket is just now going on sale, but you’ll have to act fast to pick one up, as there are just 1000 being made–a number of which have already been claimed. We should start seeing this beautiful special edition Challenger hitting showroom floors, and subsequently vast stretches of pavement near you, early next year.
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Responding to calls that a Challenger without a Hemi was a pedestrian offering, Dodge has stepped up the performance on their impressive LSX Challenger model line for 2012 with the offering a Challenger Rallye Redline performance package. This new package will bring improved performance, handling, and sportier looks to the V6 Challenger for 2012 and help the LSX Challenger compete more directly with performance V6 offering from Ford and Chevrolet.
Sticking with the basic set-up of the Challenger SXT Plus, the Rallye Redline package is designed to take the same V6 3.6L Pentastar engine and 5-speed automatic transmission and add performance enhancements to it that set it apart from the rest of the V6 Challenger pack. These advancements in technology begin with a factory designed and mounted cold air intake and new performance exhaust which should help with air flow in to engine and provide a bump to 305 HP and 268 pounds of torque at peak RPMs. These numbers surpass the performance numbers on all other Pentastar equipped vehicles. This new power is attained through the shift pattern with help of a newly tuned transmission which offers a final drive ratio of 2.65:1 that helps realize quicker acceleration and increased fuel efficiency. Realizing also that raw power numbers alone weren’t enough, Dodge also set to improving handling for the Rallye Redline Challenger as well.
These handling gains are provided to the vehicle through the installation of the Super Sport Group suspension package. This package features stiffer and higher rate sway bars and a firmer suspension set-up on front and back that result in a snappier steering. This extra power and suspension performance in reigned in on the back end by the addition of increased brake performance–the front is equipped with larger diameter rotors for extra brake grip, and the rear now features vented brake rotors for improved heat dispersion under high stress braking conditions. In conjunction with the new, larger wheels–the previously utilizes 18 x 7.5 inch wheels have been replaced with RT inspired 20 x 8 inch models–the new Challenger V6 Rallye Redline provides extra performance and the grip, braking, and handling that will inspire greater confidence in the driver wielding their Challenger’s extra ponies.
Visually, the Rallye Redline Challenger also features some aggressive, race inspired styling. The new suspension provides a slightly lowered center of gravity, and the red accent striping on black is the sort of color combination certain to strike fear in many an opposing racer’s hearts. These visual pieces come together to make the Rallye Redline the sort of vehicle that looks immediately at home on either a track or showroom floor.
As with other Challengers, the Rallye Redline V6 still maintains an air of class and dignity to the driver sitting inside. The same luxury touches that are standard on the Challenger SXT Plus can be seen here as well: leather seats with front seat heaters, Dodge’s proprietary UConnect phone and iPod connectivity, a 276-watt Boston Acoustics stereo system, and an automatic climate control system. All of these components come together to take the price of the Rallye Redline Challenger up $1750 over the sticker on the Challenger SXT Plus and place it a final MSRP cost of $29,670 when it goes on sale this April.
This cost however places the Challenger in an almost identical price range as its Hemi V8 powered RT big brother, which brings the car-buyer left with this difficult question: do they spend nearly $30,000 on a performance package and fully loaded V6, or toss down an extra $1250 to purchase the 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft torque R/T model, albeit one with fewer amenities. The final decision comes down to value of luxury versus performance for the buyer, and places the Rallye Redline V6 Challenger in an awkward place.
OK, so I haven’t been on my blog as much as I would like and I would like to apologize to my loyal readers out there in cyberspace. I haven’t forgotten about you so today I want to let you all know about a hot new part for the 2011+ Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. We all know that the supply of aftermarket parts for the 392 Challenger has been slow so when I see something new, I want to make sure my readers know what’s up.
Anyone who is into performance cars has heard of K&N Engineering. They’ve been designing some of the best aftermarket air filters and cold air intake kits for years. Another thing I like about K&N is that they back up their horsepower claims with real world data so you know what you’re getting for your hard earned money.
Well, the boys (and girls) over at K&N have been taking their time perfecting their cold air intake kit for the new 2011+ Challenger SRT8 392 and now it’s available.
The K&N 69 Series Typhoon Performance Intake Kit is designed specifically for your Challenger 392 and boy does it perform. K&N intakes are designed to dramatically reduce intake restriction resulting in additional power and torque. All of them come with a Million Mile Limited Warranty and are guaranteed to increase horsepower.
So, you want proof? Well, here it is: K&N took a bone stock 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 with over 15,000 miles on the clock, installed this kit and strapped it to the dyno. How does 22.24 peak horsepower and 19.25 lbs. ft. of torque sound at the wheels? No other performance intake kit on the market is cranking out these kinds of numbers and because it’s made by K&N, you know the quality, fit and finish are top notch.
OK, so how much does this thing cost, right? I have to admit that I was sold on the Mopar kit and was ready to drop nearly $400 to get one. that is until I found this kit from K&N. On the K&N site, the kit lists for $449, but I’ve arranged a great deal just for my readers through my good friends at Autoanything. They have these kits available right now for $281.95 with free shipping. Also as an added bonus, when you check out, enter the coupon code: 15Retail and you save an additional 15% on your order. That’s another $42.29 off which brings the grand total down to $239.66. But, you have to click the link below to get the deal so do what I did and get this kit while they’re still available because this is going to be a hot seller!
2011 Dodge Challenger K&N 69 Series Typhoon Intake Systems 69-2545TP 69 Series Cold Air Intake
New Mopar Cold Air Intake Kit Available for 2011+ 6.4L Hemi Dodge Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300
Chrysler has released the new official Mopar brand cold air intake(CAI) for the 2011+ 6.4L Hemi Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300, the wait is over! If you are wanting to keep only Mopar parts on your ride, here is a great way to upgrade how your engine breathes. Part number: 77070043
Motor Trend is reporting that Chrysler may replace the Dodge Challenger for a reinvented Barracuda. The magazine cites two unnamed sources as saying the Barracuda will resurface in time to celebrate the vehicle’s 50th anniversary in 2014. If true, the Barracuda will ride on a new smaller and lighter platform that’s more fit to compete with the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The vehicle’s bones will likely be shared with Alfa Romeo, which means a turbo four-cylinder may show up behind the Barracuda headlights as well as a fire-breathing V8. The new Dodge Dart is slated to bring the four-cylinder to the table, but obviously we would be much more interested in a 5.7L or 6.4L HEMI model. MT suggests the design may pull from the original fastback Barracuda, though a notch-back version would allow Chrysler to more effectively compete against the drop-top hardware from Ford and Chevrolet.
We have no doubt Chrysler and Fiat are currently investigating ways to breathe new life into the Challenger. The vehicle has been content to plod along as a distant third to its muscle-car rivals, but pulling the Barracuda name back into play seems unlikely. For starters, the Barracuda sailed under the long-dead Plymouth banner, and both Dodge and Chrysler have a long list of hallowed names from which to choose. Stay tuned.