Dodge caused quite a stir among muscle car enthusiasts when they took the wraps off the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new top-spec offering of the brawny coupe. While the Hellcat boasts massive six-piston Brembo brakes, uprated suspension, a new optional 8-speed gearbox (a six speed manual is standard), and a host of aero tweaks to go along with its refreshed styling, the centerpiece of the model is the all-new, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. But they remained vague about horsepower specifics, only offering “over 600 horsepower” as any indicator of what to expect. Turns out Dodge was being rather coy.
The term “beast” gets thrown around almost casually in the automotive industry, as do the terms “track focused” and “high performance”. But if you’re seeking the pure definition of these terms rather than some marketing line, Chrysler’s SRT division has a car for you. Limited to just 159 examples, the Viper TA – which stands for “Time Attack” – is a road course weapon of the highest degree, riding the line between street and track so tightly that one is left to ponder where “sports car” ends and “race car with a stereo” begins.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Chysler’s SRT brand has shown the Anodized Carbon Special Edition Package for the 2014 Viper GTS. It includes a striking, dark matte metallic finish, and several other features that make it a unique grab for the Viper customer who really wants to stand out.
According to our friends at Motor Trend, a hotter Challenger could be on the way. SRT chief Ralph Gilles offered a not-so-subtle hint regarding the sharper Challenger at last week’s New York Auto Show. The new model would be designed to compete with the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which debuted in the Big Apple.
A 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR has set a new lap record for a production vehicle at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Its time of 1:33:915 beats the previous record by over one second.