SRT CEO Ralph Gilles discusses the 2014 Viper TA with Adam Corolla. The specs include; 3390 lbs, two mode suspension, bigger Bembo brakes, active aero devices generating an additional 600 lbs of down force and 355 rear meats. Per Ralph,“The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineering for the dedicated track enthusiast, who still wants to drive to the track and take their hobby to the next level. Our engineers revised the suspension settings to refocus the Viper specifically for track duty, using a blend of components from the GTS and the SRT models, add in the extensively developed aero package and the new Time Attack package is born.” See more at Allpar. Video after the jump!
Chrysler is on a bit of a roll with special editions. The latest is a metallic matte black and satin finished Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition (GTS ACE anyone?) giving it an even more sinister look. It features black chrome “Rattler” wheels accompanied by other unique exterior trim pieces and finishes. The only splash of color, orange, can be found on the calipers, the stitching and a few interior accents. It is limited to a run of just 50 vehicles. Look for it in a very few showroom floors in January. See more detail here at CarBuzz. More pics from the LA Auto Show after the jump!
In 1914, the Dodge brothers struck out on their own and never looked back. To commemorate their centennial, Dodge is releasing two limited production cars early in 2014 based on the Charger and the Challenger. Both cars will be available in an exclusive “High Octane” red pearl coat paint with unique 20 inch wheels and badging. The flat bottom steering wheel, formerly only available on SRT’s, is a nice touch. There are also many smaller details such as a different color “100” on the speedometers and brass colored accent stitching as a reminder of the Dodge brothers machinist heritage. See more detail at Allpar.
The Challenger will continue into 2014 with no major changes. One welcome addition, available on the 470 hp SRT8, will be launch control. Launch control is already available on the Camaro ZL1 and Shelby GT500. Just like back in the day, Chrysler still seems to be playing catch-up! The V6 model also gets new suspension and appearance packages consisting of 20-inch wheels, performance tires, 3:07 rear-end gearing, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a sport suspension, bigger brakes, and a new “Sport” shifting mode for the transmission. More at Street Legal TV.
Allpar has some details on the changes to the 2014 model year lineup for Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram. The Dodge Challenger is in its final year with the current body style and gets only minor tweaks to options packages. This year the colors include Header Orange, Redline 3 Coat, Plum Crazy, TorRed, Ivory Tri-coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.
The real news is that the 2015 Dodge Challenger will see tweaks to the front and rear clip, plus it will get the 8-speed tranny, plus electronics similar to those found in the Dart and Cherokee. Read the full article at Allpar.
Yeah, it looks funky. Yeah, it’s based on an Italian FWD platform. But, it sounds like it might be pretty darn good. Motor Trend hated the Viper but they seemed to like the new baby Jeep, saying, “The Cherokee can compete head to head with any of the modern small crossovers on the road. Off-road, it will bury them.” You can read a summary of some of the other reviews over at Allpar