Chrysler’s SRT8 models may receive supercharger option for 2012

July 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

A new horsepower war is brewing in the States between GM and Ford with their retro-inspired pony cars. Chrysler, in a bid to keep up with the big boys is now planning to step things up a notch with a new top tier of SRT vehicles featuring upgraded powerplants. If recent rumours come to fruition later this year, the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 will be made available with an Eaton-sourced supercharger. This blower will boost the output of these machines to somewhere around 540-570-horsepower.

The supercharger option may be a dealer install job and will be offered on 2013 model year cars. What’s more, Chrysler may fit its new eight-speed auto transmission to its four-door sports cars from next year. Continue reading “Chrysler’s SRT8 models may receive supercharger option for 2012” »

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 – five cars heading to NZ

April 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is the latest and most modern Mopar offering of this well known nameplate and a few of these brand new vehicles are now on their way to NZ.

To kick off 2011 model-year production, Dodge has built 1,100 Inaugural Edition models of the Challenger SRT8 392, all with exclusive content. Only 5 of these will make their way to New Zealand’s shores this month, 4 of which already have homes.

With only one out of the five Challengers left for sale, prior to arrival, Todd Groves Divisional Manager of the Chrysler portfolio in New Zealand, is confident the SRT brand can become a vehicle kiwis will aspire to own. “It’s an honor to facilitate the entry of these specialised vehicles into the New Zealand market and to be able to provide our discerning customers with their very own slice of muscle car heaven. Being such a small market on the international scale, NZ is often overlooked for allocation of exclusive vehicles like these, but this time we managed to make it happen for our SRT fans and I’m really proud to be a part of that.”

On the outside, Dodge is offering unique customisation for those first 1,100 owners. Two colors and fullbody stripe combinations include Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes or Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes. All Inaugural Edition models will ride on standard 20-inch SRT-exclusive wheels that feature a polished face and satin black painted pockets. Continue reading “Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 – five cars heading to NZ” »

Dodge teases 2011 Mopar Charger sports sedan

April 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The 2010 Mopar Challenger was released in the States last year and proved an instant hit. Mopar fans went crazy for the machine and with Chrysler only offering 500 copies of the model, they sold out rapidly. Now in 2011, the all-new Dodge Charger is filling up Dodge showrooms around America, and Chrysler aren’t going to miss a trick by not giving some special vehicles a full Mopar makeover.

As a signal of intent, Chrysler has released a first teaser sketch of its forthcoming special edition model. The rendering shows off a black and blue color scheme similar to that of the Challenger, but the side stripes have been replaced with a stripe that stretches across the bonnet, roof and boot. The Mopar team has also dropped the bulbous hood scoop for the model, opting for a more streamlined appearance. Continue reading “Dodge teases 2011 Mopar Charger sports sedan” »

Mitsubishi Challenger tow capacity raised for NZ market

November 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Recent engine and chassis upgrades to Mitsubishi’s Challenger range have raised its towing capability to 3.0 tonnes. The significant improvements bring Challenger’s performance into line with the rest of Mitsubishi’s 4WD diesel range, which now boasts the largest number of models capable of towing 3.0 tonne and over in New Zealand.

Challenger has accounted for over 240 sales since its launch in January and head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook says the improvements are a direct response to consumer feedback.

“Challenger has had a strong following since it was first sold in New Zealand in 1999,” said Mr Cook. “Upgrades have further refined the 2.5 L common rail turbo diesel engine and structural work on the ladder-frame chassis has increased the tow capability to 3.0 tonnes.”

“We now have three diesel models – Triton, Challenger and Pajero – comprising 11 variants capable of towing 3.0 tonnes or in the case of the range topping Pajero 3.3 tonnes,” says Mr Cook. “The refinements of modern diesel engines and Mitsubishi’s long history in off-road vehicle development provide drivers with comfort, performance and the torque to hook almost any commercial or recreational toy to the tow ball.

“All covered by Mitsubishi’s industry-leading 10/5 Diamond Advantage warranty, our range of tow vehicles is hard to go past.”

Further upgrades to the 2011 Challenger Exceed include paddle shifters and sports mode transmission, rain sensing windscreen wipers, power passenger seat and dusk-sensing and auto levelling headlights. The range also gains the Iron Bark colour, popular in Pajero.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the 2010 Mitsubishi Challenger.

Mitsubishi Challenger Exceed 2010 Review

May 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

In the automotive world there are still some tough tasks waiting to be truly mastered. Like making a V8 engine that’s economical, or designing a cheap convertible sports car that isn’t labelled as a hairdressers ride. For Mitsubishi, the new mid-size SUV Challenger represents another difficult venture. Slotting into the range between the Outlander and the Pajero, the Challenger is designed to offer the elusive correct mix of soft roader comfort and cabin feel with fierce off road prowess. Car and SUV got into the all-new Challenger to see if it’s solved this complicated equation.

Visually the Challenger leaves no doubt about its off road aspirations with a chunky, tough look all round. Based on the Mitsubishi Triton’s tough ladder chassis it has a neutral ute-type stance and is tall (1,840mm) with a high ground clearance (220mm). Front-end styling is shared with the Triton but the top spec Challenger Exceed (as tested) receives chrome trim on its Mitsubishi family grille. Chrome and silver touches also feature surrounding the fog lamps, on the door handles and side mirrors, side steps, front scuff plate and17-inch alloys. Elsewhere exterior practicalities include a wide vertical-opening rear hatch, integrated roof rails and rear tinted glass. Overall, the Challenger’s ute underpinning give it the size and elevated stance of a serious off roader, it has a rugged high-waisted appeal that’s modern but not overly rounded or extravagant.

Continue reading “Mitsubishi Challenger Exceed 2010 Review” »

Mitsubishi Challenger is back in the NZ market

January 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The Challenger nameplate today makes a welcome return to the Mitsubishi Motors stable, promising to build on the popularity it achieved when it was last available in New Zealand.
The all-new 2010 model has made strong advances in on-road comfort and driveability and low-range four-wheel drive ability.
The Challenger has a new high-power 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel engine.  With automatic transmission, five- or seven-seat layouts and two specification levels.
“Previously, owners of Challenger prized it for its four-wheel drive ability, rather than its on-road comfort”, said Mitsubishi’s sales and marketing general manager Peter Wilkins.  “When Mitsubishi’s designers began work on the new model, their clear intent was to offer the best of both worlds — and we think they nailed it. This vehicle, completely new in every aspect, drives like a dream, on-road and off” ¨¨Challenger slots neatly into Mitsubishi’s renowned four-wheel drive range, competitively positioned between the compact crossover Outlander and the all-terrain Pajero.
Style-wise, the Challenger’s basic design premise was to deliver versatility and flexibility, blending tough with smart and muscle with comfort.
One surprise will be the 133kW of power and the 356Nm of torque put out by the Challenger’s 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel enabling it for heavy-duty towing and off-road driving. The engine uses clean diesel technology, with an optimised combustion chamber, improved injector specifications and a variable geometry turbocharger making big contributions to cleaner emissions. In terms of fuel efficiency the Challenger uses 9.8 litres per 100 kms.
Mitsubishi’s Pajero-style All Terrain Technology (MATT), readies Challenger for the hard stuff. Its off-road safe-traction package: Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), Multi-mode ABS with EBD, and rear diff lock help out on the slippery stuff.
With its new ladder-frame chassis, Challenger has 50% more torsional rigidity than its predecessor and the Challenger’s RISE body construction and its six airbags bring added safety. Braked towing capacity is 2,500 kg.
Peter Wilkins says that pricing and specifications have been calibrated to offer solid value with the highest possible feature levels. ¨¨”With the option of five or seven seats, the new Challenger will appeal to active families, so we have made sure that all the bells and whistles that mum, dad and a couple of kids need are there, and at an affordable price”. ¨¨The five-seat Challenger GLS, priced at $56,990, boasts a host of functional styling, comfort and technology features.
These include 17 inch alloy wheels (with a full-sized alloy spare), side steps and roof rails.  Inside are steering-wheel mounted controls for cruise and audio, power windows with automatic up and down on the driver’s side, remote keyless entry and central locking, single CD player with six-speaker system, leather-bound steering wheel, an MP3 jack, privacy glass and cargo blind.¨¨The seven-seat Exceed, priced at $61,990, adds third-row seating with a 50/50 split, manually controlled rear air conditioning, and a collection of premium-style features inside and out: to name just a few, leather seat trim, powered driver’s seat, eight-speaker sound, headlamp washers, speed-sensitive wipers and reversing sensors.
The Challenger is covered by the comprehensive Diamond Advantage Warranty, which gives owners a 10-year/160,000 km powertrain warranty, 5-year/130,000 km new car warranty and a 5-year/130,000 km roadside assistance package.
Challenger Pricing
GLS – 5 seat: $56,990
EXCEED – 7 seat: $61,990

Mitsubishi Challenger Exceed 2010

The Challenger nameplate today makes a welcome return to the Mitsubishi Motors stable, promising to build on the popularity it achieved when it was last available in New Zealand.

The all-new 2010 model has made strong advances in on-road comfort and driveability and low-range four-wheel drive ability.

The Challenger has a new high-power 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel engine.  With automatic transmission, five- or seven-seat layouts and two specification levels.

“Previously, owners of Challenger prized it for its four-wheel drive ability, rather than its on-road comfort”, said Mitsubishi’s sales and marketing general manager Peter Wilkins.  “When Mitsubishi’s designers began work on the new model, their clear intent was to offer the best of both worlds — and we think they nailed it. This vehicle, completely new in every aspect, drives like a dream, on-road and off” ¨¨Challenger slots neatly into Mitsubishi’s renowned four-wheel drive range, competitively positioned between the compact crossover Outlander and the all-terrain Pajero.

Style-wise, the Challenger’s basic design premise was to deliver versatility and flexibility, blending tough with smart and muscle with comfort.

One surprise will be the 133kW of power and the 356Nm of torque put out by the Challenger’s 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel enabling it for heavy-duty towing and off-road driving. The engine uses clean diesel technology, with an optimised combustion chamber, improved injector specifications and a variable geometry turbocharger making big contributions to cleaner emissions. In terms of fuel efficiency the Challenger uses 9.8 litres per 100 kms.

Mitsubishi’s Pajero-style All Terrain Technology (MATT), readies Challenger for the hard stuff. Its off-road safe-traction package: Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), Multi-mode ABS with EBD, and rear diff lock help out on the slippery stuff.

With its new ladder-frame chassis, Challenger has 50% more torsional rigidity than its predecessor and the Challenger’s RISE body construction and its six airbags bring added safety. Braked towing capacity is 2,500 kg.

Peter Wilkins says that pricing and specifications have been calibrated to offer solid value with the highest possible feature levels. ¨¨”With the option of five or seven seats, the new Challenger will appeal to active families, so we have made sure that all the bells and whistles that mum, dad and a couple of kids need are there, and at an affordable price”. ¨¨The five-seat Challenger GLS, priced at $56,990, boasts a host of functional styling, comfort and technology features.

These include 17 inch alloy wheels (with a full-sized alloy spare), side steps and roof rails.  Inside are steering-wheel mounted controls for cruise and audio, power windows with automatic up and down on the driver’s side, remote keyless entry and central locking, single CD player with six-speaker system, leather-bound steering wheel, an MP3 jack, privacy glass and cargo blind.¨¨The seven-seat Exceed, priced at $61,990, adds third-row seating with a 50/50 split, manually controlled rear air conditioning, and a collection of premium-style features inside and out: to name just a few, leather seat trim, powered driver’s seat, eight-speaker sound, headlamp washers, speed-sensitive wipers and reversing sensors.

The Challenger is covered by the comprehensive Diamond Advantage Warranty, which gives owners a 10-year/160,000 km powertrain warranty, 5-year/130,000 km new car warranty and a 5-year/130,000 km roadside assistance package.

Challenger Pricing

GLS – 5 seat: $56,990

EXCEED – 7 seat: $61,990

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T walkaround

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T walkaround

Dodge Challenger 2009 reveal

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Chrysler promises that ‘if you can dream it, we’ll do our best to build it.’ The Dodge Challenger aims to specifically realise the muscle car dreams

Chrysler promises that ‘if you can dream it, we’ll do our best to build it.’ The Dodge Challenger aims to specifically realise the muscle car dreams

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