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Blue On Black: Mopar '11 Charger Revealed

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 10:19AM | By: Andrew W Davis


2011 Mopar '11 Charger production model test 2

Though there’s already a rather thick lineup of Dodge Charger models, those crazy kids at Mopar have gone ahead and added one more: the Mopar '11 Charger.

Intended to fill the gap between R/T and SRT, this murdered-out Mopar is meant to give buyers an idea of what they, the Mopar catalog, and a high-limit credit card could do to the already zoomy Charger R/T.

Just 1,000 Mopar ’11 Chargers will be built—900 for us, 100 for Canada—with MSRP of $39,750, or $4,580 higher than the most expensive Charger, the $35,170 Charger R/T Max.

[It joins the Charger R/T ($30,170), R/T Plus ($32,170) and R/T Road and Track Package ($33,170) models already offered by Dodge. I told you the lineup was thick, and those are just the R/Ts….]

But let’s get to what that Mopar-izing means to you…


Forget RVing, There's A New Kid In Town

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 4:22PM | By: Chris Salamone


Kevin Hornby Designs Transit Connect Conversion test 2

Looking back on days of old, the VW camper van was and remains an iconic standard for motorized wanderlust glory. Aside from tempting looks, the VW van also boasted a reasonable purchase price, comparatively decent gas mileage, and easy-to-operate gadgetry. But 40 years later those selling features just don’t hold a candle to modern amenities or make financial sense when buyers consider the cost of owning an unreliable antique. There are many conversion van kits on the market, yet one alone stands out as a strong competitor to the VW vans of yesterday: Kevin Hornby Designs Transit Connect Conversion.


Just What You Needed: 2,000-HP Armored Crossover That Tows Yachts

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 3:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


Dartz Prombron Nagel test 2

You know when you just completed a hundred-million-dollar bank heist and need to make a getaway to the marina so that you can boat away to international waters? No? Well, if that scenario ever does arise, you now have the getaway car to use.

Dartz Prombron, a Russian armored car company that's made a name for itself in oddball tunes that incorporate things like whale-penis leather, has what it calls "the world’s first armored Sportback, designed for pulling yachts." You know, there's a reason that some niches haven't been filled.


Out In The Desert With The Jeep Pickup

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Jeep JK-8 Independance test 2

Last month, Jeep and Mopar introduced a special kit called the JK-8 Independence. In short, it's a pickup kit that delivers a bed to the back of a Wrangler. It's pretty sweet option for the Jeep Wrangler line, given that Jeep has long lacked a production pickup model here in the States.

Unfortunately, the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari came and went, and we didn't really hear anything else about the JK-8 or other special edition Mopared Jeeps at the event. But a new video clip from PickupTrucks.com takes a closer look at the package in Moab.


 

More Drivers Running Out Of Gas And Getting Stranded

On: Mon, May 2, 2011 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


Running Out of Gas test 2

Remember that episode of Seinfeld when Kramer decided to push the limits of the fuel tank during a test drive? It seems more and more drivers are doing the exact same thing, only not in the name of comedy—in the name of dollar bills.

All commuters experience it on a daily basis: the stomach-dropping sensation of watching way too much of your weekly paycheck get sucked into an automated gas pump. The dollars just tick way faster than the gallons these days and the trip to the gas station—once a rather neutral task—has become the equivalent of a root canal or proctological exam (another great, car-related Seinfeld episode—"The Ass Man").


My ZL1 Can Beat Up Your ZL1!

On: Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 3:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis


2011 SLP Camaro ZL1 test 2

This won’t earn me any fans at Chevy, but the upcoming 2012 Camaro ZL1 is a wussy. Though they call it everything from the “highest-performing Camaro and the most technically advanced car ever developed in its class” to the “fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet,” it still isn’t stout enough in my mind to wear what is arguably the Camaro’s most hallowed performance badge.

The important bit in all of Chevy’s PR frippery is the one that reads “by Chevrolet,” as the ne plus ultra classic Camaro, the 1969 ZL1, wasn’t technically a Chevy. Sure, it was a Chevy Camaro with a Chevy all-aluminum racing 427 cu.-in. V8 (codename: ZL1), but if it was produced today GM would demand that dealers like Fred Gibb—who ordered the first 50 original ZL1 Camaros—remove all Chevy emblems because the General doesn’t need the headaches that would follow on the heels of unleashing a tactical nuclear weapon on wheels like the ZL1.

Or so you’d think.


Roush Stage 3 Mustang Revealed

On: Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 11:38AM | By: Tim Healey


Roush Stage 3 Mustang Revealed  test 2

Jack Roush's last name is legendary in Mustang circles, and if you've ever spent time behind one of the Mustangs bearing his name, it's not hard to see why.

They're fast, fun, and no more expensive than a base Chevrolet Corvette. After weeks of teasing, more details of the newest Roush Mustang creation have been released.


Diesel Engines And V8s Headed To Jeep?

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 11:27AM | By: Chris Weiss


Diesel Engines and V8s Headed To Jeep test 2

Carmakers just love to jump the gun, don't they? You would have thought that Chrysler could have waited a week or two to show off its special edition, Mopar-ized Jeeps. After all, the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab is really the kind of place where people interested in hardcore, off-road-ready Jeeps tend to congregate.

But, alas, Chrysler couldn't quite hold it to the finish line and did a full sneak-peek event in Auburn Hills, where you won't likely see many people actually driving big-tired, stripped-down rock crawlers. While the special editions were interesting to look at, they're not bound for production and are basically showpieces designed to highlight what Mopar parts can do. More interesting were some comments by Jeep chief Mike Manley that point to some possible new engine options in Jeep's future.


Jeep Pickup Is Here... Kind Of

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


NuKizer 715 test 2

Rumors of a pickup version of the Jeep Wrangler have been surfacing for years. Chrysler is still thought to be considering the model and only stoked the flames when it introduced a Mopar special edition called the NuKizer 715 at last year's Easter Jeep Safari. Fiat/Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne was later quoted as strongly supporting that model for production, and the jeep/off-road world has waited for official word ever since.

Well, we now have an official Jeep pickup. Only it's not a production Wrangler pickup, but an aftermarket conversion kit offered by Mopar. Still, it's a step in the right direction.


Sneak Peak: 2011 Mopar Charger

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


2011 Mopar Charger  test 2

Earlier this week, we got a preview of the latest Jeeps outfitted by Mopar, Chrysler's aftermarket parts arm. Well, Mopar's prowess isn't limited to trucks and off-roaders; it has plenty to offer Chrysler-group cars, too. One of those cars will debut around the same time as Mopar's Moab Jeeps—later this month at the New York Auto Show. It's the Mopar-ized 2011 Dodge Charger.

Mopar has been pretty picture-happy this week and has been less willing to divulge hard information on its latest special editions. So we don't have a whole lot of explanation to go by, meaning we'll have to fend for ourselves with our own eyes.


LupiniPower Makes BMW M3 Pickup Rival: SuperUte

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


LupiniPower test 2

It looks like the joke is on BMW once again. Not only did the car paparazzi ruin BMW's big April Fool's prank (the M3 pickup), but now LupiniPower, a South African tuner, has used that model as a jumping point to advertise its own juiced-up pickup car: a supercharged pickup called the Chevy SuperUte SS. The car is more powerful than the M3, though probably not as luxurious inside.

LupiniPower's head honcho Michele Lupini repurposes the M3 prank-pickup: "It is hugely gratifying to note that M has taken note of a need for such top-end pick-up vehicles, although we do also need to point out that SuperUte is certainly no joke—our development cycle is now close to being completed and we'll soon be ready to deliver."