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With Updates, Dodge Challenger Becomes Hotter Muscle Car [Video]

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Updated Blue Dodge Challenger muscle car

Long ridiculed for being an outdated muscle car, the Dodge Challenger has finally received the proper mid-cycle refresh it so desperately needed — six years after it went on sale!

Though subtle, the changes outside go a long way to provide the Challenger with more presence. The most notable are the split front grille and LED taillights, and larger power bulge on the hood. New projector fog lights, a re-sculpted rear valence panel, and several new body paints and alloy wheels round out the exterior updates.

Looking at the interior, it’s apparent where the Challenger’s designers dedicated most of their allotted resources. The cockpit looks as if it was pulled from a completely redesigned vehicle. While everything looks new, the main highlights are the 1971-inspired center console housing an 8.4-inch touchscreen display that works with the Chrysler Group’s latest Uconnect infotainment system, a driver-focused digital instrument cluster that can be configured, and aluminum bezels. There are also 14 new interior color and trim options, including throwback Houndstooth premium cloth, Radar Red, or Pearl and Alcantara suede and leather high-performance seats.

The number of available trim levels has grown to eight: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker. The engine lineup remains mostly unchanged:

  • A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 making 305 horsepower (SXT and SXT Plus)
  • A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with up to 375 hp and 410 lb-ft (555 Nm) of torque (R/T and R/T Plus Shaker)
  • A 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that has been revised to put out 485 hp and 475 lb-ft (643 Nm) of torque (Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker)

The Scat Model is distinguished from the rest of the lineup by such features as standard HID headlights, a gloss black grille surround, a bumblebee tail stripe, unique 20-inch alloys wheels. Similarly, the Scat Pack Shaker gets a black graphics package, Super Track Pack suspension kit with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, a functional hood scoop, and a cold-air intake. Both models employ Brembos for stopping.

The tastefully-updated Dodge Challenger lineup was unveiled in New York and goes on sale near the end of 2014.

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Pays Tribute To 6th James Bond Movie

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty Secret Service, front angle

The gorgeous car celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sixth James Bond film.

Aston Martin has revealed yet another special edition model that celebrates Britian’s most famous secret agent, the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera.

Developed to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the sixth James Bond film (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and inspired by the 1969 Aston Martin DBS driven by James Bond himself, the special DBS Superleggera is finished in olive green to match the original car and features a bespoke metal grille with horizontal vanes, carbon fiber trim, unique badging and diamond-turned forged wheels.

Inside, the seats are wrapped in black leather with grey blend Alcantra, while red accents are a clear nod to the red trimmed glovebox in the classic DBS.

Buyers also have the option of adding a black, bespoke-designed drinks case that fits perfectly in the trunk. The case has a red felt lining, with space for two bottles of champagne and four champagne flutes.

There are no performance upgrades, meaning power comes for the new DBS Superleggera’s 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12, which produces 715-hp and allows the sports car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds.

“This new DBS Superleggera will be an extremely distinguished ‘brute in a suit’, designed to capture the essence of the iconic DBS from the 1969 film but with a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12, 715bhp engine!” says Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Andy Palmer.

Only 50 examples of the Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superlegger will be manufactured, each priced at £300,007 (~$380,478 USD).

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Audi TT Will Be Replaced By All-Electric Sports Car

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Red Audi TT Sports Carm rear view

It’s either electric or nothing for the small German sports car.

Audi has confirmed that the TT sports car will be killed off and replaced by an all-electric model.

Speaking at a shareholders meeting in Germany, company chairman Bram Schot admitted that Audi’s lineup was bloated and needed to be trimmed down by simplifying the powertrain range and eliminating models that no longer make sense.

“For two decades, we have had this young, emotive sports car in our product range: as a coupe and as a roadster,” he stated. ” In a few years, we will replace the TT with a new emotive model in the same price range: with an electric car.”

In an automotive environment that greatly favors SUVs and crossovers over sports cars, sales of the TT have barely registered on the charts. In fact, the sports car segment has been performing so poorly that Audi is also reviewing the business case for the Audi R8.

The R8 might also get an electric replacement, one possibly inspired by the e-tron GT concept and PB18 e-tron.

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Toyota Supra Gets TRD Carbon Aero Upgrades, 19-Inch Wheels

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New Toyota Supra TRD Carbon Fiber Parts, front angle

Sprucing up your Supra with these composite pieces won’t come cheap.

Toyota has revealed a carbon fiber body kit and some new wheels for the reborn Supra.

Unveiled in Japan, the Gazoo Racing/TRD upgrades include front and rear spoilers, side door garnishes, and side skirts, giving the car a lower appearance and bare-composite look that contrasts with the painted bodywork.

Further upping the Supra’s appearance is an available set of GR 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that are painted in black to match the carbon aerodynamic elements.

Pray that you have money to burn because each individual upgrade costs the equivalent of at at least $1000. The front splitter, for instance, fetches 320,000 yen ($2,907 at current exchange rates), while the spiffy set of wheels go for 640,000 yen ($5,813).

Toyota hasn’t confirmed if they will be available in North American or Europe, so you might need to figure out how to import them and incur the added cost of doing so.

In other news, the Supra is a fuel efficient sports car.

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