The wait is over for NHRA Pro Stock Mopar fans as the new 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock car will officially debut at the 2014 NHRA Gator Nationals this March. The two new rides will be replacing the aging (but championship winning) Dodge Avenger Pro Stock car for both Allen Johnson and Jeg Coughlin.
While Dodge had designed the former Pro Stock Avenger to still look like a street going Avenger – the pictured Dart looks like it was designed to WIN.
The front grille and head lights do indeed resemble a street Dart, but that’s where the similarities end, save for what appears to be a recessed area out back for the trademark Dodge racetrack tail-lamp.
We’re certain that photos’ of the finished race cars will be live soon but here’s a taste of the Darts competitive factory-backed return to NHRA drag racing since exiting sometime in the mid 1970′s.
The next generation of Chrysler large cars will soon be upon us and we figured now was a better time than ever to begin speculation about them.
It’s been no secret that the current 2011+ LX platform would soon be exchanged for a new platform but those details are still a little foggy. We know that both Alfa Romeo and Chrysler engineers are working on a new rear-drive platform for future D-segment vehicles but it’s unclear if that platform will also be stretched for use under their E-segment cars, such as the future Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.
This route has merit as GM currently uses the same “Alpha” RWD platform for the D-segment Cadillac ATS as well as the E-segment Cadillac CTS and it will also be used by the next generation Camaro coupe.
Many (including us) speculated that the future 2016-2017 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 would probably use the same platform as the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli but the cost of the components used by those vehicles would not fit into the budget of the more volume minded Mopars. The next generation Maserati twins will likely end up with a more expensive version of whatever platform the 2016-2017 300 and Charger end up with anyway, as they do now.
Expect the future Chrysler 300 to take a more aggressive styling direction than it currently uses which may include a departure from the look and feel the car has had since its introduction back in 2005.
We’ve learned a couple tasty details about the much anticipated SRT super engine regarding its target horsepower and annual volume numbers.
Horsepower is being targeted at 640, but that’ll apparently be a very conservative number in order to not make their V10 look bad. This will be a 640 horsepower engine that puts down more than that at the rear wheels, which is actually pretty common today especially with boosted applications.
Annual output is pegged at just under 7000 units, which confirms that the engine is headed for the engine bays of more cars than just the Challenger, and it’ll likely be used in all SRT vehicles that currently use the 6.4L Apache engine.
The HellCat has also seen its share of delays, production was supposed to begin back in the spring and then in the summer but both were missed and now its all hands on deck to ensure it meets its next pending production start date so it’ll be ready for model year 2015 introduction.
Thanks to some notoriously reliable sources, we now have a very good idea of what the refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger is going to look like. As you can see, the front fascia will be drastically changed from what we’ve seen on the Charger since its re-entry into the Dodge line-up back in 2006.
For the 2015 model year the car will be getting a mid cycle refresh that will include the new front end styling, 8-speed ZF automatics across the board behind all engines, a base 3.2L Pentastar V6, a 3.6L Pentastar with 305+ horsepower, a revised 5.7L hemi with a reported 410~ horsepower, a revised 6.4L SRT hemi with 500+ horsepower and the all conquering 6.2L SRT Supercharged Hellcat hemi with 640+ horsepower.
Interiors are said to see some upgrades as well, new next generation UConnect systems, in-dash digital TFT screens (like the current Ram, Grand Cherokee and Viper), new seating (like the current Dodge Dart) and new steering wheels among some other improvements.
Out back the LED “racetrack” lights will lose the individual LED look and move to a solid LED appearance in addition to a more aggressive lower diffuser.
The revised 2015 Dodge Charger will go on sale in October 2015 and debut to the public sometime during the 2014 auto show season.