SRT: Core, Header Orange, more

The Super Bee experiment (cutting some frills but leaving the performance intact) has apparently worked; all three large SRT cars will be getting a lower-priced variant for 2014. The Challenger SRT 392 will be accompanied by the SRT Core, slashing $5,000 from the price; Charger SRT will have SRT Premium and SRT Super Bee, the latter at $3,000 less; and buyers can special-order a Chrysler 300C SRT Core, saving $4,000 off the SRT Premium. Dealers have been warned not to buy an SRT Core 300C for their lots — it’s custom order only.

(All SRT prices quoted here include gas guzzler tax of up to $1,000, but not destination, which is $995.)

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

The SRT Challenger comes with a manual transmission standard; an automatic transmission is a $1,200 option. The other SRT cars, except Viper, all have automatics. The two Dodges have similar pricing for the standard SRT models ($45,159 for Challenger, $46,895 for Charger), while the Chrysler is a bit higher ($49,495). The next leap upwards is to the Grand Cherokee at $64,195.

Challenger SRT Core strips out the HID headlamps, leather upholstery, adaptive damping suspension, stripes, and forged wheels to slash the price; it remains a strong muscle-car value, and Dodge/SRT expect about half of sales to be this version. Charger Super Bee gives up the HID headlamps, leather, adaptive damping, forged wheels, and vented hood. Seats remain SRT style, but in cloth. For both, the first cars will be painted Header Orange, with more colors coming later.  The seats are covered with cloth, but are still the SRT style with extra support.

For 2014, Charger SRT Premium will have an optional Laguna leather interior in sepia, the same leather used in Viper. Super Bees can be purchased with optional 8.4” stereos and paddle-shift steering wheels.

300C SRT Core eliminates the fog lamps, HID headlamps, heated/cooled leather seats, adaptive damping, and forged wheels; instead it comes with the SRT cloth seats and dark grey/black interior trim. The 8.4” stereo is standard as are 20” cast aluminum wheels. It, too, has the Laguna leather option… on the premium model only.

For 2014,  the Black Vapor Chrome package includes the trim around the side windows; black tail lamps are standard.

Grand Cherokee SRT8 was announced separately; and there is no word on changes to Viper, if any.

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Challenger GT (AWD) hits the EPA

We may not know much about the upcoming all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT, but we do know this: it will get 18 mpg city, 27 highway. The car is now listed in the database.

Those economy figures indicate that the AWD Challenger GT will have the Pentastar V6, since they’re the same on the V6 Charger. All wheel drive cuts about 1 mpg off city mileage and,

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Behind the rumors of “22 minute diesels”

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag claimed back in May that the German transport department, KBA, had discovered FCA was shutting off their diesel emissions controls after 22 minutes. That accusation was reportedly widely in worldwide media, but was never confirmed.

FCA’s chief technical officer, Harald Wester repeatedly denied the  “22 minute” charge in statements to the EU Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS):

Contrary to allegations,

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Warren has been bronzed


The Warren truck plant has been awarded bronze status in World Class Manufacturing (WCM), the 20th North American facility to reach that milestone. Ironically, the plant is to be repurposed as mainstream Ram production moves to Sterling Heights, a short drive down the street.

The 78-year-old plant in the suburbs of Detroit, near the GM technical center, has long been devoted to making trucks. WCM was first used by Fiat in 2006,

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How will Wrangler keep its tops “free”?

Jeep Wrangler roof slider system cloth

Even as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler grows ever-closer, sources are divided as to how the roof will be handled — though we are starting get some clarity.

The JT pickup, due in 2019, will almost certainly have a fixed roof with removable panels. As for the Wrangler, some believe it will have the setup shown in the  scale model below (whose front styling was rejected):

The model above has the same removable panels as the pickup,

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Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks

With the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is drawing near, Mopar has started to show their usual teaser sketches of concepts to be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1-4.

Including Mopar-modified vehicles created especially for SEMA, fourteen FCA US vehicles will spread out over the 15,345-square-foot Mopar exhibit.

The annual Mopar press event will take place at its usual 4:26 p.m.

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