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New Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Motorsports team will debut two identical 2013 SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the production-based GT class of the American Le Mans Series

New Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Motorsports team will debut two identical 2013 SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the production-based GT class of the American Le Mans Series

  • New Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Motorsports team features two identical SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the production-based GT class

July 13, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R will make its first on-track race appearance Aug. 4 at the Mid-Ohio (Lexington, Ohio) Sports Car Course, SRT Motorsports officials announced today.

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2013 SRT Viper GTS-R during first on-track test at Carolina Motorsports Park

2013 SRT Viper GTS-R during first on-track test at Carolina Motorsports Park

June 8, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – SRT Motorsports recently completed the first on-track test of the new 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R with team driver Marc Goossens at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C. Beth Paretta (Director of Marketing and Operations, SRT Brand and Motorsports), Gary Johnson (Road Racing Manager, SRT Motorsports) and Goossens give their thoughts about the new car and how the test went. The SRT Viper GTS-R is expected to compete in the American Le Mans Series GT class later this year.

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10:17 am by The Jeep Blog – Jeep® brand vehicles are legendary for off-road performance. Now the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8® is taking street and track performance to the next level, and the industry is taking notice.

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Moparized Jeep Wrangler

Moparized Jeep Wrangler

  • New 2012 Dodge Charger Redline features three available Mopar® stage kits for factory-tuned performance
  • Stage One features aerodynamic exterior components and interior accents
  • Stage Two features bolt-on performance parts for improved power, handling and braking
  • Stage Three features new high-output version of the powerful aluminum-block Gen III 426 HEMI® V-8 crate engine, delivers 590 horsepower
  • Dodge Charger Redline will debut at 2012 North American International Auto Show
Mopar Introduces 2012 Dodge Charger Redline

Mopar Introduces 2012 Dodge Charger Redline

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2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

Posted on OCTOBER 6, 2011 by RLD- We’ll be the first to admit that our new Charger SRT8 would never be mistaken for a “Gentleman’s Hot Rod,” despite the fact it has virtually the same creature comforts as its preppy cousin: the Chrysler 300C SRT8. Between these two high-performance sedans, our 2012 Charger SRT8 is more “in your face” thanks to its aggressive styling, while the 300C SRT8 blends in better at the country club.

With a 470 horsepower 6.4L HEMI® under its sculpted hood along with unique front and rear fascia, the Charger SRT8 certainly gets noticed among the “go-fast” crowd. Behind the wheel of this ride, you might get some wide-eyed glances of admiration and awe from passersby who’d probably give their birth right just for a 12 second blast down the drag strip.

Speaking of going down the track, the speed junkies at Edmunds Inside Line had some fun tearing it up in the Charger SRT8 along with a Challenger SRT8 392. We’d like to spread some horsepower love among all of you, too, so check out this video to see this beast in action. (Just make sure to check to the volume on your speakers!)

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Samuel Hubinette at RedBud

Samuel Hubinette at RedBud

Samuel Hubinette (above in photo by Rodney Webb) had a high-flying good time as he raced to back-to-back victories during Memorial Day Weekend at the first stop of the 2011 Traxxas TORC season at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich.

Hubinette won the top spot in round 1 Saturday and round 2 Sunday in PRO Light — featuring a spectacular come-from-behind victory Sunday over Monster Energy/Traxxas/Maxxis driver C.J. Greaves.

“Mopar® is very familiar with Sam’s amazing car control skills and driving talents, so when Mopar and Ram decided to go racing in the 2011 TORC Series, it was an easy decision to tab Sam to pilot one of our entries. Sam proved to be a quick study and stunned the off-road racing community with a win in his very first TORC event.”

Tricia Hecker
Mopar’s Head of Marketing

In third place on Sunday was another Ram-sponsored driver, Andrew Caddell.

In Sunday’s PRO 4 action, Scott Douglas beat out Ram Truck/Mopar‘s Ricky Johnson for the top spot. After the race Johnson said of his duel with Douglas, ” I was Rammin’ on him hard, but just couldn’t get by.”

In PRO 2 on Sunday, Ram Truck‘s Rob MacCachren took top honors in beating out Scott Taylor.

“This is the first time I’ve run this truck in the dirt. The guys did an awesome job with the settings on this Mopar/Ram, the BF Goodrich’s hooked up and we didn’t have to pull a tear-off all day. Looking forward to coming back next year!”

 -Rob MacCachren
Ram Trucks TORC Driver

For the full story on the weekend racing, click on over to the Traxxas TORC site.

Interested on getting in on some of the off road action yourself? Check out the Ram Runner conversion kit from Mopar as Mopar Head of Sales and Product Development Jim Sassarossi does a walk around and fills you in on what makes this truck so great!

As always, click on any of the photos in the post to see more pics of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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May 11, 2011 – 12:00 pm by RLD- So you got 1200 lbs. of male cargo you need to transport in a hurry? Our 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T can fill that tall order. Its powerful yet fuel efficient 3.6L Pentastar V6 didn’t win numerous awards and accolades from the always skeptical motoring press for nothing. This little dynamo produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, enough to plant your testosterone occupants firmly in the in Grand Caravan’s black leather seats.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

These great looking seats are an R/T-exclusive and have red stitching that give the interior more attitude and less shuttle bus feel. If you’re in the driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are at your controls. Should your buddies in the back get rowdy on the way to the game, a premium sound system with nine-speakers, a subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier will drown them out.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

The Grand Caravan R/T will also bend corners without protest as the R/T package comes standard with a performance-tuned suspension that includes retuned front/rear springs and shocks, a 12 mm lower ride height and lower-rolling resistance tires. These features will make you want to strap on a helmet and hit the race track.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

Speaking of hitting the track, that’s just what we did at the Texas Motor Speedway. Jefferson Bryant, a freelance automotive journalist shot the video above of the Grand Caravan R/T during the Texas Auto Writer’s Spring Roundup last week. We know many of you will never hit the race track but just in case you feel the need, our Grand Caravan R/T can take you and your buddies for heck of a thrill ride!

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

April 20, 2011 , New York – The most powerful, technologically advanced, high-performance Jeep® vehicle ever – the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8® – arrives this summer with a combination of Jeep’s legendary capability and utility, merged with the renowned advanced performance engineering from Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team.

Delivering outstanding driving performance in all conditions, and complemented by key SRT attributes – including functional, performance-oriented styling, world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking and race-inspired interior appointments – the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 broadens the Jeep vehicle lineup and builds upon the successful launch of the award-winning 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

“The all-new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the ultimate performance SUV, delivering a combination of Jeep capability and utility, world-class performance, luxury and refinement, and advanced innovative technology,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Jeep vehicles have long been known for their off-road capability. In addition to Jeep four-wheel-drive traction and utility, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 takes capability to a new level by giving driving enthusiasts extreme performance for the street and track.

“Our new benchmark performance SUV effectively broadens the Grand Cherokee portfolio, and will continue to draw new customers into Jeep showrooms,” Manley added.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Designed and built using the proven SRT formula that raises the performance to astonishing levels, the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 runs from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, has a top speed of 155 mph, and brakes from 60-0 mph in 116 feet.

Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction from the Richard Petty Racing School as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 6.4-liter HEMI V-8

Awe-inspiring powertrain

Powering the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is Chrysler Group’s all-new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque – an improvement of 45 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. torque over the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces.

An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing delivers maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power across a wider and improved rpm band. Specifically, 90-percent of peak torque is available between 2,800 and 6,000 rpm, allowing for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line performance.

Standard Fuel Saver Technology and a new-for-2012 active valve exhaust system allows four-cylinder operation to engage over a wider rpm range, to deliver both improved fuel efficiency – an estimated 13-percent increase on the highway – and an extended range of approximately 450 miles on one tank of gas.

Standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters join the standard AutoStick on the floor. Both are mated to a proven automatic transmission, allowing a choice of spirited shifting on the road and the race track. Both methods give the driver the ability to shift while the transmission controller calibration prevents situations that might over rev the engine. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Outstanding ride, handling and capability

For 2011, all Jeep Grand Cherokee models boast an improved and refined on-road ride thanks in part to the vehicle’s body structure. Torsional stiffness was improved 146 percent versus the previous model, for improved ride, durability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. The improvement is achieved with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone, marking a 53-percent increase in spot welds, a 42-percent increase in arc welds and a 38-percent increase in structural adhesive.

With the new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8, engineers have improved handling even further.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The best handling Jeep vehicle ever – capable of .90 g on the skid pad – features a new SRT-tuned, adaptive damping suspension managed by the new Jeep Selec-Track system that interacts with several different systems (stability control, adaptive damping, transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, Electronic Limited Slip Differential performance, throttle control and cylinder de-activation) to automatically tune the dynamics of the vehicle. Drivers can manually choose between five dynamic modes for specific driving conditions:

Auto: provides the most compliant ride and automatically adapts to any road situation using the adaptive suspension tuning

Sport: provides enhanced body control for a sporty, fun-to-drive ride for the street

Tow: provides a safe reduction in pitch and bounce for enhanced towing capability

Track: provides the high-performance, firm, “track-tuned” suspension option to lock down body motion for the ultimate handling experience

Snow: provides the most conservative dynamic mode, so the vehicle will safely stay

in-line in inclement winter weather conditions

The standard Jeep Quadra-Trac active on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer case uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximizes traction before slippage occurs. When tire slippage is detected, the Jeep 4×4 system can transfer up to 100 percent of available torque to one rear wheel.

The transfer case also enhances handling by proportioning torque between the front and rear axles to maintain the driver’s intended path. The new Grand Cherokee SRT8 also features an Electronic Limited Slip Differential that eliminates rear wheel slip and improves handling.

The performance-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system is improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and pump cooler. Revised gearing gives drivers more direct feel and on-center response.

New split 5-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels ride on P295/45ZR20 Pirelli PZero run-flat tires (standard All-season or available Three-season).

Rounding out the capability of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a trailer tow rating of 5,000 lbs.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Outstanding braking

Chrysler Group’s SRT vehicles are well known for their world-class braking. Stopping power for the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes courtesy of new SRT high-performance Brembo brakes with four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS).

Stopping distance performance of 116 feet from 60-0 mph is made possible by new red-painted, Brembo 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15-inches (front) and 13.8-inches (rear).

Aggressive and functional exterior

The functional performance exterior of the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 features the “planted” look of a high-performance sports car by being lowered 1 inch and adding new, SRT-exclusive, body-color wheel flares and side sill cladding.

A one-piece front fascia contains new LED multi-function daytime running lamps that result in an exclusive face for the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, while a body-colored front grille with a unique black screen background and chrome bezel inserts adds to the aggressive look.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The integrated lower front grille is painted in gloss black and a newly designed underbody belly pan features integrated brake ducting to improve cooling and fade performance. Completing the new front end is a newly sculpted hood with functional dual black heat extractors for added engine cooling.

At the rear, the SRT performance influence continues with a new liftgate spoiler that reduces drag and improves downforce. A unique one-piece rear fascia includes a separate air diffuser along with an available trailer receiver and access cover. New for the 2012 version of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the dual-sport exhaust system featuring 4-inch exhaust tips.

Race-inspired and functional interior

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s refined, luxurious interior takes on a performance feel in SRT8 form with race-inspired technology and SRT-exclusive appointments.

An all-new, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel features a unique rim section with a flattened bottom surface – evoking a race-inspired cockpit – that showcases the SRT logo. Standard paddle-shift controls flank both sides of the new contoured palm rests while all audio and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel. A power tilt and telescoping steering column also is standard.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

SRT-exclusive Performance Pages are new for 2012 and show instant feedback on steering input measurements, horsepower, torque, 0-60 mph time, 60-0 mph braking distance, g-forces, and one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times, along with expanded engine information.

New SRT-styled Nappa leather and suede seats, with sculpted bolsters and adjustable headrests, provide all the comfort for daily drives – and “grip” to keep the driver and passengers in place during spirited driving. The embroidered SRT logos and contrast stitching accent the two front seats. Heated (front and rear) and ventilated (front) seats are standard.

Carbon fiber accents are integrated into the instrument panel and door trim panels and new bright, racing style brake and pedal pads add to the high-performance look inside the cabin.

An available CommandView® dual-pane sun roof provides twice as much glass surface than a standard sun roof and extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle.

The available Luxury Group package adds premium leather to the door trim panels, instrument panel and center console along with a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring.

Check out the Video below to see the  new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

In the auto business, you know it’s never too early to roll out the next year’s model — and cool, new features and upgrades — to your vehicle line up. That’s what Dodge is doing this week with the unveiling of the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T at the New York International Auto Show.

In the video below, Dodge President/CEO Ralph Gilles and Dodge Avenger Brand Manager Pieter Hogeveen give you a peak at what you could call the “greatest American hero,” which will start flying into dealer showrooms during the third quarter.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

For those of you who also like to read, have a look at what Dodge did to the 2012 Avenger R/T suspension:

  • increased roll stiffness by 18%
  • increased spring rates by 17% in the front and more than 12% in the rear
  • front strut damping rates increased 15%
  • rear strut damping rates are increased almost 20%
  • rear stabilizer bar diameter is 2 mm larger, increased from 19 mm to 21 mm
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

The suspension changes result in a spirited, performance sedan driving experience, with best-in-class 283 horsepower. Manufacturered at our Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant, the 2012 Avenger R/T delivers 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.

Other highlights include:

  • 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 engine (one of Ward’s “10 Best Engines”) mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle
  • unique exterior design elements, including a unique body-color grille with the Dodge badge, menacing black headlamp background, the “war paint” R/T decal on the front quarter panel and unique 18-in. painted aluminum wheels.
  • Dodge Avenger is a 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, and includes a varity of high-end standard safety features
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

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