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To welcome the Woodward Dream Cruise with a bang, Dodge released new Challenger and Charger models to watch out for. The brand unveiled the Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona editions. The cars bearing the 2017 model year come in various bright colors, customized parts and more power in the engine.
Dodge Challenger T/A
According to a source, the Challenger T/A packs a 5.7-liter V8 engine similar to the one carried by the Challenger R/T. The power unit has an output of 375 hp. The car possesses the brand’s “Air Catcher” headlights, LED T/A logos, air duct on the bonnet, enhanced exhausts, and forged aluminum wheels.
Dodge also offers the Super Track Pak for the Challenger T/A. The kit lowers the suspension of the car by half an inch. In addition, it is available with new brakes, Bilsten shock absorbers, remapped stability control and the wheels are wrapped in Goodyear Eagle 1 tires. Moreover, the package comes with satin black hood or T/A stripes as visual enhancements. Buyers even have the option to get the Green Go finish with the kit. The Super Track Pak has a starting price of $37,390.
The Super Track Pak can be installed on the Challenger 392 too with a 6.4-liter V8 engine producing up to 485 hp. It comes with new 20-inch wheels and other accessories. The starting price of the package is $43,995.
Dodge Charger Daytona
The Charger Daytona edition, as its name implies, commemorates the brand’s limited-production 1969 NASCAR-inspired car. The auto has the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine. Its upgrades include active performance exhausts, 2.62 rear axle ratio, the goodies of the Super Track Pak, and reconfigured auto transmission. The kit has a starting cost of $39,890.
The Charger 392 can get the Daytona elements as well for $44,995. The package imbues the car with a 3.09 final drive ratio, limited-slip rear axle, direct cold air induction, fender decals, plus 20-inch wheels partnered with Brembo brakes and wrapped in performance tires.
Caroll Shelby’s dream of making the world’s fastest super car came true with his partnership with AC along with long-time associates at Ford Motor Company—the creator.
According to Top Speed, that created the Shelby AC Cobra, but that wasn’t nearly enough for Shelby who through his years of racing in Europe and North and South America throughout the 1950s dreamed to outrun every sports car there is.
With the Shelby AC Cobra not being able to outrun the Enzo Ferrari and the Ferrari 250 GTO, Shelby had Pete Brock design a more lightweight and aerodynamic body for the AC Ace. This allowed for higher top speeds at Le Mans’ Mulsanne Straight.
The design finally worked, and thus born the Shelby Daytona Coupe. The car’s debut race would be the 1964 Daytona Continental 2000 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
The AC heritage is evident in the design of the coupe. Brock’s design certainly made for a unique exterior. Similar to the Ferrari 250 GTO, the Daytona’s nose is pointier. The headlights are covered in plastic while the large grille was designed for higher top speeds.
The design of the Daytona is pure racecar. It is not made for comfort, but for racing alone.
Like Shelby’s other creations, the Daytona will house the Ford V-8 engines. But to ensure higher speed, Shelby made the coupe’s rear axles beefed up to withstand the torque from the 4.7-liter V-8 engine. It also has a 3.07 ring and pinion gear, as well as the same suspension system from the AC Shelby Cobra Mark II.
The main competition for the Daytona Coupe is the 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO. The two share the same design, including the fastback rear window, covered headlights and the small oval grille down low. This Italian racer is packing 3.0-liter V-12 engine that can produce 302 horsepower, and can race at 190mph on the Mulsanne Straight.
Only six of the Shelby Daytona Coupes were built. You can see an unrestored but mechanically reconditioned one at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Phildelphia. That car is worth $4 million.