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CRYSTAL COVE, Calif. -- The sun is a soft glow on the still-slumbering Pacific at dawn, before the ocean awakes with yawning waves, and the seaside shops blink open their shutters.
But nearby is the sound and smell of serious horsepower. Engines are roaring as Lamborghinis, rare Porsche speedsters and lime-green Vipers roll almost regally into the lot of a strip mall perched high above the sea. The surfers may still be sleeping, but the car nuts are most definitely awake.Every Saturday morning, and we do mean morning -- not even the local Starbucks is open -- hundreds of exotic-car owners and admirers from across southern California gather to gawk, preen and convene in a loosely organized exotic and classic-car extravaganza known simply by its location: Crystal Cove.
Row after row of hand-built kit cars, super cars and every kind of impracticality on wheels, sit alongside pristine American muscle and Italian fancy. One stunning black-and-white exotic with a white bubble cockpit perched on a black, sharp-nosed hood resembled an Oreo cookie that might, at any moment, take flight.
By 7 a.m., the parking lot is so filled with expensive, one-of-kind metal that when a Mercedes CLK 320 slides by, the only head that turns is that of the protective owner of a 427 Cobra who gives the Mercedes driver a look that distinctly says, "Don't you dare scratch my baby with that trash."
Sprinkled among the owners and admirers are a smattering of car designers who regularly drop in for a shot of inspiration. (Ford designers are such fans that the auto parade recently relocated to Ford's design studio parking lot in Irvine after noise complaints.)
On this day, the pros include Ford designer Tyler Blake, a young, soft-spoken guy in jeans whose eyes light up behind rimless glasses when he walks by a bright-blue 1970 Chevelle SS -- a tough, American muscle machine that looks like something a Clint Eastwood character would shoot you from.
"That's one of my favorite cars," Blake says, doing the typical designer dance -- view it from the front, kneel down, step back a few paces, come forward, walk around to the back, repeat. "It's so tough."
Blake, like other designers who can't seem to resist the call of Crystal Cove, see something different when they look at these cars. They talk about distance between wheels, proportion, the size of the hood, or it's volume. Walking through rows of cars with Blake is like walking through a museum with an art professor.
"Look at the way the light plays off the sheet metal," he says, gazing at a '55 Porsche, seemingly unperturbed that the Starbucks has still not opened. "You really can't get that anywhere else in the U.S. but here."
Blake loves American muscle cars, he says, for all the typical boy reasons, but also for their proportion. "There's a balancing point those designers achieved with proportion, the vast hood, the tough shoulders of the car. There's nothing like American muscle."
"Look at that," Blake says, nodding toward a 1970 Boss Mustang. "You could make a whole Focus out of the sheet metal on that hood."
Since Blake transferred from Detroit to Ford's design center in Irvine, he says he's starting to draw with more color. He comes to the Cove at least once a month just to be around passionate car owners, he says, and to be bombarded with the beauty and history of the past -- and also to be reminded of what differentiates a trend from true classic design.
A tricked-out silver Hummer drives past slowly. "See, that's cheesy and trendy," he says. "It just goes too far." He gestures toward the '55 Porsche. The lines are so classic, so elegant that "it's timeless. Even now, it looks modern."
That's what he's striving for in his work at Ford. He was already on the team that designed a compact, futuristic sports car, called the Reflex, released as a concept car at the 2006 Detroit auto show.
But at 33, Blake has got decades of work ahead of him. And plenty of time to create something so memorable, that 50 years from now, if he succeeds, it will glide into this parking lot and some young designer will stand in front of it, back up, kneel down and shake his head in pure admiration.By Tamara Audi
RED HOT CARS AND RED HOT CHICKS! Does it get any better than this guys?
American muscle meets Italian style
The doors are hinged at the base of the upright A-pillar and open vertically at the touch of a button
With the muscle car wars already beginning to heat up this summer, speculators have been doing there level best at speculating on what direction FoMoCo will be boldly moving towards for the 2009 model year of it's hard-charging pony car.
Some claim it'll look similar to the Giugiaro Mustang from this year's LA show, with others claiming it'll get a shooting brake re-make. All the rumors do seem to suggest at the very least it'll receive a bit of a front face lift to tighten the skin over the sagging Sid Ramnarace and J Mays "retro-futurism" exterior in an attempt make it look more like the PYT it wants to be when compared with the new-to-the-block Camaro and Challenger.
In addition to the collagen implant in front, there are mumblings of a retractable hardtop in the offing. Under the hood, there's rumors the GT version will be tweaked with output going up to...
...the 350-horsepower range -- and maybe more. Well, at least more in the fervent hopes and dreams of Mustang-lovers everywhere. Though no spy shots have yet been snapped of this horse in the wild, Autobytel has an illustration, courtesy of Priddy & Co., of the direction they think it's going to take.
The 2007 Ford Mustang has been named Most Wanted Convertible Under $35,000 by Edmunds.com editors -- the second time Mustang has won the designation.
"These are the vehicles our editorial team would chose to have in our own driveways," said Edmunds.com editor-in-chief Karl Brauer. Edmunds.com praised the Mustang's performance, retro styling and affordable price.
The Edmunds' honor is just the latest in a string of critical accolades for Mustang that, along with consumer popularity, have spurred competitors to revive their muscle cars, primarily the new Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
"Without the uncanny success of the Mustang, with its retro styling cues, V8 rumble, brash manner and affordable price, GM and DaimlerChrysler would surely not have bothered replaying these oldies," said Kevin Smith of Edmunds.com.
If this sounds familiar it's because automakers are reliving a scene originally played out some 40 years ago. In what auto writers dubbed the "Pony Car Wars," domestic automakers battled each other in the 1960s and early 1970s to see which company could create the most popular American muscle car.
"We embrace the Pony wars," said James Owens, Mustang marketing manager. "Mustang is the authentic American muscle car. In fact, Mustang is the only one of the original pony cars from the 1960s to live on into the 21 st century with no interruption in production."
In the wake of the Mustang's success in 1964, competing automakers set about developing products to challenge Ford's pony car – the Plymouth Barracuda, the Camaro and Firebird, the American Motors Javelin and the Dodge Challenger.
Times changed, however, and growing concerns over safety, fuel efficiency, environmental issues and insurance costs in the 1970s and 1980s diminished interest in muscle cars.
By 2002, when production of the Camaro ceased, all Mustang rivals had disappeared from the marketplace. Then, in 2004, Ford introduced a Mustang redesign embraced by auto writers and consumers.
"The 2007 Ford Mustang represents a deft blend of classic American muscle car styling cues and modern design," wrote the editors of Edmunds.com "Whether you choose a V6 or V8, a coupe or convertible, this is one of the best values on the market for consumers seeking traditional rear-wheel-drive performance."
One reason for Mustang's longevity is the car's appeal to a wide range of car buyers.
"Mustang has two kinds of buyers," Owens said. "People under 40 and people over 40. That sounds like a joke, but its true. Our target customer "Drew" is a younger person who likes the Mustang because its basically cool. But our consumption customer is the baby boomer, who no longer needs a mini van or SUV and who fondly remembers the Mustang of their youth."
While neither competitor is in production yet, the Chevy Camaro concept made a stir at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. The production model is expected to be a coupe and reach showrooms during the first quarter of 2009. Specific details are unknown at this point, but GM indicates the Camaro will be offered in a variety of models with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions and V-6 and V-8 engines.
Daimler/Chrysler will debut its new Dodge Challenger in 2009. Details are even scarcer than for Camaro, but a Hemi engine is a good bet.
In another flashback, Ford announced it is reviving the legendary 5.0-liter 302 cubic inch V-8 engine for the aftermarket with a new line of BOSS 302 crate engines, which will go on sale in early 2007. Making its debut in 1969, the original BOSS 302 powered a limited production Mustang model sold for two years, which was known as the BOSS 302. The new line of BOSS crate engines will deliver up to 500 horsepower.
Despite challenges, Mustang's production streak looks destined to continue with sales up more than 30 percent in September 2006 compared with the same period in 2005. Mark Fields, executive vice president and president-The Americas, announced in September that at least one new Mustang variation would be introduced every year.
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The 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 is stiff, stiff, stiff, stiff.
The ride is stiff. The steering is stiff. The clutch is stiff. The shifter is stiff.
Therein lies the charm.
This is the modern evocation of a classic muscle car. If it were not stiff, it would not require muscle.
Of course, the muscle designation refers to power, not effort. In this case, we're talking about a hot 500 horsepower from a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with 32 valves, twin overhead camshafts and a supercharger.
It's hooked to a six-speed manual gearbox that transfers the engine's 480 foot-pounds of torque to the rear wheels, which are bolted to an old-fashioned solid rear axle. No automatic transmission is offered.
Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, muscle cars were the rage. But they were spooky, with imprecise handling and questionable brakes. Ford pumped up its Mustang, the original pony car, by turning it over to performance impresario Carroll Shelby.
The result was the Shelby GT350 and the Shelby GT500, which were the hottest Mustangs of the era. With the introduction of the current-generation Mustang, Ford decided to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear by styling the new car close to what it looked like in 1967.
Naturally, that had to be followed by the 2007 Shelby GT500, which bears the distinction of being the most powerful Mustang ever made.
Mr. Shelby himself concedes that the early Mustangs that bore his name left a lot to be desired. "Great engines, couldn't turn, couldn't stop," is how he described it.
But that was then, 40 years ago, when suspension, steering and brake design lagged behind engine development.
Mr. Shelby also concedes privately that he had little to do with the new GT 500. He describes himself as a businessman, not an engineer, and credits the new car's tingling high performance to the engineers from Ford's Special Vehicle Team. They get their due on the car, which carries the SVT initials on the door sill plates.
But despite the fact that Mr. Shelby is a midlevel octogenarian, his name remains magic among automobile aficionados who value brute power as expressed in good old Detroit iron.
The new car, however, is far from good old. Like the Mustang on which it is based, the GT500 benefits from sophisticated, computer-generated design and engineering that come together in a package that not only has awesome power but handling and braking that are enhanced by traction control, antilock brakes and electronic brake force distribution.
That translates into fuss-free hustle around tight turns, on a race track or twisting mountain road, as well as stops from freeway speeds that happen in less time than it takes to tell about it. On the performance front, the GT500 does not have a significant flaw, unlike its predecessors of four decades ago.
But it does have some of the old feel. Climb into the driver's seat, and the high hood stretches out to the horizon. The GT500 has that old long hood, short deck design that almost makes it feel as if you're driving from the back seat.
Like other Mustangs, it has a back seat that can accommodate a couple of adults, as long as they're agile and of small stature. There's no sliding passenger seat to ease entry into the back. The trunk is small but useful.
But the GT500 is not about practicality or accommodations. What it delivers is the thrill of raw power as you slam your way through the gears. Despite the stiffness, it is easy to drive smoothly, and the V-8 engine has the sort of rumble and rap that gets the juices flowing.
It is accompanied by a marvelous aural treat -- a whine, the source of which can only be imagined as you punch the pedal in second and third gears. Is it the supercharger, or is it old-fashioned gear whine, of the sort you'd hear from a powerful 1930s era Packard or Cadillac in a noir movie?
Whatever, it's exciting in a way you cannot experience in more refined machinery. It's something like running a powerful V-twin Harley-Davidson motorcycle next to a slick Suzuki performance bike.
Though it looks terrific from the outside, way better than its oddly shaped predecessors of yore, and especially with the blue-and-white striped American racing colors, the GT500 has a plain-vanilla interior, serviceable but nothing to challenge a designer look. The front bucket seats are better than those in 99 percent of the Mustangs ever made, but still lack a bit of lateral support.
The base price of the Shelby GT500 is $42,975 and, with a $1,300 gas guzzler tax and a few options that included an upgraded Shaker audio system with a six-disc CD changer, the suggested price came to $44,880.
But that's irrelevant.
The Shelby GT500 has created such a buzz among the faithful that some of them have paid $20,000 and more above the sticker price simply to be among the first to impress their friends at the local drive-in. Better to wait until things settle down.
By Frank Aukofer
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MUSCLE CAR 1000
Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction, ranked one of the “Big Three” auctions of the year to attend, presents a unique journey with the exclusive Muscle Car 1000 tour. Russo and Steele is proud to be the founding sponsor of Muscle Car 1000’s second annual tour. It is a week (September 25-30, 2006) of luxury, camaraderie and excitement for muscle car enthusiasts.
Russo and Steele is proud to be the founding sponsor of Muscle Car 1000’s second annual tour. This week of luxury, camaraderie and excitement occurred September 25-30, 2006. The second annual Muscle Car 1000 adventure commenced at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara and then made stops at Morro Bay, Cambria, Paso Robles, and Napa Valley, with the finale staged in a return to Santa Barbara. Muscle Car 1000 donates fifty percent of the profits from this event to HeRO, the Hunger Relief Organization.
To become a participant in the Muscle Car 1000, the registrant must have a qualifying car. A qualifying car is a 1964-1973 American muscle car, a 1962-1968 Cobra, or a 1958-1973 Corvette. In order to keep Muscle Car 1000 an intimate experience it is limited to 30 teams (one car, two participants).
This year’s trip included participants ranging from a 1970 Skylark GS Stage 1 to a 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR convertible. Drew and Josephine Alcazar, owners of Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction, drove their 1974 AMC Javelin AMX 401 Maxi Blue four-speed. Fewer than twenty-five 401 four-speeds were produced in 1974 and Maxi Blue is extremely rare. The founders of Muscle Car 1000, Chris Hoskins and his wife, Michelle, drove the 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR; the only one of its kind shipped to the Western United States.
The friendship between Russo and Steele and Muscle Car 1000 developed while Drew and Josephine were participants in the inaugural journey. Drew and Josephine realized the unique, once in a lifetime, experience that this event gave automotive enthusiasts’ and couldn’t wait to partake in their second annual voyage. Josephine said “this event has something for everyone to enjoy.”
Muscle Car 1000 adventurers look forward to this week every year. It is not only the many facets of the tour (ranging from exclusive hotels and spas, fine dining experiences at locations like the Cask Room at Merryvale Winery and the Cave Room under the Eberle Winery, private tours of Monterey Bay Aquarium and Hearst Castle, drag racing at Infineon Raceway, a Concours d’ Elegance and the hundreds of breath taking miles of California coastline), but also the kinship formed amongst the participating drivers.
For additional information on participants, venues, or for pictures, please contact Stephanie Quinn at Stephanie @ russoandsteele.com
Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles is one of the nation’s premier collector car auctions; specializing in European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs cars. Two auctions are staged each year with the signature auction taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by Monterey, California in August.
The history of an American muscle car
SEASIDE, Ore. – Gleaming in the sun on a street of this coastal town is the Holy Grail of many a young man in the 1960s and ’70s. It’s a muscle car.
A Plymouth Road Runner, to be precise. Vintage: 1969. Engine displacement: 383 cubic inches. Horsepower: 330. Color: scorch red. It belongs to baby boomer David Keith, and is the second love of his life – next to his wife.
Keith had wanted a Road Runner as a teenager, and bought this one used when he was in college, spotting it in the back lot of a Portland Chevrolet dealership in 1973.
“I had stars in my eyes for this car,” the 53-year-old says.
“Eight years ago I decided either to sell it or redo it. I chose to redo it. We did a ground-up restoration. This is the car of my youth, and I kept it.”
The Road Runner was among scores of vintage muscle cars lining the streets of Seaside for the annual Muscle Beach Cruz – Pontiac GTOs, Dodge Super Bees, Oldsmobile 442s, Chevy Chevelle Super Sports, Ford Torino GTs, Plymouth ’Cudas.
With their big, growling V-8 motors, stripped-down looks and often spartan interiors, these muscle cars were lusted after by young bucks in the Vietnam War era. As baby boomers head into their retirement years, many are lusting again after these relics of their youth.
There’s nothing subtle or refined about muscle cars. They were built to burn rubber, taking off from a standing start like Apollo rockets – dragsters for the street.
With the 1973-74 oil crisis, muscle cars gave way to vehicles that didn’t have to make as many trips to the gas pump and weren’t so expensive to insure. But in the past few years, they have become among the hottest commodities for collectors.
Baby boomers “are realizing they’re not going to live forever,” said Keith Martin, editor and publisher of Sports Car Market magazine and a commentator at the annual Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
At the Barrett-Jackson auction, an extravaganza that sells all kinds of vehicles, muscle car sales rose from $6.7 million in 2003 to nearly $40 million this year, the auction house said.
Dana Mecum, another car auctioneer, began specializing in vintage muscle cars over the past few years. “A good friend of mine said ... why don’t you forget about chasing Duesenbergs and Ferraris? Chase what your customers are already buying,” said Mecum, president of Mecum Auctions in Marengo, Ill. At Mecum’s spring auction, sales have risen from $4 million in 2003 to $30 million this year.
There’s so much nostalgia that American car companies have begun making modern versions of these cars. They resemble their ancestors in looks and horsepower. But the new cars outshine the relics in sophistication, technology, cornering ability and gas mileage – which can be more than twice that of classic muscle cars.
Dodge has brought back the Charger and is introducing a new Challenger in 2008. A new Chevrolet Camaro will hit showroom floors in 2009.
Mileage in the single digits was the norm for muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s, and their braking and cornering left much to be desired.
The Internet makes it easier than ever to find vintage muscle cars, said Tony Begley, owner of ClassicMuscleCars.com, which sells them via the Web.
“Now you may live in Fairbanks, Alaska, get on the Internet and find that dream car,” Begley said in a phone interview from Wauconda, Ill.
Scads of Web sites are devoted to muscle cars. Many go right for the enthusiast’s heart, showing, for example, videos of Shelby GTs, GTOs and Plymouth Superbirds scorching rubber.
The "Last" Corvette, one of the most legendary sports cars in American automotive history, will be sold at No Reserve during the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event from January 13-21, 2007, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The car is documented as the last 1967 Corvette of the C-2 series production, which is commonly identified as the greatest design in the American muscle car's rich history. The January auction will feature more than 1,100 of the world's finest collector automobiles, attract over 225,000 visitors, and be featured on SPEED with 40 hours of live coverage.
"Being the absolute final car of a world-famous model makes this one of the most collectible cars in the world," says Craig Jackson, president of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. "It's exciting to think that someone will leave the Barrett-Jackson Auction with the last C-2 series Corvette ever built." Steve Davis, senior vice president of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, who consigned the car adds, "We've followed this car as it has gained headlines and popularity throughout the country, and are pleased that it will be sold at our Scottsdale event."
The "Last" Corvette is a 1967 Coupe optioned with a L-36 427-390 hp engine, factory air conditioning, dual side exhaust, power steering, telescopic steering column, 3.55 positrac, M-21 close ratio transmission, AM/FM radio, tinted glass and red stripe tires. The signature components are complemented by a classic Silver Pearl exterior and black interior. This legend underwent a major restoration to recapture its clean looks and ferocious bite. Shortly after purchasing the "Last" Corvette in June 2005, Terry Michaelis and his group of specialists at ProTeam Classic Corvette Collection and Sales embarked on a restoration that grabbed automotive headlines throughout the country. From stripping the Chevrolet to its chassis to sewing the last seat cover, ProTeam and numerous high profile restorers returned this classic to stardom.
"This car symbolizes the end of an era in the long history of Corvette body types," says Michaelis. "As the last of the C2 series, it is certainly a one-in-a-million collectible vehicle, particularly among Corvette enthusiasts and car investors."
Also known as "The Caboose," the "Last" Corvette has been displayed, photographed, modeled, and admired in nearly every way possible. Beginning in late January 2006, just days after the final restorations were complete, the car was debuted at the National Corvette Restorers Society's Winter Regional, where it earned a Top Flight award.
As the "Last" Corvette draws closer to auction, it will be previewed and showcased at Barrett-Jackson's booth in Hot Rod Alley at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show on October 31-November 3, 2006, in Las Vegas. The car's last stop before the Barrett-Jackson Auction will be at the Fall Chevy Vettefest on November 18-19, 2006, in Chicago.
In addition to the show tour, the "Last" Corvette will be featured in a SPEED series titled "American Muscle Car: The Last Stingray," which will chronicle the famous car's history and restoration. The series will include six episodes with the first episode premiering on December 7, 2006. The following five episodes will air in consecutive weeks leading up to the Barrett-Jackson Auction.
Last year, more than 300,000 attendees and millions of television viewers from around the world witnessed over 1,600 cars being auctioned off for approximately $135 million at the two 2006 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Events held in Scottsdale and Palm Beach, Florida.
Camaro for Europe?
Chevrolet may sell the famed muscle car in Europe
By Jason Stein
MUNICH, Germany -- Chevrolet Europe executives are studying whether to bring the Camaro sports coupe to Europe.
Last month, General Motors confirmed it will build a new version of the American muscle car based on a concept unveiled at the 2006 Detroit auto show.
Although the Camaro concept vehicle has not been shown in Europe, Chevrolet Europe is considering importing and selling it here.
"I want the car for our lineup," Wayne Brannon, executive director of Chevrolet Europe, told Automotive News Europe. "But we want it to be a good business case. We are considering it."
Brannon said he would like to make a decision by the first quarter of next year. He said a number of factors will be considered in the decision, including engineering issues for Europe, emission requirements and volume.
"We would not look at it as a huge volume opportunity," Brannon said. "But the project has to make sense."
Chevrolet Europe says there already has been a positive reaction to the car from dealers and customers.
The sales expectations probably won't be large because American muscle cars are minor players in the European market.
Ford, for example, sold 441 Mustangs through six months this year, according to British market researcher JATO Dynamics. That's down from 463 during the same period last year but up substantially from 2004, when Ford sold just 70.
Coupes are also a niche segment. In the last two years, carmakers have sold an average of 30,000 units as customers increasingly switch to the coupe-cabriolet segment. That market is now nearly 10 times the size of the coupe segment, JATO reports.
GM will begin production of the Camaro at the end of 2008 in Oshawa, Ontario, and the car will go on sale in the United States in early 2009.
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The 2007 Dodge Charger is a modern-styled, four-door coupe that combines rear-wheel-drive muscle car power, sports car handling and leading-edge technology to deliver a thrilling driving experience. New for 2007 are optional all-wheel-drive models that offer best-in-passenger-car, four-season traction.
“We’ve combined American rear-wheel-drive muscle car genes with 21st century DaimlerChrysler performance, safety and customer-convenience technology to make the Dodge Charger a fun-to-drive, affordable, five-passenger sedan,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing, Chrysler Group. “By adding all-wheel drive forimproved traction in snow and wet-weather conditions, the 2007 Charger offers even more exciting choices in the passenger car market.”
The 2007 Dodge Charger is equipped with a 250 hp V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick. Standard features include Electronic Stability Program (ESP), all-speed traction control system (TCS) and four-wheel, anti-lock brakes (ABS). The available 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine offers 340 hp and delivers a 0-60-mph time of approximately 6 seconds. The V-8 HEMI engine is equipped with a Multi-displacement System (MDS) that transparently shuts down four of the eight cylinders when full V-8 power is not needed, improving fuel economy as much as 20 percent without sacrificing vehicle performance.
Dodge Charger’s integrated safety and security features provide exceptional occupant protection on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Dodge Charger a five-star rating for driver and front-passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest rating in the U.S. government’s safety crash-test program.
“WHAT’S NEW FOR 2007 Dodge Charger”
Powertrain / Chassis
Safety & Security
Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design: “The flavor of the American muscle car is evident in the 2007 Dodge Charger, yet it has its own unique, modern character. The updated coupe styling and fastback design create a modern statement of power with all the versatility of a four-door sedan.”
Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design: “Designers sculpted a bold, stunning four-door coupe with the aggressive performance to back up the Charger name. Clearly a Dodge, it will not be mistaken for any other car on the street or track.”
The 2007 Dodge Charger is a fresh execution of modern muscle with the convenience and interior capacity of a full-size passenger car. Boasting the longest wheelbase in its class, the Charger features room for five adults and enough trunk space to meet the demands of active lifestyles. Dodge Charger’s seating position is more than 2 inches higher than the previous-generation Dodge sedan, which gives a comfortable command-of-the-road view for driver and front passenger.
The exterior design of the Dodge Charger features a long, muscular character line that defines the front corners, runs back to the rear door and makes way for a large rear fender, which gives notice that the car is rear-wheel-drive powered. The profile of the Dodge Charger’s roofline and the sloping fastback style suggest a sense of speed, while the front end is strong with a sinister sneer.
Craig Love, Vice President – Rear-Wheel Drive Platform Team: “Modern technologies allowed us to bring a 21st century muscle car to market with the ride-and-handling characteristics inherent in rear-wheel drive. And, new for 2007, the Dodge Charger lineup includes all-wheel-drive models that add outstanding performance and stability under all driving conditions.”
The 2007 Dodge Charger rear-wheel-drive models feature outstanding performance and handling, near 50-50 weight distribution and unique suspensions that provide just the right level of driving characteristics for all Charger customers.
The new 2007 Dodge Charger all-wheel-drive models provide excellent cornering balance under all driving conditions and improved traction in snow and wet-weather conditions. By driving continuously through all four wheels, the all-wheel-drive system, combined with standard ESP, all-speed TCS and four-wheel ABS, adds outstanding performance and stability under all traction conditions.
The optional Road/Track Performance Group has been enhanced for the 2007 Dodge Charger and offers larger 245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels. Tuned for firmer handling, this package is available on the 2007 V-8 HEMI-powered Charger R/T model. Package items include perforated seats with preferred suede inserts; automatic temperature control; heated front seats; eight-way power front-passenger seat; express up-down front windows; automatic headlamps; rear deck lid and front fascia spoilers; load-leveling and height-control shocks; and performance suspension, steering, brakes, exhaust and induction system.
Modern coupe styling with four-door functionality:
Safety and security:
2007 Dodge Charger SE (Rear-wheel Drive)
Optional Features / Packages
The rear-wheel-drive Dodge Charger with the SXT package offers the following additional options:
2007 Dodge Charger SXT (All-wheel Drive)
In addition to all the standard and optional features on the rear-wheel-drive Dodge Charger with the SXT package, the Charger SXT all-wheel-drive model adds the following:
Dodge Charger R/T (Rear-wheel Drive)
2007 Dodge Charger R/T (All-wheel Drive)
In addition to all the standard and optional features on the rear-wheel-drive Dodge Charger R/T, the all-wheel-drive Charger R/T adds the following:
SAFETY AND SECURITY
The 2007 Dodge Charger received a five-star rating for driver and front-passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest rating from NHTSA.
The 2007 Dodge Charger pays homage to muscle cars of the ’60s but with modern coupe styling and four-door functionality. With legendary HEMI V-8 power, Dodge Charger offers American muscle car genes with 21st century performance, safety and customer-convenience technology.
Dodge Charger targets predominately men ages 40-59, middle- to upper-middle-class, who are former sedan or SUV owners looking for a performance sedan with bold style.