2013 Dodge Challenger V6 Models Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

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From Chrysler:

March 17, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group is recalling approximately 2,500 model-year 2013 Dodge Challengers now in customer hands to address a potential short-circuit.

This condition could cause a wire harness to overheat and possibly lead to fire. Chrysler Group is aware of seven such incidents. None caused injury.

Affected owners are being contacted directly – by telephone and by mail. They are being advised to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles and to contact their dealers. Loaner vehicles will be provided, free of charge, until repairs are complete. Chrysler Group further advises affected owners not to park their vehicles in or near any structures.

Customers who are uncertain if they are affected should take the above precautions and inquire with their dealers.

This action affects only 2013 Dodge Challengers assembled with V-6 engines during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24, 2013.

The total recall population is 4,459 vehicles, of which approximately 1,900 are in dealer hands.

2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake breaks mid-10s in the quarter mile

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From ShelbyAmerican.com

LAS VEGAS – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., has released its quarter mile report for 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake. Staying true to the Shelby name, the new 850 HP Super Snake produced a series of mid ten-second quarter mile runs in excess of 135 mph at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Fla.

After unleashing 850 horses on the drag strip, the independent test driver concluded that, “the 2013 Super Snake is one of the most amazing Mustangs we’ve driven and is the fastest and most responsive Mustang we’ve tested to date. It makes every bit of the advertised 850 horsepower, and we put it to the test on the track. It produced a series of mid-10-second runs at over 135 mph, which is staggering performance for a 50-state-legal, emission compliant vehicle. Our best run clocked a 10.66 second time at 137 mph with Nitto NT555R street tires.”

With Ford’s 2013 Shelby GT500 boasting 662 HP right off the line, the Ford Racing Whipple or optional Kenne Bell supercharger upgrade from Shelby American takes the Super Snake to the next level. Combining serious power with a finely tuned suspension package and Shelby performance cooling package, this car is a game changer.

“The 2013 Super Snake’s impressive quarter mile test numbers, using pump gas and street tires, ranks it among the fastest production cars available,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “But it’s more than just raw power and ridged track performance. Owners can drive this car every day with its docile and comfortable ride in normal traffic situations.”

The independent tester added that, “with a drag race setup the Super Snake would likely produce quarter mile runs in the nine second range, yet it maintains all the comfort and features of any new Shelby. Even the Launch Control worked flawlessly. Clutch actuation is smooth and precise and the suspension provides enhanced performance without sacrificing ride quality.”

The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package starts at $28,995.00 for the 662 HP version and $39,995.00 for the 850 HP model, not including the base car. Only 500 of these cars will be built, all at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas. Customers can build their dream Shelby Super Snake online with the “Build-One” program at http://shelbyamerican.com/buildhome.asp. Those interested in a car can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.

General Motors: Chevrolet to Showcase Performance at 2013 New York Auto Show

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From General Motors:

NEW YORK –Chevrolet will showcase a new lineup of performance cars for the 2014 model year at the New York International Auto Show, including the all-new Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible, all-new SS performance sedan and refreshed Camaro.

The new cars build on Chevrolet’s success in 2012, when the brand accounted for one out of three performance cars sold in the United States.

“Chevrolet customers have validated our performance credentials with their enthusiasm,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss “We’re going to give them even more reasons to be enthused about Chevrolet performance, design and technology.”

Chevrolet will showcase:

2014 Camaro – The New York International Auto Show will host the world debut of the revamped 2014 Camaro, which advances the design and performance attributes that has made it the most popular sports car under $50,000 for three consecutive years.

2014 Corvette Stingray convertible – Earlier this week in Geneva, Chevrolet unveiled the drop-top version of the new Corvette Stingray. Unlike other convertibles, the Stingray delivers an uncompromised driving experience with a similar power-to-weight ratio and chassis tuning identical to the coupe. It features an all-new, fully electronic top that can be lowered with the push of a button, and even remotely using the key fob.

2014 SS sports sedan – Introduced at Daytona in February, the SS is the brand’s first V-8-powered, rear-wheel driven performance sedan since 1996. It’s based on a race-proven, global platform and powered by a 6.2L V-8 rated at an estimated 415 horsepower. Driving through a six-speed automatic transmission, it sprints from 0 to 60 in five seconds flat.

2014 Corvette Stingray coupe – Introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January, the all-new Corvette Stingray rolls into the Big Apple 60 years after the Corvette made its public debut in New York City. The seventh generation of the iconic sports car will be the most powerful, most capable and most fuel-efficient standard Corvette ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds, and better fuel economy than the 2013 Corvette’s EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway.

2013 Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge is huge hit in Michigan

What started out as a small event five years ago has become one of the most popular off-road events in Michigan. In a few weeks, the 2013 Schuss Mountain snow challenge will be bringing fans, enthusiasts and competitors insane off-road racing competition over the course of two days.

This year’s event takes place March 23-24 in Bellaire, Michigan at the Shanty Creek Resorts. And as you see in the videos below, the course is more challenging than it looks.

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Chevy Camaro beats Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger in sales for Feb. 2013

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With two months behind us in 2013, the pressure is on in the rivalry to sell the most units, and one of the biggest competitions among the Detroit Three is which brand can sell the most muscle.

Among the Camaro, the Mustang and the Challenger, Chevy came out on top for February, selling 6,171 units, barely beating the Mustang, which sold 6,024.

As for the Challenger, Dodge’s muscle car sold 4,911 units, which is actually a year growth rate of 34 percent. Not bad!

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Lifted Chevy shows off at Bounty Hole Competition at Muddy Gras 2013

Muddy Gras 2013 took place at Gator Run Off Road Park in Easton, Texas this year, and brought some of the most powerful, modified trucks in the area to compete in the Bounty Hole Competition. The first truck that could “pull the hole” won $500, though spectators said most trucks floated.

Check out how this modified Chevy pick-up does, and tell us what you think! Send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV, or leave us a comment on our Facebook page.