- Dodge Challenger R/T with the legendary 375-horsepower V-8 highlighted as the most affordable V-8 in the segment
- Fiat 500e equipped with an 111-horsepower (83 kW) all-electric powertrain
- Fiat 124 Spider Abarth with its classic Italian style and 164-horsepower turbocharged engine
The 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T is a true muscle car with HEMI® V-8 power under the hood, room for five and plenty of space in the trunk. Challenger R/T features the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI with 375 horsepower and up to 410 lb.-ft. of torque mated to either the TorqueFlite eight-speed or standard six-speed manual transmission. For 2019, the Challenger R/T has a starting a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $34,100, making it the most affordable V-8 in the segment.
Offering a beautiful interior and praised for its zero-emissions, the Fiat 500e captures fiscal and environmental responsibility while maintaining a fun driving experience. The Fiat 124 Spider Abarthhas beautiful exterior Italian styling and great handling for on-road performance.
“From a pure electric vehicle, to a classic two-seat sports car, to what has to be the best muscle car bargain on the planet, FCA is offering some of the coolest cars out there,” said Jack R. Nerad, contributing editor, Driving Today. “The Fiat 500e is the cheekiest EV on the street; the Fiat 124 channels the best aspects of the traditional sports car, and then there is the Dodge Challenger R/T and its beefy HEMI V-8. Each one of them is cool.”
Dodge launches the most powerful SRT Hellcat lineup ever in 2019, by leveraging the power of the record-setting Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to introduce the new performance halo for the brand and the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car – the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat returns with output now starting at 717 horsepower and both Hellcat models feature a new dual-snorkel hood that pays homage to the distinctive Dodge design themes from some of its most famous muscle cars, including the 1970 Dart Swinger and 1971 Demon. The new R/T Scat Pack Widebody includes fender flares, adding 3.5 inches of body width, 20 x 11-inch forged wheels, 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires and larger six-piston Brembo brakes in the front for improved on-road and on-track performance.
Eight distinct models make up the reconfigured vehicle lineup for 2019: SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. Numerous option packages offer all the upgrades, unique heritage cues and additional performance that Dodge//SRT customers demand. Challenger offers a full range of engine options, including the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 on SXT, SXT AWD, GT and GT AWD models, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 in the R/T models, the naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V-8 on R/T Scat Pack models, the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 on the SRT Hellcat and a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V-8 on the SRT Hellcat Redeye.
With its iconic style, world-class dynamics and environmentally responsible zero-emissions design, the Fiat 500e builds on the Cinquecento legacy, while offering customers a no-compromise electric vehicle that embodies the FIAT brand’s simple, purposeful and fun-to-drive values. Available in California and Oregon, the Fiat 500e electrifies the Cinquecento lineup with even more innovation and style, an EPA-tested 84 miles of driving range and 112 miles per gallon equivalent combined rating of pure battery-electric power.
Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
The heir of the roadster that drove Fiat to its first European Rally Championship win in the 1970s revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Applying the Abarth formula, the Fiat 124 Spider is designed and built for thrills and performance. Key Abarth features include rear-wheel drive, a sophisticated suspension and a four-cylinder turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
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About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).
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