The very first Dodge Challenger came out in the early 70’s as
Dodge’s answer to the Camaro and the Mustang. Once again now that we
have seen the comeback of Camaros and Mustangs so too has the Challenger
come back to rule the streets once again. This time the third
generation of the Dodge Challenger is knocking some heads and taking
names. It wasn’t built for gas mileage; it was built to be the biggest,
baddest and the toughest Pony car on the road. They definitely did not
pull any punches when developing the new Dodge Challenger, 0-100 mph in
less than 13 seconds. But as in all stock vehicles there are the
aftermarket upgrades that could push the Challenger over the top of all
If it were my Dodge Challenger I would start with the
exhaust system. It may already sound like a monster, but I want it to
sound like Godzilla roaming the streets of New York. The MBRP exhaust
system for the Dodge Challenger is one of the top if not best exhaust
system money could buy. With the polished to a mirror finish right out
of the box you will know that you have chosen wisely. It is 3.0″ in
diameter for the V8 engines and 2.5″ for the V6 Engines and is available
in either T-409 stainless steel or T-304 so it won’t rust. And you can
expect to gain 14 horsepower at the rear wheels and 9 ft/lbs of torque
on the V6 engine for the performance single exhaust. The Dual exhaust
upgrade for the V6 puts out 20 horsepower and 12 tq. . Those are some
impressive numbers for the V6. Now on to the V8’s, the 5.7L Hemi exhaust
from MBRP adds an amazing 24 horsepower and 24 torque. These are some
amazing gains, which in most cases about double the gains of the
competition. And the SRT-8 performance exhaust for the 6.1L Dodge
challenger adds 29 horsepower and 25 torque. These numbers are unheard
of for just a cat back exhaust system upgrade. Also because of the
engineering of the pipes and their diameter, Fuel economy gains can be
up to 3 miles per gallon for a conservative driver. And believe me, it’s
harder to be conservative when you have another 25 horsepower available
under your foot. Best yet it comes with a lifetime manufacturer
warranty and it isn’t going to void the factory warranty from Dodge.
I would want to enhance the Dodge Challenger’s performance by
increasing the air that gets to the engine. There are many different air
intakes on the market. The goal is more air into the engine to help get
more of the fuel burned. More air equals more power. Most cold air
intakes are going to install in about a half an hour and typical gains
are right around 20 horsepower. They can even help out a mile or two per
gallon on fuel economy for the conservative driver. Which is great for
the weekend warrior types that commute with their muscle car during the
week and play on the weekend, because they are going to save money on
their every day drives and have maximum power for when they need it.
the last basic mod that I would look in to getting is a performance
chip or tuner. They are very easy to install with a total of ten minutes
or less and then you are out playing. The Diablosport predator is an
excellent option for a tuner. The Diablo Sport Predator will give about
20 more horses at the rear wheels and 20 ft/lbs of torque, also gaining
1-3 mpg, once again as long as you aren’t trying to win Indy. There you
have it, three simple ways to improve the performance of the Dodge
Challenger. Probably the best thing of all though is that when the
different modifications are used together, they work together, and you
end up getting bigger gains out of each item. So instead of being 20
plus 20 plus 25 equals 65, it ends up being more like 75 or 80. Now it’s
time to have some fun.
This year 2009 the Dodge Challenger won the J.D. Power and Associates
APEAL Study which examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and
drive, based on owner evaluations. They do the study on more than 80,000
owned and leased vehicles for the 2009 model year. The survey is done
after 90 days of ownership. The Dodge Challenger also received the
AutoPacific Best in Class Ideal Vehicle Award that uses 15 attributes
that owners are asked to rate the vehicles that are new for that model
year. The Dodge Challenger took the prize in the Best Sporty Car
Category. That is great that one of the Dodge family has still got it
after all these years. After the first 90 days of owning a vehicle
people start to point out the things that they want to be better. One
area that can be improved on any vehicle especially the Dodge Challenger
is the Exhaust System.
After market exhaust system are built for
power. There are a couple other benefits that actually come with extra
power as well. Not only is a performance exhaust system going to give a
nice increase in power that you can feel in the seat of your pants. It
will also increase engine efficiency. With the pipes that lead the way
out of the exhaust being larger in diameter, and having mandrel bends
that make a much easier exit path for the exhaust gasses, the engine
doesn’t have to work so hard to get the exhaust gasses out. Because of
that, you end up with increased engine longevity. The gasses are cooler
because they aren’t getting backed up, and the engine runs a little
cooler. On top of all that
Upgrading out of the stock exhaust
system will change the sound of the Challenger. Don’t get me wrong, the
stock sound is a good sound but it isn’t great. Some things in life are
good and there isn’t anything wrong with good. We are judged by averages
in everything we do and say, performance in the work place is judged on
averages, but what happens to those that are above average, they excel.
Why not shoot for being above average, too many people are content with
being just as good as the other guy. A performance exhaust with a
deeper, more muscular sound, and better looks would definitely separate
one Challenger from the other. Not to mention more power.
sound is everything for others it is the power improvements. Most any
Aftermarket Exhaust System will improve the performance of the Dodge
Challenger. With gains in all the major areas of performance, horse
power, torque and like I mentioned earlier gas mileage. The best exhaust
upgrades for the Dodge Challenger are made by MBRP though. We’ve seen
the biggest power gains from their kits and they come with a lifetime
For example an MBRP exhaust for the Dodge Challenger
will increase the horse power by 24 horses at the rear wheels and 24
extra ft/lbs of torque on the 5.7L V8, and the gains on the 6.1L SRT8
are 29 hp and 25 tq, and on the V6 Challengers 14 horsepower and 9
torque for the upgraded single exhaust, and an incredible 20 hp and 12
tq when you upgrade the V6 challenger to a dual exhaust. All while
gaining 1-3 miles per gallon while driving conservatively. The MBRP
exhaust system for the Dodge Challenger is a 3″ Exhaust for all the V8
engines and 2.5″ on the V6 engines and are available in either T-304 or
T-409 stainless steel. The T-304 is the higher quality system and the
T-409 is a little more cost effective, and still a quality system.
Neither of the systems are going to rust.
In less time and more luxury, cars were made for the sole purpose
of getting people from one place to another. Over time however, car
designers began developing concept cars instead of for mere commuters.
The cars became more stylish and powerful. However in 1970 the Dodge
Challenger made a sporty car. This was a cult following development. A
lot of people still have very much pride in driving the Dodge
Challenger, Also driving with the decals on them.
third-generation Challenger cars, first seen at the Chicago and
Philadelphia motor exhibitions in the current year, have the same
ravenous, sexy look of the first-generation Dodge Challenger. And
thankfully, the world famous dodge challenger decals still feature on
top of this coupe.
If you happen to own a Challenger car, you
would know that all accessories for this car are easily available online
as well as from local clubs of Dodge Challenger owners. Yes, that
includes the emblems and the decals.
If you currently do not own
this car but would love to own it, you have two options before you.
First option is to buy a Dodge Challenger in mint condition from a
current owner and spruce it up using challenger stripe kits.
you wish to buy dodge challenger decals individually, you can select
from fender stripes, door stripes, rear panel stripes, and squeegee.
However, true enthusiasts acquire all these accessories together by
buying challenger stripe kits. These decals are primarily made from
vinyl. Some decals are also made from composites, cloth-paper, and
ceramics. You have the choice of customizing your strip kit.
alternative is to wait for the next set of made-to-order Challengers by
Dodge. These vehicles are in high demand and this can result in price
that is higher than the manufacturer’s suggest retail price.
Nevertheless, the esteem of being the owner of a Dodge Challenger and
having quality performance, decals which are appealing and making others
green with envy is a powerful incentive to spend more money.
For those about to rock, we salute you! If you are a power junky
the new Dodge Challenger packs more than enough punch. The Challenger SE
is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 250 hp and 250 pound-feet of torque.
The only transmission for the SE is a four-speed automatic. The R/T
sports a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that makes 370 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. It
comes mated to a five-speed automatic, with a six-speed manual
available — with the latter gearbox, the 5.7 makes 5 more hp. The SRT8
comes with a 6.1-liter V8 packing 425 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, with
transmission choices mirroring those of the R/T. Dodge claims the R/T
will rocket to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. Although there have been
rumors of people timing it at 5.1 seconds. For the size of this beast
that is fast, for that matter it is fast for any car.
the Dodge Challenger comes with more than enough power, why stop with
being the same. Want to turn your SE Challenger into the best sounding
V6 on the road? Look into upgrading the exhaust system to an MBRP Dodge
Challenger Exhaust. This exhaust system averages some of the highest
gains in Dodge Challenger performance on the market. MBRP promises you
that you will not go unimpressed with the power gains, torque gains and
the sweet sound of muscle. You will also be impressed with the way it
looks when you walk out of your house and you can see the shining tips
of the MBRP Exhaust.
The Dodge Challenger as you have read already
has some pretty impressive numbers as far as performance goes but you
can do better than that. The MBRP Dodge Challenger Exhaust System gives
20 extra horses at the rear wheels, an extra 12 ft/lbs of torque on the
3.5L V6 and 24 hp and 20 foot pounds of torque on the the 5.7L. Even
more impressive is the 29 horsepower and 25 torque of the 6.1L SRT-8
model. They even offer a possible 1-3 mpg for those who can control that
lead foot. All of these specs are a vast improvement and give you
better gains than most anything else out there that we’ve seen.
worry about installing the MBRP Exhaust for the Dodge Challenger. MBRP
has made the installation as simple as possible with most of it being
bolt on parts. Also included in the kit is everything needed to attach
it minus the tools and the tools that are needed are just your basic
everyday tools that most people already have. And then there is always
your local body and muffler shops that could be available if you really
The MBRP Exhaust for the Dodge Challenger comes with a
lifetime warranty and won’t void the manufacturers warranty from Dodge.
It uses the stock catalytic converters so the dealerships are fine with
the upgraded exhaust. They also come in a polished mirror finish that
looks great and won’t rust because it is made in a 2.5″ diameter exhaust
made of T-409 or T-304 stainless steel on the V6 and 3″ diameter T-409
or T-304 stainless steel on the V8 models. We love the gains that the
MBRP Dodge Challenger Exhaust gives. Enjoy the ride if you haven’t