When we first saw the 2008 Viper ACR we thought for sure that it would be given a price tag of $100,000 – but Chrysler assured us that they would price it lower. This week we noticed that they kept their word when we saw that the price tag was $98,110. They kept their word – but they came as close as they could to the high number.
The $12,000+ you spend over the base Viper coupe will get you a carbon fiber front splitter and adjustable rear wing, adjustable coilover suspension, a stiffer front anti-sway bar, lightweight 2-piece Stoptech brakes, and forged wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
Dodge is looking for ways to beef up their line by adding on the big macho grilles. One of the best ones that they have built is the 2008 Dodge Caliber. It may be a hatchback, but it is a tough, roomy, inexpensive, and fuel-efficient car.
Built on a global platform also used for the Jeep Compass SUV and midsize Dodge Avenger sedan, the tall-bodied Dodge Caliber comes only as a compact hatchback/wagon. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split, increasing cargo space to a maximum of 48 cubic feet. The front passenger seat can fold forward to make room for longer items, such as ladders, skis or surfboards. The Caliber has decent headroom and legroom in the front and back, but it is still a small car, so don’t expect more than two adults to fit comfortably in the backseat.
The Dodge Charger is one of America’s most revered performance nameplates. It was originally an icon of the muscle car era, the Charger, but recently has been reborn as an affordable performance car, and it’s one of the better ones available in this expanding market niche.
The Dodge Charger debuted in the mid 1960s as a response to America’s growing interest in average cars with above-average performance. This two-door coupe boasted aggressive fastback styling and big V8 power (including Chrysler’s famed 426 Hemi). As with similar vehicles of this time period, however, the Charger’s glory quickly faded after 1970 due to rising insurance and gas prices, higher emissions standards and changing consumer tastes.