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Dodge makes widebody exterior available on two new Challenger varieties for 2021

Dodge is extending its widebody styling to more of its lineup.

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The Widebody body style has proven popular with customers so Dodge is expanding it to two new Challenger body styles for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody and 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker combine the hallmarks of the Widebody design with their respective styling and power packages.

The expansion comes on the heels of Dodge offering up a 807-horsepower Challenger as part of a horsepower infusion to th lineup earlier this year.

2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock The previously-revealed 807-horsepower 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is a Hellcat-powered straight line racer. Photo courtesy of FCA US LCC

"The Widebody on Charger and Challenger continues to gain traction, making way for wider wheels and tires, which means more grip and faster times at the drag strip," said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. "Bringing that Widebody capability to the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392 allows us to stick to that successful formula and offer more performance to more members of the Brotherhood of Muscle."

Both cars are powered by a naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is available.

The 2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody offers a painted Satin Black NACA ducted hood, Satin Black wrap roof and deck lid, roof and deck-lid graphic, T/A body-side stripes, "Air Catcher" headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos, black spoiler with 392 logo. Factory-installed hood pins are available.

The car's cabin features throwback design and premium appointments. Its 1971-inspired "tic-toc-tach" gauge cluster features Bright White concave faces and Gloss Black details. The black upholstered performance seats have signature Houndstooth cloth inserts. Heated and ventilated black Nappa leather performance seats with Tungsten accent stitching and embroidered "T/A" logo are available.

The 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker combines the engine compartment extension of the typical Shaker style car with 3.5 inches of extra room to a widebody design. Like its ancestors, the Shaker comes with a Mopar cold-air intake, conical air filter, and optimized air box for improved airflow and performance.

It rides on 20-by-11-inch wheels, has an SRT-tuned chassis, SRT-tuned higher-performance adaptive damping suspension, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), dual-extractor hood, SRT Performance Pages with drive modes, and Line Lock.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody starts at $47,690 and the Challenger T/A 392 Widebody has a starting price of $49,090. Dealership orders are currently open for both. The Shaker is scheduled to arrive on lots in early 2021. The T/A 392 will be at dealerships in the spring.

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Biden will target 50 percent of all vehicle sales for EVs by 2030.

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In the last several months, we've seen automakers from all corners of the globe commit to some degree of electrification by the end of the decade and beyond. That includes the American Big Three: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, others). Today, President Joe Biden plans to throw his weight behind these efforts by signing an executive order that sets a goal of pushing the sales of zero-emissions vehicles to half of all vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.


Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep


Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.


GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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