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What Did We Hear?

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Clayton

So not too long ago, we reported on a possible Chrysler 300 Hellcat. It turns out that this may not be happening, but maybe something else might be coming. We love looking at the possibilities so we want to share more about what we heard. Remember, what we are talking about here may never be anything more than a rumor or a fantasy, but the 2017 Chrysler 300 is very real and you can buy yours now at All Star Chrysler near Clayton.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ plans to move the next-generation Chrysler 300 sedan to the Alfa Romeo Giulia platform have reportedly been scrapped. However, rumor is that the Chrysler flagship may add a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine to the lineup and that, on the other end of the scale, the 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats could show up in the 300 at the end of 2018.

According to Automotive News, the 300 will undergo an extensive refresh for the 2019 model year. The updated 300 will continue to use FCA’s aging LX platform as a base. The company, though, is expected to integrate additional weight-saving technologies to help fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, a rumored four-cylinder 300 would probably use the same turbocharged unit that is slated for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. (The LX-platform-based Dodge Charger and Challenger will also see the 2019 updates before being replaced in 2021, according to the report, with new models based on the Maserati Ghibli platform.)(This information was compiled from caranddriver.com as well as automotivenews.com).

An FCA spokesperson contradicted that report, telling Car and Driver that the company currently has no plans to produce a 300 variant featuring the Hellcat supercharged V-8. Sure. We’ll play ball for now FCA, but we will hold out and hope that the Hellcat really will be coming!

Get your Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler today!

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Dodge Charger: Unassuming and Classy

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

When you think muscle car, you probably think of a loud engine, hard body lines, and a kind of “owning the road” attitude. With some muscle cars, this is true, but with the Dodge Charger it just isn’t so. Today, we want to talk a bit about why the Dodge Charger is different than the rest of the muscle car class. When you are ready to get your own Dodge Charger, head to All Star Dodge near Town and Country.

“If a “sleeper” is defined as an unassuming car that can blow the doors off most vehicles around it on a racetrack or drag strip, then we’re living in a golden age of sleepers. Practically every German luxury sedan that’s not powered by a four-cylinder wears stately sheet metal and packs upwards of 350 or 400 horsepower, so if every sedan is a sleeper, are any of them, really?”-nydailynews.com

The Dodge Charger is one you’d expect to fit the bill exactly. It’s even a cop car. And with the Challenger satiating the hunger for “no replacement for displacement” Mopar muscle car fans, the Charger reserves the right to do things subtly and with a bit more class. While the 392 is not the most powerful V8 in the Dodge stable, it’s arguably the best, offering plenty of tire-roasting torque and more usable power on a daily basis, not to mention cylinder deactivation technology that can help you achieve fuel economy that approaches a normal car when you’re cruising on the highway.

Take a test drive of the wonderful Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge today. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to help you get behind the wheel of one of these unassuming and classy muscle cars today!

Releasing the Demon

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge in MO

We believe that it is pretty easy to see that the Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge in MO is probably the most powerful car on the market today. Especially when you consider the Demon Hellcat Challenger. Today we want to take a look at this model and what it might be like to drive it!

The Demon is the most powerful American car ever made. It has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that puts out 808 hp and still gets 22 mph on the highway. It’s an update of the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s 707 hp motor, which now seems quaint — even more so if you fit the Demon with the special engine control module, included in a tool-and-parts kit called the Demon Crate, that allows it to run on 100 octane race gas and bumps the power up to 840 hp to go with its 770 lb-ft of torque.

Over half of the Hellcat engine’s components were modified in the, including the block, and a monstrous 2.7-liter supercharger strapped on to the top of it. The Demon’s 8-speed automatic transmission, driveshaft, differential and half shafts are appropriately beefed-up, as well.

There is no manual transmission available, but the automatic is one of the coolest ever made. It’s equipped with a feature called a TransBrake. It’s a drag racing technology that, in this case, engages first and second gears simultaneously to bind the transmission, so you can step on the gas to build up torque in the engine and drivetrain without having to use the brakes, which wouldn’t be able to hold back much of what the Demon dishes out before the tires started spinning. Meanwhile, a torque converter with a high stall speed lets you rev engine even higher than you normally could without moving as you await the green light. (This information was gathered in part from foxnews.com and dodge.com.)

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What’s it Like Driving the Dodge Challenger?

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near Creve Coeur

We all know the rush that we experience when we are in the middle of doing something exhilarating. One of those experience is driving one of the worlds most powerful muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat at All Star Dodge near Creve Coeur. We want to describe what it is like to drive one of these powerful beasts.

It’s a strange feeling, sitting in the (current) most powerful muscle car of all time, listening to the massive, supercharged V8 thrum along like a champion speedboat, gazing out over the hood that’s seemingly large enough to land an aircraft, and thinking: this isn’t the peak.

For Dodge wasn’t content to set a record without already getting started on the next one, and so the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat occupies an odd space: it’s no longer the post powerful muscle car, nor the most powerful Dodge, for the 840-horsepower drag-ready Challenger Demon went ahead and upstaged it.

The Challenger is already the most family-friendly muscle car of the big three, if not only because of its immense size. You can actually fit five adults inside with minimal complaining, and if they do start up, just drown them out with the engine…

“The trunk is huge, the seats are essentially recliners, there’s heat and ventilation for your tush, a Harman/Kardon stereo for when you’d rather listen to tunes, and even in-car WiFi on the new-and-improved UConnect touchscreen. The ride is comfortable when you want it to be, though much harder sprung than less hardcore Challenger models, and on the highway, there is basically no road noise save the ever-present thrum of the beast within.”-nydailynews.com

Experience this rush for yourself with a test drive of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat at All Star Dodge today!

What’s Coming for FCA?

New Cars at All Star Dodge Ram in MO

We like to take a look into the future to see just what might be coming out of the FCA manufacturing plants in the upcoming years. While some of this is speculation, some of it is not. Remember, All Star Dodge Ram in MO will always have the latest and greatest Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler models as soon as they are available!

The first thing we found out was that the Jeep brand gets two new models in addition to the forthcoming Renegade. For clarification’s sake, the Renegade is a B-segment truck. FCA is (finally) killing the Compass and Patriot for a new C-segment SUV coming in 2016 to 2018.

The Cherokee remains in the D-segment and the Grand Cherokee is unchanged, but a new, luxury SUV — the long-awaited Grand Wagoneer — debuts in 2018. Jeep CEO Mike Manley says it’ll be the most premium Jeep ever built.

The Cherokee remains in the D-segment and the Grand Cherokee is unchanged, but a new, luxury SUV — the long-awaited Grand Wagoneer — debuts in 2018. Jeep CEO Mike Manley says it’ll be the most premium Jeep ever built.

The Wrangler gets an overhaul for 2017. We were told in the past a refresh would be coming in 2017. (Maybe a slight refresh before a full redesign?) No word on if a diesel Wrangler is part of the lineup, but we know Manley wants one.

“Since SRT as a standalone brand is dead, that means the Viper is now the Dodge Viper again. The oddest, but potentially awesome, Dodge plan? There’s a Journey SRT coming in 2017, as well as a total redesign the same year. The Challenger and Charger will soldier on for a few more years until a total overhaul in 2018. And Dodge will jump back into the B-segment in 2018 with an unnamed model.”-jalopnik.com

For more information on  the latest vehicles, stop by All Star Dodge Ram today!

The Future of FCA

New Cars at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis

Fall is nearly upon us – the weather is cooling off, leaves are starting to fall, and school has started (and all the parents are beaming with delight). This is also the time of year in which we start to get glimpses of the next year’s models. We start seeing spy shots and reading reviews about the new models. We wanted to take a look a little further into the future as to what we might see from FCA (Fiat Chrysler). Soon you will be able to get these great new vehicles at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis.

  • Around 2018, the Dodge Journey is to become a rear wheel drive crossover, á la Maserati Levante; its role as a front wheel drive crossover is likely to go to a Chrysler. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover is pretty much here; according to Automotive News, the Journey will be made on the same line as the Stelvio and imported to the US. Chances are the Journey will be heavier and have lower performance, but also a much lower price.
  • Dodge Avenger / Dodge Barracuda is the upcoming rear wheel drive midsized car (the name may change).
  • A new Dodge Charger and Challenger have been pushed back to 2020-21 (so they can persuade critics that Chrysler had no part in the pricier Alfa Romeo Giulia? Insiders say no, they just needed more time). The 2021 Charger and Challenger will have a base four-cylinder turbo, and a turbo six; Hemi options are likely to be the 392 and possibly the Hellcat, but the 5.7 will probably be replaced by the turbo-six. Note: Automotive News wrote that the fully new Charger and Challenger are coming in 2018.

For more information on the latest vehicles to be expected from FCA, head to All Star today!

Did We See a Chrysler 300 Hellcat?!?!

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis

Now is the time of year in which we start to see the different spy shots of the new models and trims that might becoming out for the new model year. We happy to be pretty pumped because we are pretty sure that we saw a Hellcat version of the Chrysler 300! This is a huge deal because usually there are only Hellcat trims on the muscle cars of the FCA family, like the Challenger and the Charger. However, we are pretty sure that we saw a 300 Hellcat! Let’s talk about what we saw!

The test vehicle, spotted chillin’ in the open at a random apartment or condo complex, was wearing Nitto NT05R P315/40R-18 drag-radial rubber wrapped around the same type of wheels seen on Dodge Demon mules. The massive tires stuck out of the 300’s stock bodywork (like on the Demon mules), leading us to believe that this car could also receive wider fender flares like the Demon’s. Though the mule does have Brembo calipers providing the stopping power, the brake rotors appear to be smaller than those found on Hellcats and the Demon, and they have a different slot pattern as well.

“The mule made Hellcat noises, sounds you’re likely familiar with if you’ve heard one in person. This, despite the fact that there are no noticeable scoops or intakes for extra cooling, which would hint at the presence of the monster engine. At minimum, this car could mean that Chrysler is gearing up to refresh the 300 SRT for the overseas markets where it’s still sold, bringing online a wide-bodied, 707-hp, Hellcat-powered version of the big sedan.”-caranddriver.com

While we can only wait for the Chrysler 300 Hellcat to come out, which we hope will be on the next model year, we will happily drive the current Chrysler 300 from All Star Chrysler near St. Louis!

Did Someone Say Daytona?

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold

It was gone for a while but now it’s back, that’s right, we are talking about the Dodge Charger Daytona! We are so excited to share with you more information on the new and improved Charger Daytona that is available at All Star Dodge near Arnold!

Last seen in the 2013 model year, the Charger Daytona takes its inspiration from the big-winged Charger Daytona coupe that Dodge built in 1969 for NASCAR racing.

The Charger Daytona wears front- and rear-end bodywork that mimics its SRT and R/T Scat Pack brethren; however, the Daytona plows its own styling path by including model-specific matte-black design details including a rear spoiler, roof, a “Hemi” graphic on the center-mounted hood-scoop bulge, and “Daytona” graphics on the rear quarter-panels. Like the Challenger T/A, the Daytona also will be available in a handful of retro paint hues, including Green Go and Yellow Jacket.

Two Daytona models will be available: the Daytona and the Daytona 392. Dodge’s 5.7-liter V-8 powers the former, while the brand’s 6.4-liter V-8 motivates the latter. The two engines benefit from an intake capped with a Mopar conical air filter, as well as a burly exhaust system. Both are the same V-8s you’ll find in their respective non-Daytona counterparts, which make 370 and 485 horsepower in the 2016 models. (This information was compiled from caranddriver.com and dodge.com.)

It’s not all about what is on the outside or under the hood, the interior matters too! Inside, the Daytona is fitted with power-adjustable, heated and cooled front seats. Gold accent stitching is used throughout the interior, including for the embroidered Daytona logos on the front seats. A Daytona badge is also present on the instrument panel. Additional kit includes a power-adjustable steering column, driver’s-seat memory, HD headlights, LED interior lighting, and rear parking sensors.

Get your Dodge Charger Daytona at All Star Dodge today!

What You Need to Know about the Challenger Hellcat

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near Ladue

When it comes to muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger reigns supreme. We are so happy to announce the the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is just about ready for release to be available at All Star Dodge near Ladue by the end of this year (hopefully!). Today we want to take a look at what you need to know about the new Challenger Hellcat.

Designed explicitly for drag racing, the Demon is the first street-legal production car that can lift its front wheels off the ground under hard acceleration. It has 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque. It’ll hit 60 mph in 2.3 seconds, 100 mph in 5.1 seconds and blitz the quarter-mile lights in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph.

With a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 and bodywork about as aerodynamic as the factory this car came out of, you could be forgiven for thinking SRT simply resorted to a blunt-force-trauma approach to more speed — more power.

You’d be half right, but despite resurrecting a storied ’70s nameplate, the Demon is no knuckle-dragger — there’s a truly surprising amount of technology and production-firsts at work here. Dodge has found ways to make just about every old-school drag-racer performance trick reliable enough to slip into a production car and still slap a warranty on it.

“The SRT Demon is the first factory-production car available with a specially-calibrated engine control computer to take advantage of 100 plus octane race gas. It’s the first production car equipped with a transbrake, which locks the transmission so that drag racers don’t have to worry about standing on the brakes to prevent creeping through the timing lights when dialing up the RPMs at the starting line — you just tug the steering wheel paddles to launch.”-cnet.com

For more information on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, head to All Star!

 

What’s Coming for Dodge?

New Cars at All Star Dodge in Bridgeton

We love the current line up of vehicles at All Star Dodge in Bridgeton, but it’s nice to look to the future to see what we can expect to see from Dodge in the coming years. Today we want to look at a little timeline to see what models are coming.

2018: Jeep Wrangler (JL), Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, Dodge Durango SRT and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2019: Ram 1500 (DT), Special new performance packages on Charger and Challenger SRT392 and Hellcat models, Jeep Cherokee (KL) refresh, Jeep Renegade (BU), Ram HD (DJ/D2) refresh, JT pickup

2020: Jeep Grand Cherokee (WL), Dodge Durango (WE?), Grand Wagoneer/Wagoneer (WS), Stelvio-Journey replacement (??), Chrysler midsize CUV based on KL, Chrysler fullsize CUV (RD), Jeep K8 (Euro-Asia), Ram ProMaster (VG)

2021: Chrysler 300 (GX), Dodge Charger (GD), Dodge Challenger (GA), new Ram HD (DK/D3), Ram ProMaster City (VN)

2022: Dodge midsize RWD Sedan (G?), Portal based electric minivan (RE?)

Ram HD moved back to 2021; current trucks will get a 2019 mild refresh.

“The Chrysler and Dodge large cars (Challenger, Charger, 300) might still be updated for model-year 2019 to get updated Pentastar engines and other refinements for their final two or three years. Here’s another rendering of what the 2019 Chrysler 300 may look like. (Sources are now saying the current versions will soldier on until they are replaced around 2020-21.) The Chrysler Portal was, we were told, a preview of new styling themes to come — perhaps replacing the relatively low-key Pacifica’s themes.”-allpar.com

For more information on the different models that are coming out in the upcoming years, or to take a test drive in the current models, you need to head to All Star Dodge. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would love to get you behind the wheel of this line up!