Spring is in the air and we are enjoying the time that we are getting to spend outside. It is the time of year that we start to get get outside and cruise the suburbs of St. Louis in order to take in the beauty of the countryside. How are you getting around this spring? Are you taking that old car you have siting in your garage? It that car tired and worn out? It’s probably seen better days. We think that it is time that you head to All Star near St. Peters and check out their vast selection of new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs. There are so many that you can choose from! If you want something sporty, look at the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger – you can get them with HEMI engines for added power. If you need something for your springtime yard projects, look at the Ram truck models, each of the 1500, 2500, and 3500 models have a little something different to offer. Maybe going off-road is more your style – if so, then you need to check out the entire Jeep line of vehicles; all of which are designed to handle each and every off-road adventure. (It would seem like the only thing that it cannot do is drive vertically!) If you are not sure which of the many vehicles would be right for you, we encourage you to talk with some of the members of the All Star team. They know everything that there is to know about the many models that are on the All Star lot. From the Chrysler 200 to the Jeep Patriot, the All Star team has the knowledge and passion to help you find the right vehicle. Head to All Star today for your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler Cars!
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We love the Dodge Challenger and its many trims. It is by far one of the most popular sports cars on the market, and we recently got word that the Challenger would be coming out with a Demon trim. Today we want to take a look at some of the features of this model. You can always get more information on this model at All Star Dodge near Kirkwood.
Performance Pages will be accessible through an 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system, and can bring up real-time graphs showing horsepower and torque; gauges for engine temperature, oil pressure, air-fuel ratio, and boost pressure; a g meter showing lateral and longitudinal g forces; and timers for reaction time, 0-60 mph, eighth mile, and quarter mile performance. Performance Pages will also feature driver-selectable line lock, rpm-adjustable launch control, and adjustability for the shift light in the gauge cluster. All of this data can be recorded so drivers can compare results and improve their technique or adjust for different track or weather conditions.
“An image of the Uconnect screen reveals the Demon will use a liquid-to-air intercooler just like the Hellcat. However, the Demon will get the first-ever factory application of an after-run chiller, which keeps the cooling fans and intercooler pump running after shutdown until it reaches a target temperature. Naturally, the Demon will also offer different drive modes, including Auto (Street), Drag, and Custom. Each mode has multiple tuning options, but Custom lets you mix and match performance attributes from Street and Drag.”-motortrend.com
For more information on the Dodge Challenger and the different trims that are offered, head to All Star. Their team would be more than happy to take you on a test drive and experience the power of the Dodge Challenger.
The Dodge Challenger is considered a classic muscle car that has not only survived generations of drivers, but thrived. While we have enjoyed the re-release of the Challenger in recent years, it is nice to look back at where the Challenger started. Of course you can get the 2017 Challenger at All Star near Mehlville.
The first car that carried the Challenger name was the introduction of a limited edition Dodge Silver Challenger Club Sedan to the 1959 full-sized Dodge Coronet (fourth generation) model line produced in Detroit, Michigan.
The Silver Challenger came only in silver paint and exclusively on Chrysler’s 217.4 in (5,520 mm) long two-door body style riding on a 122.0 in (3,100 mm) wheelbase. It was available with either the 230 cu in (3.8 L) “Getaway” L-head straight-six engine for $2,297, or powered by the 325 cu in (5.3 L) “Red Ram” V8 for $2,408. This car was marketed for the spring selling season to the “new-car buyers who’ve been waiting to get the most for the least.” A column-shifted three-speed manual transmission was standard and an automatic was optional.
The 1959 Silver Challenger was marketed with extra features at no extra cost. These included premium white wall tires, full wheel covers, electric windshield wipers, as well as an upgraded interior with silver metallic vinyl and black “Manchu” fabric upholstery, dual arm rests and sun visors, as well as deep pile wall-to-wall carpeting.
When the name lapsed Studebaker introduced its own Challenger model in 1964 which was an entry level version of the Studebaker Lark series. (This information was gathered from dodge.com.)
This was just the first generation. The Challenger has gone through several redesigns over the years, but each redesign has remained true to the original aesthetics that made it so great. See the latest generation of the Dodge Challenger at All Star today!
We cannot begin to tell you how much we love the Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis. It is a great reminder of the golden days of the muscle car and our love of classic American muscle. What we have not loved so much is that we are not going to get to see the new redesign of the Dodge Charger until 2020! Let’s talk about it!
In its five-year strategy announcement for Dodge made in May 2014, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ [NYSE:FCAU] target date for redesigning the Challenger and Charger muscle cars was calendar year 2018. In 2015 we heard that the redesign might be delayed until 2019, and now we’re hearing that the delays might stretch even further.
“Citing one source at FCA and another at a supplier, Automotive News (subscription required) on Monday reported that the redesigned Challenger and Charger will be delayed until calendar year 2020. The sources said the cars are to adopt FCA’s Giorgio platform, which debuted in the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, and will likely arrive as 2021 models.”-motorauthority.com
Both the Challenger and Charger are now expected to receive a second significant update to keep them fresh. The first such update was introduced for the 2015 model year.
Updates for the Challenger will be arriving soon. An all-wheel-drive Challenger GT is expected for the 2017 model year and has already shown up on the EPA’s website. A new range-topping model potentially labeled the Challenger ADR is also in the works. This model will get the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 and some much-needed wider tires.
Is it possible the redesigned Dodge Charger will come sooner than expected after the announcement that FCA will put $1 billion into its Michigan plants? We will have to wait and see!
There are few things that stand the test of time, things like classic fashion, Star Wars films, and classic cars. We are really excited to announce that Dodge is releasing a special edition of the Dodge Challenger, the Shakedown Challenger that is available at All Star Dodge Ram near Chesterfield. Let’s explore this new classic.
“Although the Shakedown is technically a 1971 Challenger, the crew at FCA added the headlights, taillights, and a grille from the 2017 Challenger to give the classic coupe a contemporary look. A custom lower front fascia, rear lip spoiler, and modern 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels that share a design with the wheels featured on the Challenger SRT Hellcat further blur the line between old and new.” -caranddriver.com
The Shakedown Challenger’s looks aren’t all that has been updated for the 21st century. As the giant “Mopar 392” fender decals imply, the Shakedown is motivated by Dodge’s 485-hp 6.4-liter V-8. A functional hood scoop, a cold-air intake, and a custom-made exhaust provide the 392-cubic-inch engine with an extra bit of grunt. Meanwhile, a six-speed manual transmission cribbed from the Viper puts the pushrod engine’s ponies to the rear wheels. Custom suspension components and Brembo brake calipers from the Hellcat ensure the Shakedown’s other dynamic qualities are as capable as its impressive powertrain.
Dodge didn’t leave the vintage Challenger’s outmoded interior untouched, either. The Shakedown’s insides include a modern Mopar gauge cluster, as well as a steering wheel and seats culled from today’s Viper. The rear seats have been removed, too, replaced by a parcel shelf and a roll bar, while a fuel cell and its associated filler sit in the Shakedown’s trunk.
For more information on the Dodge Challenger, head to All Star today!
Time to fully embrace the new year! It has come in with bells on and we could not be more excited. For 2017 we are not seeing a whole lot of changes in the Dodge Ram line up (we expect bigger changes come 2018), but none the less, we are still excited! Today, we want to share with you some of the things that you will see on the 2017 models of your favorite vehicles.
- New all-wheel drive Challenger GT combines V-6 and all-weather traction.
- SRT models get new wheel designs.
- Infotainment system upgraded, now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Infotainment system upgraded, now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- New wheel designs.
- Available houndstooth upholstery.
- GT replaces Limited in lineup.
- Citadel model gains upmarket wrapped-leather dashboard and nappa leather upholstery.
- Third row of seats now optional on SXT.
Dodge Grand Caravan
- Lineup pared to SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT trim levels.
- Last year for venerable nameplate.
- R/T model replaced with GT.
Dodge Viper SRT
- Final year.
- Six special editions: Viper 1:28 Edition ACR, Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, Viper VooDoo II Edition ACR, Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC, Viper Snakeskin ACR Edition, Dodge Dealer Edition ACR.
We are sad to report that it does seem as though this is the last year for the Dodge Viper. If you want to get your hands on one of these delightful models before they go away, head to All Star near North County. Their team can help you select a great Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler vehicle to suit your driving lifestyle. It would be their pleasure to serve you! We say, “New Year, New You, New Car”! Happy Shopping!
When it comes to the muscle coupe category, there is some really stiff competition. The front runners of this pack have been the Mustang, Camaro, and the Dodge Challenger. There has always been a kind of tit-for-tat between these vehicles, but we believe that the Dodge Challenger is getting ready to pull ahead of the pack. We want to talk about this more today.
The Dodge Challenger is doing something unconventional for a muscle coupe. It’s adding all-wheel drive. “It’s a new feature for Detroit’s pony cars – none of the three have ever had it – and it could be a game-changer. Called the Challenger GT, the Dodge launches this winter for a starting price of $34,490.” -foxnews.com
The Challenger GT comes with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It teams with an eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic transmission and is estimated to get 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. An FCA spokesperson said no manual transmission or V8 models will be offered on the all-wheel-drive Challenger. It will be on display in January at the Detroit auto show.
All-wheel drive is a widely expected addition for the Challenger. The coupe shares underpinnings with the four-door Charger, which offers an all-wheel drive variant and the cars have similar powertrain offerings (the AWD Charger is also V6 and automatic only). Naturally, the Challenger borrows the Charger’s AWD system and during regular driving conditions, the front axle disengages and full torque goes to the back wheels, allowing the Challenger to function as a rear-wheel drive car. It automatically goes back to AWD when more traction is needed.
Learn more about the addition of All Wheel Drive to the Challenger at All Star Dodge near Town and Country!
There are some vehicle models that are so popular that the auto makers end up under manufacturing that particular model. The Dodge Charger has been one of those models that people have just really loved. This was not a huge surprise as people loved the original when it debuted during the golden age of the muscle car. We want to talk about how Dodge is planning to meet the demand of the Charger.
According to the charts at Hellcat.org, FCA built 4,025 examples of the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – all of which had the 8-speed automatic transmission. For the 2015 model year, Dodge built just 1,334 Hellcat sedans, so production of the 707 horsepower Dodge with four doors improved by 302% during the 2016 model year.
For the second year in a row, a black exterior color was the most popular among the 2016 Hellcat Charger, but where Phantom Black was the most popular color in 2015, Pitch Black was the most popular option for the blown sedan in 2016. With 1,151 Hellcat Chargers being Pitch Black, that single color accounted for roughly 29% of the 2016 production run of the supercharged sedan.
“As was the case with the Hellcat Challenger production numbers we discussed previously, these Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat production numbers are not official figures from FCA. These numbers come from the website Hellcat.org, which has proven to be a reliable source of inside information in the past, so while these aren’t official numbers – they are likely as close as we are going to get to official. The understanding with this information is that it is acquired from someone inside the company who obviously opts to remain nameless.” -torquenews.com
For more information on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star Dodge in MO today!
If you are a fan of the Dodge Challenger or the Dodge Charger, they we have some good news for you! It would seem, at least for the time being, that those models are going to be staying the same. Today we want to talk about why the Challenger is going to stay the same.
Dodge is reportedly keeping the current Charger and Challenger in production until at least 2020, instead of debuting all-new models in 2018 as was previously rumored. Yes, that means today’s Challenger, introduced in 2008, will be in production for more than twice as long as the first-generation 1970-1974 car it emulates.
Citing anonymous Fiat Chrysler sources, Automotive News reports that Dodge will refresh the Challenger and Charger for 2018, but won’t give the models a full redesign until the 2021 model year. It’s also expected that Chrysler will discontinue the 300 sedan when the new Charger and Challenger debut.
In addition to the 2018 refresh, Dodge plans on maintaining Challenger and Charger sales with more special-edition models, like this year’s Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A. We already know an all-wheel-drive, V6-powered Challenger is soon to arrive, as is a widebody Hellcat with more room for tires that might actually be able to handle the power.
“When the Charger and Challenger are redesigned for 2021, they’ll share a platform with the new, rear-drive Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Alfa Romeo platform is significantly stiffer than the current one, which could allow Dodge to build a Challenger-based convertible. This car, rumored to revive the Barracuda nameplate, has been teased by Dodge for a number of years, so its arrival is highly anticipated.” -roadandtruck.com
For more information on the Dodge Challenger, head to All Star near IL. Their friendly staff would be more than happy to help you get behind the wheel of a Challenger.