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Dodge Challenger: An American Classic

Dodge Challenger at All Star near Mehlville

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!

Will We Ever See the New Charger???

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis

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!

Shakedown Coming!

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near Chesterfield

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!

What’s New for 2017?

New Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

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.

Dodge Challenger

  • 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

Dodge Charger

  • Infotainment system upgraded, now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • New wheel designs.
  • Available houndstooth upholstery.

Dodge Durango

  • 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.

Dodge Journey

  • 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!

 

 

Time to Pull Ahead

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

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!

Did You Say Pre-Owned?

Pre-Owned Dodge Cars at All Star Dodge in Missouri

Did we just hear you say that you are considering getting a pre-owned vehicle at All Star Dodge in Missouri? We sure hope that we did! All Star has a crazy impressive inventory that is stocked with just about any Dodge Ram vehicle you can think of, maybe not some of the classic and collectors vehicles, but you never know what you might see! Today we want to share with you some of the vehicles that are currently available at the dealership.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 2 Door Car – This model was originally $44,846! It is a local trade in that has a navigation system, along with 6-Speed Manual! It has only had one owner and is in like new condition! Challenger SRT8 392, 2D Coupe Features: SRT HEMI 6.4L V8, Tremec 6-Speed Manual, RWD, Sublime Pearl Coat, and Leather. Just in, this charming 2015 Dodge Challenger comes with a SRT HEMI 6.4L V8 engine and Tremec 6-Speed Manual. Technologically masterful machine that marries high performance with good road manners. It is currently on sale for $39,890.

2016 Dodge Journey SE Sport Utility – This wonderful pickup truck was originally $20,387, but has been reduced to $17,962! The Dodge Journey is roomy and has 3 Rows of Seats. This Journey SE, 4D Sport Utility features: 2.4L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT, 4-Speed Automatic VLP, FWD, Redline 2 Coat Pearl, and Black Cloth. Don’t miss out on buying this fantastic-looking 2016 Dodge Journey. There are also a number of additional, optional equipment packages included, like the Customer Preferred Package 22F, Flexible Seating Group, Second-Row 40 / 60 Tilt and Slide Seat, Third-Row 50 / 50 Fold / Reclining Seat, Air Conditioning with 3-Zone Temperature Control, and Radio 4.3.

For more information on the different models All Star has available on their pre-owned lot, head to All Star today!

Popularity Overload!!!

Los Angeles CA - November 19 2014: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat on display on display at the LA Auto Show

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge in MO

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!

No Need for a Change

NEW YORK CITY USA - JULY 07 2015: Silver Dodge Challenger RT 2014 in Manhattan.

Dodge Challenger at All Star near IL

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.

A Little Bit of Everything

Anaheim CA USA - August 1 2015: Dodge Ram Pickup Interior on display during Auto Enthusiast Day car show.

New Cars at All Star near Saint Charles

Today we want to talk about an interesting concept vehicle that is currently in the works. This interesting model has been constructed using a variety of different parts from a plethora of different Dodge Ram (and FCA) vehicles. Let’s take a look at what this concept car has to offer.

“The Dodge Durango Shaker concept for the 2016 SEMA show is one such vehicle, and it’s easily our favorite Mopar debuting in Vegas. Take a tour and you’ll see Charger, Challenger, and Viper pieces grafted onto this slick crossover.” (autoblog.com)

The featured special part is the big, 6.4-liter 392 Hemi V8 that’s been dropped under the hood; it’s sourced from the SRT Challenger and Charger where it makes 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. With that in place, the fabricators cut a big hole in that hood for the Challenger’s awesome optional shaker scoop. It wasn’t an easy installation; it required a custom spacer for the intake to make sure everything lined up with the hole properly.

Apparently people really like the Viper seats, so six of them were stuck into this Durango. Makes sense. It does lose a bit of people-carrying capability as a result, since only two seats fit in each row, and the seats don’t fold for extra cargo room. A Dodge spokesperson attested to the fact that all three rows are usable, if not totally comfortable. Seriously, though, Viper seats. We don’t care how comfortable or usable the result is, they put Viper seats into this shaker. (It’s just so cool!!!)

This concept vehicle really has a lot more to offer, and we think that you will really love it at the Vegas auto show. Let the team at All Star near Saint Charles help you find the right Dodge Ram vehicle for you!

Dodge Challenger T/A Available this Week

ROYAL OAK MI/USA - AUGUST 14 2015: "Plum Crazy" purple 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT, with Scat Pack and Hemi options, at the Woodward Dream Cruise. Woodward is a National Scenic Byway.

Dodge Challenger at All Star near Clayton

If you are a fan of the Dodge Challenger, then this is a big week for you! You see, the Dodge Challenger T/A is going to be available for purchase this week at All Star near Clayton. What is the Dodge Challenger T/A? Well, we are glad that you asked! Let’s explore this fun model today!

The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A is offered in three levels – T/A, T/A Plus and T/A 392. The Challenger T/A and T/A Plus are based on the Challenger R/T with the 5.7L Hemi while the Challenger T/A 392 is based on the Challenger Scat Pack with the 6.4L Hemi.

The Challenger T/A package starts with the standard features of the Challenger T/A and adds dual “air catcher” headlights, a stain black hood from the Challenger SRT 392, a cold air intake kit that feeds from the hood scoop, 20 inch black Mopar wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, Mopar hood pins, a satin black fuel door, a satin black rear spoiler, the satin black T/A stripes on the sides of the car, a 2.75 inch active exhaust system and the Super Track Pak – which includes a high performance Bilstein suspension setup with ½ inch lowering springs, performance brakes and a three-mode electronic stability control system with a full off setting. With the 6-speed manual transmission, the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A has an MSRP of $38,385 with destination.

This is just some really basic and straightforward information on the Dodge Challenger T/A. For a more in-depth look at this incredible vehicle, head to All Star today. Test drive this model and ask any question that you might have about this model. The staff at All Star would be more than happy to answer you and to show you what the Challenger T/A can do!