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Times of Change for Chrysler

New Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near IL

This month we have felt a bit reflective and have been taking a look at the history of our one of our favorite auto brands, Chrysler. Chrysler has seen a number of changes throughout the years; each time a change up happened, we got even better Chrysler Cars. One of the biggest periods of change was the late 1940’s through the early 1960’s.

The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.

Chrysler then reaffirmed its engineering reputation by commissioning a revolutionary gas turbine engine program. This 27-year campaign to apply an aircraft engine turbine’s smooth power and low maintenance requirements to automobiles became part of the Chrysler brand’s folklore.

“Exner, a designer at Chrysler, revived Chrysler production car design with the sleek, sculptured Forward Look designs of 1955 that transformed the product line overnight. The Forward Look flagship was the 1955 Chrysler 300, a striking automobile that combined smooth styling with brawny HEMI power,” (chrysler.com). The 300, arguably the first muscle car, became a legend on and off the race track and set records throughout the 1950s, including a 143-mph performance at Daytona Beach. As the Fifties progressed, Chrysler products began to sprout distinctive tailfins, ostensibly to improve handling and stability above 70 miles per hour. The 1957 Chrysler brand standard-bearer, the 300C, was equipped with a standard 392-cubic-inch, 375-horsepower HEMI, two four-barrel carburetors, a high-output camshaft, Torsion-Aire suspension and the new Torqueflite transmission, making it the fastest, most powerful production car built in America that year and earning it the appellation “beautiful brute.”

You can get all of the great Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near IL today!

A Storied History of the 300

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Ballwin

The Chrysler 300 is known as the sleek and stylish leader of the Chrysler line up of vehicles. What you might not know is that is has a very interesting story behind its creation. We want to share part of this story with you today.

At age 37, Robert MacGregor Rodger was a 15-year veteran of Chrysler in 1953, and a member of the team that launched the corporation’s first Hemi V8 back in ’51. He was also, despite his relative youth, the chief engineer of the Chrysler Division. Heading into its third year, the Hemi had only grown stronger and tasted racing success in Briggs Cunningham’s C-2, C-4R and C-5R Le Mans racers. It was also starting to dominate the newly developing world of organized drag racing. Rodger was convinced that a standard 331-cubic-inch (5.4-liter) Hemi running one of Cunningham’s cams with solid lifters, dual four-barrel carbs and an 8.5-to-1 compression ratio could produce 300 reliable and civilized horsepower. But for all that, Chrysler didn’t really have a production car that seemed an appropriate showcase for such performance.

So Rodger proposed that Chrysler build a special car, a two-door hardtop, for the Hemi. “There wasn’t any budget for new sheet metal, so he bolted the top-of-the-line Imperial’s nose onto a New Yorker hardtop two-door body shell with Windsor model rear quarter panels to produce the 1955 300. Chrysler’s chief designer, Virgil Exner, tweaked the design by excising the Imperial’s massive front bumper in favor of the less ornate one used on the base Chrysler, and the 300 went into production.”-edmonds.com

For more information on the 2017 Chrysler 300, stop by All Star Chrysler near Ballwin today. Take a look at the smooth lines and powerful engine of the Chrysler 300 are you are sure to want one!

Muscle Car Glory Days

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold

Spring is upon us in the St. Louis area – things are coming back to life and the world just seems a little brighter. It is at these moments that we like to reflect on the history of some of our favorite vehicles, blame it on nostalgia. We want to take a look at the Dodge Charger and its early beginnings. Of course you can get the latest Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold.

January 1, 1966 at the annual Rose Bowl Game audience was first shown Dodge Charger – the new flagship of Dodge car company. The main designer of the project was Carl Cameron. Sales began in mid-1966.

“In 1966, the feature of Charger becomes electric shaver grille – used completely hiding lights that are not used by Chrysler since 1942 (on some models of DeSoto division) – when the lights are open or closed grille looks solid piece. Inside, Dodge Charger has four stand alone anatomical seats, long console from front to rear. Rear seats and part of the console can be folded forwards and the boot partition allows you to place luggage inside the cabin. Many elements have been exclusive – door panels, dashboard lights, and others.”-carswithmuscle.com

All engine range have a choice of V8. Six-cylinder engines were not offered until 1968. In 1966, four engine choices were offered: the base 318 CID (5.2 l), 361 CID (5.9 L), 383 CID (6.3 L). The most popular was the 383 with 325 HP (242 kW ). Hemi 426 (7.0 l) was also available.

In late 1966 dealer installed optional spoiler on the trunk lid (because of the rules of participation in NASCAR). In 1966, the Dodge Charger was the first production car in the US equipped with a spoiler. Total production of Dodge Charger was 37344 units in 1966.

It was amazing how popular the Dodge Charger was upon its release, but it is not surprising just how much we still love this classic car.

 

Getting to Know Chrysler

New Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Ellisville

We love the line of Chrysler Cars that you can find at All Star Chrysler near Ellisville. The sleek lines and timeless styling have always been the hallmarks of Chrysler, but we want to know all about when Chrysler got their start.

The first Chrysler was the 1924 Chrysler Six, an all-new car priced at $1,565 that featured two significant innovations – a light, powerful, high-compression six-cylinder engine and the first time four-wheel hydraulic brakes were standard on a passenger car. The well-equipped Chrysler Six also featured aluminum pistons, replaceable oil and air filters, full-pressure lubrication, tubular front axles, shock absorbers and indirect interior lighting.

Within a decade of its founding, Chrysler Corporation’s leadership in innovation had earned for it the label of Detroit’s “engineering company.” Chrysler’s list of early automotive “firsts” included Floating Power (a new method of mounting engines to isolate vibration), replaceable oil filters, downdraft carburetors and one-piece curved windshields.

The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.

“Chrysler then reaffirmed its engineering reputation by commissioning a revolutionary gas turbine engine program. This 27-year campaign to apply an aircraft engine turbine’s smooth power and low maintenance requirements to automobiles became part of the Chrysler brand’s folklore.”-chrysler.com

For nearly one hundred years, Chrysler has been an innovator in the automotive world and we hope they will continue to innovate and create the latest and greatest cars. For more information on the latest Chrysler Cars, head to All Star. Their team would love to get you behind the wheel of a great Chrysler today!

More Horsepower on the Durango SRT

Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge near Florissant

The Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge near Florissant is an incredibly popular SUV that handles like a dream. For the 2018 year, FCA, the company that owns and manufacturers the Dodge Durango, decided that the SRT model needed more power. Let’s take a look at the more powerful Durango SRT.

The new high-performance vehicle for the Durango nameplate is due out this summer, said Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge and SRT for FCA North America.

“This now takes everything that was great about the Durango and everything that was awesome about the Charger SRT and combines it into one badass SUV,” he said.

The Durango SRT is powered by the 392-cubic-inch, 6.4-liter V-8 Hemi engine, cranking out 475 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque. It’s mated to an automatic eight-speed transmission and is outfitted with full-time all-wheel drive. The SUV is said to trip the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds, and go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds.

Dodge updated the the SRT Durango with an aggressive look, upgraded the interior and put a T-shaped electronic shifter inside it instead of a rotary knob, Kuniskis said. It also features updated ride dynamics and shift feel. The exhaust was tuned to sound like the 392 Charger, said Pete Jacobsen, Dodge Durango vehicle development manager.

While it boasts performance, the Durango SRT also will be used as a family-hauling daily driver, Kuniskis said. The interior features driver and family comforts such as a hand-wrapped instrument panel, flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row captain’s chairs. The Durango SRT also can tow more than any other three-row SUV and is capable of hauling 8,600 pounds, according to Dodge.

For more information on the Dodge Durango or to take a test drive, head to All Star today!

Let’s Talk Ram 2500 Powertrain

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

It is a very rare day when all we talk about is the powertrain of the Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville, but with the new 2017 Ram 2500 we knew that we had to share this information. It is important to know what is powering your pick up trick – after all, you expect it to handle any terrain and any hauling job.

Turbo Diesel Engine – Combine world-class capability with outstanding performance and you’ve got the available Proven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 engine. With a wide array of Best-in-Class and Class-Exclusive features and capabilities, the 6.7L Cummins engine turns your Ram 2500 into a dependable powerhouse.

Six Speed Manual Transmission – Modified for increased torque load of the base-output diesel engine, the Class-Exclusive available six-speed manual transmission also carries a wear-compensating clutch for like-new clutch pedal performance throughout the life of the drivetrain. This transmission is only available with the Proven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 engine.

Hemi Engine – If a turbo diesel isn’t your thing, you can always pick the Hemi. The available Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI V8 engine offers Ram 2500 series pickups the legendary power you’ve come to expect from both names. Two spark plugs per cylinder increase peak power and torque, reducing exhaust emissions.

Hemi Engine with Valve Timing – Want even more power? Then get the standard 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) gives the driver an efficient engine option without sacrificing performance. VVT provides optimal torque over a large RPM range and aluminum cylinder heads combine with hemispherical combustion chambers for outstanding airflow, leading to indispensable power and torque.

Learn more about the different powertrains on the 2017 Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram today!

The 2017 Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield

The Chrysler 300 is one of those vehicles that stands up to the test of time. It is sleek and stylish while being wildly capable. Today we are going to look at a few key characteristics of the Chrysler 300 model that is currently available at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield.

ast refreshed for 2015, it gets updates for 2017 including a faster UConnect system with sharper graphics, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.Three new packages are added to the 2017 Chrysler 300S, including an Alloy Edition.

Base engine is a smooth 3.6-liter V6 whose 292 horsepower and linear torque easily propel the weight of the big car down the road.The Chrysler 300S gets 300 hp out of its cold-air intake and tuned exhaust system.

All-wheel drive is available with the V6.The system doesn’t send any power to the front wheels unless traction is needed there.

Next engine up is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that makes 363 horsepower, driving the 300S or 300C from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.8 seconds, using an 8-speed automatic transmission.If you want a real throwback Chrysler 300 hot rod, get one of these.

The Chrysler 300 rates 19/30 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined with rear-wheel drive, two less mpg with all-wheel drive.The Hemi V8 gets an EPA-rated 16/25/19 mpg.

In crash tests by NHTSA, the 300 earned four stars overall.The IIHS gave it the top Good grade in every category except the difficult small front-overlap test, where it scored Marginal. (This information was compiled from autoblog.com, chrysler.com, and iihs.org.)

These are just a few baseline characteristics of the Chrysler 300. For more information and a in-depth look at the 300, head to All Star and work with a member of their team. Their staff would love to take you on a test drive today!

Let’s Talk Chargers!

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold

It is safe to say that we like to go fast. Ok, you might say that we LOVE to go fast! And a great way to get to go fast is to drive the Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold. For the 2017 model year, the Dodge Charger got a little bit of a face lift, and we want to share those results with you today!

The 2017 Dodge Charger is offered in two trimlines with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 – the SE and SXT – both of which come with 292 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Also, both of these packages are available with all-wheel drive and with no Hemi/AWD packages for 2017, these are the only AWD Chargers for this model year.

The Charger SE comes with a few premium features, such as the reconfigurable 7 inch driver information screen, the 5 inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system, 17 inch aluminum wheels, LED-trimmed headlights, LED-trimmed taillights and the Keyless Enter’n’Go system with push button ignition. This package starts at $29,090 for the rear-drive package and the AWD Charger SE starts at $31,340. (These numbers are based on base price numbers, talk to a member of the All Star team for actual prices.)

“The 2017 Charger SXT package adds the premium 8.4 inch UConnect infotainment system, satellite radio, 18 inch aluminum wheels, LED fog lights, heated front cloth sport seats with power driver’s side adjustment, dual zone climate control, remote start, an auto dimming rear view mirror and a six speaker sound system with a 276 watt amplifier.”-torquenews.com

For more information on the 2017 Dodge Charger models, head to All Star. Their team would love to get you behind the wheel of this incredible model today! Are you ready to go fast???

First News on the Dodge Challenger Demon

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near Ladue

We always get really excited when Dodge starts teasing the new Challenger trim models. There is a big auto show coming up, where we expect to see the final product that is the Dodge Challenger Demon. Until then, we wanted to share with you the little bit of information that we do have on the new Demon.

The Challenger Demon prototype has hood pins, visible rivets, and LB Performance stickers, making it look like someone’s custom Challenger, but the Demon-specific hood scoop and dual headlight/airflow passages give away its true identity. (They thought they were being so sneaky – we know what we are looking at!)

“With the Demon, Dodge wants its buyers to be able to drive their Challengers to and from the track on four (wide, barely street-legal) drag radials. At the drag strip, owners may swap the front wheels for skinny drag-racing “runners” that can be stored in a special metal toolbox complete with a jack, tire-pressure gauge, and torque wrench. The unused wide front wheels and tires can either be set aside until the drive home or even employed as replacement rear tires should an owner crack off a few too many quarter-mile runs in one outing.”-autoblog.com

The Challenger Demon will look pretty much like every other Challenger save for a quartet of fender flares that widen the already large coupe by about 3.5 inches, plus an extra-wide hood scoop.

We are assuming that the Demon will be powered by a version of the supercharged and intercooled Hemi V-8 found in the Challenger SRT Hellcat. We’re also assuming that the engine’s output will far surpass the Hellcat’s mighty 707 horsepower. Our current best guess pegs the peak horsepower figure at 815 and torque at more than 700 lb-ft.

For more information on the Dodge Challenger and its different trims, head to All Star near Ladue.

All Star Dealership Knows You Best!

Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler Cars at All Star near St. Peters

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!