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What You Need to Know about the Challenger Hellcat

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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!

 

Speed and Luxury – Dodge Challenger

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The Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near Ladue is an iconic vehicle that has its roots in the muscle car glory days and its heart in the latest technologies. It used to be that you had to choose between speed and luxury, but not any more. The latest Dodge Challenger at All Star is the perfect combination of speed and luxury – let’s take a look at some of the trims that make this marriage possible.

First up is the SXT, powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine (305 horsepower, 268 pound-feet of torque). Although the V6 Challenger isn’t the fastest kid on the block, at least you’ll be rolling with plenty of standard features. The SXT comes with 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power driver seat. Tech features include Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port.

The R/T Scat Pack is the next rung up the ladder. It’s powered by an even larger V8, this one displacing 6.4 liters (485 hp, 475 lb-ft). In addition to the stronger engine, there’s Brembo performance brakes (four-piston front and rear), a sport-tuned suspension, a black decklid spoiler, sport seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and an Alpine audio system. Front and center in the cabin is an 8.4-inch touchscreen with the newest version of Uconnect, HD and satellite radio, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. (This information is compiled from edmunds.com.)

We invite you to head to All Star today and test drive the Dodge Challenger so that you can experience the speed and luxury that this wonderful muscle car has to offer. Get behind the wheel of the Challenger today!

Chrysler Makes No Apologies for Horsepower

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Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler Cars have been around for a long time. Though there have been different models and styles through the years, one thing hasn’t changed, the immense amount of horsepower that these vehicles offer. Today we want to take a look at a few of the high horsepower models that were at one of the auto shows earlier this year.

In an era where the biggest buzz in the automotive industry is about self-driving cars, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been doubling down on jaw-dropping horsepower.

At the New York Auto Show, the automaker revealed the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — an 840-horsepower car better suited for the drag strip than the streets. And the next day? Fiat Chrysler unveiled the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk — an SUV with a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine.

Just a few months earlier, at the Chicago Auto Show, Dodge revealed the 2018 Durango SRT. Touted as the  “most powerful and capable” three-row SUV, it has a Hemi V-8 that generates 475 horsepower.

Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, frequently pokes fun at the industry’s current obsession with self-driving cars when he boasts about Dodge’s stable of high-powered, modern muscle cars.

“They are not autonomous, they are not hybrids, they do not get 50 miles per gallon and you cannot summon them with your smartphone,” Kuniskis quipped last year when the company introduced special edition versions of the Challenger and Charger. “They are domestic, not domesticated.”

“The gratuitous display of horsepower at the reveal of the Dodge Demon in New York spawned screaming headline after headline. But it also caused some to question the automaker’s commitment to keeping up with competitors who are plowing money into electric and autonomous vehicles.”-usatoday.com

For more information on the current Chrysler Cars, head to All Star Chrysler near O’Fallon.

Dodge Charger Fun Facts

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The Dodge Charger is one of the fastest cars in the Dodge lineup. Its speed and classic body styling reminds us of the past glory days of the muscle car. Today we want to share with you some fun facts about the Dodge Charger that is available at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country.

  1. It’s supercharged –  The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features a supercharged, 6.2-liter, Hemi Hellcat engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The Charger SRT 392 employs a standard, 6.4-liter, 392 Hemi V-8 engine that makes 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.
  2. Get it with leather – Both the Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat feature standard ultra-premium Laguna Leather interior appointments, Uconnect 8.4 with navigation, HD Radio, and 5 years of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic service.
  3. Dodge brought back a classic – Dodge has brought back the Blacktop Appearance Group to the Charger SXT and R/T. New for 2017, back for a limited time, Plum Crazy joins TorRed and B5 Blue high-impact heritage hues. New for 2017, the Super Track Pak provides the V-6-powered Dodge Charger SXT with a full complement of race-bred chassis upgrades for upgraded performance.
  4. Advanced technologies – The 2017 Dodge Charger’s all-wheel-drive system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect technologies, and makes 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. Electric power steering provides three driver-selectable steering modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on every 2017 Dodge Charger.
  5. Got to love the interior – “Interior design elements include thick-rim, 3-spoke steering wheels; customizable 7-in. full-color driver information display cluster; choice of 19 trim and color combinations; and available 8.4-in. touch-screen media center, electronic shifter, and Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start across all trim levels.”-jdpower.com

For more information on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star Dodge Ram today!

Educated Buyer Gets Perfect Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge in MO

There are so people out there who like to make sure that they know everything there is to know about the vehicle that they want to purchase. They do hours of research, test drive the different trims and engine types, and will wait for several years to ensure that they get the technology they want. (This is possible because in the auto industry, manufacturers will accidentally on purpose release rumors about what we can expect to see in upcoming models. This is thanks to advanced research and development departments.) Today we want to share with you a story we recently heard about a man who knew what he wanted in a Dodge Challenger and got it.

He knew exactly what he wanted when he purchased his Dodge Challenger. He had been looking at the body style since it came back on the market in 2012. He had seen the reviews about it being difficult to see out of and the blind spots and how heavy the car was – all the negative stuff. But he remember the Dodge Challenger from the the early 70’s when it was a sexy beast of a muscle car. So when American Muscle started showing back up I got excited. “When I finally saw my 2017 challenger with the scat pack, in Yellow Jacket Yellow with black tail stripes and leather interior, I had to have to it. From the moment that I pushed the start button and heard that 6.4 liter rumble to life I got a permanent smile on my face.”-Eddie

He found his muscle car soulmate in the Dodge Challenger. We think you might too! Head to All Star Dodge in MO and test drive one of these might beasts – we know that you will soon become one with this muscle car and need to take it home!

Times of Change for Chrysler

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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!

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.

 

Dodge Challenger Reborn

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near North County

The Dodge Challenger has been a part of the American landscape since the late 1960’s have been a favorite among novice and expert drivers alike. It has seen some changes through the years, but has always stayed true to its original design. Today we want to take a look back at the second generation of the Dodge Challenger, you can get the latest Challenger generation at All Star Dodge near North County.

For the 1971 production model, the Dodge Challenger received some minor styling changes, particularly around the grille and tail lamps. The single tail lamp styling in the 1970 model was modified into 2 distinct lights while a new twin inlet grille was incorporated with silver painting on the standard models and black painting on the R/Ts. The latter were also equipped with a set of fiberglass quarter panel louvers. In addition, the lineup received a new coupe model featuring fixed quarter windows. The Dodge Challenger retained the exterior colors, striping options, and wide range of trim levels that made the car remarkably special but then dropped the R/T convertible, SE models, and the T/A.

“EPA emission standards were also adjusted during this period, leading to some changes in the powertrain. For starters, the 340 cubic inch Six pack-equipped power-plant and the optional 440 cubic inch 375hp engine were eliminated. The compression ratio for the 440 cubic inch 375hp engine was lowered, resulting in a power output of 300hp for improved emissions. A Dodge Challenger graced its presence at the 1971 Indianapolis 500 race.”-moneyinc.com

You can get the latest generation of the Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge – stop by today and become a part of the American muscle car tradition. We are sure that you will love the Dodge Challenger at All Star!

Dodge Ram – Ready for Their Close Up!

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We LOVE movies! We especially love movies about cars that feature Dodge Ram vehicles! One series of movies that really highlights the different models in the Dodge Ram lineup, many of which are available at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton, is the Fast and the Furious movie series. The latest movie, Fast 8, which is set to be released soon, features several different models, which have been modified for the movie of course. (There is some speculation the the “ice” series of Dodge Ram vehicles will be available commercially, but we are not sure about that at this time.) Let’s take a look at the special Dodge Ram vehicles that are being featured in the up coming film.

What else could Dominic Toretto drive than a Dodge? The previous film showed a Charger fitted for off-road driving, and this time the classic shape has been formed into an ice racer. “The muscle car is still recognizable, but the altered wheelbase and fender flares make this something quite different. And as the bullet holes testify, the matte black machine is definitely going to see some action. To top it off, there are some tank-like machines: There’s a tracked Ripsaw for Tej Parker and an “Ice Ram” for Hobbs, who is played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.” – autoblog.com

We are sure that these incredible vehicles will be the stars of the upcoming film, as they often are in the Fast and the Furious films. You can check out the equally fast but not so furious Dodge Ram models featured in the film at All Star Dodge Ram. Talk with the team about how you can get a great Charger or Ram truck today! See you in the movies!

Know Chrysler History

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Oakville

Did you know that Chrysler has been around for nearly one hundred years. It started as a small company and has grown into one of the most loved auto brands in the country. Today we want to take a brief look back at the history of Chrysler. This impressive legacy is easy to be a part of, you just need to head to All Star Chrysler near Oakville.

1946-1954: 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.

1955-1962: Exner 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. 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.” (This information was compiled from chrysler.com and nadaguides.com.)

Get your Chrysler Cars at All Star today!