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Go Mad for the Muscle Car!

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold

The Dodge Charger has always been hailed as one of the top muscle cars ever made. Dodge brought it back into production to please those who longed for the days of the classic muscle car. The Dodge Charger has been a top seller at All Star Dodge near Arnold since its return. Today we want to take a look at this classic muscle car!

The iconic Dodge Charger received a full-body makeover back in 2015 with an all-new exterior that is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s. The Charger sedan specifically draws its cues from the 1969 model. The Dodge Charger is available in SE, SXT, R/T and R/T Scat Pack models. For 2017 Charger adds all-new Daytona and Daytona 392 models. The new Daytona models offer even more performance and heritage-inspired styling to the naturally aspirated HEMI lineup, including unique SRT Hellcat-inspired functional performance styling for an even more menacing appearance.

Base power for the large RWD Dodge sedan is generated by a 3.6L V-6 Pentastar engine. R/T and Daytona models are outfitted with the automaker’s iconic 5.7L HEMI V-8 with four-cylinder mode fuel saver technology. Torque for the V6 is delivered to the asphalt through an 845 RE TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. The V8 models are bolted to an 8HP70 TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive (AWD) with front-axle disconnect is available on SXT and SE models. (This information is compiled from greenbaypressgazette.com and dodge.com.)

Get your Dodge Charger at All Star today. Their team would love to share with you their passion for the new Dodge Charger. Be part of the great history that is the muscle car with your purchase of the Dodge Charger at All Star. Nothing beats the power and passion behind the Charger.

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!

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!

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!

 

Chrysler Makes No Apologies for Horsepower

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near O’Fallon

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.

Charging from the Past

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Ballwin

The Dodge Charger at All Star near Ballwin is an iconic piece of American history. It was introduced at the beginning of the golden age of muscle cars and was well loved. For a time, the Dodge Charger was not in production, but in the mid-2000’s Dodge brought the Charger out of retirement and back into the spotlight. We want to go back and learn about the start of the Dodge Charger.

“Dodge was in desperate need of a car that appealed to anyone under the age of 80, and the way to do that quickly was to develop a fastback version of its Coronet midsize car. That car appeared in the fall of 1965 as the 1966 Charger.”-edmonds.com

Except for the two-door fastback roof and some unique trim, the Charger was every inch a Coronet. That meant it was a simple unibody structure with an unequal length control arm front suspension that used torsion bars as a springing medium and a solid rear axle on semielliptical leaf springs in the back.

And “every inch a Coronet” also meant that the Charger was pretty big. At 203.6 inches long it was a full 22 inches longer than a ’66 Mustang and 3.5 inches longer than the four-door 2K6 Charger. The first Charger’s 117-inch wheelbase was relatively long for the era in which it was designed, though it seems modest by 21st-century standards when engineers try to shove the wheels out to a car’s corners (the 2K6 Charger’s wheelbase is 120 inches). While the styling of the Charger’s front clip was similar to that of the Coronet’s, there was a full-width convex grille in front with hidden headlights that gave the car a unique look.

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

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!

A Charger – Ram Truck Hybrid?

Dodge Charger at All Star near Clayton

The Dodge Charger is a nod to the classic age of muscle cars. It is powerful, it roars when you drive it, and it’s comfortable. The styling of this classic car is classic in a way that never goes out of style. There is just something about the Charger that makes you say, “Wow!” when you look at it. It is this classic styling that have some people saying that other models in the Dodge Ram family are starting to resemble the Charger. We certainly don’t hate the idea of this happening. One such model that this styling is reflected is the new Ram trucks that are set to come out in 2018. Let’s take a look at what we are talking about.

The Ram trucks look a little chunkier than the current trucks, with more shapes going on. That vertical bar dividing the grille got a whole lot fatter, too. And of course, the thing’s wearing requisite LED trim lights. The back actually looks a bit like a GMC, with those bracket taillights, but with the Ram Rebel’s whale shark mouth shape moved from the front to the tailgate.

A refreshed Ram truck, is expected to come out within the next year or so for the 2018 model year. What we don’t know is what, if any, changes will happen beyond the aesthetics teased at in these images. “That gives us a lot of time to have tweaks made to the design, so I guess I wouldn’t count on this as the final look for the next Ram truck. But I’ll take it as at least a strong suggestion.” -truckyeah.com

Since the refresh is still in the early stages, we are not sure exactly what the final model will look like. For more information on the different Ram trucks and on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star near Clayton today!

Time to Say Goodbye to the Dart

Couple saying goodbye before car travel holding hands through the window

Dodge Dart at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

Well, it is a sad day for Dodge fans. It has officially been announced that the Dodge Dart will be going away at the end of 2016. Sure, you will still be able to buy the existing Dart models at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville, but you will not be able to order one. Production is ceasing on this revived model.

“It was a vehicle they had high hopes for initially and then when that car went down in flames it was left an orphan,” said Jack R. Nerad, Kelley Blue Book executive editorial director and executive market analyst. “It quickly became a non-player and then it was just playing out the string.” While we do not agree with Mr. Nerad, we are sad that we have to say goodbye and sad that this might be the reason why.

There has been some speculation that this was always slated to be a short life for the Dodge Dart. That it was only getting brought back for a limited engagement. Was the plan all along to make past Dart owners, from the golden age of muscle cars, nostalgic? Was it just a ploy to get them to buy the car that they had in their youth? We do not know for sure. We do know that the Charger and the Challenger were brought back to life and that they have done really well, but how long until they are gone as well? We just have a lot of unanswered questions, and it would appear that that is how they will stay.

For more information on the Dodge Dart, or to get one before it is too late and it is again gone into the annals of history, stop by All Star. Don’t miss out!

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More Colors Coming for the Dodge Charger

Stade, Germany - May 2, 2015: High angle view of vintage Plymouth Roadrunner and Dodge Charger cars exhibited at MOPAR Spring Fling annual meeting for vintage cars built by Chrysler Corp.

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Chesterfield

We love the Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Chesterfield. It is sleek, stylish, and can go fast, which is something that we all look for in a muscle car. We talked the other day about the Challenger and the new wheel base that both the Challenger and the Charger will be getting in the 2017 generation. Today we want to talk about the new colors that the ‘Chager will be available for 2017.

Last week, we detailed the key changes for the 2017 Dodge Challenger and the 2017 Dodge Charger, with the most significant news focusing on the 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat models. While the Challenger lineup benefits from the new T/A package and the Charger gets the new Daytona package, the key “changes” for the two muscle cars are found on the Hellcat models, in the form of the new, lightweight wheels, the new Hellcat head badges and the red-lit steering wheel center.” -torquenews.com

The 2016 Dodge Challenger is currently offered in 10 exterior colors – Billet Silver, Bright White, Go Mango, Granite, Ivory White, Jazz Blue, Maximum Steel, Pitch Black, Redline Red and TorRed. Notice, that list doesn’t include the previously offered colors of B5 Blue or Plum Crazy Purple.

For 2017, Granite, Billet Silver, Pitch Black, Maximum Steel, Go Mango, Redline Red and TorRed return, but they are joined by four new colors with Yellow Jacket, Octane Red, Green Go and Destroyer Grey and two renamed colors, White Knuckle (previously Bright White) and Contusion Blue (previously Jazz Blue). For those wondering about the new Green Go, while it looks similar to Sublime from the 2015 model year, this new color is a little darker and it has less metallic sparkle to it.

Check out the new colors on the Dodge Charger at All Star today!