New England drivers are accustomed to the fact that muscle cars aren’t the most practical vehicle for year-round driving. But with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT coupe, the rules have changed. This muscle car is ready for life in the fast lane, all year long. Complete with an all-wheel-drive powertrain and suspension used on the Charger Pursuit police car, the 2017 Challenger GT delivers the high-performance you crave, with the capabilities that you need.
Never let it be said that Dodge doesn’t know how to make competitive racing machines. Average consumers have been falling in love with models like the Dodge Challenger and Charger for decades, and with unparalleled specs and performance, the high-end Viper sports car speaks for itself. This June, Dodge’s engineering genius was confirmed yet again, when two breathtaking vehicles with Dodge branding achieved great things on the racing circuit.
Dodge’s speedy, powerful cars and Chrysler’s famously versatile vehicles have been popular with U.S. shoppers for a number of years. The reasons are clear. They look good, they handle even better, and they can do a lot more than simply get you from point A to point B thanks to their myriad cool features. They’re also rock-solid vehicles in the eyes of J.D. Power. The company just released its 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study which ranks all companies based on their vehicles.
When talking about how far we’ve come in the field of mechanical engineering, there’s no better way to put an exclamation point at the end of your sentence than to spotlight a seriously powerful supercar. The brand-new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, coming soon to qualifying automotive retailers, is a perfect example. There has never been a faster Viper built that is also street-legal; it was specifically designed to dominate each road it barrels down and every race track it tackles.
One’s a muscle car enthusiast with strong opinions and a short fuse. One’s a talking monkey with a banana in his holster, a chip on his shoulder and a lot to prove. Together, they fight crime. Crimes of passion — or rather a lack thereof — involving incredible vehicles. There are some things you just don’t do in a Dodge — that’s Dodge Law.
Exactly 100 years ago, automotive experts John and Horace Dodge introduced the world to a legend — the Model 30. This was not only the first mass-produced, all-steel bodied car, but also the first of many iconic vehicles proudly boasting the Dodge name. Since the Model 30’s release in 1914, the Dodge brand has continued on an incredible journey to where it stands in the market today. This year, Dodge is celebrating its 100th birthday as a top automaker and America’s iconic performance brand.
In their hearts, drivers want instant gratification when they take home a new car, but in their minds, they need a vehicle that can withstand the test of time and provide long-term value. The Dodge Challenger appears to be satisfying both desires for its owners, as the muscle car not only topped its segment in the recently released J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), but it also received an Edmunds.com 2014 Best Retained Value Award in June.
Dodge’s sporty new Dart may compete in the compact-car market, but it performs above its weight when it comes to passenger protection, offering more than 60 available safety and security features. The result is a reliably safe vehicle that recently aced crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to receive a 2012 Top Safety Pick designation. (more…)
As many vehicle infotainment systems become more and more reliant on their connectivity with smartphones, the Chrysler Group is instead looking at ways to make its vehicles more connected on their own. Partnering with Sprint to enhance its Uconnect infotainment system, Chrysler plans to fully integrate wireless connectivity into upcoming models, starting with the arrivals of the redesigned 2013 Ram 1500 pickup and all-new 2013 SRT Viper supercar later this year.
Called Uconnect Access, the new subscription-based cellular system will allow drivers to perform internet searches or read and compose text messages by voice without having to connect their smartphones. Requesting turn-by-turn directions will also be an easier task than in competing infotainment systems, as motorists will just need to push a button on the steering wheel and state the address, rather than answer a series of prompts. Uconnect Access will turn the vehicles into wireless hot spots as well, allowing passengers to connect laptops, smartphones and tablets to WiFi.
“Massachusetts drivers want to be connected while on the road, and with Uconnect Access, they won’t need to worry about where their phones are to send text messages or make calls while in their car,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Ram dealership. “The system takes away the distracting temptation to fumble for your phone, but if you still want to connect your smartphone in a hands-free capacity, the technology will allow for that as well.”
Aside from its new available Uconnect Access system, the Ram 1500 has been heavily updated for the 2013 model year. The standard 2013 Ram 1500 houses a new, higher-output 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that generates 305 horsepower while pairing with a new eight-speed automatic transmission to achieve what Ram expects to be best-in-class fuel economy. Select 2013 Ram 1500 models will also be the first pickup trucks on the market to feature stop-start technology, which shuts off the engine when the truck comes to a complete stop to improve fuel efficiency by up to 3.3 percent.
Improvements to the 2013 Ram 1500 continue on the inside, with premium materials now covering the armrests, upper bolsters and door panels. Previously located on the center console, the gear shifter has transformed into a rotary e-shift dial on the dash, opening up additional storage in the console. Meanwhile, the Ram 1500’s 3.5-inch vehicle information screen will now be standard on ST and SLT trims, instead of being reserved for premium models.
Outside, the 2013 Ram receives a facelift, with a larger, bolder grille and a revised front fascia. Power-folding mirrors and power stainless-steel running boards offer improved convenience, while five new available exterior colors update the look of the truck. Additionally, buyers of the 2013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab will now be able to opt for a 6-foot-4-inch bed to maximize space.
“The Ram 1500 truck has been at the top of its class for years, and the latest changes to the 2013 model make it better across the board,” added Gill. “Buyers that need a truck with serious capability won’t have to sacrifice modern conveniences and comforts when they get behind the wheel of the 2013 Ram 1500.”
If you’re a Dodge fan, chances are you’re inspired by the muscle-car glory days. With aggressive looks and racetrack-worthy power and performance, these cars were as unique as they were exhilarating. That’s why the gearheads at our Dodge dealership near Boston and that’s most of us) are pretty excited about the brand-new “Muscle Cars (Forever)” stamp series produced by the U.S. Postal Service.
The series will feature five iconic cars, including the incredible 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona with its signature two-foot-tall rear wing. With a 375-horsepower engine and a number of aerodynamic modifications designed to help the Daytona dominate on the track, it’s a car that still stands out in the memory muscle-car fanatics.
Other cars featured in the series include the 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Shelby GT-500, 1970 Chevelle SS and 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. Sheets of 20 are available now at your local post office, so if you love these cars as much as we do, get down there and pick some up to add a little style to your everyday mail.
Which classic muscle car was your favorite? Would you have picked different models to go on the series?