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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.
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.
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?
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.
The crash-test regimen from the IIHS includes rear, side and moderate-overlap frontal impacts, as well as a rollover simulation, and scores range from a top rating of “good” to a lowest rating of “poor.” The 2013 Dodge Dart earned “good” ratings across the board, reflecting the American automaker’s dedication to building a compact car that buyers can feel confident driving.
“The Dodge Dart has one of the highest content ratios of high-strength steel in the industry, which is why it can take a beating without transferring the impact to its occupants,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Dodge dealership. “The best part is that all that advanced steel also makes for a lightweight chassis, which means greater fuel efficiency and a total win-win for buyers.”
Fuel economy is a growing priority for consumers amid unstable gas prices, and while the standard Dart already returns up to 36 mpg on the highway, Dodge has gone one step further with the recent arrival of its new Aero trim at dealerships. Sporting a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero nets up to 41 mpg on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the segment.
As its name implies, the Aero trim helps the Dart cut through the air more efficiently. Active grille shutters, underbody aero panels and a lowered ride all improve the car’s aerodynamics, while low-rolling resistance tires cut drag. The Dodge Dart Aero also employs aluminum chassis components to save weight.
While Dodge engineers may have focused on slimming down the Dart Aero, the vehicle is far from sparse in the feature category. Aero models come standard with automatic headlamps, air conditioning that flows through a micron filter to reduce allergens, power accessories, remote keyless entry and even a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Meanwhile, a class-exclusive 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a seven-inch TFT customizable gauge cluster are also available.
“Saving at the gas pump doesn’t have to equate to driving around in a bland automobile,” added Gill. “The Dodge Dart offers a variety of unique looks and is fun to drive, yet it won’t cost you during your weekly commute. Not to mention, the car doesn’t make buyers jump through hoops to get their preferred features.”