Last week, the Dodge Charger won the ALG Residual Value Award for its great residual value and they just recently earned another award. Strategic Vision released the results of the 2017 “Most Loved Vehicles in America” study, and the Dodge Charger was named Most Loved Full Size Sedan!
Strategic Vision is a well-known research-based organization for identifying consumers’ values when making an automotive purchase. The decision-making system everyone goes through when making any kind of purchase can be quite complicated, everyone is different. To get a comprehensive idea of what people look for, Strategic Vision doesn’t just look at a products attributes, but also the personal benefits a consumer may reap and the customer’s assessment of the vehicle’s value, quality, and emotional sentiment attached.
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What does it mean when an automobile has good residual value? The term “residual” means “what’s remaining after the greater part or quantity has gone”. This can also refer to the quality of something, say the condition of a car after a 36-month lease. The residual is what the car is worth at the end of the leasing term, and one would hope it’s quality is enough to make it worthwhile to lease again or sell. So when the Dodge Charger wins the 2018 ALG Residual Value Award for the fourth time in the past four years, that’s saying something about the value found in this muscle car sedan.
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The perfect holiday vehicle is the all-new Dodge Durango. Celebrate the holidays with a brand new family-friendly SUV. The reasons to get the Durango this holiday season are endless, but here are some just in case!
Passenger space: The holiday season is generally filled with family and friends. Although generally fun and a special time, it can also be frustrating getting everyone from place A to place B (airport, dinner, etc). The Durango offers two different seating options. A two-row, five-passenger option and a three-row, seven passenger option for those who need to haul a big crowd around!
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Automakers knew the all-new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was going to be a legendary model, but Dodge kept things quiet by only telling a few people about the project, as well as using a special code name, “Benny.”
Dodge went the extra mile just to make sure that absolutely nothing seemed “odd” or “out of the ordinary” during the internal development of the Challenger SRT Demon. Furthermore, just so workers didn’t catch wind of anything fishy, all the gauges were calibrated during dynamometer testing, so the readout would show those of a Challenger SRT Hellcat engine.
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The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a street legal and drag-ready beast and though it was introduced only a couple months ago, it’s no surprise that the Challenger SRT Demon is starting to win awards. The first major award the Challenger SRT Demon earned was for the SRT Power Chiller and it won was the 2017 Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award.
SRT Power Chiller
The SRT power chiller in the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a component that no other vehicle has and it’s essential for the SRT Demon to produce 840 horsepower. The SRT Power Chiller uses the vehicle’s air conditioning refrigerant to cool the air entering the engine and that cool air results in serious horsepower gains. Cooler air is denser and it has more oxygen than warm air, and more oxygen-rich air in an engine means an engine can receive more fuel, and that results in more power.
Thanks to the SRT Power Chiller, the Challenger SRT Demon produces 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque and that helps make the Challenger SRT Demon then world’s fastest quarter-mile production car.
Other Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Facts
- Not only is the Challenger SRT Demon the first production car to launch with its front wheels off the ground, but it is also the fastest 0-30 mph car. The Challenger SRT Demon accelerates from 0-30mph in one second and it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds.
- In addition to the award-winning SRT Power Chiller, the Challenger SRT Demon also has a induction system that is the largest hood scoop of any production vehicles (45.3 square inches).
- The Challenger SRT Demon has torque reserve and is the first-ever production drag car to have it. This means, the vehicle can deliver increased levels of power and torque. In addition, the Challenger SRT Demon is the first to have a TransBrake for more powerful launching.
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Since production on the Dodge Viper ended in 2017, the Challenger is the only coupe offered by Dodge and though the Charger and Challenger have always been fairly similar, it seems that the two may be developing more unique identities in 2018. Not sure which model is best for you? Well, here are three new differences between both models for the 2018 model year.
- Previous to 2018, the Challenger and Charger have always been available with the same four engine options, but that’s not the case anymore. In 2017, Dodge began production on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and it has a new engine, the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Demon V8 engine giving the Challenger lineup a total of five engine options.
- In 2017, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was just a hair faster than the Challenger SRT Hellcat, but there’s a little more competition from the Challenger lineup in 2018. First, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat doesn’t stand a chance against the 840-horsepower Challenger SRT Demon, which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds. On top of that, the 2018 Challenger lineup consists of the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, and its wider frame makes it 1 second faster than the non-widebody model. A 0-60 mph race and a quarter-mile race between both SRT Hellcat models would be very, very close.
- The Charger is no longer the only muscle car with all-wheel-drive. Dodge surprised everyone with the addition of an all-wheel-drive Challenger model to the 2017 model year lineup, and the same model will be available in 2018 as well.
All-in-all, there is a lot to look forward to for the 2018 Dodge Challenger and Charger. Looking to stay connected on everything Dodge related? Come visit us at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram or visit our website for available Dodge inventory in Miami.
Planning to head to the drag strip for the first time? That’s great! Generally, drivers tend to have quite a bit of anxiety and questions before their first race and that’s totally normal. Whether you have spent months modifying your own muscle car or you have just bought the new street legal and drag-ready Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, there are a couple things you should know before your first race.
Tips for Drag Strip
- Safety first – It is important to know all the safety rules including helmet requirements, roll bar requirements and roll cage requirements because each track is different. Also, be sure your vehicle has no recalls and has updated safety technology.
- Tire pressure and gas – Always have a full tank of gas when you hit the strip. When it comes to tire pressure, you want to invest in a gauge. They are really affordable and needed for track prep. When it comes to what pressure to use, running with as much air in your rear tires as possible is best. The air allows for less rolling resistance and keeps the car at a high speed.
- Plan B – Always have a plan B! A vehicle with little wear and tear should be able to do just fine on the strip. However accidents happen, and sometimes things go wrong. Have a backup plan! If the drag car is also a daily driver, have a plan to get the car and yourself home.
- Drop the weight – The lighter the car, the faster it goes! There should never be any cargo or extra weight in the vehicle. Serious drag racers get rid of the radio, rear seats and anything else that add unnecessary weight to the vehicle. Most tracks have pre-race inspections and will require that your trunk be empty and any loose items inside the car be removed.
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The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has been hyped up in automotive news, on the Dodge Youtube, social accounts, and auto shows for a while now. The vehicle was finally released in April, and the hype continued! Though the Challenger SRT Demon hasn’t been spotted on the streets yet, we have seen it in a movie and a few music videos.
“Fate of the Furious”
Vin Diesel has been a huge Dodge fan since he started acting in the “Fast and the Furious” movies. He has said in the past that he loves them so much he drives one even outside of the films. In the newest Fast and Furious film, the “Fate of the Furious” Vin Diesel’s ride was the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The movie grossed more than $1 billion globally since opening night. Check out in the movie: [click to continue…]
There are plenty of myths out there regarding lowering your auto insurance premiums. However, there are plenty of facts about lowering your car insurance as well. Can you pick out which are true and which are false from the list below?
- Higher deductibles mean lower premiums.
- For new drivers there are drivers education and good student discounts on premiums.
- Using the same home and auto insurance companies can lower your premium.
- There is a low mileage discount for those that drive less or shorter distances.
- Good or bad credit doesn’t matter or impact your premium.
- Red cars are more expensive to insure.
- Premiums rise as you age.
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2017 was an awesome year for Dodge and so far, it looks like 2018 is going to be just as exciting. Here are some of the exciting new models you can expect to see at Kendall Dodge in 2018.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is a great addition to the Dodge lineup. Built with SRT performance and design, the Durango SRT is the fastest and most powerful three-row SUV on the market. The Durango SRT is equipped with a 475-horsepower 392 SRT HEMI V8 engine, which makes the vehicle capable of launching from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and the quarter-mile finish line in 12.9 seconds.
What’s great for buyers is that Dodge and SRT didn’t sacrifice power and speed for towing capabilities. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT can tow up to 8,700 pounds, which is 1,300 pounds more than a Durango equipped with the second most powerful 5.7L HEMI engine. Exterior performance features come standard like a widebody design, a functional SRT hood with a center air inlet duct, a new cold-air duct and LED fog lamps. Inside the vehicle comes leather and suede seats and carbon-fiber trim. MSRP for the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is $62,995. [click to continue…]