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2015-dodge-challenger-srt-srt-with-hellcat-engine-news-car-and-driver-photo-599959-s-429x262Miami, Florida has an established reputation of being one of the better-known tourist destinations in the world. Sunny beaches, beautiful weather, and endless nightlife are a few of the many reasons why people come here. But recently, something else spectacular happened in this city: the mighty Dodge Challenger Hellcat raced against an F-15 fighter jet. While the Challenger Hellcat didn’t win, it definitely helped show just how powerful this 707-horsepower vehicle is.

The weather on that particular Friday was less than optimal, which could be one of the reasons why the Hellcat couldn’t keep up. But it was an impressive performance nonetheless. As the F-15 Fighter jet parked on the tarmac, rain began to fall much more than originally expected. Some areas of the tarmac contained more water than the Hellcat may have been comfortable with. If the weather had been a little dryer, it’s likely that the race would have been a little closer – at least for the first quarter mile or so.

Just remember: once an F-15 fighter jet starts picking up speed, there’s no way to catch it – even if you are the fastest consumer vehicle in the world. But to even say that you were in a race with a fighter jet just shows how qualified the new Dodge Challenger Hellcat really was. Even though it didn’t win, it did keep up quite well considering the circumstances, and everyone can agree that there’s nothing wrong with that.

Many people refer to the Hellcat as being a “beast” on the road. With its 707-horserpower engine, there’s no denying that this is true. But is it really a good choice for the average, everyday user? First and foremost, it’s important to note that the Hellcat is priced at less than $60,000, which is astonishing considering the amount of power that it has. A year ago, it would have been impossible to purchase a vehicle with as much horsepower for less than $100,000, so its value alone is well worth the investment.

Another thing that you’re probably interested in is its fuel economy. You might be surprised to hear that the Hellcat gets about 13 MPG in the city and about 21 MPG on the highway. This is quite respectable! This means that you can still experience the power and torque that you want without sacrificing fuel economy (that much).

Can you live with it on a day-to-day basis without getting speeding tickets or into accidents? As with most things in life, the safety associated with the Hellcat depends on you. If you treat the vehicle with respect, there’s no reason what it can’t be used on a regular basis. And if it can keep up with an F-15 fighter jet, it’s definitely a vehicle that you’ll want to consider owning. Learn more at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

2015-dodge-challenger-srt-hellcat-back-1Most of us have been waiting for a story like this – a story that clearly depicts the pure power and performance of the new Dodge Hellcat. Well, the time has finally come. Recently, the Dodge Hellcat ran up against the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The end result: the Hellcat is clearly the more powerful vehicle. But exactly how much more quicker was it?

First, let’s quickly break down both vehicles. The Dodge Challenger Hellcat boasts a 707 horsepower engine while the Z06 boasts a 650 horsepower engine. Right away, it’s clear that there is a massive difference in engine power. The race took place on a Texas highway, and was initiated by three honks of a horn. As expected, the Hellcat completely outdrove its competitor. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise either. After all, the Hellcat is one of the most powerful consumer vehicles that anyone can purchase today.

There are many debaters who suggest that if the Hellcat were to go up against the same vehicle on a racetrack that the end result would have been different. While this might true, this scenario plays more on skill than it does the actual performance of the vehicle, so it’s actually irrelevant for the comparison of both vehicles. In short, you definitely get what you pay for with the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The vehicle has gained a lot of media attention as of late, and there’s no doubt that this race really pushed its popularity over the point of no return. Test drive this amazing vehicle at Chapman Dodge.

What does the underside of the vehicle’s hood look like? Aside from offering 707 horsepower, the vehicle has a top speed of around 200 MPH, and a 0-to-60 time of about 3.6 seconds. These figures are very impressive to say the least. With all of this power, some drivers might come to think that the Dodge Challenger Hellcat really lacks in the fuel economy department. Granted, it doesn’t offer the fuel economy that you might see in say, a hybrid vehicle, but it’s MPGs are quite respectable: 13 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway.

These are outstanding numbers but they are very good considering the amount of power that drivers are going to be receiving in return. To provide a comparison, many of today’s SUVs (which offer significantly less horsepower) come with the same (or worse) horsepower. It’s clear to see that there was a lot of thought in regards to the engineering aspect of the Challenger Hellcat. On average, expect to pay about $40,000 for the Hellcat. Yes, you read this last sentence correctly. The Hellcat can be yours for far less than you would pay for many luxury vehicles. This is a deal that many performance car enthusiasts won’t want to pass up. Check it out firsthand at Las Vegas Dodge.

2013-srt-viper_600x0wThe Dodge Viper has long remained as a top tier vehicle in the realm of performance based cars. But now, there are rumors that a new Viper with a V10 engine could be on its way. If this is true, it will officially become the fastest consumer vehicle ever built by an American automaker. When the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was introduced to the world, it was considerably faster than the current Viper. However, there quickly became speculation that this type of engine would eventually make its way into the Dodge Viper. The problem is this type of engine probably wouldn’t fit into the current Viper.

To address this problem, Dodge came up with a nifty solution: why not create a powerful, supercharged V10 Viper that would provide far more torque and horsepower than the Challenger or Charger? In fact, why not take things a step further and create a more powerful vehicle than any other sold in the world? Most of us are happy to hear that there are rumors that this new “super engine” is already underway and should arrive sooner than we all think. For the previous statements to be true, this new Viper would need to have more than 707 horsepower and more than 650lb-ft of torque. Visit Chapman Dodge Las Vegas to learn more.

This will be quite an achievement and upgrade considering that the current Viper only offers about 645 horsepower. It would essentially need to increase by close to 80 horsepower to overcome the Hellcat’s accomplishments. How would these accomplishments be met? One way to do this would be to tweak or enlarge the current engine, or perhaps add a blower to the V10. By understanding what a few of the current limitations are in building such a vehicle, Viper engineers will be that much closer to making this goal come true.

When trying to determine the amount of power that a supercharged engine will produce, you need to figure out the math like this: for every 14 pounds of additional power that you include into the engine, you can expect to increase the amount of power by about 2 (double). Does this really mean that 14 pounds of boost in the current Viper will lead to an overall horsepower of 1,000+? This most likely isn’t the case. Remember that these are only approximations and that the estimations are “rough” more than anything else.

There are a variety of other factors that come into play when determining how quick the new Viper will be, some of them including the vehicle’s weight, gear ratio, and transmission type. The good news is that the battle is already have over. Dodge has already increased its current Viper by about 1%, which is a considerable amount considering how quickly it was achieved. This sends us all hope that the newer and faster Dodge viper could be on its way relatively soon.

2015 Ram Trucks Rebel

Released this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it’s the 2015 Ram Rebel.  This truck is a one of a kind, off road beast that will meet the needs of demanding truck owners.  The Ram Rebel will come with a two different engine types, the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 and of course the 5.7 liter Hemi V8.

Exterior Highlights

2015 Ram Rebel features a new front grill with  billet silver “RAM” letters, powder coated black off-road front bumper, LED fog lamps and front tow hooks.  More of the Rebel’s feature include, Power Wagon style wheel arch moldings, billet silver skid plate, with a twin-snorkel sport hood.  New trim has a two-tone body scheme with black on the lower body, extending from front to back.

17-inch aluminum wheels, with matte black painted accents and multi angled surfaces that match the unique lines of the 2015 Ram Rebel.   The wheels are wrapped with Open Country A/T’s with a rugged look that delivers all-season handling and a very comfortable ride.  Air suspension system with a 1.0 inch factory suspension lift and 33 inch tires.   This combination of rims and tires give this vehicle a best in class ground clearance of 10.3 inches.

The rear of the truck offers a bold new “RAM” stamped tailgate with black out letters.  Along with the black out letters the tailgate features the “Rebel and “4×4” badges that set this truck apart from other Ram Trucks.  The tail lights offer unique black bezels that match the forward lighting.  The rear bumper is powered coated black, with flared cutouts that accent the rear dual chrome tipped exhaust.

The Ram 1500 Rebel will be available in five colors, including: Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, Flame Red, Bright White and Brilliant Black. Both monotone and two-tone paint options are offered.

Interior Highlights


Cloth seat and vinyl bolsters, and a unique tire tread design on the seats that match the Rebels footprint.  Red Radar accents, with a mix of red and grey exposed stitching.   Heated seats and steering wheel come standard.

All black instrument panel with a unique logo embossed center console, two tone Red Radar and Light Grey accent stitching.  The steering wheel has semi-perforated leather with Red Radar X stitching.    The center console features a bin that accommodates smartphones and tablets  allowing for various sized devices.  Available with a Uconnect infotainment system, though, complete with an 8.4-in. color touch-screen display, USB connectivity, premium sound system, and a navigation system.


The Ram Rebel comes with the unsurpassed power train warranty, five years or 100,00 miles, along with the 3 year, 36 month basic limited bumper to bumper warranty.

The Ram Rebel Hemi is offered in a 4×2 and 4×4 powertrains  3.92 or 3.21 gear ratios respectively.  The 3.6 liter V6 is only offered in a 4×4 with a 3.92 gear ratio.  All models feature the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8) Providing excellent drivability and enhances this trucks fuel economy.  This truck gets a best in class fuel economy at 28 mpg with the Pentastar V6.

The Ram Rebel 1500 will be available in late summer 2015.  Stay tuned to our blog and website for more information on this game changing Ram Truck.   Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is a dealership “For the People”


1248971951329We all know that preventative maintenance is always cheaper (and less time consuming) than fixing a problem after the fact. Unfortunately, over time, we forget that our Dodge trucks, cars, and SUVs need to be taken care of in order to help them last as long as possible. With that being said, let’s take a look at some maintenance tips that you should definitely consider using on your Dodge truck, car, or SUV to help it last longer.

Preventative Maintenance Pays Off

Small maintenance procedures done periodically throughout the course of your vehicle’s life will work wonders at helping it last longer. A set of simple maintenance procedures, like changing out your fluids or having your tires rotated, will probably cost you several hundred dollars. But this is nothing compared to the several thousand that you will have to pay if you brakes go out or if your engine block cracks due to not having enough oil. Visit Chapman Dodge to have your vehicle inspected and maintained.

Maintenance Tip #1: Check and Fill All Fluids

How many different fluids are there in the average vehicle? There are about seven main ones that you’ll want to consider. These include oil, windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, transaxle fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Remember that not all of these need to be changed out at the same time. To come up with a more accurate timeline for when each one needs to be done, make sure that you consult your vehicle’s owner manual.

Why is checking and filling up your fluids important? Picture the following scenario: you have a good running vehicle with about 70,000 miles on it. Due to its relatively low mileage count, you think that changing the fluids would be a waste of money since it wouldn’t do anything for the vehicle. But then, the brakes on your vehicle go out, causing you to get into an accident and damage your vehicle. Now you have to pay thousands of dollars in repairs compared to only a few hundred if you had chosen the preventative maintenance approach. A Dodge service center can definitely help you handle all aspects of vehicle maintenance.

Maintenance Tip #2: Tires

Always make sure that you’re operating your vehicle with sufficient air pressure. There are a few reasons why you want to do this. First, and probably the most important, is that driving with low tire pressure can actually cause your tire to pop. This is not only inconvenient but very dangerous to you and those drivers around you. Secondly, driving with low tire pressure can dramatically lessen your vehicle’s fuel economy, costing you much more money in the long run. If you’re unsure about the amount of air pressure required for each individual tire then consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for answers.

Maintenance Tip #3: Inspect Belts and Hoses

Inspect all belts and hoses on your Dodge vehicle to ensure that they aren’t cracked, torn, or wearing away. Although they might seem insignificant, failing to keep these maintained can cause an assortment of problems later on down the line.

These are just a few maintenance tips you can do to help extend the life of your Dodge vehicle.