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Challenger on track

 

It is probably a surprise to many to hear that the current Dodge Challenger hit the market eight years ago. During that time, the car has gained a lot of followers. But, the company cannot be content as both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro have gotten better with plenty of upgrades to the outside of the car, as well as to the interior and engine. It could be easy to assume that the Challenger is a dinosaur, but this is not true as it has held up very strongly to the competition, and come late 2018, it will blow you away. 

Thankfully, fans of the Dodge Challenger don’t have to wish and hope that the company makes some changes. To bring the model up to date and compete with formidable opponents, the manufacturer will work on the rear-wheel drive platform, which is known as the Alfa Romeo Giula. With this, the car will have a more compact package, and more importantly, it will drop down the weight, which should give it more power and better gas mileage. All in all, this will give owners a better driving experience as it will handle better. If you want to see a current Dodge Challenger model or any other Dodge, you are sure to love the experience, and you can see one for yourself at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas. This is true whether you are looking at getting an SUV, truck sedan or sports car.

While there is reason for excitement, you should realize that it may be a year or two before it is out, if not longer. In fact, right now, the company is aiming for a late 2018, which will be a 2019 model. Depending on how things work out in the engineering department, it may take longer, though Dodge is sure to want to get this beast out quickly so it doesn’t lose loyal buyers who run to Ford. The Dodge Challenger should compete with the Alfa Romeo. Although the Alfa Romeo is more expensive and a higher-end car, Dodge is hoping to coax some people to its cheaper, yet very formidable, car, especially since hte SRT Hellcat should have nearly 750 horses under the hood. Rumor has it that the company will offer quite a few models so the company can compete with, and probably outshine, the Camaro and Mustang.

It is tough to speculate as things change and car builders are tight-lipped about plans, but it should have a new V6 and V8 engine, and the range-topping SRT Hellcat could offer drivers nearly 750 horsepower, which will certainly blow the competition away. Some purists may not be happy about this, but there also is a chance that a four-cylinder turbocharged engine will be offered as other car companies have sub-2.5 liter engines that actually perform well.

If you like the Dodge Challenger and what it offers, you are going to love what comes out in 2018. There should be models and price ranges for every desire, and budget. Until then, there are certainly plenty of great cars, trucks and SUVs that the company offers. 

2017 Dodge Viper ACR

 

 

The Dodge Viper is a beloved car that has thrilled a lot of people who love sports cars. While it is a low volume production car, about 1,100 per year, it is a car that many dream of owning, and it shows how great Chrysler is at making cars. The company wants to go out on a high note, and the 25th anniversary Dodge Viper is going to turn some heads, and it is guaranteed to break some hearts. 

The Viper is a very low-volume car that is hand-built, and thus it is very expensive to build, and it is a wonder that the company has kept at it for 25 years, though it is easy to see why if you test drive one and see how powerful and fast it is. The company will have five limited-edition models for the 2017 year, which is, according to Chrysler, the last year of production, though things can change at any time.

The models included are the Dodge Dealer Edition, VooDoo II Edition ACR, GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, 1:28 Edition ACR and a Snakeskin Edition GTC. Each version will have a unique serialized instrumental panel badge, which will include the model name. To make it more unique, buyers will have the choice to customize with with their name. Production will be limited. In fact, the company will not make more than 100 of the GTS-R, and it will limit the Snakeskin to only 25, while the VooDoo will have 31. Finally, the 1:28, which is sure to be coved, will have only 28 units.

The nice thing about Dodge is that the company continues, and will continue to do so, make great cars, trucks and SUVs. If you are looking for a top-notch car, you should test drive one out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas. Even if you cannot afford a high-end sports car, you are sure to find the car, truck or SUV of your dreams.

One reason that Chrysler is not going to make the Dodge Viper anymore is because of demand. While high-end sports car enthusiasts love the car, it is just out of most people’s price range. This doesn’t mean that many don’t dream of taking the car for a spin. It is a shame as the car has an 8.4 liter, V-10 645 horsepower engine that also churns out 600 lb-ft of torque. Given that it is a hand-made car, assembled by 80 workers right here in the United States, and one can see why it is coveted by people who can afford it.

What happens next is anyone’s guess. While Chrysler would obviously like to produce the vehicle for a long time, without a long list of buyers, Chrysler is throwing the towel. It is a shame as the Dodge Viper ACR has set more track records than any other sports car in the world. However, any fan of Chrysler should not be too sad as there are plenty of other high-end cars that provide powerful engines. . But, any fan of powerful sports cars with almost perfect handling are sure to shed a tear as it’s certainly an end of a great era.