Research can be a little taxing, but it’s worth it so a consumer knows what to get and why. Take research into drivetrains for example. What are the differences between all of the different drivetrains and what are the benefits to each one? That all depends on the driver’s needs, wants, and use of the vehicle.
Different Types of Drivetrains
Front Wheel Drive – Torque is sent to the front wheels and the rear wheels are moving because they are being pulled along.
Rear Wheel Drive – Torque is sent to the rear wheels. The front wheels spin via the force of the rear wheels pushing the vehicle forward.
All-Wheel Drive – Provides torque to all four wheels.
Four-Wheel Drive – Operates with a transfer case, which is responsible for sending torque to all four wheels when commanded to do so by the driver or vehicle sensors.
Summer will be ending soon, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t enough time left for family fun activities. How about a picnic in the park? Easy enough. Want to know how to make it even better? With a car that doubles as a temporary camper, or theDodge Journey. This beauty can do a lot more than hit the road.
Is that picnic all pb&j sandwiches or is it more of a bbq? Some parks have bbq pits, but unless they’re free, and clean, they may not be worth seeking out. However, that doesn’t matter, because when driving to the picnic, you already have an oven right under the hood.
Did you read our piece on “How to Cook a Turkey on an Engine”? That article should get you started on some ideas. If a car engine block can cook a portion of turkey and mashies, then just think of what else one can cook on the way to the picnic or right there in the park.
Dodge just keeps upping their game lately, and we couldn’t be happier. It was just recently that we received news about thenew Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody trim and new 2018 Dodge Durango look. Now, as it turns out, the look of the new Dodge Durango was just a teaser for the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT itself. Learn a little about the fastest SUV in its class, and how much it costs to put one in your driveway.
Under the hood of the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is none other than a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, capable of generating 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. That amount of torque allows the Durango SRT to tow up to 8,600 pounds, which is 2,200 pounds more than a Durango equipped with a 5.7-liter engine. The power of the 6.4L engine pushes the Durango’s speeds to 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and its quarter-mile time of 3.9 seconds officially makes the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT the fastest three-row SUV in America.
Can the AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT keep up with a RWD Challenger SRT Hellcat? The short (and probably surprising) answer is yes. We found this out by watching an awesome video on that raced the two vehicles. The Fast Lane Car (TFL) is the name of the group that made the video and we are pretty impressed, check it out for yourself below.
Yes, if you watched the Challenger SRT Hellcat ended up winning, but can you believe how close the race was? The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT was only behind by seconds at the finish line and also took off much faster than the Challenger SRT Hellcat. One thing is for sure, the AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT can keep up with the best of them.
Facts about the vehicles pertinent to the race:
The Hellcat is equipped with a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine, that gets 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Cherokee SRT produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque with its 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine.
Now is the time to put in an order for a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon because Dodge dealerships have officially been given the green light to place orders for the new muscle car. However, with only 3,000 units being made, how will they be delivered and who gets first dibs? Moreover, can just anyone buy a Demon? The devil is in the details on this one, or should we say the fine print? Grab a pitchfork and read on.
As it currently stands, the base price for a Dodge SRT Demon is set at $84,995 (not including the gas guzzler tax and destination fee). Dodge knows the way the auto market and dealerships work, they know the markups that can and will most likely happen when it comes to a high performance vehicle, especially one with limited production. To make sure everyone has a fair chance at getting one of 3,000 Demons, a few restrictions have been set to protect the customer.
Ever since the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon came out, we were all starting to think, “Well that’s it, for Dodge. Time to take a break.” WRONG. Dodge is just getting started. Since the Demon’s debut, they have been able to focus on other things like giving the Challenger SRT Hellcat a new look and buffing up their popular Durango. Plus, Ram decided to do a little something different this year, and instead of making bigger and badder trucks, they’re releasing a limited edition for the sophisticated type. Good news all around.
Here, Kitty Kitty
The new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has several exterior components that mimic the Challenger SRT Demon in many ways. In comparison to the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has wider fender flares that add 3.5 inches to its width, and rides on 20-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke aluminum wheels and Pirelli P-Zero tires. What really makes it akin to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the new engine cooling system.
Built with a low-temperature circuit with two air/coolant heat exchangers integrated into the supercharger housing, drivers can take the Hellcat Widebody around the track for nearly half an hour, and air temperatures will still be kept under 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In conjunction with this, a power-bulge aluminum hood with a center intake and dual heat extractors, and illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps, a Dodge/SRT vehicle exclusive, has been integrated into the design.
Well folks, the rumors of the Plymouth Barracuda coming back have been reignited. It was recently reported that the FCA group filed to trademark the name “Cuda,” just two years after trademarking the name “Barracuda,” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It looks like they’re covering all their bases to do one simple thing, bring the Barracuda back under the Dodge name (formerly Plymouth).
We can’t say anything is for sure. We don’t even know what a modern day Dodge Barracuda would look like. No one does. Besides, it’s just a rumor … but why trademark both names if the FCA doesn’t have any plans for it, hear what we’re saying? So, we won’t say it’s definitely happening, but we’re not gonna laugh it off either. The Barracuda is serious business, and we’ll tell you why.
The Plymouth Barracuda was the first, yes the first car to coin the term “pony car.” The term describes an affordable and compact car with plenty of style and the performance to go with it. Not many know this because around the same time the Plymouth Barracuda came out (1964), Ford also came out with the Mustang. Interestingly enough, the consumer reception over the Mustang actually created the pony car craze that evidently led into the muscle car race.
Now, after 43 years of its absence, the Barracuda may return to the streets. It makes sense for Dodge to slap a nameplate on it too. They’re already revived classics like theDodge Challenger T/A and Dodge Charger Daytona. So it only seems logical for the muscle car brand we know and love today to bring back the vehicle that started it all. The only thing left to wonder about is when it will come out, and what platform of the Dodge brand will it share?
Rumors say the Dodge Cuda will be coming out in 2019, but the next-generation of the Dodge Challenger is set to come out around the year 2020, so it might wait on that; it’s a good chance since the new Challenger is rumored to share the platform of the Alfa Romeo Giorgio (another brand under the FCA umbrella). Will the Barracuda, or “Cuda” look anything like the new Challenger? Will it look more like the original model? Look at that picture above. Someone took some styling cues from Plymouth.
The auto market is swarming with SUVs and crossovers these days, and with all of the available options it’s hard to know how to separate the good from the not-so-good. That’s why it’s important to do one’s research when car shopping. It’s even better if you have a go-to blog to read about the choices out there. Excuse us while we plug in this neon sign. Today, we’re talking about the Dodge Durango.
Let’s get past the fluff and the sale and right to why the 2017 Dodge Durango beats the competition. A quick Google search shows you many reviews for this SUV, and we can’t say we’re surprised when they’re all great. U.S. News gives it an 8.4/10; Car and Driver gives it a 4/5; Edmunds.com gives the Durango a 4.9/5; and KBB gives it a 9.1/10. That’s a whole lot of sources giving the Dodge Durango superb ratings.
U.S. News highlights the powerful V8 option for those that want to tow and haul cargo (7,400 pounds towing capacity). However, if you don’t need to tow, the Dodge Durango has 84.5 cubic-feet of cargo space*. Just look at the picture above, that’s ridiculous. Plus, Uconnect has gotten so good these days, available with Bluetooth connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot, and if you consider the available dual-screen Blu-Ray entertainment systems, drivers and passengers can find many ways to be entertained.
Dodge has been making a name for itself since the late 1950’s, and since the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, they began their muscle car legacy. From that point on, they developed new terms for all of their special performance car features.
Also known as the “shaker scoop,” a shaker hood has a scoop-shaped unit attached to the air intake of a car engine that protrudes through an opening in the hood. As the engine makes use of air and fuel, the vibration of engine combustion causes the scoop to shake, giving the illusion that the entire car is shaking due to the power of the engine. It was used on many cars, such as the 1969 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, the 1969/1970 Boss 302 Mustang, as well as the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda before appearing on the 1970 second generation of the Dodge Challenger. Today however, no one thinks of the shaker hood without immediately also thinking of Dodge.
“Dada” is usually said to be the first word a baby can pronounce. Fathers like to take a little pride in this, but it’s actually the first word because it’s easier for babies to pronounce. However, if you have a loving father in your life, then you’ve probably made them proud more than once, and learned to share joy, love, and laughs. Why not return it this Father’s Day with some thoughtful gifts, especially if your old man drives a Dodge.
Does He Like Speed?
Is Pops driving a Dodge Challenger or Charger? There’s many muscle car enthusiasts out there, and he may be one of them. However, not everyone can afford SRT or Hellcat model prices. Check out theBondurant Racing School. For a single day, dad can drive in cars like the SRT Hellcat and on the track in a Viper GT. Experience the speed without the $60,000 price tag.