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Miami Lakes Auto High-Performance Vehicles 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

What’s up Dodge Challenger enthusiasts! Now that the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon orders have been placed and are being produced in factory, let’s talk about the SRT Demon and other high-performance vehicles. Not only that, but let’s talk about racing them, track times, power, and then some. Here at Miami Lakes Automall, we have the two most well-known names in performance cars – Dodge and Chevrolet.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Two years ago, Dodge came out with the SRT Hellcat for their Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger models. Powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, both Hellcat models generate 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. If that wasn’t enough, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is paired to a 6-speed manual TREMEC transmission (TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic HP90 transmission optional) and has a top speed of 199 mph. All that power gives it the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

As with many SRT vehicles, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat comes with Performance Pages installed to allow the driver to change engine settings, transmission, driving modes, and more. All of it can be found on an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and drivers have a number of options. Change the engine and transmission into Sport Mode to reduce shift times by nearly half, enable the paddle shifters for manual gear switching, and activate the proper configuration for an enhanced driving experience. There’s also the nifty launch control that, when activated, provides the vehicle with precision grip and improved acceleration to achieve maximum vehicle acceleration as well as traction control during the launch of the vehicle. Drivers can also record track times, engine performance, and other real-time stats.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

This year the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted in April 2017 at the New York International Auto Show and blew the crowd away. Under the hood powering this beast is a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine with over 97 new parts that were specially designed and integrated into the engine’s build for maximum performance. Able to generate 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque when properly equipped, not only will the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon take off, but it will also momentarily fly as it pops a wheelie at launch. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is also the world’s fastest factory production car, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and reaching a max speed of 140.9 mph.

A bare bones 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has no rear seats, no passenger seat, cloth upholstery, and a 2-speaker sound system. If looking for maximum performance, that’s all the features an enthusiast may want. Then all the owner needs to do is make use of the Demon Crate every Dodge Challenger SRT Demon comes with to modify the vehicle into a true drag race car. The parts include narrow front runner aluminum drag wheels, performance parts, the right tools and jacks, an air filter, a tire pressure gauge, and a powertrain control module along with a switch module to switch over to high-octane gas for the fuel source and remap the engine. That last part is the secret to generating all 840 horsepower. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon also comes with performance pages and can do everything the system on the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can do.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

One of the iconic vehicles under the Chevrolet name is the Chevy Camaro. Built and sculpted for speed, it is commonly put up against vehicles like the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as competition for best high-performance vehicle. The high-end and most powerful trim of the 2018 Chevy Camaro would have to be the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 DI engine able to generate 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Sadly, Chevrolet doesn’t have anything like the performance pages for the Camaro. Instead, it has a heads up display that provides color digital readouts for vehicle speed, selected gear, and G-Force, amongst basic car information like outside temperature, turn signals, compass, etc.

2018 Chevrolet Corvette

There are three versions of the Chevy Corvette, but here we’ll talk about the 2018 Corvette Stingray. Introduced in the second generation of the Chevrolet Corvette, the Stingray was distinctive from other models. Today, one can get the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT (high-end trim) with a Z51 performance package to give it all the power it can get. Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 DI engine, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette will generate 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque for any trim in the lineup. With the Z51 performance package, those numbers go up a bit to 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Paired to an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, the 2018 Chevy Corvette with the Z51 package can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

For the Chevy Corvette, Chevrolet does have a performance data recording system so that drivers may record video and real-time performance data to play back, share, and analyze their driving experience. There are several modes as well – track mode for recording performance data (speed, rpm, g force, track maps, and lap times), sport mode that provides more simplified data (speed and g force), touring mode to capture video and audio of scenic drives, performance mode to record high-performance data (0 to 60 mph, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-to-100-to-0 runs), and a valet mode to keep an eye on vehicle data when not in the drivers possession.

Those are four of the high performance vehicles we have at Miami Lakes Automall, and they’re known to burn rubber right out of the lot. Although the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a limited edition with only 3000 units sold in the nation, we still have availability as well as plenty of other high performance vehicles. Check our inventory for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51.

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Time for a Fast and Furious Halloween Costume

Miami Lakes Auto Fast Furious Halloween

It’s that time of year again. Yes it’s Halloween, in a little less than two weeks, and there’s still plenty of time to put together some cool foam armor, get a costume online, mish-mash clothes and accessories to cosplay as your favorite character, or even look like the stunt double of your favorite actor. With the popularity and record smashing title of The Fate of the Furious, the 8th installment of The Fast & the Furious franchise, we thought we’d pay some respect to the man himself this year.

We’re talking about Vin Diesel of course, the actor who plays one of the main crew characters, Dominic Toretto. This costume is actually pretty easy to pull off depending on whether or not you’ve been hitting the gym (and are willing to shave your head). Now, Dominic Toretto has actually been seen in many outfits – this isn’t a Saturday morning cartoon, characters change their clothes. But what is the classic Dom look?

Miami Lakes Auto Fast Furious Halloween Vin Diesel Jacket

That sick leather jacket.

Getting a real leather jacket isn’t mandatory, no one needs to spend a couple hundred bucks for apparel they’ll never wear in South Florida weather. A fake (faux) leather jacket or even pleather can get the job done. Looking at the picture of Dom above, here’s the list of what one may need.

- Leather jacket

- Large cross necklace pendant Miami Lakes Auto Fast Furious Halloween Cross Necklace Pendant

- Dark blue or black jeans

- Nice shoes or boots

- Shave head and facial hair (optional, a skin cap could work too)

Simple right? But there’s something missing.

If you own a Dodge Charger, then that’s the cherry on top. If not, see about renting a classic Dodge Charger – a quick Google search can help with finding some of the vintage rentals out there. Besides, after Vin Diesel partnered up with Dodge for the Brotherhood of Muscle commercial mini-series, if you’re going to pay props, then you may as well go all the way.

We’ll leave you with the first of the commercial series in case you need some persuasion.

Any other cool ideas for Halloween this year? Tell us on social media about your Fast and Furious Halloween costume.

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Dodge Durango Offers More Than Cargo and Passenger Capacities

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Some SUVs are so much more than vehicles to haul people and cargo around. Some SUVs, like the Dodge Durango, offer a lot to the average consumer. In addition to its room for cargo storage, it also has plenty of space for people and passengers.

Performance

There are two engines that can power the Dodge Durango. The standard on most of the vehicles is the popular 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that can generate up to 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, if looking for more power, then consumers will want to go with the optional (sometimes standard, depending on trim level) 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. Able to generate 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, that offers 7400 pounds of towing power. Let’s not forget about the Dodge Durango SRT either.

Powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, the Durango SRT generates 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to tow 8,600 pounds, enough for a small boat and maybe a little more. Like many SRT vehicles, the Durango SRT has a cold air intake via an air scoop on the hood of the vehicle to keep the engine cool and funnel cooler air into the air intake. With all those components working together, the Dodge Durango SRT can finish a quarter-mile in just 3.9 seconds, making it America’s fastest three-row SUV and possibly one of the fastest SUVs on the planet.

Style

With the Durango’s available cargo cross bars, consumers aren’t just limited to towing cargo. Put a couple of things up on the roof (up to 150 pounds) and head on over to the beach for a sunny day of good times. Plus with automatic headlights, heated mirrors, and an acoustic windshield, drivers can cruise in the dark, day, or rain, and still have peace of mind and in the cabin.

Inside of course, there’s plenty of space for passengers and cargo. The Durango can seat up to seven people if the party calls for it by opting in for the third-row seating group. It also has room for 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space when it isn’t equipped with third row seating or when the foldable 60/40 fold-and-tumble second-row seat and the 50/50 split-folding third-row seat are down.

Technology

Available with Uconnect 8.4 Nav on an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth connectivity, the driver and passengers are hooked up in the Dodge Durango. When it comes to safety, know that the driver and passengers are protected with ParkSense rear park assist, a ParkView rear back-up camera, adaptive cruise control with stop, blind-spot monitoring, and in case of emergencies, Uconnect roadside assistance is available to help.

Interesting in the Dodge Durango? Check our inventory.

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Best Vehicles for Team Captains

Miami Lakes Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Space

Listen up all you soccer moms, family men, and even designated guardians! Tired of trying to squeeze all that softball equipment into the car? Having trouble with the weekly carpool when it’s a couple of kids plus equipment? Want enough space without taking a hit to fuel economy? It’s all about crossovers and minivans, friend, and here at Miami Lakes Automall, we got plenty of them to choose from.

Dodge

Are there really any guesses to make when it comes to Dodge? The Dodge Grand Caravan has been an American classic for over 30 years, and some of us may even remember riding around in some of the earlier models. Able to tow up to 3,600 pounds, the Grand Caravan offers over 140 cubic feet for storing cargo and equipment. Plus, with its Stow ‘n Go seating system in the second- and third-row seats, the minivan can seat up to seven people, has multiple seating arrangements, and the Stow ‘n Go compartments can be used for extra storage.

The Dodge Durango is another great choice and designed for families. Packed with all sorts of technology, such as Uconnect 8.4 with navigation, dual-screen Blu-Ray entertainment on 9-inch screens, available wi-fi hotspot and bluetooth connectivity, not only can this SUV keep the little ones entertained on long drives, it can offer older occupants a place to plug in if need be. The cargo space goes up to 84.5 cubic-feet, enough for an entire picnic or a bunch of sports gear no problem.

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Traffic Tips for the Recent Bad Traffic

Miami Lakes Auto Traffic Tips

Since Hurricane Irma’s disruptive visit in early September, many Floridians are still dealing with a loss of power, internet, or needing to boil water, and our hearts go out to you. Our hearts also go out to all of the drivers in South Florida, because since Hurricane Irma damaged traffic lights, traffic signs and road construction projects, traffic has been horrendous, especially in Miami Lakes. Part of that is because some people have forgotten what to do in those scenarios, so here’s a quick refresher for you and your friends about how to handle some of the different road dilemmas around Miami Lakes.

Traffic Lights

Traffic lights have been a mess since Hurricane Irma, which left many traffic lights flashing or powerless. Here’s a refresh on how to drive accordingly, and safely, when approaching a traffic light acting a little funky.

Flashing Red or Off

When a traffic light is flashing red, or is not on at all, then drivers are supposed to treat it like a stop sign. Approach the light, come to a full stop, and wait for those before you to drive first.

Usually, only two directions of traffic will have a flashing red light, and thus it should be treated as a two-way stop sign. That means those going in the other two directions have a different set of rules.

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First Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Produced

Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

After the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted back in April, there was constant news about its power, price, and the legal issues surrounding driving one, let alone owning one. Remember that bit about signing a waiver to drive the Dodge SRT Demon? The news surrounding this demonic beast sort of just, vanished … until now. The first 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has finally been produced and rolled off the assembly line. No word on howling screeches or flaming tread marks yet.

Just think about it though. Those looking to get your hands on a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are closer than ever to the most highest-performing factory-production car ever. How close? The SRT Demon came off the assembly line in mid-September. However, although produced, this first Dodge Demon is pretty under wraps. Perhaps customers who have ordered their own Dodge Challenger SRT Demon like a little privacy, because the chosen features for this first vehicle are unknown.

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WardsAuto Names 2018 Dodge Durango SRT For Best UX

Miami Lakes Auto WardsAuto Dodge Durango SRT UX

As vehicles become more advanced, automakers also need to make them user-friendly. Think of your grandma trying to learn how to use a smartphone. Yeah, a bit of trial-and-error and a lot of headaches. That’s why making technology user-friendly is important, and why Apple products are popular. So when the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT introduced an array of advanced technology that was easy to use, well, WardsAuto couldn’t help themselves and named the new Durango on their Wards 10 Best User Experience List for 2017.

WardsAuto is a trusted name in the auto industry. They’re all about delivering the latest news, data, and analysis for today’s world of automotive excellence. Like Kelley Blue Book (KBB), they’re always making lists to show off the best of the best, and a recent list was compiled for Best User Experience. WardsAuto picks the vehicles for this list by evaluating the overall user experience of 23 vehicles, rating them on user-friendliness, infotainment features, sound systems, vehicle connectivity, driver assistance technology, information/displays, system compatibility, and materials. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, as mentioned, made it to the list.

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Stopping is As Important As Speed When It Comes to Performance Vehicles

Miami Lakes Auto Brembo Braking System

With automakers churning out more and more powerful vehicles, one has to wonder how drivers keep all of the horsepower and torque of a muscle car or performance car under control. The new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, and it can be brought to a full stop from 60 mph in 97 feet. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can be stopped in 114 feet. Those are pretty impressive acceleration times, but the stopping times are just as impressive when you think about the physics behind it. What’s the secret to that impressive stopping power? High-performance braking systems.

Brake System Basics

Understanding brake systems can be a little confusing at first because there are a lot of components to brakes – calipers, rotors, brake pads, and pistons. A brake caliper is part of the disc brake system and is filled with several pistons. When the brake pedal is pushed and pressure is applied from the brake fluid, the pistons inside the caliper push the brake pads against the rotors to slow and eventually stop the vehicle. Typically there are usually 2-4 calipers per brake system. The brake rotor is most often an iron disc connected to the wheel’s hub that works with the brake pad to stop the vehicle; that is why a braking system may also be referred to ask a disc brake system. The more pistons, the more stopping power and the more pistons, the larger the caliper and generally the rotor as well.

Brembo Be Thy Name

“Brembo” is a name heard often when talking about brake systems. Brembo is an acknowledged world leader and innovator in the field of automotive disc brake technology and high-performance braking systems. A name automotive brands can trust, the Brembo brake systems pop up in all kinds of high-performance vehicles, such as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Depending on the setup of wheels, axles, and suspension, the size and specifics of Brembo brakes are different, but almost any set of Brembo brakes will get the job done.

Brembo 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes are used in the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat, come standard on the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS coupe, and they are available on the Chevrolet Camaro 1LS coupe. The system is made up of 4-piston Brembo brake calipers, a 14.2-inch front rotor, and a 13.8-inch rear rotor to improve handling and control of the vehicle under extreme braking. Sometimes, such as in the Camaro ZL1, the front brakes may have a 6-piston system whereas the rear has a 4-piston system. This 6:4 setup shows up more in Corvettes, though.

Brembo 6-Piston High-Performance Front Brakes are used in the Dodge Challenger T/A 392, Challenger SRT 392, and Challenger SRT Hellcat. This is the largest front-brake system ever used on an FCA US vehicle. It is made up of 390-mm Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers. This is the power that can bring a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to a full stop in less than 100 feet whilst going 60 mph. It may seem obvious, but the more pistons there are in a braking system, the more force can be applied to the brake pad and rotor to stop the wheels. The reason these larger calipers and rotors are put in the front is because of the transfer of weight when a vehicle is brought to a stop. With the weight transferring to the front of the car, the front brakes bare the majority of task for slowing the car or bringing it to a stop.

Some brake systems may also come visually tailored to the specific model and trim. For instance, the Brembo 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes used in the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat come with red brake calipers, whereas the Brembo 6-Piston High-Performance Front Brake system used in the Dodge Challenger T/A 392 come with black brake calipers (red on Challenger SRT 392, and Challenger SRT Hellcat). The Chevrolet Corvettes also have some choices – yellow or red brake calipers are available on the Corvette Stingray and Corvette Grand Sport, with dark gray metallic-painted calipers on the Grand Sport with the Z07 package. The Chevy Corvette Z06 comes standard with red brake calipers, but has the option of dark gray metallic as well. In the end, it’s just a personal style choice.

If interested to know more, we discussed many performance parts and how they work in our article “Performance Parts Explained – Dodge”. Check it out. If interested in getting a feel for how well these brakes work, check out our inventory or give us a call for a test drive.

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Dodge Demon Configurator Goes Live

Miami Lakes Dodge Auto SRT Demon Configurator Featured

Well it’s been a few months since the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon came out, and finally Dodge has put a configurator online. Anyone who has ever gone to the website of an auto brand and checked out a car model has most likely seen an option to “build” the car. Not from the ground up of course, but what the build configurator does is offer the consumer all kinds of options available to the selected car model. From there, they pick and choose what they wish to have. Although we may not all have $90k, those of you that are ordering a SRT Demon will be happy to know you can get it exactly how you want it.

The SRT Demon Configurator

If you click this link, then you’ll be taken to the SRT Demon Configurator page. It lists all the good stuff the SRT Demon is known for, such as being the world’s fastest acceleration factory production car (0 – 60 mph in 2.3 seconds), highest g-force ( 1.8 G’s), and has an output of 808 horsepower, 717 lb-ft of torque before opening the demon crate and filling up on octane fuel. Then say hello to a whopping 840 horsepower and take a visit to the race track.

After clicking “Build,” users are brought to the powertrain. It of course has all the standard features, a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 -SRT Demon engine paired to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with a $1700 gas guzzler tax. Hey, this thing burns high octane fuel like sugar on a stove, it ain’t cheap. For those in the north, an engine block heater can be added on for $95 to warm the engine and engine oil to reduce startup wear.

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How Do Superchargers and Turbochargers Work?

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Many vehicles today are being built to have more fuel economy via smaller engines. However, there are some auto brands, such as Dodge, that are known for muscle cars with crazy measurements of horsepower, currently up to 840 horsepower with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Along with several components that work a lot more like magic because the science behind it is mind-boggling, there is a core system that allows the Challenger SRT Demon to build so much horsepower. A supercharger.

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