Why Do Sports Cars Only Have Two Doors?

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Sports vehicles attempt to gain an edge when they race, and a vehicle with more weight to haul is simply at a disadvantage. Aside from being lighter with a shorter vehicle length, as well as having less seating for more guests, two seaters are just more convenient. Typically, drivers that go with a two-seat option don’t need the extra room. A fast vehicle owner won’t need the room because they probably won’t be going at very high speeds with anyone else in the vehicle and certainly not with kids in the vehicle. However, for those that drive alone more often than not, that’s where the fun of having a sports or muscle vehicle draws interest.

So, many coupe and muscle cars don’t come with rear seats, but why is that? Simply put, there’s more weight savings with two doors versus four doors typically. Why should a vehicle be held back by extra seats? That’s just unnecessary weight. Equally important, two doors create a more rigid and lightweight structure, and that’s not to discount that the aesthetic look of a muscle vehicle or sports car just look better with two doors. Plus, a smaller vehicle has a better turning radius and helps sharpen and quicken the steering for drivers. This is due to most two-door vehicles having a shorter wheelbase. Two-door sports cars are easier to park and handle overall as well.

How Do Insurance Companies Define Sports Cars

Every insurance company defines a sports car slightly differently, but most of the time, having two doors is the first thing they look at. Engine size, height and weight are other factors that are considered. Two door cars are deemed less safe because they are smaller. Sports cars are also lower to the ground traditionally. From the look of the sports car compared to a sedan vehicle, there’s an obvious difference. Usually the longer look would be found with a sedan, compared to a sport cars car. Sedans might have a broader appeal than coupes or tighter sports cars, but there’s a market that sports and muscle vehicles have.

Muscle and sports cars tap into the excitement that is generated with each start of the engine by the driver. Drivers of smaller vehicles know they can move faster than larger vehicles and this is especially true of the muscle and sports car variety. When considering a vehicle to buy, consider cargo space, trunk room and whether or not you want to have slower or faster vehicle performance. Vehicles like a 2018 Dodge Challenger or 2019 Chevy Corvette are extremely fun and fast to drive. If you haven’t driven one, now is your chance.

Haven’t Tried a Muscle Vehicle Before?

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The New 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Has Demon DNA

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Back when we received a tease about the 2019 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat trims, there wasn’t much Dodge seemed inclined on sharing. There were two teaser images, a profile for the Challenger SRT Hellcat and a look at its new hood, and another teaser image for the Charger SRT Hellcat with a focus on its front fascia grille. There was talk about improving horsepower, maybe a new Hellcat engine, and even some SRT Demon bits thrown in to keep the gates of Hell open a little longer. Summer is here, and as promised, Dodge released more news about their 2019 high-powered sedan.

Recap of What’s New

In case we’re not all caught up here, there is a lot of talk about stretching the horsepower of the Dodge SRT Hellcat trims by a little for 2019. With the not-so-amazing reception of the SRT Demon, Dodge is using the experience and the technology used to develop the SRT Demon engine to improve upon what already works – a muscle car that is more inclined to be used on the street, but can still burn up the race track. With this in mind, it can’t be a coincidence that Dodge is also going with a more iconic look to pay homage to its heritage, once again, for 2019.

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Dodge Grand Caravan: the Ultimate Tailgating Party Vehicle

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Aren’t tailgating parties fun? And no, for those that were previously unaware, it’s not a party where a bunch of cars tailgate one another like ants. A tailgate party is actually a social event that takes place usually before or after a game of sports, like football, in or around the stadium or arena where the game takes place. Many people will park in one location, usually around a main center area where people will set up grills for barbecue, provide alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and whatever else to add to the good times. Most consumers may think a truck or an SUV is the perfect solution, especially with the RamBox Cargo Management System, but when it comes to big parties, minivans might work just as well.

Tailgating With the Dodge Grand Caravan

Yes, it’s a minivan, but the Dodge Grand Caravan was practically made for tailgating. Mainly, we’re talking about the Grand Caravan SXT trim, with a starting MSRP of $31,750* that has the third row Stow ‘n Go tailgate seats. Yeah, that’s right – the second row and third row Stow ‘n Go seats may be standard across the lineup, but the 60/40 Stow ‘n Go split-bench double as tailgate seats in the Grand Caravan SXT. Simply flip the seats back, and that’s two front-row seats to the tailgate party.

Then there’s food, beverages, and party favors. Where can we keep all of this stuff? Depending on the party guests, thanks to the Stow ‘n Go seats that also double as split-benches, we can load up one or both sides of the Dodge Grand Caravan. With the second and third-rows stowed away, a total of 140 cubic-feet of free space opens up. That’s enough for a cooler or two, some sports gear and party favors, even a stereo for sick beats if looking to provide some music without draining the car battery.

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2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit Debuts

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The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit was unveiled not too long ago, May 2018, and it was another welcomed vehicle by police and law enforcement officers (LEOs). Like the Dodge Charger Pursuit, the Dodge Durango Pursuit was tailored as a vehicle for the police force. Evildoers will want to think twice about their next high-speed chase – Powered by a HEMI V8 engine, the Dodge Durango Pursuit may as well be a battering ram. Now, with 2019 details having been leaked for the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, Dodge debuted the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit at the National Sheriffs Association Show.

For the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit models, the powertrain is made up of a 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both model years also come with the same standard all-wheel drivetrain (AWD) to handle all types of terrain. If things get a little bumpy, the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit are outfitted with a two-speed transfer case for true low-range off-road capability. The 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit also offers a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine option for 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and a highway fuel economy of 25 mpg versus 22 mpg on the highway with the 360hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine.

The body and chassis of the Dodge Durango also received modifications for its entrance exam into the police academy. For instance, the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit includes the segment’s longest wheelbase (119.8 inches) to provide added stability and improved handling, 8.1 inches of ground clearance, and larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes. Assuming these changes carry over to the 2019 model, the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit has a pursuit-rated brake package that features 13.8-inch rotors up front and 13-inch units in the rear for impressive stopping power.

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Next Generation Dodge Challenger, Viper, and Chevrolet Corvette

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Back in 2017 when the Dodge brand released the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it was definitely a pinnacle of achievement for a factory-manufactured vehicle. Outfitted with a a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine modified with over 90 new parts, the engine had the ability to generate up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque with a little 100+ high octane fuel. Since then, many wondered what was next for Dodge. At the same time, Chevrolet and other brands kept claiming they could beat the Dodge SRT Demon. For every brand that swats at the “fastest car title,” Dodge swats back.

2019 Dodge Challenger

For those who thought the Demon was it for the Dodge Challenger, don’t worry just yet. A teaser for the 2019 Dodge Challenger was released in May 2018, with more details being revealed in the summer. The teaser showed us a new design for the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that gives the muscle car a new retro dual-snorkel hood scoop inspired by classic Mopar designs to pay tribute to its heritage way back when the Dodge Challenger first began. The first-generation Dodge Challenger featured the Dodge Challenger Trans Am, or T/A for short, and we think the revival of the T/A for recent Dodge Challenger model years may be linked to bringing back the retro look for the new 2019 Dodge Challenger.

The new hood scoop will also be functional, said to feed air into the supercharger lurking underneath. More air means more power, and of course bigger competition. Enter the next-gen Chevrolet Corvette.

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Is the Extra Cost of GPS Navigation Worth It?

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It’s great to get a vehicle with an infotainment system and a touchscreen display these days. Chevrolet MyLink, Kia’s UVO eServices, the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group has Uconnect – they’re all great little systems that help manage entertainment options, as well as apps. One app that consumers will regularly find on an infotainment system is GPS navigation, and usually, a consumer has to pay more for that additional feature. It doesn’t quite make sense – why would automakers charge consumers for a feature they can readily use on a smartphone? You could call it a convenience fee, but maybe there’s advantages to spending a little extra.

Getting a Factory-Installed System

When it comes to a factory-installed system, like next-generation Uconnect 4 or Kia UVO eServices, there’s a bit of convenience that makes it easier to manage music as well as follow a GPS to a desired but unfamiliar destination. The center console is less cluttered, and the system is easy to set up. Factory-installed systems are also more secure, harder to steal from the vehicle, leading would-be criminals to keep walking. Moreover, adding an infotainment system, especially one with navigation capability, increases its resale value, so think of it like making a small investment to get Uconnect with Navigation.

However, that investment might be more than expected. Back in the old days, consumers could pick and choose their features. Now, it’s a package deal. For example, a consumer could get Chevrolet MyLink, but if they wish for Chevrolet MyLink with Navigation, it’s part of a package that includes all these extra things, increasing the price. When it comes to convenience, it’s actually pretty inconvenient to not be able to operate a function you paid for just because the car is in motion.

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New Dodge Viper … Again?

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“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” That’s the kind of quote we could use when talking about the legendary Dodge Viper. Back in 2016, the nearly 30 year-old sports car was finally being put to rest to downsize the Dodge lineup a bit, along with the discontinued Dodge Dart. Let us tell you, it didn’t quite stick. It first started with some going away Dodge Viper special editions that sold out quick. A second round of more special editions were produced and and then brought back a second time for collectors that got the memo a little late. Then we thought the Dodge Viper said its goodbyes when Pennzoil made a Last Viper tribute video. We thought it was done for … But Dodge has other plans.

The Dodge Viper

If it wasn’t for the Dodge Viper sports car, the high performance automobile group, SRT, may have never come to be. Originally called “Team Viper”, the “Street and Racing Technology” (SRT) group was put in charge of designing and developing the legendary Dodge Viper. The model went through various names – the Dodge Viper SRT-10 in 2008, then the SRT Viper in 2013, and then the latest model, Phase VX (later simply called “Dodge Viper”) that lasted from 2013 to 2017.

Under the hood of the Dodge Viper was a hand-built 8.4-liter V10 engine. Designed with ten cylinders in two banks of five, this engine was rated at 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world. With that kind of power, the Dodge Viper had some impressive track times. In 2016, the Dodge Viper, ACR (American Club Racer) was named the “ultimate street-legal race car”, having held more track records than any production car in the world (a total of 13 road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America), and a recorded time of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat. However, one would argue the 2003 Dodge Viper Hennessey Venom 650R was better, with a recorded acceleration time of 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and able to run a quarter mile in 10.7 seconds.

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New Car Owner? Ways to Maintain Your Vehicle’s Value

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Buying a new car is one of first major purchases a lot of people make and when the transaction is finally done and people drive off in their new car, they feel relieved and accomplished. However, pride in ownership shouldn’t stop there because buying a new car is an investment that requires consistent maintenance. If you are a new car owner or you have plans to be a new car owner in the near future, read below at some of the ways you can protect your investment and maintain as much of your new vehicle’s value as possible.

Seat Protectors

One of the easiest ways for people to keep the interior of their car looking great is with seat covers. Seat covers protect seats from stains, punctures, sunlight and everyday wear and tear. Seat covers are especially important for people that often have animals in their car because it protects the seats from sharp animal nails, drool and fur. Seat protectors are available in a number of colors and materials, so don’t worry about having to buy seat covers that don’t match your brand new interior.

Regular Cleaning

Even “clean” people need to regularly clean their vehicle. Vehicles are used everyday and even if a lot of trash or other things aren’t typically left inside a vehicle, the interior of a vehicle can still accumulate dirt, debris, crumbs and dust. Keeping the outside of a vehicle clean is just as important. Regularly washing a car helps prevent substances like salt, bugs, dirty water, from causing permanent damage to a vehicle’s paint job, wheels or headlight and breaklight covers.

Spot Treatment

Don’t just ignore little stains on the vehicle’s carpet or seats. If you notice a stain, take a few minutes to get an appropriate cleaning agent that will remove the stain. Not only will it make you feel better because you don’t see the same stain over and over again, but it will also save you time because you won’t have to clean up a whole bunch of different stains all at once.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is key to keeping a vehicle in tip-top shape and it’s just as important for a new vehicle as it is for an older vehicle. When you buy a new vehicle take some time to find a trusted mechanic that you know you’ll be able to regularly bring your vehicle to.

Modifications

If you are going to make any modifications to your vehicle, it is very important that you are careful about the parts you use to modify your vehicle, as well as the quality of the work of the person making those adjustments. Whether its new tires, a lift, or a new exhaust, it is really important to only work with trusted professionals that know what they are doing. Otherwise, the work that is done could end up damaging your vehicle and you will not know it until it causes serious damage or you spend much more money because you have to get their work fixed.

Whether you want a new vehicle, want parts for a new vehicle or you want to contact trusted service professionals, come to Miami Lakes Automall. We have a huge selection of inventory from over seven brands as well as a state-of-the-art service department and a big parts department.

 

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Meet the New 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit: A Fierce SUV for LEOs

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Dodge has created another toy for the boys and girls in blue, the new Dodge Durango Pursuit. But just as fun as it is to drive the new SUV, it’s also a very helpful tool that helps law enforcement officers (LEOs) do their job and stay safe. Here’s a look at the new Durango Pursuit and the Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Dependability, quick acceleration, technology, and most importantly, safety, the Dodge Charger Pursuit is a nice set of wheels. Outfitted with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the standard version of the Dodge Charger Pursuit cranks out 292 horsepower and has a fuel economy of 26 mpg. If the squad wishes to go up a level, the Charger Pursuit is also available with a larger 5.7-liter V8 engine, able to produce a best-in-class 370 horsepower.

In addition, some high-grade hardware has been integrated to make the Pursuit durable, agile, and powerful. Among the Charger Pursuit’s performance features are a performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, 14.5-inch front and 13.8-inch rear pursuit-rated brake package, 18-inch performance tires and two-mode electronic stability control (ESC).

There’s also some nifty tech. Surprise, surprise. The Dodge Charger Pursuit has a 12.1-inch touchscreen connected to Uconnect 12.1, a user-friendly built-in computer system that has been integrated with advanced law enforcement systems. The specialized UConnect system allows officers to efficiently respond to calls, share their location, and navigate the roads with access to the most-up-to-date information.

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2019 Dodge Challenger and Charger Teased

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Dodge’s heritage is one of those things that will always make Dodge vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger unmistakable from the other muscle cars in the market. With 2018 heading into the summer, that means vehicles for the 2019 model year will start to make their appearances. With that comes the teasing and debuts of many concepts and changes for some of our favorites. Most recently is the tease Dodge gave us about the new 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

From what one can see in the image below, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will be getting a new retro dual-snorkel hood scoop inspired by classic Mopar designs to pay tribute to its heritage way back when the Dodge Challenger first began. The first Dodge Challenger made its introduction in 1970. It was the first-generation Dodge Challenger that also introduced the Dodge Challenger Trans Am, or T/A for short, along with the R/T (Road/Track) trim. Both of these vehicles were made for racing on the strip or driving in the streets – sound familiar?

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