Miami Lakes SRT Viper Dodge Hellcat

SRT Past, Present and Future

Miami Lakes SRT Viper Dodge Hellcat

With Dodge coming out with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon next month, we thought it was time to brush up on our SRT knowledge. We also thought our readers would like to know what’s so special about SRT vehicles anyways. Heck, what does “SRT” even stand for? Well, SRT has some pretty interesting history, and if all goes well, it’ll also have a pretty interesting future.

SRT Origins

Believe it or not, “SRT” wasn’t always called SRT, nor was it always a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Not a huge surprise, businesses and project teams go through changes, and that’s how SRT started – a high-performance automobile group, now working within FCA. The team was known as “Team Viper,” and wouldn’t you know they were in charge of designing and developing the legendary Dodge Viper. After a merge with “Team Prowler,” the developers of the Plymouth Prowler, they became known as Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE), then renamed as “Performance Vehicle Operations” (PVO), and then the group finally settled on the acronym “SRT” for “Street & Racing Technology”.

This acronym is usually in the title of a car that has an SRT engine, as well as in the name of the engine itself – usually. For instance, the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus comes with the SRT 392 engine, but “SRT” is missing from both, the title of the car and the name of the engine. Since its conception, SRT has made many vehicles with the SRT name, and some of them are still around today.

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Miami Lakes 2017 Ram 2500 Towing Big Boat Feature

Get to Towing Your Toys to the Water with a Dodge SUV or Ram Truck

Miami Lakes 2017 Ram 2500 Towing Big Boat

Spring break may be ending but summer is on the horizon, and that means beach season. So it’s a good time to invest in a boat if you don’t have one, and if you do, then you need the right truck to move it. Ram has the perfect lineup for light- and heavy-duty hauling.

Thar She Blows!

Okay, so let’s cover the usual water devices – pool noodles, lifesavers, rafts, but this is all stuff you should be able to carry yourself. What about the larger and heavier things, like a jet ski, or a paddle boat, fishing boat, or even a small yacht/party boat? Well there’s a few Ram trucks and even some Dodge vehicles that can handle a job like this, depending on the weight.

Take the 2017 Dodge Journey for instance. When powered by the award-winning Pentastar V6 engine, it has a maximum towing capacity of 2,500 pounds. That’s enough for about four jet skis alone. Not to mention the Journey sits up to seven people and has an in-floor cooler.

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Miami Lakes Classic Car Features Dodge

Classic Car Features Still Kicking Today

Miami Lakes Classic Car Features Dodge

Over the years, decades, heck since the beginning of the 20th century, car design has changed and evolved quite a bit. A lot of original car features have disappeared through the years, and some of those changes were probably for the best because some were downright ridiculous. Others on the other hand, some car features common on once classic cars still appear today. You may even be surprised to know some of the new-age designs we’re seeing now are just copies of old features that fizzled out before they became popular.

Round Headlights

Today, round headlights are definitely not as common as they were previous to the ‘80s. Most headlights are square or slanted, and that design looks pretty neat. Look at the Dodge Charger for instance; although a sedan, the slanted headlights and front fascia really make the car look like more of a muscle car. However, the Dodge Challenger still keeps its round headlights in pretty much all of its trims, and the look is as iconic as the name itself. With the new Dodge Challenger T/A coming back for 2017, that’s a double-whammy: a classic car with classic features.

Automatic Headlights

Surprise! Didn’t think this was a classic feature, eh? Yeah, automatic headlights were introduced by General Motors in the ‘60s, but they didn’t work that well. The lights were temperamental and inconvenient most of the time, so they pittered out until technology became more refined and such a system could work without fail. Now that vehicles are basically run by computers and have sensors, automatic headlights have been redesigned and work effectively; aside from sensing daylight, the headlights also turn on in dimly lit areas such as tunnels and parking garages.

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Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Demon Part Two

Recent Updates of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Demon Part Two

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be unveiled in a month! Can you believe it? The promotional campaign is still going on, although a lot of us think some footage snuck out with the new Fast and Furious movie, and so they capped on that with a trailer showing off the Challenger SRT Demon a bit. Plus, every week, a new video comes out, so it’s time for another recap.

In mid-February we covered the first five videos, starting with the original teaser and ending with the fifth teaser video that introduced the Challenger SRT Demon’s forced induction system that will increase power. Other information revealed in the videos included the Challenger SRT Demon’s wide-body design and a more than a 200 pound decrease in the vehicle’s weight for increased agility.

The surprises haven’t stopped though. Recent developments make this street legal car looking like it is shaping up to be more of a drag racer. Here are the most recent videos.

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Miami Lakes Auto Marklet Shift to Crossovers

Auto Market’s Shift to SUVs and Crossovers

Miami Lakes Auto Marklet Shift to Crossovers

A lot of companies are starting to make a shift towards SUVs and crossovers. Well, all except for brands like Dodge and Chrysler at the moment. What’s all the sudden fuss about though? Is it all just a numbers game? Let’s talk about this sudden shift in the auto industry.

The Numbers

Yes, numbers do play a big part in auto manufacturers shifting their focus towards SUVs and crossovers. It’s the same reason why an auto brand may discontinue a model line – it’s just no longer profitable. Back in the day, Dodge dropped the Dodge Demon concept and instead turned it into a true blue sedan with the Dodge Dart because that was where the money was. Now that many automakers are starting a shift, the Dodge Dart has been discontinued. However, following the Hellcat’s success, now that the technology is there, Dodge is bringing the Demon name back with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon muscle-car from hell.

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