2018 Dodge Challenger Engine Guide

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Dodge and SRT have worked really hard to make the Dodge Challenger THE muscle car to get, and all of that hard work has resulted in the most powerful muscle car model lineup, as well as the most diverse lineup. The 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup is made up of 16 trims and five different engine options — that’s a lot more than the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang combined! While all of those options give consumers a lot more options and ways to get exactly what they want, all of those options can also make the shopping process a little confusing, at first. So we’re here to take a closer look at the 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup.

Power and Performance

There is one major decision consumers need to make before buying any muscle car – do I want a muscle car for the look or do I want the muscle car for power? All three muscle car manufacturers (Dodge, Chevy and Ford) make their muscle car models available with fairly standard engines as well as extremely powerful engines, and the difference between the standard and performance engines results in performance, practicality as well as overall cost. Consumers that want a muscle car that can double as a daily driver and something to have fun in, will likely want to go for a model with a more standard engine, while consumers that want to go fast and cruise around town on the weekends will want one a model with a performance engine. However, Dodge offers three different levels of daily drivers and performance cars, which is not available on the Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro lineup.

2018 Daily Drivers

There are plenty of options for buyers that don’t want a high performance model, which is a Challenger equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. Furthermore, the Challenger is the only muscle car that is available with all-wheel-drive, so it is a great daily driver even for those that live in places that experience snow and ice.

3.6L V6 Engine

Dodge Challenger SXT x Dodge Challenger SXT Plus x Dodge Challenger GT AWD

The 3.6L engine produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, which is an excellent amount of power for traveling on the highway or in the city. The 3.6L engine makes the Dodge Challenger a great daily driver because it is powerful, but not so powerful that the Challenger is a gas guzzler. When equipped with a 3.6L engine, the Challenger averages 30 mpg on the highway, which is excellent.

Since Dodge intended the Challenger trims equipped with the 3.6L V6 engine to be more practical daily driver options, they come standard with an automatic transmission, which is not a standard option on the Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro.

5.7L HEMI V8 Engine

Dodge Challenger R/T x Dodge Challenger R/T Plus x Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker x Dodge Challenger T/A x Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Shaker x Dodge Challenger T/A Plus

The other engine that makes the Challenger a practical daily driver is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. The 5.7L HEMI V8 engine increases the Dodge Challenger’s horsepower to 375 horses and 410 lb-ft of torque, which definitely improves the Challenger’s acceleration and speed in comparison to the 3.6L engine, but its not an overwhelming amount of power. Dodge Challenger models equipped with a 5.7L engine average 25 mpg on the highway, which is great for such a powerful vehicle.

Dodge designed the Challenger trims that are equipped with the 5.7L engine to feel a little more like a muscle car than the trims that are equipped with the 3.6L engine, so these models come standard with a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission, which makes drivers feel more in control of the vehicle, but the 8-speed automatic transmission is an available option.

In addition to the manual transmission, all of the Challenger trims that come standard with the 5.7L engine feature some type of unique design that pays tribute to the Challenger’s muscle car heritage. R/T stands for “Road/Track” and all of the Challenger R/T trims come with R/T badges, a badge that goes all the way back to 1970. Challenger Shaker models feature a shaker hood, which adds a vintage look to the Challenger, while also increasing performance. Finally, the 2018 Challenger T/A trims are inspired by the original Challenger T/A model created to compete in drag races in 1971 and they feature unique T/A badging and a couple extra special details.

2018 Performance Models

The 2018 Challenger lineup is more powerful than ever and it includes three different SRT performance engines, and two all-new Challenger performance models, which brings the entire Challenger performance lineup to a total of seven trims!

All of the Challenger trims that are equipped with a performance engine also have some high performance equipment. The performance equipment includes high-performance Brembo brakes, improved tires and wheels and SRT Performance Pages, which provides drivers with important car information as well as track times and driving performance.

6.4-liter HEMI V8 Engine

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack x Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker x Dodge Challenger T/A 392 x Dodge Challenger SRT 392

The 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine was reintroduced to the Challenger lineup in 2011. 6.4 liters is the equivalent measurement of 392 cubic inches, and that is why many of the Challenger models that are equipped with the 6.4L engine have “392” in the trim name. The 6.4L engine produces 485 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, and it gives Challenger models a 0-60 mph acceleration time in the low four-second range. Challenger trims equipped with the 6.4L engine come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but there is an option of the 8-speed automatic transmission.

Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 Engine

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Introduced in 2015 is the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, which produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Until the 2018 model year, the SRT Hellcat engine was only available on one Challenger trim, the Challenger SRT Hellcat, but a second trim, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, joined the lineup in 2018. The new widebody model features 3.5-inch wider fender flares, which provides more room for wider tires, and that means the vehicle has more grip on the road and can accelerate faster. The Challenger SRT Hellcat accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds, and the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 10.9 seconds.

Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 Engine

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Introduced for the 2018 model year is the all-new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and its all-new supercharged 6.2L HEMI Demon V8 engine, which produces up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. Though the Demon engine sounds similar to the SRT Hellcat model, it is actually quite different and significantly more powerful. Some of the engine features that make it possible for the SRT Demon to produce so much power include the Air Grabber, which is largest functional hood scoop of any production car, the TransBrake and the SRT Power Chiller.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds, making it the most powerful and the fastest factory production car in the world.

Want to come see how all of these Dodge Challenger trims look in person? Come by Miami Lakes Dodge to see all of these 2018 Dodge Challenger models and trims and even take them for a test drive!

Dodge Expands HIP Colors, Adds New Shakedown Package + New Stripes

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Dodge likes their vehicles to stick out, and whether that means with bold color choices, unique designs or powerful engines is up to the buyer. Not only is the 2018 model year the most powerful lineup of Dodge vehicles, but it is also one of the most unique looking thanks to the new HIP colors, the new Shakedown Package and the new stripes and interior package available on the Dodge Durango.

New Shakedown Package

In 2016 Dodge debuted a new set of stripes on an old school 1971 Dodge Challenger at SEMA, and the new stripe design is available to buyers with the addition of the new Shakedown Package available on Challenger Shaker models (Challenger R/T Shaker, Challenger R/T Plus Shaker and Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker). The special stripe design is only available on Challenger Shaker models because the stripe design actually accentuates the shaker by outlining the shaker, but only on one side of the shaker. And not only are the lines unlike traditional racing lines because they don’t only go down the center of the vehicle, but they are actually different thicknesses, which is not typical for racing stripes. The Shakedown Package also includes an improved Alpine speaker system as well as white face gauges on the instrument cluster. The MSRP of the new Shakedown Package is $995, and the package is available with any exterior color.

Dodge Durango’s New Stripes + Carbon Fiber Interior

Before Dodge announced the new Shakedown Package, Dodge announced new stripe options and a new interior option. The new stripe options are available on the Dodge Durango R/T and Durango SRT and they are dual-center stripes and buyers have the option of five different colors. The new interior option, the SRT Interior Appearance Group, is Dodge-Charger-shakedown-package-miami-lakes-automallonly available on the Dodge Durango SRT and it adds carbon fiber to the vehicle’s instrument panel and door bezels as well as a premium-wrapped instrument panel, a Dinamica soft-touch headliner and accent paint on speaker trim rings. The starting MSRP on the SRT Interior Appearance Group is $2,495.

HIP Colors

As Dodge enthusiasts may have expected, Dodge brought back some High Intensity Paint (HIP) colors, (HIP colors are a select group of bright and bold colors that originated back in 1969) to the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. The two new HIP colors, Plum Crazy and B5 Blue, join the other available HIP colors, TorRed and Go Mango, as well as several other bright hues. The two new HIP hues are available on all 2018 Charger models and on the Dodge Challenger, their availability is limited to the Dodge Challenger T/A, T/A Plus and T/A 392.

Want to get a new vehicle that already has a custom look? Dodge makes it easy for owners to get a unique look. Come by Miami Lakes Automall to check out our available Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Dodge Durango models. We have many of the unique looking models available right now, but if there is something you want that we don’t have, we can get it for you.

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party

Hamburger House Party 2018

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party

After surveying burgers for the Hamburger House Party 2017, I just had to go check out this year’s event. The party took place on March 10, and oh man, was I stuffed. My name is Jordan, and I’m the same guy that played the part of food critic for burgers by reviewing several burger joints that were available at last year’s Hamburger House Party. Here’s a little recap from this year’s event.

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The Party

Alright, so at the 2018 Hamburger House Party, there were 19 burger joints showing off their best burger. That’s a whole lot of burgers, but they were all miniature sliders, like the picture to the right. They definitely weren’t anything like the one below:

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That behemoth would put someone into a coma by the second burger patty. No, they were all small, and I prepared by fasting for 24 hours, so I was good to go. Now, I couldn’t try all 19. With unlimited beer and wine samples, I couldn’t do more than try nine burgers before I turned to dessert to wrap up the night. The sole dessert I tried was “Sweet Fix,” a brulee cake with rum creme and mango butter, by the “Bottoms Up” GastroPub and Tap House. They didn’t win, however – some empanada did.

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Want to Start Racing? We Have Some Pointers for Beginners

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If you are finally ready to purchase the muscle car of your dreams, like a Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger or Chevy Camaro, or start racing the muscle car you already own, there’s some questions you probably have, so we’re here to help answer them.

How do I find out about races?

Of course you can always use the internet to find about events and local race tracks, but if you are ready to start racing your vehicle, you are definitely going to want a group of people to talk with about mods, tracks, races and meets, and just learn more about your local race community, so joining a local group, whether that’s a local group of racers or a local group of people that all have the same type of car (there are a lot of groups dedicated to certain car models), is probably one of the best ways to start learning about your new hobby.

I joined a group, now what?

Go observe races and see what it is really like. See what other cars look like and how other people perform. Drag racing is more than just going to the track and driving in a straight line. Go to the track and observe the amount of time and energy it takes to make a car perform at an optimal level on the track. Most tracks have Test & Tune days/nights where your everyday driver can test what their car can do in the 1/4 or 1/8th mile depending on the track. These T&T sessions are usually posted on the tracks website or Facebook page.

Practice

Practice is key to being good at anything, and it’s definitely key to becoming a good racer, but DO NOT practice anywhere except the track. Do not practice on the road, you could hurt yourself and others and you also run the risk of getting tickets and even losing your license. Only practice on a track. If you are serious about racing and being good at it, you should really consider taking a couple driving classes where professionals can teach you a variety of new techniques and help you understand things to recognize and feel when you are behind the wheel.

Mods

After you have met some people, watched some races and even practiced going at high speeds, then you are finally ready to start investing some money into making your car faster. It’s good to wait to modify your vehicle until you have actually experienced how it handles on the track, and it’s also important to hear about other people’s experiences with their car, maybe they modified something that you thought you wanted it, but they didn’t see great results. Also, modifications can get really expensive fast. You typically can’t modify one thing without modifying something else, so it is important to price things out before you get started. You don’t want to get lightweight wheels before you can get the best tires for them. You don’t want to buy bigger wheels only to realize you don’t have the money to expand your wheel wells enough for them to fit. Don’t rush into things because that can make your project a lot more expensive and take a lot longer.

Finally, don’t forget that when you take drastic measures to add power to your vehicle, you’re also going to need to increase your vehicle’s braking power. While speed is the goal, stopping is what makes it possible for you to try and reach that goal over and over again.

Do you race? Do you want a car you can race? Miami Lakes Automall has the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and the Chevy Camaro, and all of those vehicles are built for the track. If you want to get started, come by Miami Lakes Automall, we can either help you find a new car or find the parts you want to modify your vehicle.