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“The Thing” Themed Charger Represents Iconic Dodge Recognizability

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Dodge muscle cars have a style that remains iconic. The other well-distinguished aspect of Dodge muscle has been its strong performance under the hood. The Charger and Challenge rank among the most distinguished muscle cars in the history of automobiles. With such acclaim comes a following and fanbase where some take the production muscle cars and modify them to make a new final product. Every now and then, some come across that are a sight to be seen. The owner of a unique “The Thing” Dodge has made his 2017 Charger R/T Scat Pack carry the image of the famed Marvel character painted across the entirety of the hood. While the owner of this vehicle has certainly enjoyed the perks of its 392 HEMI engine, the design has gathered attention. 

What Is This “Thing”?

For those who do not know what “The Thing” is, it’s a fictional cartoon comic book character that has been around longer than the Dodge Charger actually. The first Charger debuted at a car show in 1964 and came out as a production vehicle two years later. The Thing was apart of The Fantastic Four #1 comic book, released in 1961. The Fantastic Four recently had a three movie run with films starring Chris Evans and Jessica Alba in 2004 and 2007 and most recently a reboot movie that came out in 2015. The Thing remained a larger than life, rock-hard character. Which sounds similar to the significance of the Dodge muscle brand with muscle cars like the one pictured above. Dodge has remained strong, powerful, and instantly recognizable. This owner has changed the image on his car multiple times, but one thing has stayed, its reliable power and quick getup.  

“A half-century later, Dodge still leads the pack with the most powerful muscle car powertrains in the industry, ranging from the Pentastar V6 engine to the fastest, most powerful muscle car, the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.” -Dodge statement

Upcoming Dodge Vehicles Update

Regarding the latest news on both Dodge muscle cars, we’re fully expecting Dodge to have the 2021 model year come out about two months delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This wasn’t the only Fiat Chrysler brand that saw production pushed back. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was set to debut around the same time as the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. For those who are seeking a chance to get their hands on the current 2020 Dodge vehicles, we can help out. For those waiting on the 2021 model years, they may have to wait till late summer or beyond for a date on which the next line-up change will happen for the Charger, Challenger, Durango and other vehicles. For now, we’re ready to help our customers into our current line-up of fresh Dodge muscle cars.

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Searching for the newest Dodge Challenger muscle cars? We have them as well as a wide variety of quality pre-owned vehicles. If you’re looking for pricing options to take home what you want, our auto financing team is here to help. If you want to sell or trade-in your current vehicle, we’re here to help with those needs as well.

Even if you didn’t buy with us, we can fix up your current ride with a simple online service appointment to see our knowledgeable service team. Miami Lakes Automall is located at 16600 NW 57th Ave in Miami Lakes, Florida. We’re open seven days a week across our sales, service and parts departments to help out with any of your automotive needs!

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Looking Into the Dodge Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Trims

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The landscape of muscle cars has few options that can compete on a race track better than a Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger. A performance muscle car with a design that is instantly recognizable, fantastic especially in its Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat incarnations. A new Hellcat Widebody was added to the Charger and has perks that shine for owners, enthusiasts, and those looking to jump-start some excitement in both their garage and on the road. Let us look at the Widebody and Scat Pack trims and various packages that make these vehicles stand out.

Dodge Widebody Rules

New for Dodge is the addition of the Widebody to every single Dodge Charger Hellcat made. Dodge has done its part to provide the Widebody trims with a stellar suspension upgrade. The muscle cars by Dodge can go quite fast in a straight line, but moves on corners with far more confidence than ever before thanks to its wider tires and frame built to grip and maneuver through the air more efficiently. Thanks to those massive 20-inch wheels that are wrapped with 305/35R-20 Pirelli tires; the Scat Pack carries the same tires. The rear wheels on the Scat Pack and Hellcat Widebody both hit the same measurement at 11 inches in width. The previous Hellcat offered 9.5-inch-wide rear wheels previously. The new Hellcat Widebody exterior design was changed to offer more intense front and rear fascias, reshaped rocker-panel extensions as well as a new look rear spoiler. 

“My main goal was to make the cars look badass. It was my job to give these cars attitude. I think they look freakin’ pissed off. Next to the big Dodge, a BMW M5 looks relatively meek,” said Mark Trostle, FCA’s Head of Performance, Passenger, and Utility Vehicle Design.

Comparing the Scat Pack to Hellcat

The difference in the Scat Pack, which is offered for both the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger for the 2020 model year, is the Hellcat Widebody delivers far superior horsepower. The Scat Pack offers 485 horsepower in the R/T Scat Pack trim, versus 707 horsepower with the SRT Hellcat Widebody. Few vehicles will have an engine found in the Scat Pack, a powerful 6.4-Liter V8. This engine is amazing and yet still overshadowed by a powertrain even more robust and entertaining. Drivers who opt for the Scat Pack Widebody can experience going from 0-60 in just 4.3 seconds. Owners of the Hellcat Widebody will find a supercharged 6.2-Liter Hemi V8, posting a remarkable 3.6 seconds for the same 0-60 mph time. 

The Widebody also throws some technology to allow owners to have a better drive when putting the pedal to the metal. Adaptive shock absorbers, larger sway bars and significantly stiffer springs give the Charger Widebody models the added poise an owner should feel when driving a muscle car at moderate to high speeds. Keep in mind, the steering in both versions of the Charger is solid for any driver to enjoy. Dodge went to tremendous lengths to ensure both of these trims offer minimal cabin noise despite having tremendous power. Looking to drive some new high-performance machinery? 

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Searching for the newest Dodge Challenger muscle cars? We have them as well as a wide ranging quality pre-owned vehicle inventory. If you’re looking for pricing options to take home what you want, our auto financing team is here to help. If you want to sell or trade-in your current vehicle, we’re here to help with those needs as well.

Even if you didn’t buy with us, we can fix up your current ride with a simple online service appointment to see our knowledgeable service team. Miami Lakes Automall is located at 16600 NW 57th Ave in Miami Lakes, Florida. We’re open seven days a week across our sales, service and parts departments to help out with any of your automotive needs at Miami Lakes Automall!

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Hellcat Dodge Durango Looks To Be In the Works

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2020 has brought some good news, despite the many challenges of this year, Dodge has revealed a new Dodge SRT Hellcat (Street Racing Technology) nameplate. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Dodge, has named the Dodge Durango to the SRT family, but now they will make a new SRT Hellcat trim. Coming to the 2021 Dodge Durango, will we see a 6.2-Liter supercharged V8 engine? The indication is that’s going in the upcoming Durango. The current fastest Dodge Durango is the SRT that provides a 6.4-Liter HEMI V8 powertrain that provides 475 horsepower to go with a 470 lb-ft of torque rating. While very impressive, FCA and Dodge are all about pushing the limits.

Does the Future Have A New Hellcat Trim For the Durango?

The future of Dodge vehicles is truly an intriguing topic. SUVs have earned a greater reputation for offering solid mpg ratings more so today than a decade ago. Earlier this year, a report from Mopar Insiders revealed a mild-hybrid version of the soon-to-be-made 2021 Dodge Durango. According to sources from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the expectation will be to include the Pentastar 3.6-Liter with eTorque engine as the standard powertrain that provides drivers with 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in SXT trim. That much is confirmed, but we know there is a chance to surprise and delight with a new powertrain. What else does Dodge have planned for the Durango going forward? Maybe another Dodge Viper run

Original of the Durango SRT Hellcat

Dodge first put together a Hellcat Durango as a part of their law enforcement-only model, the Dodge 2019 Durango Pursuit. The police were able to gain the strength of a 797-horsepower Hellcat Redeye engine. A report from Road & Track remarked they saw firsthand a Hellcat badge on a Durango in a now-removed trailer for the latest “Fast & Furious” film. Then, Mopar Insiders added they predict the Durango SRT Hellcat is going to happen, but most likely with the first Hellcat engine that includes a powerful 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque for owners. This may be a special-edition Durango, but time will tell for the specifics. For now, those who are hoping to drive the highest-level trim on the current Dodge Durango SUV, we’re able to help others with shopping online right now at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Are you hyped about getting a new 2020 Dodge Durango? So are we and buying from home is easier than ever with our online abilities at Miami Lakes Automall. Online shopping has taken a new turn, just view all our new vehicle inventory or our quality pre-owned vehicles. We can help sell your current vehicle or bring it back to life like new with an online service appointment to our service center. Allow our professional techs to get started on all repairs or maintenance work.

Thinking about gaining any financial help, or have any needs or suggestions? Check with our auto financing team. We can upgrade that feeling to something different. If service repairs can save your ride, add an online auto service appointment to see our knowledgeable service team. Let us help make things change for your vehicle. Miami Lakes Automall is located at 16600 NW 57th Ave in Miami Lakes, Florida. 

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Dodge Adds Daytona Special Edition To Charger R/T and Scat Pack Trim

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Every now and then there is a unique special edition package available for a Dodge muscle car. This one might be our favorite as its sleek design was so popular, Dodge decided to continue its streak to more Charger trims. The Daytona Edition Package will be ready to join the standard 2020 Dodge Charger R/T and Scat Pack trims. Since the 50th Anniversary happened last year with a new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, Dodge has heard their fans. This surge of calls for more than the 501 vehicles that were made has prompted a large production. The conic redesign from the 1969 classic Dodge Charger Daytona Edition gives drivers unique badging inside and out with premium quality features for owners to love. Let’s break down the major upgrades drivers can expect when stepping into the Daytona Special Edition.

The Joys of the Daytona Edition Charger

A beautiful design is obvious for any owner of the 2020 Dodge Charger. However, the Daytona Special Edition takes this sedan muscle car that already special at base trim and adds measures to increase its appeal. Built with new features, the drivers of this special edition are granted a Mopar cold air intake under the hood, a new satin black Daytona graphic that goes across the rear decklid and fenders. Interior upgrades include power driver and passenger seating made with rich Nappa leather and Alcantara etched with the Daytona logo. Further along, a premium-stitched dash panel with gloss black instrument cluster rings, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel are welcomed features that only add to the prestige of this special edition. 

Additional Enhanced Features 

It wouldn’t be a special edition without some new exterior features. The Daytona Special Edition adds upper and lower LED lighting in the front of the cabin also has illuminated rear cupholders. The power driver’s seat also adds memory functions for the driver’s seat, radio, and outside mirrors, plus black-edge premium floor matting. Each Charger will gain upgrades to the side mirrors that will automatically adjust downward if the driver puts the transmission in reverse. An automatic-dimming driver’s side mirror is also included. The Charger R/T includes 20 x 9-inch Lights Out painted wheels, a heated steering wheel and security alarm. 

There is a slight difference with the Charger Scat Pack driving on 20 x 9.5-inch forged and painted aluminum wheels. There are also  more satin black decals on the roof and the hood on top of a Daytona badge on the grille. The mirrors for the Scat Pack are more luxurious than on the R/T, not just powered and heated mirrors but they can fold-in as well. There are a couple added safety features found in the Scat Pack, including blind-spot warning. Owners of the Scat Pack receive a Daytona badge on the instrument panel that looks sharp with its Carbonite accents throughout the interior. We don’t think an owner can go wrong with either option!

Get Into the Beautiful Daytona Special Edition

The 2020 Daytona Edition Package will be available in any of the 12-strong color palettes. Several new color options are available for the 2020 Charger including Frostbite, Hellraisin, and Sinamon Stick. The 2020 Charger R/T Daytona begins at $41,385 (Destination fee included), the 2020 Charger Scat Pack Daytona starts at $44,985 (Destination fee included). Both are ready for purchase later during the second quarter of 2020. Hoping to drive a new Dodge muscle car? There’s no doubt our readers can get started on ordering one from the comfort of their home thanks to our online capabilities during these unprecedented times. Let’s begin the process right now.

Drive Dodge With Our Assistance Today

Are you excited about getting a new car? So are we! At Miami Lakes Automall, we’re more than excited to help our customers, we’re thrilled. Thinking about a 2020 Dodge Charger? Looking for a new option to buy or lease? Take a look at our new vehicle inventory or our quality pre-owned vehicles. We can help sell your current vehicle or bring it back to life like new with an online service appointment to our service center. Allow our professional techs to get started on all repairs or maintenance work.

We’re here to help with any financial help, needs or suggestions to help make paying for a vehicle easier. Stop by today and see what we can do for you right now.

 

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The Iconic Run of the Dodge Viper

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The Dodge Viper was discontinued back in 2017, around now is when rumors would persist about the next generation set to come out next year or maybe in 2022. A recent story involving MotorTrend Car of the Year judges Tom Gale and Chris Teodore was published. Both of these men were previously employees of FCA when the launch of the original Viper happened in the 1980s. In fact, Gale was the Vice President of Design for the Viper. They have more experience in regards to how the Viper was first made and what it would take to see another run of the world-famous Viper. Let’s take a deep dive into the interesting history and future of the Dodge Viper!

The Beginning of the Dodge Viper

The debut of the Dodge Viper was in 1992, simply known as the RT/10 and in January 1992 the Viper was off and running for the public. Rear-drive roadster with an impressive 8.0-Liter V10 engine with 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Many cars on the road today don’t offer that kind of engineering and impressive strength. This was just the first Viper that debuted nearly thirty years ago. It’s six-speed manual transmission came as a coupe with no other modifications and wouldn’t offer any impressive infotainment as found in later generations. From its first world appearance at the 1989 Detroit Auto Show, the fans flocked to this vehicle. By 1992, the world was ready for the Viper and it beat the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 quickly becoming a much sought after car.

“We really want a V10 car because we want something that had a heroic proportion. We wanted something that was unique—different. I just wouldn’t want something that was in the image of what somebody else did,” Gale said.

Dodge Viper GTS Come Next

Where could Dodge go but continue their progress for the next-generation Viper, which first debuted at the 1993 Los Angeles Auto Show. Known as the GTS, this was the more powerful, better car overall. With enhanced safety and better performance and amenities, owners flocked to get this next-gen Viper. New features included power windows, Nomex-wrapped side-exit exhaust pipes to the rear, increased horsepower up to 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. The Viper was also lighter, yet strengthened by a stiffer chassis and more liberal usage of aluminum in the car’s suspension. The vehicle became available in 1996 and was the kind of car on posters hanging on walls of kids and racing enthusiasts. 

“Bigger-and badder-than life. Few legends truly live up to their press. The Dodge Viper GTS, on the other hand, exceeds the hyperbole that engulfs it,” we wrote in May of 1997. 

Third and Fourth Generation Dodge Viper Models 

Like an action-movie franchise with sequels that kept getting a larger budget, the Viper continued to debut a new version every so often and improved upon what made it so special to begin with. The third-generation Dodge Viper arrived at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show as the GTS-R concept. Stronger and more luxurious than the previous two Viper models. The roadster-only 2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10 captured the essence of both the concept and the original Viper RT/10. The powertrain included a V10 that supplied 500 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed manual transmission and wider rear rubber.

By the time the 2008 Viper SRT-10 coupe and convertible came out, they gave owners a new  8.4-liter V10 that hit the 600 horsepower mark with even more torque at 560 lb-ft and a new limited-slip differential. Production ended by 2010, a short run for Dodge and its powerful Viper. So, with a short period away from the spotlight, yet another Viper came out. 

Fifth and Final Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper SRT (Street Racing Technology) showed up in 2013, then-SRT chief and legendary designer Ralph Gilles added this quote about the vehicle upon its debut, “We had the privilege to design the Viper—not the right.”  The next-gen Viper equipped a 8.4-Liter V10 with 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, with its standard six-speed manual transmission. This new Viper failed to surpass the Corvette this time around. Sales for the fifth-generation Viper were never particularly strong to begin with, and that fact, coupled with tightening safety restrictions spelled the end of the Viper in 2017. After a few limited-edition models, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Connor Assembly Plant in Detroit closed the door on the Dodge Viper production run for good.

What Comes Next For the Viper?

So, is there a chance for another run? A six-generation Dodge Viper? Another sequel to the always compelling Dodge icon? We will have to wait and see. Dodge has seen its brand become entrenched in its muscle car vehicles that returned to prominence in the mid-2000s thanks to the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. Both of those vehicles are still enjoying a long-term successful run with both vehicles still using the same platform they debuted with. That kind of success has not made Dodge think about the Viper, but for two of the men responsible for creating one of the Dodge brand’s most iconic vehicles, they are proud of their work and five-generation run of a car they helped create, the iconic Dodge Viper.

Drive Dodge With Our Help at Miami Lakes Automall

Looking for the new Dodge Challenger muscle car options? We have them as well as a wide variety of quality pre-owned vehicles in our inventory. If you’re looking for pricing options to take home what you want, our auto financing team is ready to help. If you want to sell or trade-in your current vehicle, we’re here to assist with those needs as well. 

Not enjoying any time you spent in your current vehicle? We can upgrade that feeling to something different. If service repairs can save your ride, add an online auto service appointment to see our knowledgeable service team. Let us help make things change for your vehicle. Miami Lakes Automall is located at 16600 NW 57th Ave in Miami Lakes, Florida.