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2019 Dodge Challenger Miami Lakes

Dodge Has Big Electric Plans

2019 Dodge Challenger Miami Lakes

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As the plans are made for what steps the automotive industry will take to build safer, more modern and more fuel-efficient vehicles, many brands are determining how to make this possible why staying true to their name. Followers and fans of the Dodge brand wonder how this can happen while still pushing the envelope for innovation and power. Rival brands like Ford have plans to debut a brand new Mustang Hybrid in 2020 and General Motors has its electric division working on an all-new electric version of their Camaro muscle car.

So what does Dodge have planned? They’ve taken a considerable look at how to integrate new technologies at every aspect of making their vehicles; that’s how they engineered vehicles that perform the way they do. Be prepared for an electrical component to their upcoming signature vehicles in the next decade.

Electric Future of Dodge

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Dodge are not making any secrets about where they plan on taking their muscle cars in the future. Speaking candidly about where they are and the plans in the next five years toward making the push for a hybrid or electric power being added to Dodge vehicles, Mike Manley, CEO of FCA spoke about where he sees Dodge headed.

“What it isn’t going to be is a V8 supercharged, 700-horsepower engine. The reality is those platforms and the technology we use does need to move on. What’s important is what does the concept of American muscle look like in 2024? Does American muscle look like a big V8, supercharged, 700-horsepower, fire-breathing machine, or really is it for Dodge that combination of that incredible power-to-weight ratio, but now because new technology’s going to drive a load of weight out, we can think about the powertrains in a different way and we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles going forward?” Manley said.

No Gas Engines?

While there will be significant upgrades to the powertrains of Dodge vehicles going forward, there is no chance they will remove the gasoline engines altogether any time soon. Manley did not express exactly what those electrification plans would be, but there’s a sense the current 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye might be the last vehicle hitting near the 800 horsepower threshold. Only one production muscle car made by Dodge went higher than that, but everyone knows what vehicle that is. It’s the same vehicle that helped the Redeye become as fast and powerful as it is.

Charger, Challenger Still Doing Extremely Well

Despite the current climate of new mild-hybrid vehicles and hybrids hitting the roads, the American muscle car is stronger than ever. Despite the Mustang and Camaro not doing as well, Dodge can’t say the same. The sales numbers for Dodge were excellent in 2018. While we can’t be sure the specifics yet of where Dodge will go with electric vehicle integration, we do know that the latest crop of Dodge muscle cars, like the 2019 Dodge Charger.

Experience the Best Muscle Cars at Miami Lakes Automall

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Similarities + Differences Between Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger

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Just like some people have a hard time being able to tell twins apart from one another, some people have a hard time distinguishing the Dodge Challenger from a Dodge Charger, but just like twins, the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger both have their own unique qualities, but they also have a lot in common, too. If you are one of the people that just can’t seem to ever remember which Dodge muscle car you see whizzing past you, here are a couple similarities and differences between the two.

Size + Doors

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are very similar in size and they are both five passenger vehicles. The Dodge Charger is just over 198 inches and the Dodge Challenger is a hair under 198 inches, however, the Dodge Charger has four doors and the Dodge Challenger has two doors.

Exterior Design

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger have pretty different exterior designs, but one thing that’s for sure is they both have an aggressive look that lets people know they are muscle cars without ever hearing the sound of the engine. Specifically speaking though, the Dodge Challenger has a more of a traditional muscle car look and the Dodge Charger has a more modern look.

From the front to the back, the Dodge Challenger is designed to look like a blocky, widebody muscle car. Just like the original designs of the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger, the 2018 Dodge Challenger has a front grille, headlights and taillights that stretch the entire width of the vehicle.Just like the original Dodge Challenger, the 2018 Challenger has four round headlights and the taillights are two long rectangles that are separated in the middle of the vehicle by “DODGE.”

Additionally, Dodge took the Challenger’s traditional muscle car look a bit further for the 2018 model year. Instead of just making the Challenger look like a widebody muscle car with its blocky design, wide grille and wide tail lights, Dodge actually made two widebody Challenger models. The new Challenger models that have the wider stance are the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and the Challenger SRT Demon, and they both have fender flares that are 3.5 inches wider than non-widebody Challenger models.

In comparison to the Challenger, the 2018 Dodge Charger has a curvier front end and the headlights aren’t round, there are only two instead of four, and they don’t look like they are embedded into the grille like they do on the Challenger. In the rear, the Charger has a long strip of tail lights, which is a trait of the original Dodge Charger models.

Engines

Up until the 2018 model year, the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger had identical engine lineups. The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger were both available with the same four engines, the 3.6L V6 engine, 5.7L HEMI V8 engine, 6.4L HEMI V8 engine and the supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine. However, in 2018 a new engine was added to the Dodge Challenger lineup, and it is the most powerful engine Dodge has ever made. The new engine is the supercharged 6.2L HEMI Demon V8 engine and it produces a record-breaking 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque.

Drivetrain

Starting in 2017, the Challenger and Charger were both offered with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Previous to 2017, AWD was only an available option on the Charger, so that gave the Charger a bit of an edge over the Challenger for consumers living in places that experience ice and snow, but now customers can get the same handling with either model.

Shaker Hood

If you ever see a modern-day Dodge muscle car and it has a “thing” sticking out of the middle of the hood, that is a shaker, and the model you are looking at is a Dodge Challenger. A shaker is a air intake that is mounted on the top of the hood, and it is only available on the Dodge Challenger.


You can come take a look at the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger at Miami Lakes Automall. Once you see both vehicles up close, you’ll be able to figure out which one you want to take home.

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Performance Parts Explained – Dodge

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Ever find yourself reading about a Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger, and all these high-tech terms stand out? It’s a little irritating reading about cold air intakes and dual air extractors, having no idea what any of that means. What’s worse is automaker websites seem to forget their average consumer didn’t grow up in an auto shop, so a lot of us don’t know what’s so special about all those components they add that make a performance vehicle so powerful. That’s why we’re starting this series – Performance Parts Explained. This week, we’re looking at many of the performance parts found on Dodge muscle cars.

What’s Under the Hood

The most important part under the hood of a vehicle is, without a doubt, that powerful revving engine. Here’s some of the components you might notice on, or under, the hood of a Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger.

Air Catcher Scoop – Take a look at the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. See that huge opening that nearly stretches across the entire hood? That’s an air catcher scoop, and you can find a similar, smaller version on the Hellcat and other trims. They’re designed to increase the volume of air introduced to the engine, for more power of course. Some are operated by a vacuum to suck even more air in as the car drives along. When it comes to the SRT Demon, the engine sucks in about 1,000 cubic feet of air per minute.

Cold Air Intake – If you’ve ever browsed the Mopar Performance Parts catalog, this component has most likely come up. A cold air intake replaces the factory-installed air intake, moving the origination point of intake outside of the engine compartment so that colder air is introduced into an engine’s cylinders, versus the warmer air already in and around the engine. Colder air is denser than warmer air, and the more oxygen the engine can burn, the more power it can deliver.

Headlight Air Catcher – Here’s a neat design. Sometimes, a headlight in a vehicle isn’t just a headlight. Today, halogen headlamps are being replaced by LEDs, which are a lot smaller and offer some room for modification. On the Dodge SRT Demon, being that the headlamps are powered by LEDS, a small 2.6-inch passage lies in the center, acting as another air intake to feed air directly into the airbox and then the engine.

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Miami Lakes 2017 Dodge Challenger GT Grille

Announcing the Dodge Challenger GT AWD!

Miami Lakes 2017 Dodge Challenger GT Grille

O.M.G. A Dodge Challenger with all-wheel drive will be arriving in showrooms in 2017. This has to be one of the most exciting things we’ve heard about all year, in terms of Dodge at least. And trust us, there’s been a lot of exciting and good news about Dodge this year. Their 2017 vehicles are already getting praise, and with the Challenger GT AWD on the way, there is a lot to look forward to!

All the Goodies

Ever since the new Dodge Challenger T/A and Dodge Charger Daytona models were introduced in August, Dodge has gone completely insane, in a good way. It seems like every month we’re getting something new, and who can really complain? It should be illegal, but what cop is going to press charges when they’re getting their own Dodge Charger Pursuit cruiser? Plus, along with the big news about the Challenger GT AWD, the Barracuda is also said to be making a comeback.

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New Dodge Challenger models available at Miami Lakes

New Dodge Challenger Models AWD and ADR and Upcoming Barracuda

New Dodge Challenger models available at Miami Lakes

The closer we get to 2017, the more exciting news Dodge has to share with us. Not too long ago it was announced that Dodge will be reviving the Dodge Charger Daytona and the Dodge Challenger T/A, and more recently we learned about two new Challenger models being added to the lineup. Oh, and there’s exciting talk about a potential new Dodge Barracuda? Details below.

Six Dodge Models coming up

The 2017 Challenger T/A, the Challenger T/A Plus, the Charger Daytona, and the Charger Daytona 392 are models based off of their original predecessors more than four decades ago, and are getting a facelift in the process. Recently, Dodge unveiled two more models for the 2017 model year Challenger lineup.

When the 900-horsepower Challenger concept was shown off by Prior-Design, a lot of people had their hopes up that something similar would be released on a larger scale. Well, it seems the people at Dodge were listening, because Dodge has added some additional performance and style to the 2017 Challenger lineup with a Challenger ADR and Challenger GT AWD.

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Dodge New Challenger Charger Models Miami Lakes

All-New 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona

Dodge New Challenger Charger Models Miami LakesEarlier this month, Dodge announced two new models were being added to the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Charger lineup — the Dodge Challenger T/A and the Dodge Charger Daytona.

Both are throwbacks to previous models, but feature modern tech, more features and retro design. To make a little more noise, Dodge is taking a couple of High-Impact Colors (HIPs) out of its archives and has added a new HIP hue. Both, the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger will be available in Go Mango, the all-new Green Go, a revised Yellow Jacket, and TorRed.

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Second Generation Dodge Challenger (78-83): Everything You Need to Know

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The Dodge Challenger stands out as one of the iconic muscle cars. Its wide body, angular lines and powerful engine have always been distinctive features of the model, no matter how many iterations it has gone through over the decades.

Though Dodge produced a model with the Challenger name in the late 1950s (the Dodge Silver Challenger), the first generation of Challengers as we know them today was not introduced until 1969.

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