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Miami Lakes Automall GPS Navigation

Is the Extra Cost of GPS Navigation Worth It?

Miami Lakes Automall GPS Navigation

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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Miami Lakes Automall New Dodge Viper

New Dodge Viper … Again?

Miami Lakes Automall New Dodge Viper

“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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Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit

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

Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit

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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Miami Lakes uConnect Features Theatre

A Closer Look at the Uconnect Systems and Features

Miami Lakes uConnect Features Theatre

Ever hear of Uconnect? For those unaware, it’s the brand name of the infotainment system used by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). That means every Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram truck, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, and, of course, Fiat vehicle can come equipped with Uconnect, depending on the trim and options and/or packages chosen by the consumer. If you never heard of an infotainment system before, it’s a technological combination of one’s stereo system and numerous apps and services that connect the driver to their car and third-party networks. So let’s talk about Uconnect and what it does.

What’s the Deal with Uconnect?

Depending on the type of Uconnect system a car has, Uconnect can include anything from working the stereo to music and games, as well as traffic reports and even car data. There are multiple versions of Uconnect denoted by a number, but in reality, there are only two versions of Uconnect out now. The previous generation and the next-generation Uconnect 4. Past versions of Uconnect one may see include Uconnect 5.0 and Uconnect 8.4, and it is actually the same version of Uconnect (possibly with additional functions) on a different screen size, i.e. five inches or 8.4 inches.

“Uconnect is the feature-packed navigation, entertainment, and communication system that lets drivers live their lives, connected. The award-winning system takes a bunch of great features and drops them into an elegant and customizable 8.4-inch touchscreen.” – driveuconnect.com

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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.

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party Boss Burgers

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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Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

No Production Car Has Ever Been Built Like the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

When it comes to high performance pony cars, many consumers think of Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford. The top contenders for the muscle car market are the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Corvette, and Ford Mustang. Thanks to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Dodge name will be holding the gold medal of muscle cars for years to come. Even with their latest incarnations, neither the Mustang nor the Corvette can match the Demon’s racing times, and no other automaker has done what Dodge did to make the SRT Demon a reality.

Performance

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the only vehicle made to be a drag strip racer from the moment it hits the lot. Many cars can be tuned up with aftermarket components and engineering, such as the infamous Chevy Corvette Exorcist, one aftermarket creation designed to take on the Dodge Challenger Demon. The Dodge SRT Demon is made to be the end all muscle car with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine that can generate up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque.

Those numbers aren’t even the standard. The only way consumers can achieve that kind of output is by making use of the parts and accessories found in the Dodge Demon Crate. Does that still count as factory produced? Maybe there’s a little controversy there, but when it comes to racing times, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon speaks for itself, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph and finish a quarter mile faster than the big names in the muscle car market, including the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Miami Lakes Auto Brembo Braking System

Stopping is As Important As Speed When It Comes to Performance Vehicles

Miami Lakes Auto Brembo Braking System

With automakers churning out more and more powerful vehicles, one has to wonder how drivers keep all of the horsepower and torque of a muscle car or performance car under control. The new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, and it can be brought to a full stop from 60 mph in 97 feet. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can be stopped in 114 feet. Those are pretty impressive acceleration times, but the stopping times are just as impressive when you think about the physics behind it. What’s the secret to that impressive stopping power? High-performance braking systems.

Brake System Basics

Understanding brake systems can be a little confusing at first because there are a lot of components to brakes – calipers, rotors, brake pads, and pistons. A brake caliper is part of the disc brake system and is filled with several pistons. When the brake pedal is pushed and pressure is applied from the brake fluid, the pistons inside the caliper push the brake pads against the rotors to slow and eventually stop the vehicle. Typically there are usually 2-4 calipers per brake system. The brake rotor is most often an iron disc connected to the wheel’s hub that works with the brake pad to stop the vehicle; that is why a braking system may also be referred to ask a disc brake system. The more pistons, the more stopping power and the more pistons, the larger the caliper and generally the rotor as well.

Brembo Be Thy Name

“Brembo” is a name heard often when talking about brake systems. Brembo is an acknowledged world leader and innovator in the field of automotive disc brake technology and high-performance braking systems. A name automotive brands can trust, the Brembo brake systems pop up in all kinds of high-performance vehicles, such as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Depending on the setup of wheels, axles, and suspension, the size and specifics of Brembo brakes are different, but almost any set of Brembo brakes will get the job done.

Brembo 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes are used in the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat, come standard on the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS coupe, and they are available on the Chevrolet Camaro 1LS coupe. The system is made up of 4-piston Brembo brake calipers, a 14.2-inch front rotor, and a 13.8-inch rear rotor to improve handling and control of the vehicle under extreme braking. Sometimes, such as in the Camaro ZL1, the front brakes may have a 6-piston system whereas the rear has a 4-piston system. This 6:4 setup shows up more in Corvettes, though.

Brembo 6-Piston High-Performance Front Brakes are used in the Dodge Challenger T/A 392, Challenger SRT 392, and Challenger SRT Hellcat. This is the largest front-brake system ever used on an FCA US vehicle. It is made up of 390-mm Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers. This is the power that can bring a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to a full stop in less than 100 feet whilst going 60 mph. It may seem obvious, but the more pistons there are in a braking system, the more force can be applied to the brake pad and rotor to stop the wheels. The reason these larger calipers and rotors are put in the front is because of the transfer of weight when a vehicle is brought to a stop. With the weight transferring to the front of the car, the front brakes bare the majority of task for slowing the car or bringing it to a stop.

Some brake systems may also come visually tailored to the specific model and trim. For instance, the Brembo 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes used in the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat come with red brake calipers, whereas the Brembo 6-Piston High-Performance Front Brake system used in the Dodge Challenger T/A 392 come with black brake calipers (red on Challenger SRT 392, and Challenger SRT Hellcat). The Chevrolet Corvettes also have some choices – yellow or red brake calipers are available on the Corvette Stingray and Corvette Grand Sport, with dark gray metallic-painted calipers on the Grand Sport with the Z07 package. The Chevy Corvette Z06 comes standard with red brake calipers, but has the option of dark gray metallic as well. In the end, it’s just a personal style choice.

If interested to know more, we discussed many performance parts and how they work in our article “Performance Parts Explained – Dodge”. Check it out. If interested in getting a feel for how well these brakes work, check out our inventory or give us a call for a test drive.

Photo Source/Copyright: Brembo.com
Miami Lakes SRT Hellcat Widebody Luxury Ram Truck

New ’18 MY Dodge and Ram Truck Models and Trims

Miami Lakes SRT Hellcat Widebody Luxury Ram Truck

Ever since the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon came out, we were all starting to think, “Well that’s it, for Dodge. Time to take a break.” WRONG. Dodge is just getting started. Since the Demon’s debut, they have been able to focus on other things like giving the Challenger SRT Hellcat a new look and buffing up their popular Durango. Plus, Ram decided to do a little something different this year, and instead of making bigger and badder trucks, they’re releasing a limited edition for the sophisticated type. Good news all around.

Here, Kitty Kitty

The new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has several exterior components that mimic the Challenger SRT Demon in many ways. In comparison to the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has wider fender flares that add 3.5 inches to its width, and rides on 20-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke aluminum wheels and Pirelli P-Zero tires. What really makes it akin to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the new engine cooling system.

Built with a low-temperature circuit with two air/coolant heat exchangers integrated into the supercharger housing, drivers can take the Hellcat Widebody around the track for nearly half an hour, and air temperatures will still be kept under 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In conjunction with this, a power-bulge aluminum hood with a center intake and dual heat extractors, and illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps, a Dodge/SRT vehicle exclusive, has been integrated into the design.

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Miami Lakes Dodge Car Family

Dodge Family Cars and Specialties

Miami Lakes Dodge Car FamilyWhen on the road with family, there are a lot of things the modern driver takes into consideration. Will there be enough room for everyone and everything? Will I be able to keep the kids entertained on long drives? Is my car safe enough if an accident were to occur? These are the questions that pass through our mind when we have precious cargo on board. To give families vehicles that will take care all of their needs,  Dodge has 3 vehicles that answer all of those questions with “Yes.”

Storage and Seating Space

Three family cars by Dodge have plenty of space. First off, the Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey (all trims but the Journey SE), and Dodge Durango all have a seating capacity of seven passengers. Moreover, each of these vehicles has a variety of ways to store cargo.

The Dodge Grand Caravan has the famous Stow ‘n Go seating. This design allows drivers to fold up not just the second, but also the third row into the floor of the van, opening up a total of 140 cubic feet of storage space. With a family unit average of 4-5 people, there’s enough room for everyone in the front and second row, and then space for cargo with the third row folded down.

In addition to the convenient easy fold-down seats, when the seats are not folded down, there is plenty of storage room in the bins that would store the seats. These bins offer plenty of out-of-the-way storage space for beach things, camping equipment or even a safety kit.

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2017 Special Edition Viper Models Sold Out

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Production of the Dodge Viper began in the 90s, and sadly, it is coming to an end. It’s been 25 years since the Viper’s original debut and Dodge recently released the last five special-edition 2017 models.

The models were released in June, and all of them sold out quicker than anyone could have imagined. And, when we say quick, we mean in the matter of minutes for some of the models, and just two days for some of the others. The 2017 special-edition models include: the Dodge Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR; the Dodge Viper 1:28 Edition ACR; the Dodge Viper VoooDoo II Edition; the Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC; and finally the Dodge Dealer Edition Viper ACR. Read the rest of this entry >>