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Miami Lakes Auto Next Generation Dodge Viper Challenger

Next Generation Dodge Challenger, Viper, and Chevrolet Corvette

Miami Lakes Auto Next Generation Dodge Viper Challenger

Back in 2017 when the Dodge brand released the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it was definitely a pinnacle of achievement for a factory-manufactured vehicle. Outfitted with a a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine modified with over 90 new parts, the engine had the ability to generate up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque with a little 100+ high octane fuel. Since then, many wondered what was next for Dodge. At the same time, Chevrolet and other brands kept claiming they could beat the Dodge SRT Demon. For every brand that swats at the “fastest car title,” Dodge swats back.

2019 Dodge Challenger

For those who thought the Demon was it for the Dodge Challenger, don’t worry just yet. A teaser for the 2019 Dodge Challenger was released in May 2018, with more details being revealed in the summer. The teaser showed us a new design for the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that gives the muscle car a new retro dual-snorkel hood scoop inspired by classic Mopar designs to pay tribute to its heritage way back when the Dodge Challenger first began. The first-generation Dodge Challenger featured the Dodge Challenger Trans Am, or T/A for short, and we think the revival of the T/A for recent Dodge Challenger model years may be linked to bringing back the retro look for the new 2019 Dodge Challenger.

The new hood scoop will also be functional, said to feed air into the supercharger lurking underneath. More air means more power, and of course bigger competition. Enter the next-gen Chevrolet Corvette.

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Is A Lot of Horsepower All That Necessary?


With performance cars as powerful and fast as the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, sometimes people ask us if all that speed really necessary or if all that horsepower really is worth it? Does someone really need all of that power to have a good time? It may be fun on the speedway, but who really needs 707 horsepower to hit the road and have a good time? Sure, there’s a bit of an adrenaline rush, and the feeling of hitting a g-force or two will be one to remember, but is it any better than hopping in a sporty sedan and cruising down the highway?

Someone looking for speed, should look for no other vehicle other than the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Powered by a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Demon® engine, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon comes with 97 new parts integrated into the engine, including a new crankshaft, new connecting rods, new pistons, a new steel camshaft, and a new valvetrain, to read a maximum output of 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, and covers a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at a a max speed of 140.09 mph. Unless visiting the local speedways in Miami often, then what’s the point? It’ll be tough to enjoy all of that horsepower without getting pulled over every couple of minutes.

There’s other Dodge vehicles that are great to get, like the Dodge Charger. One doesn’t need to go too high with it. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has a starting MSRP of $39,995 and is powered by a 392 V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS engine, with an output of half the horsepower (485hp) and is still very fun to drive. Plus, with the Scat Pack Dynamics Package by Dodge and the Hellcat Drag Pack, if speed is really the reason to buy a car, may as well try to do it on a budget with Hellcat style and a boost of power. Your insurance bill will thank you.

The Chevrolet Corvette is known for its speed and prowess, but let’s go a little smaller. Take the Chevy Camaro. Also known for speed and power, but the base trim (1LS) starts at $26,900. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter SIDI engine with variable valve timing, it only has an output of 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. With all the packages and options offered, anyone can make their Camaro look like the high-tier top of the line without breaking the sound barrier.

Other automakers make great vehicles that are fun to drive without break 100 units of horsepower. Mitsubishi Motors has a fun little hatchback, the Mitsubishi Mirage, only able to generate a maximum of 78 horsepower, powered by a 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC three-cylinder engine. Due to the low horsepower, not only will insurance get cheaper, but so will the weekly visit to the gas station. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage gets 37 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway.

If looking to break at least 100 units of horsepower, Kia Motors is another automaker that makes great cars without breaking the bank or the speed limit. The 2018 Kia Optima is spacious, stylish, and fun to drive. With options like a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, able to generate 185 horsepower, or a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, able to generate 245 horsepower.

Of course, is looking for that muscle car style while keeping the safety of a sports sedan, then the new 2018 Kia Stinger is the way to go. Dressed up like a coupe, able to generate up to 365 horsepower when powered by a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine, this is the vehicle revolutionizing the auto industry. Winning awards from AutoGuide, Roadshow by CNET, and other big names have announced awards for the 2018 Kia Stinger. With a starting MSRP of $31,000*, it’s a great vehicle to get while keeping the pocketbook in check and the tires from melting.

According to CarScoops.com, the average horsepower most drivers want is 300hp. It’s enough to have fun without burning through too much fuel or cash. But what do you think? Is more really better? Whatever your fancy, we have Dodge, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, and Kia all at Miami Lakes Automall.


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Miami Lakes Automall Brembo Hybrid Brakes

New Brembo Hybrid Brake Pads Embody SRT Performance

Miami Lakes Automall Brembo Hybrid Brakes

A little while back, we discussed the high performance braking systems installed into high performance vehicles. Specifically, we discussed the braking systems designed by Brembo and how they help keep vehicles like the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in check. Now that we’re in 2018, concepts and news about 2019 vehicles are already underway, and there’s already talk about the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette and the type of braking systems being developed to not only increase its performance but also the control the driver has, on and off the track.

The Importance of a High Performance Braking System

Having good brakes on an automotive vehicle is obvious. Not only does a driver need to be able to bring a vehicle to a stop, but some situations require them to do so quickly, such as when a child runs out into the streets or an abrupt halt in traffic. Yes, some of that comes down to being able to maneuver the vehicle around obstacles, but it’s much easier to move around, say, a pothole, when travelling 15 mph versus 60 mph.

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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.

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