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Car Adventure Series Features Dodge

With ticket sales soaring past the $2 billion mark for the Fast and Furious movie franchise, Dodge expects nothing put positives from exposure to a rabid fan base that loves fast cars. “This franchise has been good for Dodge and Dodge has been good for the franchise,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO. “These movies put Dodge in front of a huge worldwide audience.” Dodge’s product placement has increased with each episode. The latest installment, “Furious Seven,” features extensive scenes with the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats, along with the Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker and Charger R/T Scat Pack. See a great selection of Challengers and Chargers at your Scottsdale Dodge dealer, Chapman Dodge.

Hellcat Orders Still on Hold

The popularity of the new 700 plus horsepower Charger and Challenger Hellcats probably didn’t need a boost from the release of “Furious Seven.” Dodge is still working to fill 9,000 orders from dealers and has put a temporary hold on any new orders. “We’re catching up,” Kuniskis said. “We will start taking new orders. We’ll make them all happy.” Kuniskis said the company vastly underestimated the number of orders for these super sports cars, expecting to deliver only a couple of thousand each year. It takes time to ramp up production lines, but the company is delivering vehicles and making progress.

Armored Wrangler Also Makes Movie Debut

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges doesn’t get a sports car, but he does get to drive a special armored Jeep Wrangler in the movie “Furious Seven.” It was one of 45 Dodge vehicles in the movie, that although sometimes defied the laws of physics, provided a rollicking good time for an audience who didn’t care that the vehicles performed stunts that were virtually impossible. Although the Wrangler in the movie might require a stretch of the imagination, the Jeep Wrangler is an iconic 4 x 4 that’s as perfect out on a trail as it is in a highway commute. Check out the huge inventory of Wranglers and Wrangler Unlimited models at Chapman Dodge.

Mopar Making a Comeback in Pony Car Wars

The term “Mopar” is a combination of motor and parts and is most commonly associated with the muscle cars Dodge produced in the 1960s and 70s. With the wide variety of Challenger and Charger models, Mopar is making a name for itself again in the fight for sports car supremacy. With the attention both Ford and Chevrolet are paying to the Mustang and Camaro, respectively, that means very good times are ahead for fast car movie fans and drivers alike.

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One of the Baddest Cars on the Planet

Considering the demand for the new Dodge Challenger and Charger 700-plus horsepower Hellcat is far outpacing the supply, someone in the market for a sports car with ridiculous power, superb handling and a stunning design could do worse than to look at the 2015 Dodge Viper. With a hand-crafted aluminum V-10 engine that produces 645 horsepower and a butt-clenching 600 foot pounds of torque, the Viper has all the power anyone could ever need, whether for a day at the track or ticking off the miles on a run through the desert. Check the inventory at Chapman Dodge to see when a Viper is available for a test drive.

Three Seconds to 60 Miles Per Hour

While it might not be important when you’re heading to the grocery store for a gallon of milk, some people judge their cars by just how fast it can get to 60 miles per hour. The Viper is fast, real fast, hitting 60 at just two ticks over 3 seconds. The stock base Viper can also finish a quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds, hitting 126 miles per hour. Part of the vehicle’s quickness comes from its enormous engine, but another important part is the use of lightweight materials. Carbon fiber makes up the deck lid, hood and roof while Dodge used aluminum on the door panels to bring the weight down to just over 3,400 pounds. That’s almost half a ton lighter than the Challenger Hellcat, which makes up for some of the lack of horsepower between the two.

Viper Earns Reputation as Tough to Tame

The Viper is so responsive to every driving maneuver that it takes awhile to get used to the sheer power at your fingertips. Step on the gas and you go fast. Turn the wheel and it turns right now. It is one of the most responsive production sports cars in existence. While that makes it fun to drive, it also takes some time to acclimate yourself to the feel of the vehicle. Oversize Brembo disc brakes provide excellent stopping ability, a good feature to have in a car that goes this fast. Stability control helps you stay on the road when things get hairy. Stop by and talk to the experts at Chapman Dodge for more information on the Viper.

Viper Makes Heads Turn

Driving a Viper is not for everyone, but if you crave attention you couldn’t pick a more perfect sports car. People are used to seeing Porsches and Corvettes on a regular basis, but the distinct design of the Viper is sure to draw a crowd wherever you go. From the long sloping hood to the squat bubble top cabin, the Viper is a vehicle for a specific consumer that wants to go fast and stand out from the crowd.