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Archive for September, 2015


Horsepower is King Again as Dodge Rules Roost

After having gone through a period where horsepower was treated as a communicable disease, Americans are getting back on the muscle bandwagon with gusto and Dodge is leading the parade. All you have to say is Hellcat and auto lovers know you’re talking about the fire breathing, rubber laying, smoke rolling monsters introduced by Dodge in 2014. In the coupe category, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat with 707-horsepower is the king of the pack for two-door cars. It comes with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, depending on just how involved you want to be with the dismantling of every opponent that comes near you. For sedans, the winner remains with Dodge as the Charger also has a Hellcat version with identical horsepower. Equally adept at hauling babies around as it is leaving racers in the dust, the Charger can hit 204 miles per hour, although that is not recommended in a school zone. Drive both to see which one best fits your needs at Chapman Dodge.

For SUVs, the Clear Winner is Jeep Cherokee SRT

Not your grandma’s SUV, the Jeep Cherokee SRT comes pack with a 6.4-liter HEMI engine that produces 475 horsepower. That engine, when teamed with an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters, allows you to put the SUV through its paces or drive leisurely on long stretches of highway. It naturally has the all-wheel drive that Jeep is famous for, but this is a vehicle you might think twice about taking into severe off-road conditions. Not that it couldn’t handle it, but the starting price of nearly $65,000 is a good deterrent to running into boulders and brush. Still, it’s the only SUV that will go from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds, which is reason enough to put it in your garage.

Viper Heads Up the Sports Car List

As what many consider the baddest production car on the planet, the Dodge Viper exists to fulfill fantasies of the owners and break the hearts of those that dare oppose its sheer supremacy. It packs 8.4 liters of V10 domination that not only produces 645 horsepower, but will adjust your spine with 600 foot pounds of torque. As the driver you get to select the suspension setup, fine-tuning the adjustable shocks for street or track driving. Electronic stability control helps you tame this wild beast in case you push the accelerator a bit past your driving limits. The Viper is not usually an in-stock vehicle, but talk to the pros at Chapman Dodge to see how you can get your hands on one. It’s more fun than should be allowed on four tires.