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Roadkill Nights Comes on Strong

Fan crowd Woodward Avenue to catch event.

by on Aug.14, 2017

Thousands of Dodge and muscle car fans flocked to Pontiac, Michigan, for Roadkill Nights.

Despite some rain showers that left a quarter mile of Woodward Avenue’s asphalt too wet for the final heats, “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” again drew a large crowd of car buffs, young and old to Pontiac, a suburb north of Detroit.

“I’m a gear head,” said Cameron Milavec, 18, of New Baltimore, Michigan, who drove in with a group of friends as evening settled over Pontiac’s M1-Concourse, the 87-acre “playground for automobiles,” which has become the venue of choice for the event with its noise and smoking tires and fast cars.

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“We’re into diesels,” said Milavec, who explained both he and his pal, River Lamb, 18, also of New Baltimore, own diesel-powered heavy-duty pickups as they watched the last-ditch effort to dry off the track under bright floodlights for what would have been the final heats of the day. (more…)

Doing the Demon (D)Rag

Behind the wheel of the mind-boggling new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

by on Jul.19, 2017

With 840 horsepower at your feet, it should be easy to rile up the Demon into a smoke-inducing frenzy.

With 840 horsepower ready to roar at the slightest twitch of my right foot, one might think it’d be easy to burn rubber. But as I pull up to the box on the Lucas Oil Speedway, it seems like I’ve forgotten how to get my arms, legs and brain to sync up. There’s a short squeal and then … nothing.

Well, not quite nothing. I’ve managed to disengage the Car’s Launch Control. The Christmas Tree has turned green. My cherry red Dodge Demon has stopped cold. My co-pilot is nothing if not patient, admitting he’s new to drag racing himself and blew a couple starts before he figured it all out.

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Another attempt and this time the tires kick up enough smoke the track could be declared an EPA hazard site. Of course, that’s just to get the rubber warm. I pull into the box, engage Launch Control, simultaneously step on the gas and brake, and wait for the green again. As my left foot comes off the pedal, my right foot this time slams the throttle to the floor, delivering enough G force for my vision to tunnel. (more…)

Dodge Conjures up the Demon for New Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

“You can feel the extra grip.”

by on Jun.27, 2017

The latest entry into the Dodge performance family, the Hellcat Widebody picks up key Demon cues.

Hellacious, it may be, but with a mere 707 horsepower, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is no match for the raw, blistering power of the new Dodge Demon. But it’s about to come a little closer.

The Detroit muscle car brand is about to up the performance ante with yet another entrant into its Hellcat family: the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Call it the Challenger Widebody for short, suggests Jim Wilder, head of the development team, noting it takes nearly as long to say the muscle coupe’s full name as it needs to launch from 0 to 60.

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The latest entry into the Dodge muscle car family is designed to squeeze out every ounce of performance out of the Hellcat motor, a 6.2-liter monster that – until the Demon debuted – laid claim to being the most powerful factory-built vehicle ever.

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Dodge Gets a Look at its Future Now

Competition offers potential glimpse of future products.

by on Jun.16, 2017

The first-place winning sketch for the FCA US Drive for Design competition, designed by Davis Kunselman, Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia.

For years, the hallmark of Fiat Chrysler products – and before that simply Chrysler – have been their compelling designs. The Dodge brand, in particular, leads this tradition.

However, nothing stands still and even the brand’s wildly popular retro designs for the Challenger and Charger feature updated takes on timeless designs that bring new aficionados to the Dodge brand.

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The company says long, flowing shapes accented with razor-sharp edges, inlets and exits that tap into cooling airflow with minimal drag, and wheels sized to leave little room for anything else – are the design keys for Dodge three decades from now. (more…)

Faulty Airbags Trigger Major Fiat Chrysler Minivan Recall

Inadvertent deployment injures eight.

by on Jun.15, 2017

FCA will recall 300,000 Dodge Grand Caravans.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced the recall of nearly 300,000 Dodge minivans due to faulty front airbags.

The safety devices have unexpectedly deployed on a number of occasions, resulting in at least eight minor injuries, the automaker reported, a problem that could also have resulted in vehicle crashes. The new recall follows a previous airbag service action by FCA that involved over 1 million vehicles.

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“Wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit,” Fiat Chrysler said about the case of the latest airbag recall. “This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of producing inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag.”

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Inside Story: How Dodge Got the Demon Up to a Hellacious 840 HP

"Kill everything to make the car faster."

by on Jun.02, 2017

Dodge passenger car boss Tim Kuniskis with the Dodge Demon during a background briefing.

When it comes to the Demon, the devil is in the details, or so a select group of Dodge designers and engineers, operating in secrecy, quickly realized as they set out to develop the most powerful V-8 muscle car ever built. While many on the team had already demonstrated their skills with the development of the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models, going from a daunting 707 horsepower to 800 or more was a task that required them, in many cases, to start all over, rather than building on what they already had.

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The Dodge Demon made its tire-smoking debut at the New York International Auto Show two months ago, and while the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand revealed some impressive numbers, it offered few details about what it took to get to 840 horsepower, 808 pound-feet of torque – and a quarter mile time of just 9.65 seconds. On Thursday of this week, several leaders of the team opened the kimono on the project during a background briefing for a handful of media outlets, including TheDetroitBureau.com. (more…)

2018 Dodge Demon to Start at $84,995

Several key accessories to cost $1 each.

by on May.23, 2017

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon with its $1 optional Demon Crate.

Want to unleash your inner Demon? Dodge says it will cost you $84,995.

As it gets closer to launching the newest version of its muscle coupe, the Detroit automaker is revealing more about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, starting with its price. The $84,995 figure — which is about $20,000 more than a 707-hp Dodge Challenge Hellcat — includes both delivery charges and the $1,700 gas guzzler tax.

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But a closer look reveals that it will “only” get you the 808-horsepower base version of the Demon, which made its splashy debut at last month’s New York International Auto Show. If you want to unleash the full 840-horsepower version, you’ll need to spend another $1 for the “Demon Crate,” which adds some key performance accessories.

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At 840 HP, New Dodge Demon is World’s Fastest Production Car

“We wanted to be the best at the most.”

by on Apr.12, 2017

New Dodge brand ambassador Vin Diesel at the Demon debut. He drives one in the latest installment of the "Fast & Furious" series.

The news came in a letter from the National Hot Rod Association. A prototype of the new Dodge Demon had set an all-time dragstrip record, hitting 140 at the end of the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds. Oh, and the NHRA added, it was banning the new muscle car from production before the first model officially rolled off the production line.

“That was the highlight of my 25 years in the business,” said Tim Kuniskis, the head of passenger cars for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in North America, as a crowd of journalists and muscle car fans descended on the stage after the formal debut of the new Dodge Demon in New York Tuesday night.

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After a two-month teaser campaign that drew millions of views on social media, there was a palpable tension at Pier 94, along the Hudson River waterfront where the Challenger-based Demon made its debut.

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Dodge Continues Demon’s Slow Striptease

Expect something around 900 hp – and factory stock, street legal drag tires.

by on Mar.03, 2017

Dodge continues to let out Demon details in drips and drabs before the New York Auto Show.

Drip, drip, drip.

We are still more than a month away from the New York International Auto Show. And that means we have a lot more teasers coming from Fiat Chrysler as it slowly preps us for the Big Apple debut of the Dodge Demon.

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What appears to be indisputable is that the special-edition Challenger will take the Hellcat up by several big notches, turning out an estimated 900 horsepower, or somewhere around 200 more than the current, 707 hp Challenger Hellcat. (more…)

Dodge Punches Things up with Durango SRT

Hemi V-8 hammers out 475 hp.

by on Feb.07, 2017

The Dodge Durango muscles up for '18.

With more and more Americans trading in sedans and coupes for SUVs and CUVs, it would seem to make sense to also give ute buyers the option to muscle up.  And that’s what Dodge plans to do next year.

It will be showing off a new performance version of its three-row Durango model at the Chicago Auto Show, packing a 475-horsepower Hemi V-8 under the hood that will enhance both off-the-line acceleration and the ute’s towing prowess.

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“This is what you get, when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT: a 12-second quarter mile, toy-hauling, three-row muscle car,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of FCA’s passenger cars brands.

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