A living legend in the world of muscle cars, the next-generation Dodge Challenger will take a bold step as it gets a hybrid alternative powertrain, ushering in a new era of muscle car performance.
The Dodge Challenger has virtually always been synonymous
with jaw-dropping horsepower and potent HEMI engines. But as consumer demands
shift from gas-guzzling high-performance engines toward more efficient and
environmentally sustainable options, the Challenger is faced with the question
of how to stay true to its roots while adapting to an ever-shifting automotive
Some muscle-car enthusiasts might contend that you can’t
have the Dodge Challenger without a massive internal-combustion engine, and
point out that the Challenger has remained a popular car in the face of
declining car sales in the overall market and a shift toward electric and
hybrid powertrain technologies.
Still, as Fiat Chrysler CEO Michael Manley has noted, even
given the popularity of the current Dodge Challenger, “the reality is those
platforms — and that technology we used — does need to move on. They can’t
exist as you get into the middle-2020s.”
Manley also notes that skeptics should remember that hybrid
powertrain technologies drastically reduce overall vehicle weight, allowing us
to think about things like horsepower in a different way.
In 2017, we all shed tears when the final round of production wrapped up on the world’s last Dodge Viper. But, less than a year later (in fact, some cheeks may not yet have had the chance to dry) there are rumors that the Dodge Viper coming back.
Although the FCA hasn’t released any official announcement, current rumors indicate that the Viper will reappear. The new Viper will have a long hood, continue to utilize independent front and rear suspensions, and will transition from the traditional V-10 to a V-8. Car and Driver reports that the available Viper models will offer various performance levels, with horsepower ranging from 550 to 700.
The first Dodge Viper hit the American streets 1991 with an aluminum alloy V-10 engine designed by Lamborghini, then a subsidiary of the Chrysler Corporation. This first model was a pure miracle of performance — or, an intelligently-designed work of performance perfection. Down to the smallest detail, from the absence of air conditioning to the removal of exterior door handles, the 1991 Viper was created for one thing and one thing only: performance.
We’re excited for the legendary comeback of the Dodge Viper imminent if rumors prove true. Until then, we’re keeping our fingers crossed here at Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram that the 2021 model won’t forget its impressive roots.
The annual Texas Truck Rodeo took place last November and, once again, Ram, Jeep®, and Dodge vehicles left judges stunned. The Fiat Chrysler subsidiaries drove off with numerous awards, honoring aspects like luxury to practicality. In total, the three brands earned five awards from the Texas Truck Rodeo.
The 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork stole the show and earned the “Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas” award. It also took home the highest overall interior score. The 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten was awarded the “Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas” title.
With a reputation for off-road excellence, it’s only natural Jeep® took home a handful of awards across its lineup. The 2017 Jeep® Renegade was named “Subcompact SUV of Texas.” The 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trailhawk followed suit, taking the title of “Mid-size SUV of Texas.”
We at Westpointe CDJR expected nothing less than excellence from the 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon Recon, and it delivered. The Wrangler Rubicon Recon scored big with the “Off-road SUV of Texas” award.
For years, Dodge has been a top competitor when it comes to performance, so it’s only natural the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT stole a top prize. It was named the “Full-size SUV of Texas”. On top of that, it earned the highest overall score for performance.
To experience any of these award-winning vehicles, visit Westpointe CDJR.
In the 1970s, when the Challenger name first appeared on the market, it came into the ring to take down its competitors – the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The three rivals remain at odds still today, but the Dodge Challenger stands as a reminder that someone else might come in swinging at any time.
This one’s named after a location – specifically, a city in Colorado. Originally, the vehicle was called the Chrysler Aspen, which is another city in Colorado, but the name was switched to the Durango as you know it today.
Named after an American fighter aircraft in World War II, the Grumman F6F Hellcat, the Hellcat name refers not to a specific vehicle, but to certain models of vehicles that contain Dodge’s most powerful engines.
This one’s a little more obvious; a viper is a type of venomous snake. However, when it was being developed, the Dodge Viper was largely influenced by the Ford Cobra, so the name is also a homage to its inspiration.
Check out any of these car name meanings in person at Westpointe CDJR near Oklahoma City, OK to see if they fulfill their cool names (they do!).