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Demon has a freakin’ TransBrake

This week’s 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon teaser might be one of the most exciting thus far: the upcoming Mopar muscle car will be the first ever road-going car equipped with a TransBrake.

That’s right – the new Demon is going to come from the factory with a TransBrake built into the 8-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to get away from the line harder and more consistently than when launching strictly with the brakes.

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Pritchett’s Challenger Drag Pak isn’t a Demon

This past weekend, Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett participated in a grudge match race with the guy who owns Papa John’s Pizza. She ran a Dodge Challenger Drag Pak with the Air Grabber hood from the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and sporting emblems from the upcoming muscle car. However, contrary to some clickbait YouTube channels, the car which ran this past weekend at the Gatornationals was most certainly not a new Demon.

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Ram Longhorn to match trailers

Just ahead of the Dallas Auto Show, Ram announced a new “RV Match Brown” two-tone contrast color, replacing White Gold.  The new color will be used on the lower body, wheel flares, painted bumpers, and running boards, with a bright chrome grille and contrasting tow hooks.

The winner of the “Luxury Truck of Texas” title is available in 1500, 2500, and 3500 forms. The latter has over 30,000 pounds of towing ability,

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France investigating FCA (updated)

Reuters wrote that a French prosecutor is investigating FCA for “aggravated cheating” in diesel emissions tests, based on the difference between nitrogen oxide emissions in test cells and on the road. FCA has denied breaking the law.

The main issue is likely the loosely written European law, which allows extensive use of engine control overrides; it is unlikely that FCA programmed in an actual test detection system.

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Demon rap videos hit the Web

Two music videos posted to all but confirm the appearance of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in the newest Fast and Furious movie — as the videos are part of the Fate of the Furious soundtrack.

Over the past few months, spy shots have shown what appeared to be a silver 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon; the people posting these images stated that the cars were being used for a music video.

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FCA still looking for better shifters

FCA is once again on the hunt for better shifters. They tried the ZF monostable unit (which always springs back to “straight up”), which proved to be, let’s be kind, unsatisfactory, and the basis for lawsuits. They tried The Knob, borrowed from big rigs, which works well but has met with some potential-customer resistance.

“Monostable” and Knob

While FCA finally returned to traditional-feel electronic shifters,

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Mopar wins Gatornationals Top Fuel

A Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster raced to the winner’s circle for the third consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, piloted by eight-time champion Tony Schumacher in his fifth Gatornationals win. The car was sponsored by the U.S. Army; its winning pass was timed at 3.7 seconds, at 329 mph.

Two Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars advanced to the semifinals, driven by Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr.

Read the full story: Mopar wins Gatornationals Top Fuel  »

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