Stock power, stock weight Demon beats Dodge’s 9.65

Since the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon began reaching owners around the country, racers have been working to match the automaker’s official time of 9.65. Quite a few owners have beaten that number with modifications that added extra power, cut weight or both, but no one has run the Dodge number with stock power and stock weight, until yesterday.

Byron Godbee, the man who runs the Legion of Demons organization and racing series,

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Supercharged Dodge Demon runs an 8.63 quarter mile

Earlier this week, Marc Heidings took his 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to Bradenton Motorsports Park with the hopes of turning a new personal best. He did, and in the process, he ran a better quarter mile time than any supercharged example of the modern Demon. Heidings and his Curt Dusterhoff-tuned Mopar monster turned in the second-quickest quarter mile time ever by a Challenger Demon, coming just short of the overall record held by Leah Pritchett in the carbon fiber bodied,

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Pentastar back on Ward’s Best Engines

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One of the most reputable Top Ten lists is Ward’s long-running Ten Best Engines inventory; and one engine that’s had more than the normal share of appearances on that list is Chrysler’s own 3.6 liter Pentastar V6.

The Pentastar was started under Daimler, continued under Cerberus, and launched under Fiat; it was designed to be a fully modern engine, and was originally to have a number of displacements and technologies,

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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Daytona Anniversary Edition being delivered now

Earlier this year, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Daytona Anniversary Edition was introduced with a unique exterior design and 10 extra horsepower. When we first learned about that car, the automaker expected that the Hellcat Daytonas would be delivered during this calendar year and based on posts on social media, the first units are being delivered this week.

The first social media post that caught our attention was in the SRT Hellcat and Demon Facebook group,

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PSA, FCA officially together; no name selected?

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PSA and FCA jointly released a statement that their boards have signed a binding agreement for a “50/50 merger.” Reflecting the even state of affairs, the statement was datelined from France first and then London, but listed the companies FCA first and then PSA.

The new company, whose name is still not known to the public, will be the fourth largest automaker by volume and third largest by revenue,

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PSA and FCA signed off on merger; what’s the new name?

Reuters reported that PSA’s and FCA’s boards have approved  binding notes of understanding to merge. The announcement will likely take place tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, leaving a  combined automaker bigger than General Motors or Ford.

FCA’s non-Giorgio platforms are likely to be replaced by Peugeot’s more modern designs; most of the former-Chrysler’s engines are likely safe, since PSA’s powerplants top out at 1.6 liters. The group will have some strong brands (Jeep,

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FCA announces UAW deal while Dodge launches Charger GT AWD

Dodge Charger GT AWD

NEW DODGE GT AWD

You can now buy the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD, which combines the company’s clever all wheel drive setup with appearance and features of the Charger GT. Last year, only the SXT was available with all wheel drive; the GT is attractive partly because it includes the Dodge Performance Pages on its 8.4-inch screen, along with paddle shifters and various appearance and convenience items.

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Is the Charger still the best police car, and how’s the Durango?

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The first Michigan State Police tests of the Dodge Durango Pursuit are out, and so are the latest comparisons with the new Ford Explorers, which are so new they don’t have gas mileage numbers yet.

Once again, Ford has jumped into the police market with both feet and then some; buyers can choose the base “pokey” Explorer, a hybrid version and a hot turbo version, or bypass all the Explorers and go with the Ford Fusion hybrid or even an F-150 pickup.

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