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The Legendary Slant Six

The Legendary Slant Six

 

Few engines can truly claim the status of legend, but the Slant Six, used in Dodge vehicles from 1960 to 1987, is one of them. Some old garage hands say that if it was properly cared for, a good old Slant Six might just run forever.

 

A clean-sheet-of-paper design, the Slant Six originally took its name from its innovative cylinder layout—the block was laid over on its side 30 degrees to the right to allow a low center of gravity and a low, sleek hood profile to accommodate…

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The Legendary Slant Six

1978 Dodge L’il Red Express Truck

1978 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck

 

 

Strange but true: In 1978, the hottest domestic production car sold in America … well, it wasn’t a car. It was a pickup—the Dodge L’il Red Express Truck, a factory hot rod with the quickest zero-to-100 mph time of any American-made vehicle that year.

 

In the late 1970s the auto industry was struggling to meet strict new emissions and fuel economy requirements. The advanced electronic control systems used to achieve maximum efficiency on all vehicles today weren’t yet developed. As a result, performance suffered—V8 engines were…

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1978 Dodge L’il Red Express Truck

Dodge Charger—Eight Speeds to Go!

Charger 8 Speed

Back in 2012, Dodge Charger was the first in its class to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the category? They’re still struggling to catch up.

 

Standard on the Charger SXT and SXT Plus, optional on the Charger SE, the eight-speed automatic is coupled to an equally advanced engine, the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 292 hp and optional 300 hp. All powertrains are available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.

 

Why eight speeds?

 

In a nutshell, the more advanced transmission permits the engine to operate in its most…

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Dodge Charger—Eight Speeds to Go!