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All About the Hellcat, Part 1: A Look at the Brakes

Story and Photos by Steve Magnante

 

The 2015 Challenger SRT® Hellcat and its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8 have dominated newspaper and Internet blog headlines with their record-breaking 707 horsepower and raw yet sophisticated attitude. By a wide margin, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is America’s most powerful muscle car ever.* But let’s not forget there’s more to life than blistering acceleration. In a world filled with stop signs and finish lines, braking capability is just as important as forward motion.

 

To ensure the SRT Hellcat’s brakes are matched to its exciting acceleration and 199-mph top speed, Dodge equips every Challenger SRT Hellcat…

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All About the Hellcat, Part 1: A Look at the Brakes

Dodge Day Afternoons: A Walk Through the 2015 Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals

Story and Photos by Steve Magnante

 

One of the nation’s premier gatherings of classic and modern Dodge cars and trucks is the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals. Held each summer for more than twenty years at the spacious outdoor Carlisle fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, this year’s event took place on July 10, 11 and 12th under sunny skies.

 

An emerging trend is the growing presence of late-model Dodge Challengers, Chargers and Magnums. A rough estimate showed some 35 percent of the cars entered for show judging were built during the last decade. Before the 2004 revival of rear-wheel-drive, V6 and HEMI® V8-powered Dodge…

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Dodge Day Afternoons: A Walk Through the 2015 Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals

Ram-Tuning Roundup

By Steve Magnante

 

It has been nearly 65 years since Dodge first applied the theory of ram tuning to its engines as a means of picking up some free horsepower, fuel economy and torque through the use of skillfully designed intake manifolds. Unlike many competing manufacturers’ induction systems, for the 1960 model year, Dodge (as well as Chrysler, DeSoto and Plymouth) came up with “tuned” intake manifolds designed to take advantage of the naturally occurring pressure waves present within the intake tract of every running Otto-cycle piston engine.

 

You see, during the intake stroke, as the piston is pulled to the…

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Ram-Tuning Roundup