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New Dodge Challenger and Charger on the Way, but End May Be Near for Viper

Dodge Performance Lineup

What does the future hold for the Dodge performance lineup? According to recent remarks by Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, the Challenger and Charger will live on in new or refreshed versions — but the Viper may not.

A few years back, the new Challenger and the Charger were expected to share a platform with Alfa Romeo performance cars, but it looks like that’s not part of the plan anymore. Instead, Marchionne indicated that, as part of Fiat Chrysler’s new five-year plan, the Challenger and Charger could ride on new versions of their current LX platform.

Autoblog says the new Challenger and Charger could arrive before 2022 with a refreshed take on the classic Hemi V8 engine under the hood — or even the rumored 7.0-liter Banshee.

Meanwhile, it looks like Dodge will be saying goodbye to the Viper. There’s a possibility it could someday show up sharing parts with Maserati, but for now, Marchionne said, a new model is “not in the plan.”

The upshot? Dodge’s performance lineup is likely to look quite a bit different within the next few years. Whatever the future holds, we’re looking forward to welcoming the new Challenger and Charger to the lot here at Sierra CDJR.

2018 Dodge Charger R/T Makes “Fastest Cars for the Money” List

2018 Dodge Charger R/T | Sierra CDJR | Ottawa, IL

Not Your Grandfather’s Car.

You wouldn’t usually expect a large sedan to compete among the fastest cars out there, but the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T is doing just that. It was just named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of Fastest Cars for the Money.

Backing up this honor is the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T’s impressive powertrain. It comes equipped with a standard 5.7-liter HEMI® engine that delivers 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that smoothly channels the Charger R/T’s power. Despite all this power, the Charger R/T can still achieve a respectable 25 mpg on the highway.*

Tons Of Options.

The 2018 Dodge Charger is available in 11 different trim levels. The Charger R/T sits comfortably in the middle of these trims, offering upscale comfort and advanced technology alongside its outstanding power and performance. The interior of the Charger R/T features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a beautifully sweeping dashboard that displays all the information you need while driving. The Charger R/T also comes equipped with an advanced infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, allowing you to relax and enjoy your music as you conquer the roads.

Stop by Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today to learn more about the new 2018 Dodge Charger R/T!

*EPA estimated mpg with 3.6L engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, FWD. Actual mileage may vary.

2018 Dodge Charger Honored for Holding Its Value

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High Performer.

The 2018 Dodge Charger is a true force of automotive engineering with its high-performance engines and aggressive design. Here at Sierra CDJR, we’re proud to pass on the news that the muscle car had earned yet another bragging right, taking home the 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value® Award for its segment.

With many models and options to choose from, including a high-performance engine and luxurious amenities, it’s no wonder the 2018 Dodge Charger came out ahead of competitors. While already a reliable and affordable large car, the Charger also helps drivers get more out of their investment.

Award Winning.

In order to be eligible for the award, vehicles must have been launched for the 2018 model year prior to December 31, 2017. The new model must also account for 25 percent of the average sales in its segment. The winner of the Best Retained Value® Award is determined by the car with the highest projected residual value 5 years after its launch.

The 2018 Dodge Charger arrives with upscale features, like a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, on every model. Drivers can get exceptional fuel economy from the 3.6-liter V6 engine or tackle the track with the 707-horsepower Charger SRT Hellcat. Also, with an all-wheel-drive system, the Dodge Charger is perfect for all weather conditions.

All New Fiat Chrysler Models Come with Free Apple Music Trial

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Cool Tunes Trial.

Here at Sierra CDJR, we think there’s nothing quite like listening to your favorite tunes with the wind running through your hair as you drive down the open road. Now, you can find all the music you could possibly want — and some you might not even know about — with ease in all new models in the Fiat Chrysler vehicle lineup. Learn more about the Free Apple Music trial offer.

That’s because the Italian-American carmaker has introduced a free Apple Music trial with every new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, and Ram purchase when the vehicle is equipped with Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration.

Stream a Variety of Music.

Apple Music is a service that allows you to stream a variety of music for $9.99 a month. It will automatically give you access to Apple’s extensive 30 million song library, from country and classical to hip-hop and pop. Currently, it has a reported 36 million users, 30 million of which are in the United States alone. By including this free trial with Fiat Chrysler vehicles, the music subscription service hopes to gain market share over its competitor, Spotify.

This year-long promotion is set to begin on May 1. It will cover a six-month subscription to the service, though if you already have a subscription, you can receive three months’ worth of the service for free.

Two Chrysler Concepts You Need to Remember

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Chrysler concept cars have a history of anticipating the future of automotive design and styling, boldly predicting what vehicles could look like and how they could perform. Some concepts were more remarkable than others, and we at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram like to look back fondly on them. Here are the two Chrysler concepts that are particular favorites.

Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept

This concept car packed both power and style, boasting a 4.0-liter V8 engine with 270 horsepower and a design concept that incorporated elements from the 1941 Thunderbolt concept car, which this updated concept was named after, alongside futuristic design cues. It was sporty, interestingly elegant, and guaranteed to keep your attention as it zipped around like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Chrysler 300 Concept

For the last couple model years, the only vehicles on offer from Chrysler have been the 300 and the Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid. The Chrysler 300 Concept was unveiled in 1991, with a low-slung front that swept back to create a curvy front and rear end. The front had a distinctive and stylish oval grill pattern that ended up being incorporated into later Chrysler production cars. Remarkable for its time, the concept also included a sort of early keyless start feature which used a key card and ignition button.

We at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are proud to sell vehicles by such an innovative and creative automaker.

Jeep Boosts Overall Fiat Chrysler Stock

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The Rugged American Brand.

Jeep® is one of the many brands in the Fiat Chrysler portfolio, which includes high-end options like Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and the mass-market Fiat — but it looks like the rugged American brand is doing more than its fair share in helping Fiat Chrysler Stock remain popular.

The globally appealing SUV line up of Jeep® has helped the brand boost the overall Fiat Chrysler stock, which jumped more than 20% earlier this year.

This 20% increase was followed by yet another increase of 3%, helping Fiat Chrysler gain more momentum when Morgan Stanley analysts stated that Jeep® could become an even more global brand

“2018 will feature a number of operational and financial milestones that can accelerate investor appreciation of the commercial power of the Jeep® brand in a way that can potentially drive very positive share price movements,” said the Morgan Stanley investors in their report.

The report also estimates that, in 2018, the Jeep® brand could contribute to nearly 70% of Fiat Chrysler’s profit. The Italian-American carmaker plans to boost output of SUVs and trucks, ending the production of some sedans to make its North American market, which is its largest.

As the new Jeep® Wrangler gets closer to production, and the new Jeep® Cherokee enters showrooms like Sierra CDJR’s, the popularity of the Jeep® brand has caused the rumors to fly about the brand potentially spinning off from the group.

The Challenger SRT Demon: The World’s Fastest Production Car

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SRT Demon

Ever wonder what it’s like to drive the Dodge Demon, the world’s fastest production car? The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is built with pure performance in mind. This model has a single seat, fender flares, fat tires, and an 840-horsepower engine. There’s not one detail that doesn’t contribute to the raw power and performance of the new Demon, making this car ideal for anyone who loves drag racing.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Dodge Challenger Demon is one of a kind, offering a truly unique driving experience. While it carries over many aspects from the base Challenger model, the Demon has a few tricks up its sleeve. Thanks to the 840-horsepower engine (which also gets 770 lb-ft of torque), the Demon can do zero to 60 in just 2.3 seconds. Believe it or not, it has a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds.

Cool New Features

The new Demon has a few features that help it excel on the drag strip. Or those who prefer the old-fashioned two-foot method to launching, the Demon will let you do what you want. However, there are also some advanced technologies that optimize times on the track, including Launch Assist, Drag Mode, and a new software called transbrake.

“Pundits criticize the Challenger as an aging platform, but Dodge has kept things interesting with an array of variants,” writes Andy Mikonis at the Tribune. “[T]he Demon proves there’s some real engineering talent in the ranks of SRT.”

Want to learn more about the Dodge Challenger and its many variants? Visit Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. The Challenger is an American classic, and the new Demon is just one of many ways the brand is proving this muscle car is still relevant.

Check Out These Holiday Events Near Ottawa, IL

Enjoy these holiday events near Ottawa, IL.Looking for holiday events near Ottawa? There’s something for everyone among the following local activities.

Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree – Dec. 10

Enjoy the tunes of a live Jazz & Blues band as you dance through this evening of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. It’ll cost you a donation of $50, but all proceeds support the Warren-Sharpe Center’s youth programs.

Fiat Paint on Pine Christmas Party – Dec. 15

Part potluck, part arts & crafts party, this event, held at the St. Mary Immaculate Parish, is only $25 per person. For this fee, you will decorate your own custom piece of wood decor and enjoy free refreshments. To add to the spirit of the event, you’re encouraged to bring snacks to share.

Holiday Kids Fun at Eola – Dec. 16

Want to get some Christmas shopping done while the little ones are busy? This event lets the kids, ages two and up, decorate their own cards and ornaments while you’re free to explore nearby businesses. You can also win raffle prizes.

New Years Eve Pairing Dinner & Get Lit-Up Party – Dec. 31

Ring in the New Year in extravagant style at this event, which features a five-course dinner with beer and wine pairing, a party with a DJ, party favor, open bar, and, of course, champagne.

These holiday events near Ottawa are sure to be a blast this December! We at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram hope to see you out and about enjoying the season.

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Packs a Punch

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee TrackhawkJeep® is a brand revered for creating some of the best off-road SUVs in the industry, a reputation it has upheld since the mid-1900s. Now the brand is going the extra mile to bring high-end performance to its most luxurious model. The 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is designed to go faster than any SUV ever has before.

In order to pick up the pace, Jeep® looked to its sister brand, Dodge, for some help. Achieving immense power isn’t easy, but fortunately Dodge had already raised the bar in the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models.

While the exterior styling only sees a few minute changes, namely Trackhawk badging, the 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk boasts the same HEMI® V8 engine as the Dodge models. Mated to an all-wheel-drive system, the supercharged engine can produce 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. It even offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds when properly equipped.

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee TrackhawkAfter all, who doesn’t want an SUV that can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and tackle a quarter-mile run in 11.6 seconds?

In addition to the HEMI® V8 engine, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also features Brembo® brakes, a new exhaust system, and an air intake and oil cooler.

We here at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram are pumped to see the 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in action!

Throwback Thursday: Final Dodge Viper Made in August

Final Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper is a much-beloved sports car, but eventually, even good things must come to an end. The final Dodge Viper was made at the Detroit, Michigan plant, and it’s just as epic as ever, according to writer Mate Petrany.

The Dodge Viper first debuted in 1992, and has gone through five jaw-dropping generations. The modern Viper we know came into the market in 2013, impressing sports-car lovers and Dodge fans alike. Its style and power endured until 2017. Unfortunately, because it’s a mostly handmade car, Vipers eventually became too expensive to make, hence their swan song.

The Viper certainly went out with a bang, recently setting a record for the fastest manual transmission lap at the Nurburgring. Behind the wheel, Dominik Farnbacher whipped the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR around the track and broke the record at 7:03.45.

While they (probably) won’t be doing any track racing, the very last Vipers will still turn plenty of heads. Since the last batch of Vipers made were all custom orders, the final Viper sold boasted the spirit of individuality, with bright yellow exterior and bold black racing stripes.

The very last Viper made was a crimson-colored piece of history, heading over Dodge’s heritage collection where it will stay as a piece of history.

Goodbye, Viper. We at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will miss you!

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