May 30

Dodge Reveals Most Powerful Challenger Yet with New SRT Hellcat Model

2015 Dodge ChallengerWith its refined interior and advanced in-car technology, the latest Dodge Challenger has evolved to be much more than just the number of ponies under its hood, but that doesn’t mean it is leaving the horsepower arms race anytime soon. The recently introduced 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will be the most powerful production version of the muscle car yet when it goes on sale later this year, churning out more than 600 horsepower through its new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine.

In situations where owners want to restrict the new SRT Hellcat’s massive output — like when handing the range-topping Challenger off to a new driver or a joyride-minded valet — it will come with a black key fob that limits horsepower and torque, while a red key fob will unlock the muscle car’s full performance potential. For driving enthusiasts who don’t quite need 600-plus horsepower, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT offers a more-than-sufficient upmarket alternative, with its upgraded 392 HEMI V8 now producing 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The 2015 Challenger SRT and SRT Hellcat will feature standard Drive Modes that can tailor functions like shift speed, traction and suspension stiffness, while a new segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission will be available on both models.

“The new Challenger SRT and SRT Hellcat are basically muscle cars on steroids, but Dodge has equipped each with advanced drive systems that allow drivers to fully harness all that power and stay in complete control on the road,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Concord, New Hampshire Dodge dealer Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. “Also, though the engine may be roaring under the hood, passengers will enjoy a peaceful cabin when cruising thanks to the Challenger’s many luxurious offerings.”

Beyond their performance-focused features like a new seven-inch driver-selectable driver information display (DID) screen and a SRT flat-bottomed heated steering wheel, the 2015 Challenger SRT and SRT Hellcat will boast a range of new standard amenities, including redesigned heated and ventilated front seats and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system. Meanwhile, a new trapezoidal-shaped, stamped-aluminum center console will house a media hub with a USB outlet, an audio jack and an SD card slot under its flocked armrest.

May 30

Gudbjørn Grimsson Glides into History in a Hydroplaning Jeep!

Gudbjørn Grimsson hydroplanes

If you have ever driven on a rain-slick road during a storm or wintry weather, you know that it’s a serious challenge to maintain control when your wheels seem to develop a mind of their own. Driving while hydroplaning is difficult enough under normal conditions and when you are only sliding a few feet. But Formula Offroad driver Gudbjørn Grimsson took it to a whole ‘nother level: the world record level, that is!

Hydroplaning, sometimes called aquaplaning, is what happens when the tires of a vehicle lose traction on the road because a layer of water has built up between the wheels and the surface. Without traction, the wheels become unresponsive, and the driver may go for a wild ride that he or she can’t easily control (or stop). But a little water didn’t stop Iceland’s Gudbjørn Grimsson. He just set the longest distance for hydroplaning in the world, zooming a positively palindromic 1,001 feet across a river.

How’d he do it? The 1,600-horsepower Jeep he was driving certainly helped! A twin turbo Nelson Racing engine and the unstoppable versatility of a Jeep combined to carry Grimsson over troubling waters and straight across to the other side. This is the first officiated hydroplaning distance – record challengers in the future will definitely have their work cut out for them!

Car fans know that there is no vehicle that can handle varying terrain like a Jeep, but if there were ever any doubts, Grimsson’s aquatic achievement should certainly squash them. From the impressive horsepower of vehicles like the 2014 Jeep Wrangler to the best-in-class 4×4 capability of the brand-new 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, no one makes off-road vehicles like Jeep.

Want to confirm the power of a Jeep for yourself? Visit our New Hampshire Jeep dealership today and go for a test-drive! The models at Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram might just blow other dealerships out of the water — sound familiar?