Will the Dodge Demon Get Direct Connection Support and Beat 900 hp?

Brampton - final Dodge Demon

We have talked a great deal about the return of the Dodge Direct Connection program, which includes high performance upgrade packages for the Challenger Hellcat and Redeye. The “standard” Hellcat has two package options (Pre-stage, Stage 1) which lead to 757 horsepower, while the Redeye also has a Stage 2, lifting the output to 885 …

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New Dodges, unabashed plant speculation, and the RU crossover

Brampton - final Dodge Demon

Months ago, Automotive News published an article noting that analysts thought the Belvidere (Illinois) plant, currently home of the Cherokee, would switch to making the company’s forthcoming BEVs around 2023, and that Brampton (Ontario) would lose its large-car monopoly and possibly be converted to making batteries. The article worried (and still worries) people working at …

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Stellantis CEO clarifies Amazon partnership, ProMaster BEV

Carlos Tavares

During a meeting with Morgan Stanley, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares clarified today’s Amazon-Stellantis announcement. The deal with Amazon has three major facets: Stellantis will leverage Amazon’s operating systems in infotainment (an effort which will include the Foxconn partnership); Stellantis will use Amazon’s cloud services (e.g. AWS); The company will sell Amazon “a significant number” of …

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Betty White has Passed Away at 99

Betty Whte

Almost a year ago, I wrote a piece highlighting the fact that Betty White had recently turned 99 years old. Known best for her role as Rose on Golden Girls, White had an interesting connection to the Plymouth brand – serving as the celebrity spokeswoman for the 1958 model year lineup. We learned from the …

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Freep: Mopars to get EV alerts this month

2022 Dodge Durango police pursuit car (squad)

According to the Detroit Free Press, millions of Ram, Jeep, Dodge, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo cars and trucks will be getting a software update to enable emergency vehicle (EV) alerts. The system will start out in North America, but would be enabled anywhere in the world it is supported by EVs. The news comes after …

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GME T6 “Tornado” engine is officially real, here’s where it’s made (updated)

While nobody at Stellantis has talked about the new straight-six engine, the turbocharged “Tornado” six is actually listed in the company’s list of manufacturing plants. As Stellpower reported weeks ago, the engine will be made in Saltillo, which is currently home of the Hemi—every Hemi. The new inline six-cylinder engine, possibly the last completely new …

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Direct Connection technical hotline is back, and other possibly-overlooked news

Direct Connection Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redye

Possibly missed in the avalanche of Direct Connect news last week is the return of the technical hotline, which helps performance-minded people to get specific questions answered. The hotline is available at a toll-free number: (800) 998-1110. It is, as one might expect, only meant for questions about Mopar performance parts. Direct Connection, like Mopar …

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Dodge Announces Official Direct Connection Performance Package Details

Dodge Challenger Redeye stage 2

We have known for some time that the Direct Connection performance division was returning to support the Dodge brand. Today, the first real details on these internally-designed performance packages were announced with increases of up to 885 warranty-friendly horsepower for the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. There are also some upgrade options for the Challenger SRT …

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