All-New Dodge Viper Could Be in the Works

Sports car fans, rejoice—the much-beloved Dodge Viper could be coming back soon. Production of the legendary performance car was brought to a close for the 2017 model year, but rumors are swirling across the auto industry that the all-new Dodge Viper could be baring its fangs once more by 2021.

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According to Car and Driver, the Viper might come back without one of its trademark features. It’s rumored that a next-generation Viper would be offered with an aluminum-block HEMI® V8 that would, like the Charger and Challenger, be offered with different levels of performance. It’s suggested that this could range from 550 horsepower at the base to 700 horsepower or more in what would ostensibly be the second-generation Hellcat engine.

 

Current FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says that a new Viper is “not in the plan,” but if there’s anything that holds true in the auto industry, it’s that plans can and do change all the time. The team at Gossett CDJR is fond of the raw, unmitigated power that the fifth-generation Dodge Viper represented, and we can only hope that it will be bringing its venomous bite back to the sports car segment sooner rather than later.

 

In the meantime, if you’re on the hunt for a performance car, look no further than the Dodge Challenger and Charger, which still stand among the most exhilarating vehicles on the road today.

5 Best Summer Day Trips Near Memphis

The return of summer means the return of the road trip, one of the all-time great American pastimes. Fortunately for folks residing in the Home of the Blues, Memphis is conveniently located near a number of must-see spots that you can check out in just a day’s time.

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Tennessee Safari Park

Love animals? This park in Alamo, Tennessee, started off as a farm but opened its doors to tourists after collecting a wide variety of exotic animals. The safari park is not just a great place to see beautiful creatures from around the world, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to learn and teach your children about endangered species and environmental conservation.

 

Oxford, Mississippi

Historic districts, a vibrant local arts scene, local boutiques, delicious food, and the former home of classic author William Faulkner can all be found in Oxford. Don’t forget to check out the scenic lakes and gardens of Lamar Park, a locale that is well worth the visit alone!

 

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Only about an hour away from Memphis, Jonesboro is a paradise for outdoorsy types. From the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center to Craighead Forest Park, there are plenty of lakes and trails to enjoy.

 

Nashville, Tennessee

Is there anywhere more iconic than Nashville? Enjoy the sights and, of course, sounds in Music City by visiting its various boutiques, music venues, and restaurants. Nashville is one of the more happening places in the United States, particularly if you’re a fan of country and classic rock—be sure to check out the Grand Ole Opry and Johnny Cash Museum.

 

These are just a few of the fun day trips you can take from Memphis that’ll still have you home in time for supper. Looking for a fresh new ride to go out exploring in? Make it a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, or Ram from Gossett CDJR!

2019 Ram 1500 Grabs Spot of WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors List

The 2019 Ram 1500 promises to be a capable truck that can take on tough tasks, but it also looks to offer one of the most upscale interiors in the auto industry. Backing this up is the fact that the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 found itself listed among the best of the best on WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors List.

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The awards are determined by auto industry experts who evaluated 40 all-new or upgraded interiors in vehicles released for the 2018 and 2019 model years. When the smoke cleared, the 2019 Ram 1500 was the only pickup truck to earn top honors.

“Starting with the eye-catching 12-inch touchscreen that dominates the instrument panel, the 2019 Ram 1500 shows the world what is possible inside a full-size pickup truck,” said Drew Winter, Senior Content Director, WardsAuto/Informa. “In addition to the ultra-sophisticated electronics, the materials and design details in the Limited and Laramie Longhorn editions would be at home in a luxury car costing six figures. And, on top of that are dozens of surprise and delight features that turn the Ram 1500 into a lifestyle vehicle for many different—and fu —lifestyles.”

The 2019 Ram 1500 arrives with acoustic glass and active noise cancellation technologies that provide a peaceful ride on all terrains. The Ram 1500 also offers 100% more storage capacity than its competition, making it cozier and more versatile on long road trips. Second-row reclining seats and under-seat storage are just a few features that make the Ram 1500 perfect for drivers with a lot of cargo.

The 2019 Ram 1500 will be honored at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 30th. The best way for you to determine the excellence of the new Ram 1500’s interior is to test-drive one for yourself. This incredible pickup will be arriving at Gossett CDJR very soon, so stay tuned so that you can do just that.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Vs. Challenger SRT Hellcat in Drag-Strip Showdown

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon promises to be the toughest muscle car that the industry has ever seen. This model delivers more than 800 horsepower to the road, but it can be hard to see that kind of power. Fortunately, Wheels put the Demon up against the awe-inspiring, 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to help you visualize the difference that an extra 100+ horsepower makes.

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The video depicts the Demon and Hellcat muscle cars going head to head in a quarter-mile drag race. The race kicks off with the Hellcat jumping off the start line a tad quicker. It should come as no surprise that the Demon passed it in no time at all. In the end, the Demon completes the quarter-mile run in 10.07 seconds with a speed of 133.84 mph. The Hellcat finished about a second later, 11.09 seconds, at a speed of 124.22 mph.

That doesn’t sound like much, but in drag racing, even a few tenths of a second can be the decider in a close race. If the video proved anything, it’s that the 2018 Dodge SRT Challenger Demon lives up to its name, putting out diabolic power and crushing quarter miles with ease.

Both the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat are testaments to the performance expertise of Dodge and SRT. To experience for yourself the raw, unmitigated power of Dodge’s latest performance beasts, stop by Gossett CDJR.

Tips to Keep Your Car Clean

Keep Your Car CleanKeeping your car clean inside and out can be a tough challenge, especially if you live a busy lifestyle. Fortunately, there are a few ways to keep your car clean that only take a few minutes a day but can have a huge impact. By following these suggestions, you can keep your interior looking nice all year long and never again need to opt for a spring-cleaning overhaul.

Don’t Eat Inside

The first step to keeping any car clean is to avoid eating in it whenever possible. Fast food wrappers and food crumbs can become a major eyesore and even contribute to unusual odors. Perhaps even worse, spilling a drink could stain your carpets and seats or make surfaces sticky. By avoiding eating in the car, you avoid the requisite cleanup altogether.

Clean Up Quickly

If you have a hectic schedule and simply can’t avoid eating or drinking while on the road, it pays to clean up spills and messes as quickly as possible. The same goes for your errant wrappers, cans, and bottles—don’t leave them sitting on the floor or the passenger seat to be thrown out later.

Keep a Trash Bag

Food wrappers accumulating on the floor of your vehicle says a lot to your passengers about your general level of cleanliness. Fortunately, keeping your car clear of debris on the floor is as easy as keeping a trash bag in the passenger side. If you throw your trash into the bag and remove that bag weekly, there won’t be any trash to clean off the floor.

These are just some of the steps you can take to ensure that your vehicle stays cleaner on a regular basis. If you’re in need for a post-winter detailing, bring your ride into Gossett CDJR and we’ll get you back to square one.

Former Dodge Viper Plant to House Historic Car Collection

Dodge Viper PlantThe Dodge Viper supercar has been off the market for over a year now, but the old production facility won’t be gathering dust for much longer. The former Dodge Viper plant will soon become home to part of Fiat Chrysler’s historic car collection. While the collection may not be open to the public initially, that could change in the future.

Located near Eight Mile Road, the former Detroit facility will soon house 85 historic vehicles from the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. Soon to be renamed the Conner Center, the historic cars will take up 77,000 square feet of floor space. In total, Fiat Chrysler has more than 400 vehicles in its historic car collection.

One of the standout vehicles to be housed at the Conner Center is a 1963 Chrysler Turbine. It’s just one of nine examples left of the 55 ever produced. The former Dodge Viper plant will also house 10 Vipers, including a 1989 Viper Concept and the last Viper to roll off the production line.

“We are proud of our history and have been working diligently in the daily care and restoration of these important vehicles. This move will allow us to house all of our collection under one roof and have the space to share that history with our employees,” said Brandt Rosenbusch, Historical Services Manager, FCA.

Here’s hoping that FCA will open the doors of the Conner Center to the public sooner rather than later. In the meantime, if you want to see the best of what Chrysler, Jeep®­, Dodge, and Ram have to offer, stop by Gossett CDJR and take a gander at our showroom.

2018 Ram 2500 Reviews Highlight Its Many Strengths

2018 Ram 2500 ReviewsThe 2018 Ram 2500 stands among the best trucks in the industry thanks to its muscular styling, sophisticated interior, and impressive powertrains. We here at Gossett CDJR already know it’s the best entry-level heavy-duty pickup in the industry, but we also understand that our customers like to have an unbiased second opinion. If 2018 Ram 2500 reviews are anything to go by, it seems industry experts and consumers agree with our assessment.

Edmunds

Edmunds cited the Ram 2500’s impressive towing capacity, coming in at 17,980 pounds when properly equipped, as reason enough to get behind the wheel of this truck. Edmunds also praised a coil-spring rear suspension, which creates a more comfortable ride for passengers, as well as the latest iteration of the Uconnect® infotainment system. Overall, Edmunds gave the 2018 Ram 2500 a sterling score of 4.5/5.

Cars.com

The reviews of industry experts certainly carry some weight, but some potential owners may be hesitant to take an expert’s word for it. Fortunately, Cars.com has quite a few owner reviews to support the experiences of experts. One consumer cites the interior comfort and performance as reason enough for a solid review. Another owner loves the efficiency and performance of the Cummins® diesel V8 engine. Others cite the Ram 2500’s tough looks and heavy-duty stance as reason enough to check out this truck. Overall, the Ram 2500 earned a 4.9/5 stars from owners.

For all that you can read about the 2018 Ram 2500, the best way to determine if it is truly right for you is to experience it up close and personal. You can do just that by stopping into Gossett CDJR and scheduling a test drive.

Tips for Springtime Auto Maintenance

Tips for Springtime Auto MaintenanceWinter is on its way out and making way for spring, which means it’s time for another round of seasonal car maintenance. Whether you’re a gearhead who loves to do it all, or if you’d prefer to let the professionals at Gossett CDJR take care of your vehicle so that you can better enjoy your free time, these tips for springtime auto maintenance should help you get ready for warmer weather.

Change Your Oil

Arguably the most important part of seasonal car maintenance is checking and changing your vehicle’s oil. Motor oil is responsible for cooling, lubricating, and protecting vital engine components. Old oil doesn’t perform its job nearly as well as fresh oil, and since oil tends to thicken in cold weather and thin in warmer weather, foregoing an oil change can result in lower fuel economy and lackluster performance.

Check Your Tires

Cold weather tends to cause tire pressure to drop, which makes it important to check your tires once a week. In spring, tire pressure rises with warmer temperatures. As a result, your car’s tires could end up actually becoming overinflated. Check the tire pressure once a week throughout spring to ensure you maintain the optimal pressure. While you’re down there, check the tread levels and keep an eye out for any damage that may stem from potholes.

Replace the Wipers

Your windshield wipers likely took a beating from the snow and ice of the winter. The rubber may have even cracked in the colder temperatures. Fortunately, a replacement set of wiper blades is inexpensive and takes just a few minutes to install at the dealership.

These are just a few of the vital things you should be doing to maintain your vehicle this spring. For any maintenance task you need performed, visit us at Gossett CDJR.

Redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 Named Cars.com Best of Show in Detroit

best of show in DetroitEarly this year, at the North American International Auto Show, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was named Best of Show in Detroit by Cars.com as part of its annual “Best of” awards.

Cars.com editors praised the Ram 1500 for its innovative features, efficiency, advanced technology, and overall durability, with which it quickly made its way to the top of the list.

When compared to the outgoing generation, the Ram 1500’s weight has been reduced by 225 pounds thanks to advanced materials and engineering. Along with its reduced weight, the new Ram is more durable and will be capable of towing up to 12,750 pounds and 2,300 pounds of payload.

One innovative feature will be an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system that will improve fuel efficiency in both the V6 and V8 engines.

It will also come with tons of available technology like a Uconnect 4C system with a 12-inch touchscreen that features split-screen capability. There will also be a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and ready alert braking.

Here at Gossett Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, we can’t wait to experience the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 for ourselves.

Late Winter Events in Memphis

winter events in MemphisAs we move through February and into March, we get to welcome in a new season, but there is a lot going on as the winter ends, so here are a few late winter events in Memphis for you to consider.

  • Signs of Spring Walk. Head to the Memphis Botanical Garden on February 18th to take this special tour that will show you the first glimpses of spring in the garden. No reservations are needed.
  • Black Restaurant Week. This dining event showcases Black-Owned restaurants and gives people in the Memphis area a chance to get to know minority-owned eateries better. The event runs March 5th through the 11th.
  • Bubble Guppies Live! If you have any young children in your house, then you probably have seen your fair share of Bubble Guppies. Make your childrens’ dreams come true by taking them to see the Bubble Guppies on stage at the Cannon Center on March 14th.
  • Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. This is the premier farm show for the Memphis area and is going into its 66th Its goal is to support local farmers and their agricultural needs, so you don’t need to be a farmer to attend. It will be held March 2nd and 3rd at the Cook Convention Center.

Which of these winter events would you like to attend? If you need a new vehicle as we move into spring, come visit us at Gossett Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for a great selection of new and pre-owned vehicles.