Important Terms to Know When Shopping for a Dodge Muscle Car

December 28th, 2017 by

If you’re shopping for a Dodge Muscle car in 2018, this is what you need to know.

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies won’t need convincing: The Dodge muscle car line-up has some of the most powerful vehicles ever! Whether you’re looking at the top of the line muscle like the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon or the 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, you’re going to embrace the horsepower, the purr of a sweet Dodge engine and all the top of the line technology built in.

But for those interested in learning more about what separates Dodge muscle cars from the rest, here’s a simple breakdown of terms to know concerning these powerful and fun vehicles.


The Dodge Challenger is the only model available with a shaker hood. The “shaker” is an air intake scoop attached to the top of the engine which extends through an opening in the hood of the car. The purpose of the scoop is to funnel clean cool air directly into the engine intake. When the engine revs, the torque causes the scoop to move, which gives the “shaking” Illusion. The influx of cold air from a shaker provides an increase in power and maintains an engines temperature. Shakers helped Dodge Muscle cars gain popularity in the ‘70s. While shakers are more of a visual aesthetic than anything else, muscle cars are easily identified with one.


During the ‘60s and ‘70s, American made two-door high performance vehicles from different brands often tried to increase horsepower with each new model and the trend continues today with the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, producing up to a whopping 840 horsepower. Horsepower is technically defined as a engine’s ability to lift 550 pounds one foot in one second; basically a measurement of how powerful a vehicle’s engine is. The more horsepower, the faster a vehicle can pull its own weight.


Simply put, torque is what moves a vehicle forward. It’s known as the amount of rotational force. Depending on if you’re carrying heavy cargo, more so for a truck, torque is important for the ability to move up hills and tow objects.


Brembo is a leading automotive disc brake company known for making high-performance brakes. Brembo brakes provide safe and fast stopping capabilities at high speeds and high temperatures and all of Dodge’s top performance cars are fitted with Brembo brakes.  


Street and Racing Technology is a group of engineers that are dedicated to making the most powerful and fastest performance cars for Dodge and other FCA brands.

Scat Pack

For nearly 50 years, Scat Pack represents an additional exterior feature added on for appearances, using including twin stripes on a vehicle with unique decals to separate non-Scat Packs from other vehicles.


Want to see how all of these terms apply to Dodge’s performance cars? Visit University Dodge and we can show you examples of all of these things and explain why they are unique and boost performance.


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