In The CSD Driveway – 2015 Dodge Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack

Spending the night the Dirty Dodge. The color is as ugly as the weather outside, but I must confess…this is still the BEST family man muscle car out today!

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Good:

– Launch Control!

– Rumble at start-up is incredible.

– Computer allows you to have plenty of fun in Sport mode with an insane menu of adjustments that you can make on the powertrain side.

– Plenty of leg room for the fam. My 8-year old sat behind me and I didn’t have to adjust my seat. That could not have been done in the Camaro or Mustang.

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– Did I mention Launch Control? If not, I’m telling you, Launch Control!

– Pretty smooth ride compared to the Mustang and Camaro as well.

– Real, usable trunk

– Love the HVAC and radio controls. No instruction manual needed to operate and everything was easy to find even while driving.

– The performance measuring menu is top-notch. You can monitor G-force, 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, 1/8th mile and more.

– That Launch Control!

– Dare I say, for $39K, is it a bargain?

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Bad:

– While I appreciate the MDS, you can hear the engine cruising in four-cylinder mode, and it does not sound pretty.

– That color. However, two of the kids did like it…but Boney saw me pulling up and said, “Daddy’s home and he has a new car, and it’s green, and it’s ugly! (Now you see why she has her own segment right?)

 

2015 Dodge Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack adds a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 470 horsepower, Tremec six-speed manual transmission, 180 mph speedometer, high-performance suspension, active stainless steel performance dual exhaust system, 220-amp alternator, Scat Pack striping, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, Brembo four-piston high-performance brake package, and new 20-by-9-inch polished aluminum wheels with three-season performance tires. – From Allpar.com:

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CornerstoneDad Podcast #12 – Say Your Love, Show Your Love!

Catching up after a long break! We talk about where I’ve been and what’s been going on.

Plus:

– Life Action Summit and what it has done for me.

– Which comes first, the sports our kids play or the family?

– Best CSD Driveway EVER…Gullwing, CTS-V, Vette and GT-R!

– Main Topic – Do you tell and show your kids that you love them?

Plus, I wonder why a kid sporting $400 LeBron James gym shoes…is riding the bus!

Check out the podcast by clicking HERE-PODCAST #12

 

Cruising With CornerstoneDad: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO

There are a few “moment of silence” times in my house growing up that we all knew about. One was the chase scene from the movie, Bullitt with Steve McQueen. To this day, there is just no other chase scene that has all all the 5 W’s and 1 H down (my Journalism 101  folks know what I’m talking about).

Now I’ve never seen the entire movie, but whenever my dad would be watching it and that scene would come on, we would be glued to the TV with maximum volume. Hearing those guys banging gears in the ’68 390 ci. Mustang and the ’68 440 ci.  Charger was melody to my young ears and why I love banging gears myself to this day.

My inner Steve McQueen comes out when I have my hand on the shiftball…and I have Bullitt wheels on my Stang as well!

So the video of the day is post-worthy, as Ken Block does it again, but this time in the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen, San Francisco. Seriously, I can’t even pull this stuff off in Forza, Gran Turismo, or Need For Speed without tearing up my car!

I got Bullitt flashbacks watching this one…but a Fiesta is no where nearly as cool…

So put the kids on you lap, enlarge the screen, and as always, turn those speakers up!

CornerstoneDad Covers the Detroit Auto Show – Day 2

Media days are finally over and the theme definitely was green, sporty and small. In  other words, if you’re looking for that next minivan for the family or pick’m-up-truck, this show was not for you. This one was all about the kids. Likely your kids, as manufacturers try to get them back into their brands and build some brand loyalty. So fuel efficiency, coupes and connectivity for all those devices was the flavor of the show.

So for you CornerstoneDad’s out there with teenagers that are car shopping, this show is for you.

Can you find which car may be the next-gen Camaro?

Can you find which car may be the next-gen Corvette?

What do you think about the Blake Griffin Kia?

What do you think of the new Fusion?

Gotta at least give it up to Dodge for keeping us Muscle Car era fans happy.

Sound off!

Cruising with CornerstoneDad: Street Cruise – August 2011

The Super Bowl of all cruise events is here for the summer!

I’ve loaded up The Tribe and the camera, and now it’s to the street.

So here’s a quick flash report of the action featured on a Wednesday! The weekend’s not even here, but the hoods are hot and the rubber is burning on the Avenue.

Stay tuned, as they’ll be much more to come. In the meantime, what’s your favorite?

Also, let CornerstoneDad know what ride you would like to see pictured and I’ll see if it can be found. It could be a CornerstoneDad Car Treasure Hunt!

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Are Cars from the Good Ole Days Better Than Those Today?

Sometimes us CornerstoneDads have a way of making the past sound much more glorious than it actually was. Or is it just that when we are young, we tend to make myths out of the stories our dads told us as a child.

I’m not sure which it was for me, I just know that I have always considered muscle cars to be the baddest beasts on the street. Only recently did I have to concede that cars these days do almost everything better than the cars of yesteryear. Now before you send me hate mail, notice that I ALMOST!

So CornerstoneDads, what do you think? Is there a particular car that you just idolize because your pops had one and that was the first car you remember going fast in? How does it compare to what’s in your driveway today?

Because my dad raised us to hold Mopar muscle in the highest regard, the video below (check out the link) absolutely breaks my heart. Edmunds InsideLine tested the ’69 General Lee against the 2011 Charger R/T.

I am surely not a Mopar Fiat fan today, but I think we all have to admit that the cars of our youth and our parents youth, just can’t hang with the pavement peelers (if you turn off the traction control) out now. No offense to my dad’s ’68 383ci. Plymouth Road Runner and ’74 318ci Dodge Charger. Give me $30, 000 to lay down (must remain debt-free of course), and I’d still choose one of the cars he used to own before I’d even attempt to recapture my youth with a ’88 Ford Mustang LX 5.0L.

Which is your favorite?

http://www.insideline.com/dodge/charger/2011/2011-dodge-charger-rt-vs-the-general-lee.html

 

 

Cruising with CornerstoneDad: Chicago Auto Show Wrap-Up

What was hot?

What was cold?

You decide and let me know as below are all of the vehicles that were so special, the manufacturers held press conferences to tell us all about them…or at least about themselves.

Launch: Camaro ZL1 version


Specs:

–          LSA supercharged 6.2L V8 engine

–          estimated 550 hp / 550 lb-ft. of torque

–          high-strength hypereutectic pistons

–          Eaton supercharger

–          six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission

–          new exhaust (first used on the Vette)

–          fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet and most technically advanced Camaro ever

–          planned launch: beginning of 2012

–          Key competitor: Ford’s Shelby GT500

 

Launch: Limited edition Camaro SS Convertible

–       Replica of 1969 pace model

–       Only making 500.

 

Launch: Genesis Sedan 5.0 R-Spec

Wait, is this the same company that made some of the cheapest looking cars just a few years ago?

–      5.0L Tau V8 with DI

–       Most powerful Hyundai engine yet at 429hp, 11.5:1 compression

–       D-CVVT variable valve timing

–       Estimated fuel economy is 16 city and 25 highway

–       “unique R-Spec transmission”…Hyundai’s own 8-speed

–       DI added to Lambda 3.8L bumping HP up to 333 (this should really help the Coupe!)

–       3 engines now available for the sedan: 5.0L V8, 4.6L V8, and 3.8L V6

–       5.0L / 8 spd. powertrain will also be standard in the Equus

 

Launch: Veloster Rally Car

Why do I feel like I need a video game controller in my hand when I look at this car?

–       The only news here is that Hyundai appears to be using this vehicle to go up against Mitsubishi’s Lancer and Subaru’s Impreza. In other words, this is the “boy-racer” model in the line-up. While the company is commercially touting the fuel efficiency of its vehicles, there is obviously money in the budget to focus on vehicle performance as well.

 

Launch: New 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI


–       2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine

–       200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,700 rpm

–       Expected to deliver 31 mpg highway with the manual and 32 mpg highway with the DSG® automatic.

It was interesting that VW spent more time talking about social networking and the popularity of its recent Darth Vader Super Bowl ad than it did the vehicle.

Launch: 2012 TL

I had the same look on my face that I have when my wife comes home after getting her hair done. Do I say I see the difference when I really don't?

–       “newly refined”

–       received 6-speed automatic transmission.

 

Launch: “Man Van” Grand Caravan

I think most CornerstoneDads would add a little more flare to their minivan if it's going to be considered their "man van"

–       3.6L Pentastar V6 and 6-speed transmission

–       283 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.

The outside of the van did not look much different, but the interior is supposed to be a “man cave” with its all black color. What do you call a minivan with the most horsepower and torque in its class and an R/T badge? A minivan.

Launch: Durango R/T


–       5.7L HEMI producing 360 hp / 390 lb.-ft. of torque

–       Best in class 7,400 lb. towing capability

 

Launch: Charger SRT8

Whether 2012, or 1972, the new Charger SRT8 fits in with no problem with its size and power

–       6.4L HEMI with 468hp and 465 lb.-ft. or torque

–       Improvement of 15% for the city and 25% for the highway compared to the 6.1L in the 2010 model

 

Launch: Tradesman 1500

–       Standard 5.7L HEMI (390hp/407lb.-ft.)

–       Five-speed transmission

–       Highway fuel economy rated at 20 mpg

–       Pricing starting at $22,780

 

Launch: 3500 HD

–       turbo diesel engine and emits no diesel exhaust fluid, reducing cleaning time; 800 lb.-ft. of torque

–       Maximum tow rating of 22,700 pounds

 

Since Ford decided to talk about nothing but using social media to launch the new Explorer and other vehicles in the future, I just decided to post the shot of their best vehicle at the show. Like any good reporter, if there’s no news, you just make some up.

Oh how I can't wait for the drag strips to re-open!
A friend of mine with a Fox body Mustang once told me before a race, I'd hose my grandmother!