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Celebrating 50 Years of HEMI


HEMI Delivered Unbridled Power in 1960s

For gearheads of driving age in the 1960s, the word HEMI was synonymous with burnouts, fast quarter-mile times and frequent trips to the gas station. Of course, gas only cost 30 cents a gallon back then and there was no concern about emissions or saving the planet. If you had a HEMI powered Charger, Roadrunner or SuperBee, chances are you were the coolest guy (or gal) on the block and you definitely had one of the fastest cars. Although the HEMI, which is short for a hemispherical design to the top of each cylinder, is most famous for its beginnings in muscle cars, the design actually goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the 426 cubic-inch HEMI appeared in 1964 that people literally began to sit up and take notice. That beast of an engine produced 425 horsepower that was popular on both the NASCAR track as well as in street machines. Check out the new, fuel-efficient HEMI engines at Chapman Payson Auto Center.

Name is Trademarked, Design is Not

Although everyone rightly associates the word HEMI with Dodge and Chrysler, other companies have used a hemispherical cylinder design. Ford produced a single overhead cam with the design in the late 1960s. Aston Martin, Mitsubishi, Porsche and Jaguar have also incorporated the design into their vehicles at one time or another. Chrysler trademarked the name, so when you see the word HEMI, you know it is a Mopar product.

Chrysler Re-introduces HEMI in 2003

The third generation of the HEMI came to life in a 5.7-liter V8 offered in the Dodge Ram pickup truck of 2003. The engine spread through the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep product lines, appearing in the 300C, Magnum R/T, Grand Cherokee and Challenger R/T. Ward’s Automotive listed the 5.7-liter HEMI as one of its 10 Best Engines for the years 2003-2007. Later versions of the engine feature a 6.1-liter model, the 6.2-liter Hellcat and a 6.4-liter model also known as the 392. The Hellcat is a new version for 2015 that delivers 707 horsepower. It is the most powerful stock muscle car engine ever produced and is available in limited supply in the 2015 Challenger and Charger. The Hellcat has a top speed in the Challenger of 199 miles per hour and a best quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds. Stay in touch with Chapman Payson Auto Center for information on when you can test drive a Hellcat or any of the other, somewhat tamer, HEMI options.

The 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat is one of those special cars that has spread beyond auto enthusiasts and made its way firmly into the mainstream. Since there’s a good chance that you’ve heard this vehicle mentioned, you may be wondering what all the buzz is about. By the time you finish reading this post, not only will you understand why everyone is so excited about the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, but you may have a strong desire to own one yourself.


Jay Leno and the Dodge Charger Hellcat

Because it’s never been something that he’s shy about sharing with others, most people are aware that Jay Leno is a big car guy. While he definitely has the funds needed to build an amazing collection of cars, Leno has always had a solid reputation for other activities like supporting the troops. Towards the end of November, Leno combined those two passions when he gave a member of the armed forces an awesome surprise.

The surprise Leno provided to Cpl. Ethan Laberge was a spin in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The reason this surprise was such a big deal is not only did Laberge get a chance to hang out with Jay Leno, but this vehicle is officially the world’s most powerful muscle car. With 707-horsepower, this beast of a car provides a driving experience that is unlike any other.

More About the Incredibly Powerful 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

When Dodge released its initial information about how much horsepower this car packs, the most common issue people brought up was that the Hellcat was destined to have poor fuel economy. But when the official MPG specs were released, everyone was pleasantly surprised that all of the Hellcat’s power doesn’t come at the expense of burning through gas.


During city driving, the fastest muscle car ever offers 13 mpg. Once the Hellcat reaches the highway, it offers 22 mpg. This brings the combined mpg to 16. While those specs are for the automatic, the only difference with a manual Hellcat is 21 mpg on the highway.

With the ability to go from zero to sixty in just 3.5 seconds, calling the Hellcat exciting to drive is an understatement. The experience this vehicle offers is absolutely thrilling. Dodge is able to provide so much power thanks to a SC 6.2L V8 that tops out at 199 MPH. The engine’s raw power translates into 650 pound-feet of torque that remains available at 4,000 rpm. While the Hellcat offers a great exterior and interior design, this car is all about celebrating raw power under the hood.

If you’re thinking about buying a new vehicle in the near future, be sure to spend some time exploring the entire Chapman Payson website so you can see all of our inventory and the great deals we’re currently offering.


From the beginning, the Chrysler 300 has always been a car that makes a statement. The 300 is one of those cars that you simply can’t miss when you’re out on the road. Although the design of this car has often been described as brash, its look mellowed a little bit with the 2011 redesign.

While the 300 has remained a great car for the last few years, people who missed the somewhat rebellious nature of the old design should be very excited about the new 300 design that debuted at the LA Auto Show.

With the debut of the 2015 Chrysler 300, the company made it clear that they want to ensure this vehicle remains a tough and highly desirable road machine.

Key Design Features of the New Chrysler 300

Although the 300 is instantly recognizable, there are a handful of new features that set this model apart. The first noticeable feature is the larger grille. Second on the list is the updated fascia. And it doesn’t take long to notice that the lights have been redesigned. Even though three primary changes may not seem like a huge makeover, their collective impact is a car that has a menacing glare a lot of people are going to love.


The 300’s exterior isn’t the only place where Chrysler made updates. Inside the vehicle is a new cluster display that’s seven inches in size. The interior also features really high quality materials, as well as more UConnect features than ever before. Rounding out the list is a variety of safety features that will keep drivers and passengers safe on the road.

Under the Hood of the 2015 Chrysler 300

If you decide that this is the car you want to own, you’ll be able to choose from one of two engine types. The first is a 3.6-liter V6. While the V6 definitely packs a lot of punch, if you’re looking for as much power as possible, you’ll want to go with the 5.7-liter V8.

Regardless of which engine you ultimately choose, you’ll be able to enjoy the engine being paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Another really cool feature that makes driving the new 300 so much fun is its Sport mode button. When pressed, the button automatically changes the engine, transmission and steering tuning. And if this button is used in an all-wheel drive 300, it changes the bias towards the rear.

If you’re interested in seeing any of Chrysler’s new vehicles for 2015, be sure to stop by Chapman Payson. We’re the place to go for the newest vehicles and most appealing prices around!

Get Up to 41 MPG with the 2015 Dodge Dart

The 2015 Dodge Dart has successfully taken European driving sophistication and blended it with American style. Not only does the Dart look great, but it has all the features you want from a new compact sedan. Because Dodge believes that a car should fully fit your needs, the 2015 Dart offers three different 4-cylinder engine choices, as well as a total of five different models. Thanks to this wide selection, you can come to Chapman Payson and decide exactly which type of Dart you want to call your own.


The Dart features front-wheel drive, as well as excellent safety ratings. And while all the models provide great fuel economy, if you want to maximize your mpg, the Dart Aero is the car for you. What’s awesome about this vehicle is even though you won’t have to spend much time at the pump, you’ll still be able to enjoy a driving experience that’s quite sporty. To top things off, the Dart boasts an impressive selection of technology offerings.

Details of the 2015 Dodge Dart

Thanks to its solid chassis, you’ll feel confident and fully in control when you’re behind the wheel of this new car. One of the reasons the Dart is able to provide such good fuel economy is because of its MultiAir engine technology. An added benefit of this technology is it boosts the car’s performance as well.


In terms of its look, the new Dart has been called the “best-looking compact sedan in its class.” The reason for that big compliment is because “sleek and sexy lines uniquely blend European sensibilities with American brashness in a way that you wouldn’t think possible.” What’s really cool about many of the Dart’s sporty features is not only do they look great, but they’re actually functional and add to the vehicle’s overall performance.

Inside the 2015 Dart, your eyes will immediately go to the floating island dash bezel. If you opt for an Aero, Limited or GT, you’ll get to enjoy the nice touch of having a red LED light pipe with the Uconnect system and instrument cluster. Another thing you’ll notice right away about the inside of the Dart is how much space it offers. While lots of space isn’t usually what comes to mind when people think of a compact sedan, Dodge put a lot of thought into making the Dart’s interior a comfortable place to be.

Last but certainly not least is the Dart’s fuel economy. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what all three engines have to offer:

  • 2.0-liter inline-4: 25/36 mpg (manual), 24/34 mpg (automatic)
  • 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4: 27/39 mpg (manual), 28/41 mpg (automatic)
  • 2.4-liter inline-4: 23/33 mpg (manual), 21/30 mpg (automatic)

2015 Dodge Journey Review

If you’re looking for a great crossover SUV that offer lots of versatility and value, the 2015 Dodge Journey may be the perfect vehicle. This vehicle has seating for up to 7 and lots of impressive cargo features. The Journey is available with either a 2.4L inline four cylinder DOHC 16-valve dual VVT engine or a 3.6L V6 24-valve VVT engine. The inline four provides 173-horsepower, while the V6 increases horsepower to 283.


How It Drives

Coming to Chapman Payson Auto Center and taking this vehicle for a test drive will immediately reveal a vehicle that provides a very comfortable and refined driving experience. For drivers who may be used to an older SUV, the road performance provided by the 2015 Journey is very appealing. Whether you’re on bad pavement in city streets or going up a mountain road, you’ll feel secure at all times. And in addition to feeling safe, you’ll have peace of mind thanks to the numerous safety features. The new Journey comes standard with electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all rows.

A Look Inside and Out

When you take a look at this Dodge in Payson for yourself, you’ll notice that the exterior has a lot of impressive details. One of those details is the chrome-trimmed cross-hair grille. Another is the multiple wheel options, which includes 19″ wheels with the R/T version. If you’re looking for a Journey that is especially well-suited for more rugged conditions, be sure to check out the Journey Crossroad. It has blacked-out wheels, standard roof rails and a faux skid plate.


The Journey’s interior comes in two versions. You can choose either the 2-row, 5-passenger layout or the 3-row or 7-passenger configuration. What’s really great about the Journey is it makes it easier than ever to conveniently bring along anything you need. The vehicle’s excellent cargo capacity comes from its available fold-flat front-passenger seat. This space is perfect for storing larger items. There’s also a hidden storage compartment conveniently located under the seat cushion.

Topping off the interior features is the Uconnect system. Because the central feature of this system is an 8.4″ touchscreen, information and entertainment are very easy to access and control. It’s also worth noting that push-button ignition comes standard with the 2015 Dodge Journey.

While the Journey already has a strong track record of solid models, there are a handful of exclusive changes for 2015. The first is two new exterior color options. Those colors are Blue Streak Pearl and Billet Silver Metallic. The other feature that’s really nice is the included SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link service is now free for a full five years.