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It’s the SRT That Makes it Special

When you see the letters “SRT” on a Chrysler or Dodge vehicle, you know something special is going to happen when you get behind the wheel. As an acronym for “Street and Racing Technology,” the badge lets you know this is a high performance vehicle built to impress your friends and neighbors while you push the line somewhere between a thrilling driving performance and out-of-body experience. With the Charger, Challenger, Ram truck and Jeep Grand Cherokee all having models with the SRT insignia, it seemed like just a matter of time until Chrysler brought the 300 SRT back from the dead, having axed it at the end of the 2014 model year.

Signs Point to 2016 Delivery

Although Chrysler has made no formal announcement, all signs point to a 2016 delivery for the Chrysler 300 SRT. A version of the car is already in production for the Middle East so it wouldn’t be that big of a chore to offer it for sale in the U.S. Spy car photos show a version of the 300 SRT cruising American streets. The exterior is not that much different from the available 300, except for SRT badging, a duckbill spoiler and some LED lighting. A lowered stance provides a more aggressive look, while twin spoke wheels and Brembo brake calipers add to the sporty vision.

Don’t Look for the Hellcat Version

Chrysler is having enough problems trying to deliver all the Challenger and Charger Hellcat orders, so it’s not anticipated they’ll try and add the 707-horsepower engine to the 300. Instead expect the 6.4-liter HEMI that produces 392 horsepower, which is plenty of performance in a car this size. To get an idea of how much performance that engine offers, take a visit to Chapman Payson Auto Center and test drive the similarly outfitted Charger or Challenger.

SRT Started as Team Viper

Now a specific division under the Chrysler Brand, the SRT team began as Team Viper due to the fact it designed the original Viper. They merged with Team Prowler and eventually stuck with the SRT moniker. When there is a number after the SRT badge, such as SRT-10, the number stands for the number of cylinders in the engine. Although SRT was once a separate brand, it has been re-absorbed into the Chrysler Group and is now sold as a trim package with an attitude.


Driving distractions are a major challenge for motorists. On daily basis, around 9 people are killed and an additional 1,153 are hurt because of a distracted motorist, as per figures supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A part of those disasters originate from people taking their focus off the road and concentrating on their cell phone. Streamlined infotainment systems and hands-free technologies in today’s newer model vehicles were created in part to decrease interruptions and curtail the texting and driving dilemma, however there are certainly improvements to be made.

This is exactly where Edmund’s DrivePromise app wants to change lives.

An App That Stops You From Texting

It might appear detrimental at first glance – an app, which is intended to help you stay off your mobile phone – however the Edmunds approach appears straightforward and highly effective.

Individuals are requested to make a pledge to someone they love through the app. After that, the device will immediately show that pledge with an image of the loved one whenever it identifies the user is in a vehicle in motion. It draws on your heart strings to helps you to pay attention to the road.

Avi Steinlauf, CEO of, stated that triggering a strong, highly-emotional motivator appears to be a very good way to snap folks out of a hazardous and unnecessary behavior. He further said that our precious time and resources are properly used if we find a way to change people’s actions and will be key in making the streets much safer for everyone.

Upon getting the signal, drivers can opt to record every pledge and also share the amount and message with relatives and friends through social media.

Additionally, the people at Edmunds inspired the idea that your cell phone needs to be concealed and out of your thoughts while driving by appealing to smartwatch owners mostly. The DrivePromise app is currently being promoted as a totally free tool for the Apple Watch. In fact, it could be downloaded to your cell phone, also, if you believe that might help you.

Other Ways To Stop Texting And Driving

Keep in mind, downloading an app isn’t the lone method you can actually help remind someone you love to refrain from using the phone when driving a car. In many cases having a frank and firm talk is the most effective solution. Apart from that, the most effective ways to prove that you are not going to stand for texting and driving is to be a leader yourself. Put away your cell phone, particularly when you’re with impressionable riders. It’s for your own personal benefit and theirs.

Learn more about in-car apps and technology at the Chapman Payson dealership.


It seems like a simple enough equation; just add horsepower and you make your car quicker. The challenge comes when you try and make your car quick without sacrificing gas mileage. Here are some of the quickest cars that still get 30 miles per gallon. Keep an eye on the used car inventory at Chapman Payson to grab a great deal on one of these classic rides.

Porsche Cayman S

People don’t usually think of gas mileage when they think of Porsche, but the Cayman S actually gets 30 miles per gallon while taking just 3.9 seconds to get from 0 to 60 mph. The seven-speed PDK transmission helps the Porsche achieve both the speed and mileage with quick shifts and smooth transition between gears.

Alfa Romeo 4C

This 237-horsepower tear drop of thunder hits 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and passes gas stations to the tune of 34 mpg. Thanks to a minimum weight of 2,400 pounds, the little Alfa is a fun, maneuverable sports car the leaves the competition in the dust.

Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

This is the smallest version of the AMG line, but it provides plenty of pop to go along with 31 mpg. Hit the gas when the light turns green and you’ll reach 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, much faster than many cars with much bigger engines and higher price tags.

Porsche Boxter S

It’s not too surprising to see two Porsches in the first four cars on this list. With the racing lineage and attention to performance, the Boxter hits 4.2 seconds on the trip to 60 while earning 30 mpg.

BMW M235i

This fun little coupe not only has room to seat four adults comfortably, but also scores high on the quickometer with a 4.4-second elapsed time from 0-60. The 235i is a great daily driver that provides responsive handling and a turbo kick that will pin you back in your seat while still achieving 32 mpg.

Volkswagen Golf R

The Volkswagen Golf took over where the Beetle left off as the most popular VW in the world. What the Beetle didn’t have in performance or gas mileage, the Golf makes up for in spades. The Golf R has a 292 horsepower turbo powered engine that gets to 60 mph from a flat stop in just 4.5 seconds while achieving 30 mpg.

Audi S3

If you’re looking for performance, gas mileage and four doors, look no farther than the Audi S3. This is an all-wheel drive sedan that gets you up to speed quickly and then devours the road in front of you. With a 4.7 second elapsed time to 60 mph and 31 mpg, this is an upscale ride for adults who want to flex their muscles on occasion.


No one never really knows when an emergency happens. However it is always best to stay prepared with the essentials.That often means a spare tire, jack and a tire iron. Blowouts and flats happen, and you don’t want to get stranded on the highway when they do.

Besides tire tools, a dozen other items should be kept in your vehicle for safety reasons. Chapman Payson suggests including these items as part of your roadside emergency kit:

1. Jumper cables
How many times have you had a blowout on the road, compared to how many times your battery died on you? If you are anything like most drivers, a dead battery is a far more regular occurrence. However, a dead battery is essentially the same as getting a flat—-you can’t drive the car.

Jumper cables are crucial to get you back on the road, provided that there’s another nice driver out there ready to provide you with a jump-start. If you don’t want to take that risk, there are plenty of places where you can find portable car chargers.

2. Roadside flares, reflective triangles and a reflective vest
Not every place you breakdown is risky, however, there are indeed some dangerous places. Any New Englander understands that a windy road through the woods can become very dark at night. Not to overlook that tight corners don’t improve visibility either. A breakdown in the lane can also lead to danger.
Many drivers encounter close calls with traffic while their car is stuck on the side of the road. It’s important to warn drivers that you’re close by and alert them to slow down with a few roadside flares or reflective triangles. Proceed with caution and wear a reflective vest while changing tires. Consider contacting AAA if the situation is too dangerous.

3. Cell phone charger
Can you believe that some younger drivers don’t know their friends’ phone numbers or their home numbers by memory anymore? Whether you find that unusual or not, that tiny bit of information makes a cell phone charger a top safety kit priority. Certain drivers require their phone’s contact list to contact loved ones during emergencies.

4. A compartment solely devoted to your car information
Getting pulled over is always a hassle, but it can be worse if you have to rummage through your entire car looking for the necessary documents, registration or insurance information. Save yourself a headache and build a file specifically for essential documents. Keep it somewhere safe and easy to reach. Most importantly, keep your AAA roadside emergency card, registration and your car owner’s manual there.

5. First-aid kit
Gauze, rags, alcohol, adhesive tape, antiseptics, aspirin – these are all imporant items to have in case of emergencies. When a passenger’s health is at risk, you’ll be happy that you have a full safety kit just in case. However, leave the big jobs to highly trained specialists. Simply be prepared for minor emergencies that call for clear solutions, like band-aids.

You can add a variety of other items to your car’s emergency kit such as various vehicle fluids, water, duct tape, or energy bars. However, the above five essentials will get you out of most situations, or at least will buy you time until help arrives.


If you haven’t purchased your gift yet for that latest college graduate, consider the Chrysler 200 as the perfect entry vehicle to launch them into their next phase of life. This All-American car hails from the steel streets of Detroit, providing your grad with a sense of history as to what made this country great. Full of handsomely crafted design features both inside and outside, the Chrysler 200 is a mid-size sedan that’s just as much at home driving a CEO to lunch as it is in the VIP valet line of a trendy night spot. Add in Chrysler dependability and you have a vehicle that provides your grad a great head start into a world of possibilities.

Award Winning Multimedia Command Center

After years of taking orders from parents, school teachers and other adults, it’s nice for a graduate to finally be able to say “I’m in charge.” The Chrysler 200’s patented UConnect system allows the driver to take charge of audio, navigation, apps, climate control and the heating and ventilation of the seats. With an 8.4 inch color touchscreen, your grad will easily handle such modern features as voice to text messaging, satellite radio and Internet radio apps. The Wi-Fi feature turns the new Chrysler 200 into a rolling hot spot, allowing passengers to connect to the Internet and make the time pass on those long trips. A hidden power supply center provides 115 volts of charging power to bring electronics back up to an optimum level.

Nice Marriage of Performance and Economy

Your grad will appreciate the thoughtfulness of providing a vehicle that provides plenty of power while taking it easy at the gas pumps. The standard 2.4-liter engine produces 184 horsepower while sipping gas at a rate of 36 miles per gallon on the highway. Step up to the 295 horsepower V6 and you gain a lot of performance while sacrificing very little mileage. Rated at 32 mpg on the highway, it’s the only marriage your graduate should be thinking about until they become more established in their career.

Standard Features are Optional Elsewhere

Your graduate is rightfully feeling pretty good about getting through college, so why not reward them with a vehicle that has all the creature comforts of a much more expensive ride? Electronic driving assistance features like lane change, adaptive cruise control and rear view camera are just as important to safety as they are to an overall feeling of entitlement. Go check out the new Chrysler 200 at your Chapman Payson Auto Dealership and see why it’s the perfect vehicle for tomorrow’s young professional.