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If your speed is limited to less than 3 miles an hour, it kind of limits your chances to make a clean getaway wouldn’t you say?
Well, that’s exactly the idea behind a new Dodge software upgrade for certain Challenger and Charger vehicles. The upgrade is designed to help thwart vehicle theft by limiting speed -- drastically. It’s available late in the second quarter for 2015 and newer Charger and Challenger models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V-8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engines.
The enhanced deterrence feature works using the Dodge owner’s four-digit security code, designed to discourage key-code-spoofing thieves. The feature limits the vehicle’s engine speed to idle (675 rpm).
“Today, Dodge is launching a new owner-customized ‘double verification’ security system,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. “When flashed into the computer of affected 2015 or newer Dodge muscle cars, the protective software will limit the engine output to less than 3 horsepower, foiling fast getaways and joyrides.”
The software upgrade can be installed free of charge by any Dodge dealer on 2015 through 2021 model-year Dodge muscle cars. The complimentary enhancement applies second-level vehicle security encryption via Dodge’s Uconnect 4C infotainment system.
“More than 150 cars are stolen every day in the United States,” added Kuniskis. “For any car owner, it's terrible, it's a hassle and it's a personal violation. Though statistically rare, car thieves have targeted the high-horsepower Dodge muscle cars, and we want the Dodge ‘Brotherhood’ to know we’re taking quick action and covering their backs.”
At idle, these engines produce approximately 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb.-ft. of torque. As a result, Dodge’s enhanced security measures have a secondary public safety benefit by preventing criminal police evasion and high-speed chases of stolen vehicles.
Owners of 2015 through 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT or Charger SRT models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V-8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engines, as well as owners of 2019-2021 Scat Packs equipped with 392-cu.-in HEMI V-8 engines, should contact their local Dodge dealer to schedule a free Security Mode installation appointment.
Availability is expected late in the second quarter of 2021.