Dodge today announced a new software upgrade for certain challengers and chargers that will add an extra layer of security designed to deter ruthless tyrants and thefts.
The upgrade, available for free on all 2015 or newer Dodge Challenger or Chargers equipped with either the 392 cubic-inch Hemi V-8 or 6.2-liter V-8 compressor, adds a new dual-verification safety system customizable by the owner.
When active, the driver must enter a four-digit encryption code before gaining access to the car’s full capabilities. If the code is not entered, the car will be in a kind of slack mode where the engine can not speed above idle speed. Dodge estimates that the engines provide only 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb-ft of torque at idle ̵
Dodge says it is implementing this new security layer to protect against key code poofing thieves who copy key phobic signals to gain access to vehicles. Although the four-digit pin is not completely secure, it is much better than nothing. Having this system in place also means that joyriders will not be able to perform high-speed tricks while you are not around. Dodge says the system will also help prevent high-speed chases.
Qualified car owners should contact their local dealer to arrange a free software installation. It will be available from the second quarter of 2021.
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