Ever felt the need to subject five other people to the gut-wrenching sensation of being in a Hemi-powered muscle car? You’re in luck!
Does everything in the Dodge lineup really need a 392-cubic inch HEMI V8 engine? Where does this all stop? With the Durango SUV gaining the 6.4-litre engine, it now means 60% of Dodge model range in the USA comes with the option of that big ‘Apache’ motor. In fact, the Detroit company only needs to wedge it into the Journey crossover, and Grand Caravan MPV, to have complete coverage.
Until now the biggest engine on offer for the Durango was just the 5.7-litre (345-cubic inch) V8, producing 360hp and 390b-ft of torque. The new SRT goes much further, with horsepower upped to a faintly ludicrous 475hp and a corresponding 470lb-ft of twist. That’s sufficient for 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds – a figure aided by the four-wheel drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission. Oh, and there’s a standard launch control just in case you need a hand getting off the line.
We’re pleased to find that the auto’ gearbox features a sport mode that reduces shift times by 50%, and sends up to 65% of torque to the rear wheels. Hitting sport also means stiffer suspension setting and adds steering feel. If you’re feeling really brave, there’s also a track mode which results in even faster shifts, more torque to the back wheels, and the stiffest suspension settings.
The National Hot Rod Association has certified the Durango SRT as being capable of running a standing quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds. For reference, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat manages the same distance in 10.8 seconds, but under 13 is probably fast enough for something with three rows of seats. Oh, and it’ll also tow 8,600b of weight – that’s 3,900kg!
EngageSportMode likes cars that are painted orange. It also likes the Dodge SRT Hellcat twins. Someone, somewhere, has been listening to our prayers it would seem. Thank you!
We’re not sure which sacrifice, offering or blessing it was that made this happen – we’re just pleased one of them worked. Joking aside, the option to purchase a 707hp Challenger or Charger SRT Hellcat in a classic Dodge colour makes us rather happy. The wonderfully named ‘Go Mango’ orange paint option was first introduced on the 1970 Dodge Challenger, producing one of the greatest muscle car colour combinations ever.
We’d probably go with the Challenger…
…in Hellcat trim, obviously.
We saw Dodge offer ‘Plum Crazy’ on the Challenger and Charger models last year, but orange was always going to be our favourite. You don’t have to be ordering a supercharged 6.2-litre Hellcat model to live out your tangerine dreams, as it can also be specified for the SRT 392 models. But, let’s be realistic here. You’re buying a ridiculous bright-orange muscle car. You need to buy the one with a 707hp 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine, not the one with only 485hp.
You’d never have to worry about losing your car in a parking lot.
Or worry about friends asking for a lift home.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the United States, you can head on down to your local Dodge dealer and order one of these bad boys right now. Hopefully it’ll arrive before Donald Trump ends up as President as, by that point, he’ll be the most important orange-coloured thing in the USA. We’ll leave you with that frankly terrifying thought.
As the first big event of the year, the North American International Auto Show offers the chance to spot trends we might see for the rest of the year. It also has the potential to prove if the US market is still obsessed with making the biggest stuff possible.
Pickup trucks are getting more outrageous
If there’s one vehicle that sums up the US automotive market in one fell swoop then it’s the pickup truck. But 2016 seems to be the year that manufacturers have truly gone XXL with their offerings.
The F-150 Raptor SuperCrew.
Ford’s latest version of the F-150 Raptor was launched at the Detroit show a year ago but, twelve months later, it’s already been tweaked. Now there’s a SuperCrew version of the 3.5-litre EcoBoost powered machine so you can fit even more people or stuff inside. Although persuading people to get in the back as you make use of the new Terrain Management system in mud, rock or even baja mode might be a challenge!
Nissan Titan Warrior concept squares up
Not to be outdone, Nissan premiered the Warrior concept version of its Titan X.D truck, again just one year after showing off the regular production version. With a 5.0-litre Turbo Diesel V8 engine, race-derived suspension parts, and a smattering of carbon fibre body panels it’s a formidable sounding proposition. Whether it becomes a reality remains to be seen.
The slightly more sensible pickup – Honda’s Ridgeline
Not quite as dramatically-styled as the Ford or Nissan, Honda is concentrating on practicality with the all-new Ridgeline. With a design that focuses on things which really matter to pickup buyers, like hauling sheets of plywood or drywall flat in the loadspace, or a 540 watt sound system mounted in the truck bed to improve your tailgating experience. Could it just be a little too sensible for its own good?
EngageSportMode has featured the SEMA show, and the quite literally mental creations it throws up, before. This year seems to have been just as crazy, so we’ve pulled together a gallery featuring some of the wildest offerings. Just remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or something like that.
Car modification in the UK seems to have come a long way from the Max Power glory days. Gone are the bodykitted Corsas and Saxos with huge exhausts and deafening subwoofers. Today, aside from bigger wheels or a vinyl wrap, everything just seems pretty standard looking. But, over in America, the modification industry still seems to be alive and well.
However, it isn’t just aftermarket companies that use the annual Speciality Equipment Market Association event to show off. Car manufacturers are also using SEMA to display their creativity with concepts inspired by celebrities, or just the minds of designers running wild. We’ve picked a handful of our favourites from the show, but there’s a bigger gallery of the slightly crazier stuff further down. Enjoy.
Camaro Performance Concept – big wheels, red trim
Colorado Trail Boss 3.0
Another Silverado, designed with outdoor equipment manufacturer Realtree
Silverado Spec Ops features Navy-inspired ‘dazzle’ paint
The big Detroit manufacturer rolled out a huge twenty concepts at SEMA, covering the range from Corvette Stingray to classic Camaro and a whole host of pickup truck offerings. With the all-new 2016 model year Camaro about to hit the streets, Chevy has clearly paid some attention to its latest offering, with four concepts based upon it.
However, our personal favourite is probably the 1970 Camaro RS with a thoroughly modern LT4 engine. (more…)
After the purple Mclaren yesterday, now comes two purple Dodges. This is just the tip of the iceberg; ESM is willing to stake whole pounds that purple is going to be the ‘next big thing’ that every car manufacturer chooses to use.
If there is anything the muscle car period of the early 1970s can be remembered for, aside from crazy horsepower and cheap prices, was the offering of increasingly lurid colour choices. Dodge probably tops the list for craziest names, with ‘Go Mango’ orange, ‘Top Banana’ yellow, and ‘Sublime’ green some of the best known hues appearing as High Impact colours on a variety of Mopar metal.
Plum Crazy debuted in 1970. As seen on this ’70 Charger RT
1971 Challenger RT also rocking the purple
The big excitement, from Dodge’s marketing department, is the limited-edition offering of ‘Plum Crazy’ purple for 2016 model Chargers and Challengers. It’s a little bit of a con, as Dodge has listed Plum Crazy as an option previously on 2010, 2013 and 2014 model year cars. But, we don’t care too much, as this time around it’s extended to include the Hellcat.
Not a Hellcat, but a 2016 Challenger 392 with HEMI Scat Pack Shaker
So yes, not only can you have a 707bhp Challenger or Charger, but now you can also have it in purple.It’d probably be the ESM colour of choice, given the lack of Hemi Orange on the list.
At EngageSportMode we have a fairly healthy, or possibly unhealthy, obsession with photos of muscle cars doing silly burnouts. So when Dodge showed off the new Mopar Challenger Drag Pak cars, we knew we had to feature them.
Whilst you can knock America for many things, what you can’t criticise is the way the auto builders of the US make it easy for you to go racing. Right now you can log onto the Mopar website, put in your details, and snag a Drag Pak Challenger. It’s that simple. Well, there’s the small issue of money too, but that’s not as big a deal as you might think.
Available in two flavours, you can have your Challenger with either a supercharged 354-cubic-inch HEMI V8, or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch HEMI V8. For those of you more familiar with the metric system, that’s 5.8 or 7.0 litres respectively. Pricing for the 354 supercharged HEMI starts at $109,354 (£70,300), with the bigger ‘retro’ naturally aspirated 426 block option costing a bargain $99,426 (£63,900). Alternatively, you could be boring and buy something far more sensible…
It’s drag racing, so this behaviour is actually encouraged
No word on whether the torque twists the chassis coming off the line
You know the deal. EngageSportMode loves the Dodge Hellcat twins. We can’t quite believe it’s a year since the ridiculously over-horsepowered Challenger and Charger appeared, but, in case we forgot, Dodge has a new video advert.
We don’t want to spoil the surprise, so here’s the video. Go watch it, and then you can read our thoughts on it after the jump:
The 2015 Detroit North American International Auto Show has been a pretty good one, to say the least. We’ve seen two brand new supercars, and a host of other special new models rolled out. It might seem like we’re repeating ourselves, but it really is good to see the US car industry returning to form. Here are our photo highlights from this week:
Ford’s new GT took centre stage at Detroit 2015. Our car of the show.
Audi Q7 in blue; like the leaked promo photos.
Revised BMW M6, looking more like the M4
The X6 M – not made better by being blue
Buick’s stunning Avenir concept
Cadillac had two V models on display; this is the ATS Coupe
With the clock running down on 2014, it’s time for EngageSportMode to bring you our annual awards. Who has performed well enough to earn a coveted macaroni and glitter trophy this year? Part one focuses on road cars, whilst part two will include motorsport and media. Let’s get down to business:
2014 seemed to be the year when the global car industry got back on its feet after several years of struggling with the economic meltdown. The result was many new cars which ticked a substantial number of boxes for ESM. But which ones were good enough to pick up an award?
Best Car Driven in 2014 – Audi S1
Sharing a badge with one of the greatest Group B rally cars to have turned a wheel meant the S1 would always have a lot to live up to. Fortunately, Audi has managed to endow it with enough DNA of its illustrious forbearer to live up to the name and prove itself to be a superb car in its own right.
When we reviewed the Sportback version of the S1 in September, we were blown away by the ferocious intensity with which it was able to cover ground at pace. A rorty, torque-laden, 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, mated to a decidedly old-skool six-speed manual gearbox and unstickable quattro drivetrain make for an effective combination. Real hot-hatch performance – 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds – in a small package makes the S1 feel even more extreme than the figures would have you believe. The sound it makes in ‘Dynamic’ mode is also hugely addictive, and creates the impression of very un-Audi like fun being had.
Yes, this feels a little bit like deja vu we know. But to accompany the release of the Dodge Charger Hellcat, there’s a “sizzle” video that features Motley Crüe again.
In fact it’s almost identical to the one Dodge used for the Challenger Hellcat but, quite frankly, we don’t care. It’s a 707 horsepower saloon (or sedan) doing burnouts and going sideways. What more do you want?!