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.
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
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?!
You know what they say; you wait for one 707 horsepower muscle car to come along, and then two appear within weeks of each other. Actually, they don’t say that at all, but with the new Charger SRT Hellcat, Dodge now has two ridiculously powerful production cars in its lineup.
Initially we were a little unsure of the Charger Hellcat. Part of the Challenger Hellcat’s appeal was the uniqueness of featuring such a massively powerful engine in a normal production car. Now there’s two models sharing the same engine. Diluting the impact? Maybe, but we remembered this is exactly what happened in the muscle car heyday of the late 1960s and early ’70s. Back then, Charger, Challenger and a whole host of other – to quote Springsteen – “Hemi-powered drones” would “scream down the boulevard” using the same 426 cu in engine, so it’s hardly a new concept for the company.
Oh, and we also looked at the press pictures of the Charger Hellcat, and instantly forget about brand dilution or anything else, because it looks awesome. Dodge and SRT have left virtually no panel untouched from the regular Charger, with a unique front bumper with integrated splitter, bonnet with functioning air intake and vents, wide rear spoiler and those wonderful 4″ exhaust tailpipes.
Right now it’s the Fourth of July. It also a week where we’ve seen Dodge unleash the epic Challenger SRT Hellcat and celebrate its 100th anniversary. As such, we decided to offer up an additional Friday Photo gallery with some Dodge back-catalogue greatest hits to celebrate American automotive ideology.
The marque has had a troubled recent past, hit hard by the global economic downturn and the difficulties faced throughout Detroit. But the ownership by FIAT gives some hope for the future and, if it’s anything like the Hellcat, it’ll be a crazy several hundred horsepower one. What the below demonstrates is that the brand really peaked in the 1960s and ’70s, but rediscovered form in the ’90s with some amazing concept cars. Anyway, enjoy:
So happy Independence Day America, and thank you for giving the world hugely engined muscle cars.
Held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SEMA Show brings together the USA’s billion dollar aftermarket tuning and performance industry for one week. The show is a chance for companies from across the globe to show off their wares, but is also seized upon by car manufactures to show off their own creations. We’ve picked out some of our favourites below, both good and bad, from last week’s show.
South Side Performance Inc Nissan GT-R
LibertyWalk Lamborghini Murcielago – big arches
Mayday Garage Rauh-Welt Porsche 911
Founded in 1963 the Specialty Equipment Market Association covers a wide range of companies, from the big brands such as K&N and Edelbrock, to lesser known firms such as Crap Industries. Apparently Crap Industries make various exterior enhancements for cars such as the MINI Countryman to the Ford Raptor, demonstrating the breadth of the SEMA Show. Anyway, without further delay, here are our notable picks from 2013.
1. Ford Snakebit F-100
It’s hard to write this without it sounding too much like a Family Guy sketch. Essentially, this is the time Gene Simmons from KISS, his wife – actress Shannon Tweed – and a Canadian Ford dealership got together to produce a custom F-100 pickup to be auctioned for charity. (more…)
The MetroCentre is known for lots of things; being the biggest shopping centre in the UK, having a huge 3D IMAX screen in its Odeon cinema and for not actually being connected to the Tyne & Wear Metro. But as a meeting place for some of the North East’s finest American and classic cars? This was news to my ears.
Hot Rods, as it is known, has been running for a number of years despite various attempts to stop it happening. The second Wednesday of every month during the summer sees a range of American muscle, classic British and anything and everything in between descend on the retail park. Following a tip-off from a petrolhead colleague, I decided to head down and take a look what all the commotion was about.
Naturally, I left the Polo a fair distance away and walked over. Wandering through the car park leading towards Toys-R-Us and McDonald’s (those two American icons) it was obvious something car-related was going down. The revving of engine, the smell of exhaust fumes and the random performance and modified cars dotted around signalled we had hit the right place. With such an array of motoring delights on offer, it’s perhaps easiest to let the pictures do the talking.
No, not American, but the read deal. Genuine Lamborghini Countach.
Big Cadillac struggled to fit into regular UK parking bay
Crazy supercharged Ford Sierra P100
1970 Dodge Charger R/T. Certainly one of my top five muscle cars, along with one of my other half’s judging by her reaction!
Everything about the Charger looks wonderfully detailed, right down to the fuel cap.
This one left me reaching for the internets when I got home. Mercury Montego, in case you didn’t already know.
First generation Mustang mixes it with bōsōzoku Nissan Cube.
Jetta! US-styled Mk5 VW Jetta running on big 19″ Mercedes-Benz wheels. Makes me wish I’d kept hold of mine!
1970’s Pontiac dwarfed next to huge pick-up alongside.
Gorgeous Chevrolet Advance Design pick-up from the mid ’50s.
Real Hot Rods on display
Another Mustang; this time a later ’69 model year car.
Keeping it low, keeping it angled for the photos. Naturally.
Matte black Chevrolet pick-up sounded as good as it looks.
Another Mustang shows off its motor.
Can you get much more American than a 1950’s Chevrolet BelAir?
That’s a real bonnet (sorry, hood) ornament.
Opel Manta GTE shows off its stunningly clean engine bay
Perhaps not for winter use.
Classic Cortina was one of a number of Fords on display
Beautifully clean Mk1 Ford Escort RS2000. Interior equally as tidy.
My colleague’s Ford Focus ST, chilling with a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V.
Not Alabama, but Gateshead. Check out the massively lowered VW Passat on bronze Mercedes-Benz SLR wheels alongside.
What I liked most about the meet was that various types, genres and ages of car mixed in together without prejudice or discrimination. As a casual observer, it was inspiring to see muscle car, Mini Cooper, Mazda MX-5 and others lined up together. It seemed more a celebration of enthusiasts, rather than a clique built around one marque or model. If you happen to be in the area next time it’s on, I would wholeheartedly recommend stopping by.