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!
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
What could make a seven hundred and seven horsepower modern muscle car better? Ridiculously low pricing, that’s what! Which, if you’re lucky enough to live on the other side of the Atlantic, is what’ll you’ll be offered.
We’ve made almost as much noise about the Hellcat as the car itself does. But our love for the badass 6.2 supercharged HEMI Challenger got cranked up a notch today as Dodge announced the starting prices. For a car which will run a NHRA certified standing quarter-mile in just 10.8 seconds, you’ll need to stump up $59,995.
That’s the equivalent of only £35,000! We managed to spec an Audi S1 quattro to just shy of £32k recently, but here’s a 707 bhp muscle car for a tad more. As a result, EngageSportMode just loves the Hellcat even more than before. To celebrate, check out this YouTube video of it on the move. Turn your speakers to loud:
Forget what you heard; Detroit isn’t dead just yet. Dodge, as part of the Chrysler group has had a rough ride through the global recession recently. But forget all that because, to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary year, it’s produced the seven hundred and seven horsepower Hellcat.
Trying to write an opening paragraph without turning to expletives is pretty difficult with the Hellcat. I mean, come on, the name alone conjures up images of US Military hardware or a record label associated with loud punk rock. Whatever your interpretation, it’s not a subtle title. Perhaps they should have just named it the Challenger EPIC MOFO OMG instead.
The heart of the Hellcat is a 6.2 litre V8 supercharged HEMI engine. With that headline 707 bhp it’s not only the most powerful Dodge V8 ever made – so much so that all the engine testing rigs had to be upgraded – but also the first factory supercharged HEMI unit, and the production muscle car with the most stock power. There are so many superlatives and accolades to throw at this car; it’s as ridiculous as the 650 lb-ft of torque it produces. Expect to shred lots of 20″ rear tyres with that much twist.
Don’t mistake the Hellcat for Dodge simply shoehorning a huge motor into the Challenger’s engine bay though. The upgrades to it have gone into immense detail; even down to the driver’s side parking light being deleted to fit an Air Catcher cold air intake. In addition, the rest of the exterior has also been modelled in a wind tunnel, spending 33% more time there than the regular Challenger, to ensure it’s as aerodynamically efficient as possible. The front splitter and rear wing are obvious products of that, but work has also been done to cool that massive motor and the attached twin-screw supercharger. A special straight-through exhaust is fitted to maximise power and noise.