Muscle Car

New | 2018 Dodge Durango SRT | HEMI muscle for the whole family!

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!

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

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.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

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.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

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!

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

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New Metal | 2018 Ford Mustang

The single most important part of this article? That the new 2018 Mustang is available with an ‘Orange Fury’ signature paint colour option. But there’s much more than just that, honest…

2018 Ford Mustang

Can you believe that the current sixth generation Ford Mustang has already been around for over three years? No, we couldn’t either, until we checked back through previous posts to find the first photos of the 2015 model year ‘Stang. So, after just over 36 months, Ford got Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to pull the covers off the new 2018 Mustang. We’re not even kidding about that.

2018 Ford Mustang

No, it doesn’t look hugely different. This is, after all, a mid-life facelift rather than a full on redesign of Ford’s pony car. The biggest external change is a new drooping snout, courtesy of a lower bonnet line and front grille, matched with more aggressive and angular headlights. The latter are now full-LED units, matching the LED taillamps found at the rear. Add in redesigned bumpers, plus extra exhaust tips for the 5.0 V8, and that is pretty much your lot. Not forgetting a choice of new alloy wheel designs, and paint colours, of course.

Spot the difference. 2018 model year is on the left.

Spot the difference. 2018 model year is on the left if you’re struggling to tell.

There’s the promise of more luxurious materials inside, with hand-stitching to the centre console cover, a new Mustang badge and – most significantly of all – a new key fob design. Ok, we’re perhaps being slightly flippant, but that’s due to the evolutionary nature of the styling updates.
In terms of technology, the addition of a customisable 12″ LCD instrument panel is a genuinely big deal, offering a choice of different display dependent on whether, normal, sport, or race mode is engaged. Preferred choices for suspension, steering and other settings can now be saved, avoiding all that annoying button pressing every time you get in the car. (more…)

New – 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – 707 HP! Yes, really!

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.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 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.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

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.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

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.

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SEMA 2013 – The wild and wonderful

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.

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

Snakebit at SEMA

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…)