We’re not shy about being fans of Hemi power here at EngageSportMode, even when placed in something slightly inappropriate like an SUV. This video might demonstrate why.
Hurrah, we can use our preferred ‘nobody needs one, but we still love’ line again! The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is totally unnecessary, but we still love the fact it exists. We love the new Hellcat-powered Trackhawk version even more, but that’s not the one making waves here today.
No, this is just the ‘regular’ Hemi-powered SRT Grand Cherokee with a 468hp 6.4-litre V8, taking on a classic hot rod. Naturally this hot rod is based on a Ford Model A body, but this too features a Hemi engine up front. We can’t really say ‘under the hood’ given that this one has pretty much gone sans bonnet.
It’s also a little bit of an unfair matchup, given that the Hemi in the hot rod is 1956 DeSoto FireDome unit – the original Chrysler hemispherical engine. With 304hp it’s a little bit down on the new 6.3-litre motor in the Grand Cherokee, even if it does have substantially less weight to haul. So who won? Well, we won’t spoil the surprise for you:
So yes, we’d still quite happily have an SRT Grand Cherokee please, Jeep.
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!
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.
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.