Dodge just keeps upping their game lately, and we couldn’t be happier. It was just recently that we received news about thenew Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody trim and new 2018 Dodge Durango look. Now, as it turns out, the look of the new Dodge Durango was just a teaser for the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT itself. Learn a little about the fastest SUV in its class, and how much it costs to put one in your driveway.
Under the hood of the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is none other than a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, capable of generating 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. That amount of torque allows the Durango SRT to tow up to 8,600 pounds, which is 2,200 pounds more than a Durango equipped with a 5.7-liter engine. The power of the 6.4L engine pushes the Durango’s speeds to 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and its quarter-mile time of 3.9 seconds officially makes the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT the fastest three-row SUV in America.
Can the AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT keep up with a RWD Challenger SRT Hellcat? The short (and probably surprising) answer is yes. We found this out by watching an awesome video on that raced the two vehicles. The Fast Lane Car (TFL) is the name of the group that made the video and we are pretty impressed, check it out for yourself below.
Yes, if you watched the Challenger SRT Hellcat ended up winning, but can you believe how close the race was? The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT was only behind by seconds at the finish line and also took off much faster than the Challenger SRT Hellcat. One thing is for sure, the AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT can keep up with the best of them.
Facts about the vehicles pertinent to the race:
The Hellcat is equipped with a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine, that gets 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Cherokee SRT produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque with its 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine.
Now is the time to put in an order for a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon because Dodge dealerships have officially been given the green light to place orders for the new muscle car. However, with only 3,000 units being made, how will they be delivered and who gets first dibs? Moreover, can just anyone buy a Demon? The devil is in the details on this one, or should we say the fine print? Grab a pitchfork and read on.
As it currently stands, the base price for a Dodge SRT Demon is set at $84,995 (not including the gas guzzler tax and destination fee). Dodge knows the way the auto market and dealerships work, they know the markups that can and will most likely happen when it comes to a high performance vehicle, especially one with limited production. To make sure everyone has a fair chance at getting one of 3,000 Demons, a few restrictions have been set to protect the customer.
Ever since the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon came out, we were all starting to think, “Well that’s it, for Dodge. Time to take a break.” WRONG. Dodge is just getting started. Since the Demon’s debut, they have been able to focus on other things like giving the Challenger SRT Hellcat a new look and buffing up their popular Durango. Plus, Ram decided to do a little something different this year, and instead of making bigger and badder trucks, they’re releasing a limited edition for the sophisticated type. Good news all around.
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The new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has several exterior components that mimic the Challenger SRT Demon in many ways. In comparison to the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has wider fender flares that add 3.5 inches to its width, and rides on 20-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke aluminum wheels and Pirelli P-Zero tires. What really makes it akin to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the new engine cooling system.
Built with a low-temperature circuit with two air/coolant heat exchangers integrated into the supercharger housing, drivers can take the Hellcat Widebody around the track for nearly half an hour, and air temperatures will still be kept under 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In conjunction with this, a power-bulge aluminum hood with a center intake and dual heat extractors, and illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps, a Dodge/SRT vehicle exclusive, has been integrated into the design.
Well folks, the rumors of the Plymouth Barracuda coming back have been reignited. It was recently reported that the FCA group filed to trademark the name “Cuda,” just two years after trademarking the name “Barracuda,” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It looks like they’re covering all their bases to do one simple thing, bring the Barracuda back under the Dodge name (formerly Plymouth).
We can’t say anything is for sure. We don’t even know what a modern day Dodge Barracuda would look like. No one does. Besides, it’s just a rumor … but why trademark both names if the FCA doesn’t have any plans for it, hear what we’re saying? So, we won’t say it’s definitely happening, but we’re not gonna laugh it off either. The Barracuda is serious business, and we’ll tell you why.
The Plymouth Barracuda was the first, yes the first car to coin the term “pony car.” The term describes an affordable and compact car with plenty of style and the performance to go with it. Not many know this because around the same time the Plymouth Barracuda came out (1964), Ford also came out with the Mustang. Interestingly enough, the consumer reception over the Mustang actually created the pony car craze that evidently led into the muscle car race.
Now, after 43 years of its absence, the Barracuda may return to the streets. It makes sense for Dodge to slap a nameplate on it too. They’re already revived classics like theDodge Challenger T/A and Dodge Charger Daytona. So it only seems logical for the muscle car brand we know and love today to bring back the vehicle that started it all. The only thing left to wonder about is when it will come out, and what platform of the Dodge brand will it share?
Rumors say the Dodge Cuda will be coming out in 2019, but the next-generation of the Dodge Challenger is set to come out around the year 2020, so it might wait on that; it’s a good chance since the new Challenger is rumored to share the platform of the Alfa Romeo Giorgio (another brand under the FCA umbrella). Will the Barracuda, or “Cuda” look anything like the new Challenger? Will it look more like the original model? Look at that picture above. Someone took some styling cues from Plymouth.