With 710 Hemi horsepower, room for six, and Supercar acceleration, Dodge’s latest Sport Utility Vehicle - DURANGO SRT HELLCAT: ONE HELLUVA SUV – has no peers, blogs Dan Scanlan. Yes, the Durango has been around for 10 years, making it pretty long-in-tooth in automotive model cycles. And the fine folks at what is now Stellantis have put its supercharged HEMI in many other products including Chargers, Challengers and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Packing a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI...Read More
PROTOTYPE ENGINES: OLDSMOBILE ‘ROCKET’ SCIENCE!
These lightweight multi-carb, four-cam and even Hemi engines were being developed for future production engine research and, in some cases racing projects. Between 1969 and 1970, Oldsmobile Engineering was responsible for creating powerful ultra-efficient 350 to 455 cubic-inch V-8 engines rated up to 700 horsepower! Some were naturally aspirated and fitted with single Quadrajet four-barrel or Weber carburetors; others were fuel-injected and turbocharged. Most had aluminum blocks and heads. It w...Read More
‘16 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT: HEMI HAULER!
This Jeep Grand Cherokee is the biggest beast in the SRT family, and the most luxurious and all-weather capable, blogs Dan Scanlan. Birthed by the Street and Racing Technology team responsible for the V-10 Dodge Viper as well as the Charger and Challenger SRT392s and Hellcats, this hunkered-down Grand Cherokee commands respect both on and off road. “Regular” Grand Cherokees make do with a 3.6-liter V-6, a 3-liter EcoDiesel or a 5.7-liter V-8. But our 5,600-mile-old Grand Cherokee SRT h...Read More
‘16 DODGE SRT HEMI HELLCAT: SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM!
It’s a well-mannered hooligan, a bad boy that can haul people and butt with style and smoke, blogs Dan Scanlan. Just take a drive in my neighborhood – any street will do. You’ll see a lot of Hellcat traces left behind – twin rubber stripes departing from many stop signs. Sorry Dodge – the Hellcat with 707 Hemi horsepower generating 650 pound/feet of ground-pounding torque made me do it. And, according to Dodge, it has a top end of 204 mph! Dodge says the Hellcat’s SRT Hemi has the ...Read More
CHESAPEAKE BAY: ’15 ST. MICHAELS CONCOURS!
Mike Matune represented the Car Guy Chronicles at the ninth-annual Concours d’Elegance and Motor Tour along the shores of the Choptank River in Maryland. Held on the fairways of the River Marsh Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance Concours blends pre and postwar European and American classics into an eclectic mix of automotive art, all for the benefit of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Shot of the show field, top, gives you an idea of what ...Read More
‘15 DODGE CHARGER HEMI R/T: FAMILY MUSCLECAR!
Dan Scanlan checks out Dodge’s alternative to four-door boredom. This is not the Hellcat, with its supercharged 707-horsepower/6.2-liter HEMI V-8. But if you can’t have the uber-Dodge Charger, then our ‘15 R/T with a 370-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 is pretty nice until the extra 337 horses come along. So, does the R/T offer enough fun? The most iconic original Chargers came to market from 1966-1970. The last one was a front-wheel-drive compact hatchback before it died in 1987. Then ...Read More
‘15 DODGE CHARGER SRT HELLCAT: QUICKEST, FASTEST & MOST POWERFUL SEDAN!
Latest Hellcat from SRT is a four-door road rocket capable of preying on exotic sports cars and Supercars. With 707 horsepower, an NHRA-certified quarter-mile et of 11.0 seconds on street tires and a top speed of 204 mph, the world’s only four-door muscle car is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan ever. Supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat HEMI produces 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful V-8 Chrysler has ever produced. Unrivaled four-door Charger He...Read More
’14 DODGE HEMI-CHALLENGER: REDLINE R/T!
‘Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em,’ blogs intrepid road warrior, Dan Scanlan. There are many who say that old school rules when it comes to musclecars. Pair a 375-horsepower HEMI V-8 with a six-speed stick in a shape that’s instantly recognizable as a ponycar and you are In like Flint! And if it generates 410 pound-feet of torque and sits on gorgeous 20-inch black chrome alloy wheels, all the better. But in a world where sophistication trumps cubic inches, is there still a place for a musclec...Read More
MOPAR HEMI ENGINE: GOLDEN OLDIE!
Chrysler celebrates the golden anniversary of the 426-inch Hemi, an engine that has been 'rewriting' drag strip, circle track & Bonneville record books for 50 years! “Mopar is proud to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Gen II 426 HEMI, a revolutionary engine that inspired a long line of quality products in our brand’s portfolio,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC. “The 426 HEMI is such a vital part of our heritage and a key in...Read More