Speed freaks looking for the next evolution of SRT power may not have to wait as long as expected, according to several Allpar sources. The “absolutely sinister, stupid power” of the supercharged Hemi V8 engine will reportedly be shown off in a Dodge Challenger at the Detroit Auto Show.
The Dodge Challenger and Charger are both set for refreshes during calendar-year 2014, along with the related Chrysler 300. Whether SRT shows off their new engine in the new Challenger body or in an old “mule,” is still to be seen. Either way, the engine is reportedly more powerful than those of the GT500 or Z28; and will be coupled to an eight-speed automatic or a (probably Tremec) manual shifter. Allpar was told to expect a price similar to the Camaro Z28 — around $70,000 to $80,000. See HellCat Hemi spy shot and details for more.
The 2015 Dodge Charger squad has been tested in police trim for the first time, but since it kept the five-speed automatic, it has turned in numbers similar to past years. While the eight-speed V6 Charger does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, the five-speed was timed at 8.05 seconds by the Michigan State Police. The civilian 2015 Charger gained acceleration from the eight-speed, [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]