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Dodge shows off big horsepower in Detroit

by Patrick Rall on

While Dodge didn’t have any major news for the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, no other automaker showed as much high powered diversity. As a result, the huge FCA display in their new corner of Cobo Hall will be a popular attraction for show-goers who suffer from the need for speed.


The Hellcat Challenger and Charger, both in bright red, are the centerpieces of the big Dodge display. They are flanked by a 2016 Viper ACR with the Extreme Aero package on a rotating platform and a B5 Blue Charger Scat Pack. In that one little area, we have the world’s most powerful sedan, the world’s most powerful muscle car, the most capable street-legal track car, and a 485 hp sedan that offers more bang for your buck than anything else sold in America. Just those four cars combine to create 2,544 horsepower.

Further towards the back of the Dodge display, there were a pair of Plum Crazy purple cars, one Challenger and one Charger, along with a virtual drive of the Dodge Viper GT (using the actual car) and a Challenger 392 Hemi Shaker Scat Pack.

The Plum Crazy Challenger and Charger didn’t have any badging, so they may be V6 cars, but with Plum Crazy being new for the 2016 year, they are likely to draw a ton of attention. I was surprised that the company didn’t parade out a couple of Hellcat cars in Plum Crazy with the new carbon fiber full length stripes, but maybe they are saving those for public viewing days.

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Finally, while it isn’t a high performance car like the Viper, Challenger or Charger, the Dodge Durango was on display with the handsome Brass Monkey wheels that have been so popular on the 707hp cars. Should the company begin offering Brass Monkey wheels on the Durango R/T, I suspect that it will become a very popular option.

The video below offers a quick look at the Viper GT virtual drive with an untrained driver behind the wheel. He crashed in the first corner, as did most people who played during the course of the day.

If you are headed to the Detroit Auto Show and you love high performance vehicles, the Dodge display is certain to be worth the trip to the Motor City.


Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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