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2006 Jeep Hurricane concept

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Show-stopping concepts and extreme expressions of the Chrysler Group brands aren’t new: Dodge had its Tomahawk and Chrysler, the ME Four-Twelve. But when the Jeep Hurricane blew onto the 2005 North American International Auto Show stage, it raised the bar for the Jeep brand.

Jeep Hurricane is simply the most maneuverable, most capable and most powerful 4x4 ever built,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Chrysler Group Design. “It pays homage to the extreme enthusiasts’ Jeep vehicles in form and off-road capability, but is a unique interpretation of Jeep design. Simply stated, it is the extreme example for the Jeep brand.

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Jeep Hurricane represents the continued success of bold concept vehicles for the brands as a means of demonstrating Chrysler Group’s creative and mechanical expertise. For example, powerful powertrain performance is an understatement considering the Hurricane is not just HEMI-equipped, but HEMI squared. There are two 5.7-liter HEMI engines in the vehicle: one in the front and one in the back. Both engines deliver 335 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque - a total of 670 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque.

Can you have responsible excess? To test the theory, we equipped both HEMI engines in the Jeep Hurricane with the Chrysler Group Multi-Displacement System (MDS). Depending on the driver’s needs, the Hurricane can be powered by 4-, 8-, 12- or 16-cylinders. All of that translates into buckets of torque for climbing obstacles other 4x4 vehicles can’t even comprehend. In addition, it has the power and traction to move from 0-60 in less than five seconds.

The power is delivered through a central transfer case and split axles with a mechanically controlled four-wheel torque distribution system. The front and rear suspension is short/long arm independent with 20 inches of suspension travel, controlled by coilover shocks with remote reservoirs.

The vehicle has 14.3 inches of ground clearance, and incredible approach/departure angles of 64.0 /86.7 degrees. These are nearly vertical angles - combined with 37-inch tall tires, so the Hurricane won’t meet much that it can’t climb. The Jeep Hurricane is the only vehicle on the auto-show circuit that provides its own turnable feature. The vehicle features a turn radius of absolutely zero, thanks to skid steer capability and toe steer: the ability to turn both front and rear tires inward. In addition, the vehicle features two modes of automated four-wheel steering. The first is traditional with the rear tires turning in the opposite direction of the front to reduce the turning circle. The second mode is an innovation targeted to off-road drivers: the vehicle can turn all four wheels in the same direction for nimble crab steering. This allows the vehicle to move sideways without changing the direction the vehicle is pointing.

Out in the wilderness, changing direction in minimal space can mean the difference between an afternoon of adventure and a distress call back to the trailhead,” Creed said. “The multi-mode four-wheel steering system on Jeep Hurricane is designed to offer enthusiasts the next level of performance and unexpected maneuverability.

The one-piece body is shaped of structural carbon fiber, and forms the chassis that would be offered through a traditional frame. The suspension and powertrain are mounted directly to the body. An aluminum spine runs under the body to both connect the underside and to function as a complete skid plate system.

The design is lightweight with high strength, and it boasts functional appearance. Jeep Hurricane is an honest, minimalist approach to its design augmented with the Jeep Jeep signature seven-slot grille, two seats and no doors. On the inside, occupants will be surrounded by exposed carbon fiber and polished aluminum with Black Thunder and Tiluminum accents.



5 comments:

Can i get a hurricane poster?

Um, this is Sir Jeep. Sorry for that typo. Treo, not Theo.

Hang on a sec, I’m not done. I failed to see the Jeep Gladiator (gave it a five) and Jeep Rescue (five, again.) Tell Jeep to make ’em and keep ’em around. Kill the SRT8 Grand Cherokee, though.

I’m a real Jeep fan (yeah, OK, I’m not even 11, but who cares? I know more about cars than my mom and dad). Tell Jeep to build the Hurricane (w/ good gas mileage) exactly like the concept car including all the off-road goodies, don’t do any face-lifts, and keep it in production until at least 2015, when I can buy it. I’m not some Arnold Schwarrsczineiger, though, so PLEASE keep a base price and fully-loaded price around Golf GTI levels, please. This concept is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. Tell them to also KEEP THE WRANGLER LIKE IT IS, BUILD THE SCRAMBLER PICKUP, KEEP THE PATRIOT AROUND (PLUS ADD A NON-CVT TRANSMISSION TO IT), AND DO A MAJOR FACE-LIFT TO THE JEEP COMPASS. You know the concept they showed at the Pitt. Auto Show? Yeah, well, that looked a whole lot better than what they’re building now (add a non-continuosly variable trans. to this, too). I would buy it. I’m hoping to own a Jeep Wrangler, Scrambler, Patriot, concept look-a-like Compass, Hurricane, Theo (by the way, I was the one who posted the 5-star review for the Theo), and a Toyota FJ Cruiser, so tell Toyota to keep that around, too. Also, the 20-inch gap between windows is stylin’, but should be reduced to 10 by 2015, else I’m doin’ my shopping elsewhere. Nope, no Hummers for me. By the way, the fins should NOT BE ON THE THEO. Tell them.

this jeep is so ing sweet!

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