This Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Pickup Is Begging to Fight the Ford Ranger Raptor
The 2021 Dodge Durango was launched a few days back and has been welcomed warmly by enthusiasts all around the globe. Dodge has set a cat among the pigeons in form of the 710-horsepower Hellcat engine under the hood of the 2021 Durango. This is certainly bound to reinvigorate the powerful SUV segment. However, it looks like the SUV could do well in another segmentl, thanks to a rendering by X-Tomi Design. X-Tomi has rendered the 2021 Dodge Durango as a pickup truck and we have fallen in love with it. With the Ranger Raptor enjoying some sort of a monopoly on the market, the Durango as a compact, powerful truck could rival it for supremacy. Who are you betting on?
Resurrection: Is the Dodge Dakota Really Making a Comeback?
Ram is the only major truck maker that doesn’t have a presence in the overcrowded midsize pickup truck market. However, it looks like that’s set to change. FCA had previously announced that it will come up with a compact truck in 2022.
People have connected the dots with the latest Dakota trademark filing and presumed that the truck will be given the moniker. However, the trademark doesn’t even specify that. While both these things are true - the arrival of a new compact pickup truck in the future and FCA filing a trademark for Dakota – they may not be connected to each other at all.
FCA Boss Shoots The Ravens That Were Reporting on Possible Dodge Viper Return
Like the Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Charger Will Also Get a Facelift for 2019
The Charger isn’t exactly as old as the senior-citizen Challenger (now 10 years old) but it has been on the market since 2011, making it due for a generational shift. We’ll have to wait a little longer for that, but to help keep the mob at bay, Dodge is ushering in a much-needed facelift for 2019. Little is known at this point but as you can see from the teaser image, it’s slated to get a new face. High performance models like the SRT Hellcat, for example, will get an all-new grille and will even get that integrated intake. The grille is slimmed down considerably compared to the 2018 model and it looks like the front fascia may actually be a bit sportier.
Outside of what we can see in this photo, however, there’s little more to be said without going into excessive speculation. We don’t even know if the Charger will get that same aggressive hood scoop from the Challenger update. We do know that a full design is underway for both the Challenger and Charger, however. And, to make things even better, the wait is due to a major platform shift that will have the Challenger and Charger brothers riding on the same platform as the Maserati Ghibli.
That could be big news for these two reborn but aging muscle cars. Stick around for updates about the 2019 facelift and be sure to check out our full review of each model at the links below!
Dodge Viper ACR’s Quest For Nurburgring Glory Still Falls Short
Production of the Dodge Viper has officially ended, so there really is little reason to hope for the American sports car to somehow find its way back into the land of the living. If there ever were people who have been properly commemorating the departure of the beloved Viper, nobody’s doing a better job at it than the good people of the Viper Owners Association. For those who don’t remember, members of the organization successfully embarked on a crowdfunding movement to send the Dodge Viper ACR to the Nurburgring to see if it could take down the lap record for a production car, a record currently held by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
It had an initial run back in July and, while it didn’t succeed in toppling the Huracan Performante’s 6:52.01 lap time, it did manage to post a still-impressive time of 7:03.45. Not content with its pace, the group went back to the ‘Ring with drivers Dominik and Mario Farnbacher in tow, determined to succeed where it failed the first time. Unfortunately, their best efforts “only” resulted in a fastest lap of 7:03.23, which was still more than 10 seconds off of the pace of the Huracan Performante. Disappointing as it was - the team blamed the hot weather as a factor in the car’s performance, as per Road & Track - there’s still reason to be optimistic as the team plans to make a third trip back to the ‘Ring to see if it can at least break the seven-minute barrier, or better yet, do what is becoming a seemingly insurmountable task and take down the Huracan Performante’s record.
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The End Is Nigh For the Dodge Viper
After 25 years of redefining the American sports car landscape, the Dodge Viper has about six weeks left to live before Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pulls the plug on the famed sports car. FCA made it official (again) by sending a notice to the state of Detroit, confirming its plans to close down the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant where the last of the Vipers are being built.
While this isn’t exactly breaking news – FCA confirmed the August 31 funeral for the Viper back in February – the automaker’s latest notice does provide a cold dose of reality to the inevitable that a lot of us hoped would never come to pass. The Dodge Viper is set to be killed off and there appears to be no turning back. The good news is that according to FCA spokesman Jodi Tinson, the Viper’s production facility has a future part of the company’s plans. The scope of those plans have yet to be announced, but it’s reassuring to know the factory will still have some life to it, even if the same can’t be said for the Viper. Oh, well. All good thing must come to an end, it seems. It’s had a good 25-year run, minus the two years it was shelved from 2010 to 2012. Weak sales may have contributed to the sports car’s demise, but its legacy will remain intact long after the final model is sent out of production. It’s been a good ride, Dodge Viper.
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The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results
By now you’ve probably read how the 2017 Ford Super Duty was crowned the Truck of Texas and that the 2017 Nissan Armada won the SUV of Texas. But the Super Duty and Armada were far from the only winners at this year’s Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association.
More than 70 journalists and social media influencers descended upon the 1,623-acre Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas to test approximately 71 pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and commercial vehicles in TAWA’s annual event.
A total of 17 categories grouped the vehicles with their competition, ranging from compact crossovers and full-size SUVs to Off-Road pickups. Other categories included best connectivity, best technology, and best powertrain.
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