Staying competitive in the pick-up truck market is no easy task. Government standards are implementing policies that require automakers to make their vehicles more fuel-efficient, yet no one wants to take away the power, towing or hauling ability from their pick-ups. New technologies are being introduced every month so that customers are satisfied and still proud to represent their brand on the road.
To keep pick-up trucks up-to-date with the market trends, automakers often have to make big decisions that affect the future of their brand, including whether or not they should discontinue a model. A story from pickuptrucks.com says that Chrysler will be phasing their 4.7-Liter V8 so that the 8-speed will become standard.
Chrysler’s focus is to produce a pick-up truck that would be more competitive against Ford and General Motors. For now, the eight-speed comes standard only with the Ram’s Pentastar V6 and is optional with the Hemi V8, the story said.
The article reported that Chrysler’s Ram 1500’s Hemi V8 currently accounts for 85% of sales, which is likely to drop as the Pentastar comes in; however, it’s meant to put a dent in Ford’s sales of it’s 3.5-liter F-150.
When you look at a side-by-side comparison, the EcoBoost F-150 puts out 365 HP, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and more than 11,000 pounds of towing capacity, the story said. For the Ram 1500, Pickuptrucks.com reported that it has a 5.7-liter engine that produces 395 HP and 407 pounds-feet of torque, but it’s towing capacity falls short at 10,450 pounds.
EPA ratings for the Ram haven’t been reported yet, but Ford’s F-150 is said to get 16/22 mpg with 2-wheel drive.
With so many variables to consider, the use of your pick-up truck is one of the primary buying influences. So, PowerBlock fans: What do you look for in a pickup truck? Let us know on our Facebook page.
September 13, 2012 Auburn Hills, Mich.– Dodge is turning up the heat in the police pursuit vehicle segment. In response to police fleet customer demand and with input from the Chrysler Group’s Police Advisory Board, the already well-received Dodge Charger Pursuit will offer an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine.
“Adding available all-wheel-drive capability to the already popular Dodge Charger Pursuit will broaden the Charger’s appeal to police departments that are accustomed to dealing with rough winters and adverse weather conditions,” said Peter Grady, Vice President – Network Development & Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. “With the Charger Pursuit now offering dual capability of both rear- and all-wheel-drive, we’ll be able to meet the needs of our police fleet customers across the country.”
The Dodge Charger’s AWD system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system that better balances performance and fuel economy.
“The Dodge Charger offers the most sophisticated all-wheel-drive system in its class,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. “Only Charger offers a front-axle disconnect that seamlessly transitions from the outstanding performance and handling of rear-wheel drive to the all-weather traction of all-wheel drive, with class-leading fuel economy and iconic styling.”
Chrysler Group engineers have already started testing the Dodge Charger Pursuit with the AWD system. The vehicle will meet the police pursuit durability cycle set for RWD models that ensures the car can reliably handle the extreme conditions seen in police use. Police fleet customers will be able to start ordering the Dodge Charger Pursuit with AWD for the 2014 model year.
Dodge Charger Pursuit
The 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit features two uncompromised, high-performance engines that deliver world-class levels of power, refinement, technology and fuel efficiency.
Delivering best-in-class power and achieving the fastest-ever lap time at Michigan State Police’s (MSP) Vehicle Evaluation Test for the 2012 model year (1:33.70) at Grattan Raceway in Michigan – the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 with its legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine unleashes 370 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-to-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and up to 25 highway mpg with innovative four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology.
With the 2012 model achieving the fastest naturally aspirated (tested with both regular unleaded and E-85 flex-fuel) lap times around MSP’s Vehicle Evaluation Test, the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 with its aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, offers E-85 flex-fuel capability and up to 27 highway mpg.
With superior ride and handling, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features Chrysler Group’s second-generation large car rear-wheel-drive architecture with performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
Developed with the guidance of the brand’s Police Advisory Board, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features a mobile-command interior with unique features, including a Vehicle Systems Interface Module for easy equipment integration, heavy-duty police-duty front seats and column-mounted shifter with Auto Stick.
In addition to its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick,” the Dodge Charger Pursuit surrounds the heroic men and women who protect with uncompromising safety and security equipment, including standard advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers and driver’s knee bag.
The 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit equipped with Mopar’s police equipment packages is available through Chrysler Group LLC’s fleet operations. The Dodge Charger Pursuit is manufactured at Chrysler Group LLC’s Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant.
Courtney welcomes NHRA top fuel dragster racer Clay Millican to PowerBlock this weekend. His Parts Plus machine produces 8,000 horses from a 500 cubic Hemi that makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows at the Indy 500! Clay is one of the most successful IHRA racers of all time: IHRA All-Time Most Wins for Professional Driver, Six Consecutive World Championships (2001-2006), 51 IHRA National Event Wins, Top Fuel Consecutive Event Wins (10 in 2002), Top Fuel Consecutive Round Wins (30 in 2002), Most Wins in a single season (11 in 2002)
IHRA World Record Holder for Elapse Time and Speed 4.48 @ 328 mph and 2000 IHRA Rookie of the Year. Check it out on The PowerBlock July 7th & 8th and remember we now air 9am ET – 11am ET. For more: ClayMillican.com
Here are some cool stats on dragsters:
• One cylinder of the eight cylinders of a Top Fuel dragster produces more than the entire horsepower output of a NASCAR Sprint Cup engine.
• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster leaves the starting line with a force nearly five times that of gravity, the same force of the space shuttle when it leaves the launching pad at Cape Canaveral.
• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster accelerates from 0 to 100 mph in less than .8-second, almost 11 seconds quicker than it takes a production Porsche 911 Turbo to reach the same speed.
• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster travels the length of more than four football fields in less than four seconds
• It takes just 15/100ths of a second for all 8,000 horsepower of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the rear wheels.
• Under full throttle, a Top Fuel dragster engine consumes 1 gallon of nitromethane per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
• A stock Dodge 426 Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster’s supercharger.
• With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
• In order to exceed 300 mph in 4 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G’s. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the launch acceleration approaches 8G’s.