You can’t slow a rate of progress. Not in the business as fast-paced as the ...
You can’t slow a rate of progress. Not in the business as fast-paced as the automotive industry. Just watch the drag race between two Hemi-powered muscle machines and you will see what we mean.
Staged at the Santa Pod Raceway in the UK – Europe’s oldest drag strip – the duel pits the new Hemi against the old one. The results are decisive.
In one lane we have the custom hot rod powered by the 5.4-liter V8 sourced from the 1956 DeSoto – one of the many brands that Chrysler has killed off over the years.
It kicks out about 304 hp, but with only two seats and none of the creature comforts of today’s vehicles, it is focused on one thing, one thing only: straight-line performance. (Well, that and looking hot.)
In the other lane is the new Jeep Grand Cherokee – not the new Trackhawk model with a supercharged Hellcat engine, and the standard SRT model with its 6.4-liter V8.
It is substantially more potent at 468 horsepower, but that muscle has to move more machine, with five seats, the whole lot of cargo space, and all the trimmings. And then again, four-wheel drive only helps it get the power down to the tarmac.
Well, which makes its way down the strip faster? You have probably figured that out for yourself by now, and to see how close it is, you will want to watch the action for yourself in this video.
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