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5 Most Powerful American Cars and SUVs Today

Earlier, we have discussed how automotive experts wanted the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon banned from the roads. They are worried that its ridiculously high output might trigger reckless drivers. That is subject for debate though.

For now, let us take a look at where the Dodge Demon falls under the 5 most powerful American cars and sport utility vehicles today based on an article from Fox News Auto.

1. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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Unsurprisingly, the Demon falls into first place, thanks to its 6.2-liter V8 engine that can produce up to 808 hp. As if that’s not yet high enough, the source said that pumping the vehicle with 100 octane race gas can raise its output to 840 hp.

2. Dodge Challenger/Charger SRT Hellcat

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The Hellcats each carry a 6.2-liter V8 unit. The engine packs 707 hp. The Challenger model is capable of getting a top speed of 199 mph while the more aerodynamically-built Charger can take up to 204 mph.

3. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is considered as the most powerful in the SUV segment. The auto shares the same engine as the Hellcat, which is good for 707 hp. The vehicle only falls a bit short in the torque department compared to the Hellcat. The Trackhawk has 645 lb-ft of torque while the Hellcat has 650 lb-ft. The SUV also boasts an all-wheel drive system.

4. 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 packs a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine. The output of the unit is 662 hp and it can reach up to 202 mph.

5. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z06/Camaron ZL1

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Tying in the fifth place of this list are the Chevrolet Camaro Z06 and the Camaro ZL1. Each car is equipped with 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 hp. The ZL1 has faster shift times than the Z06 though as it has a 10-speed automatic gearbox compared to its sibling’s eight-speed unit.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Transformed Into “The Exorcist” by Hennessey

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The Hennessey Performance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, also known as “The Exorcist”, is placed on the dyno to find out the actual power going to its wheels.

Hennessey Performance took a shot at the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon with its tuned Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 rechristened as “The Exorcist”. The performance of the auto was raised to a total of 1,000 hp to beat the 840 hp possessed by its rival car.

The Boost

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine. The output of the unit is at 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The power of the car is distributed via a 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox with manual shifting mode. The said factors allow the vehicle to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and gain a top speed of 195 mph.

The Exorcist reportedly to carries 1,000 hp in its tuned V8 engine. The dyno testing of the car resulted to 959 hp and 756 lb-ft of torque going to its tires. There is no data yet about its new acceleration time from zero to 60 mph but it should be incredibly faster than the stock numbers. The maximum speed of the vehicle is expected to get a bump too.

The Exorcist Vs the Demon

The Hennessey Performance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 “The Exorcist” is yet to take on the Dodge Challenger Demon. So whether “The Exorcist” prevails against the “Demon”, or vice versa, in a drag race remains to be seen. Looking at the numbers though, the odds seem stacked in favor of the Camaro.

The source estimated that if the drivetrain power loss of a modern car, which is around 10 percent, is applied to “The Exorcist”, the overall power of the auto in the crank might be around 1,100 hp.

Video of The Exorcist on the Dino

Check out the video below showing the Hennessey Performance Chevy Camaro ZL1’s performance on the dyno:

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Models Get Lower Prices

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Chevrolet announced price cuts on some of its 2017 Camaro models. The move is to keep the momentum of the Chevrolet Camaro going as it is now narrowing its gap with the Ford Mustang in terms of sales.

According to a source, the Camaro units affected by the price slashes are the 1LS base models as well as the convertible trims of the range. The cost of the products have dropped by $400 up to $2,900.

With the cuts, the report noted that the starting price of the Camaro 1LS model has gone down to $26,900 inclusive of destination charges. It is still more expensive than the Mustang V-6’s base price of $25,815. However, the new 1LS is $400 cheaper than it was before the price adjustment was made.

The article added that buyers will get more out of their money’s worth with the new 1LT model. Chevrolet retained all the features introduced in the discontinued 1LT manual trim with the standard 1LS manual-only variant. Despite the removal of the manual 1LT trim in the lineup, the automaker made up for it with its automatic transmission version.

The new 1LT comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission as a standard fit. The eight-speed automatic transmission feature used to be an optional purchase worth $1,495. The revamped Camaro 1LT automatic costs $27,595, which is $1,200 less than its older model.

The 1LT possesses the same engine present with the 1LS and 2LT models. The mentioned units have the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine as a standard and an optional 3.6-liter V6. The SS versions are equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 power unit.

The coupe trim prices remain untouched while the prices of the convertible models have price cuts of up to $2,900. The manual 1LS had the most cut, which currently costs $31,400. The rest like the 1LT automatic convertible and 2LT convertible have their starting prices dropped to $33,595 and $36,600, respectively. The two are now $2,200 and $1,800 lower than their original price tags.

The SS variants take a $1,000 dip too. The 1SS and the 2SS are presently priced at $43,900 and $48,900, respectively.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Unveiled With 640hp, 10-Speed Auto

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Everyone thought the 1LE would be the biggest and meanest Camaro to be unveiled this year. Well, we’re dead wrong. According to Motor Authority, Chevrolet just announced the debut of the new Camaro ZL1, which packs a staggering 640 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque.

That power comes from the familiar supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 found in cars like the Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V. This is combined with the lighter chassis of the sixth-generation Camaro’s Alpha platform.

The combination would give Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT350R a run for its money. It can even embarrass some other “powerful machines,” such as those being churned out by Porsche.

There are no significant details yet about the power and speed of the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but expect it to be faster, of course, than the previous ZL1 that can run the quarter mile in 11 seconds. The new ZL1 has 60 horsepower more than the previous version, and it also weighs 200 pounds less.

And with the 10-speed automatic transmission, expect it to move right up there in the speed ranking. The transmission was developed with Ford, which initially wanted it for the new F-150 Raptor.

But those who don’t have the need for such speed can have the standard 6-speed manual with rev-matching.

There are other technologies used in the new ZL1 that has nothing to do with speed, but with a more efficient performance. The list includes magnetic ride control, an electronic limited-slip differential, performance-oriented traction control, launch control and a driving modes selector.

The new ZL1 has massive Brembos with six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear too. Then, there are 15.35-inch discs at the front and 14.37-inch discs at the rear. The car sits on 20-inch wheels shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires that measure 285/30 at the front and 305/30 at the rear.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will have its world debut next week at the New York Auto Show, so stay tuned for more details.

Callaway Brings the Chevrolet Camaro to 610 HP

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The motoring world now is not like before. Manufacturers are continually downsizing their supercars to be more efficient and eco-friendly. Still, it’s nice to see car companies use forced induction that focuses on extra horsepower, not minding fuel economy and efficiency.

Callaway has thankfully brought their GenThree supercharger to the Chevrolet Camaro V8, pushing it to a height of 610 horsepower, according to Gizmag. This is based on a package originally developed for the Corvette with a 2300cc Eaton rotor pack that forces air upwards, which then create that extra power for the machine.

But the problem is supercharging creates extra heat that then forced Callaway to use convective cooling to allow the air to cool as it flows through the supercharger housing. This process becomes more effective because the housing exposes it to the air.

Combined with Callaway’s system, the motor can produce 610 hp (449 kW), and a monstrous 827 Nm (610 ft-lb) of torque through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. In total, that’s 155 hp (110 kW) more than the base edition Chevrolet Camaro SS churns out to the market.

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The Camaro SC610 would also have a larger intercooler to ensure that the car can provide maximum power on the track. What hasn’t been tested yet is the ability of Camaro’s brakes to do the same. That would have to wait.

Under the hood, the Camara SC610 is even more impressive. It has a special carbon fiber that covers the air intakes, as well as a unique build plaque and a number of badges on the exterior.

And if that isn’t enough, Callaway is selling the car with a three-year, 36,000-mile (60,000-kilometer) warranty that also works with GM’s powertrain warranty.

The Camaro SC610 reportedly has a starting price of $54,920 with a new Camaro SS, or $16,995 as a package to already existing cars.

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