JEEP HELLCAT V8 IN THE WORKS?
Could a Jeep Hellcat V8 be coming. Oh yes, indeed it could.
The automaker is reportedly working out some kinks to put a 707-horsepower Hellcat under the hood of its 2017 Cherokee Trackhawk. Yes, it’s the same engine in the much-heralded Dodge Charger SRT and Challenger SRT. (The Car Pro’s reviewed both by the way.) That would increase the current horsepower by 230 ponies and add 180 pound-feet of torque. But as we said, there are some kinks to work out. The issue right now is reportedly a potential torque-induced durability problem involving the Grand Cherokee’s four-wheel-drive system.
If all goes well, however, the Hellcat Trackhawk should arrive next year. The base model will likely keep its $65,000 price tag, while the Hellcat variant could fetch closer to $80,000. Stay tuned.
CHEVY CAMARO THEFTS
If you own a Chevy Camaro, you might want to keep it under lock and key. New figures show that nearly 500,000 Camaro’s were stolen between 1981 and 2014 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Thefts peaked in the 1980s and the top model stolen was back in 1984 when more than 54,000 ’84s were swiped by thieves.
The top five years for Camaro thefts were 1989 (35,881 thefts), 1988 (33,975), 1990 (33,576), 1987 (32,110) and 1991 (31,291). The top five model years for Camaro thefts were 1984 (54,533), 1986 (53,422), 1985 (43,238), 1982 (37,687) and 1987 (36,225).
Anti-theft measures have come a long way over the years. From 2010-2014, thefts have averaged about 2,300 a year.
LAMBORGHINI URUS CONFIRMED
Lamborghini is official confirming once and for all it will build the Urus SUV. The crossover debuted in 2012 and Lamborghini’s been trying to get it into production ever since. It will likely be built at least in part at the VW plant in Slovakia, but be assembled in Italy. It’s likely to hit the road in 2018.
The Urus, named after a cow, won’t be Lamborghini’s first SUV. That honor goes to the boxy LM002, nicknamed the “Rambo Lambo” that came out just before the original Hummer and was powered by the Countach’s V12 engine.
Timing of the new SUV’s actual launch is crucial for Lamborghini, which sold an all-time high 2,530 cars in 2014, an increase of 19 percent. Previously, the automaker predicted it could sell 3,000 SUVS which would double its current model output.
The Urus will enter an increasingly competitive ultra-luxury SUV market as every automaker scrambles to get in while it’s hot. It will go up against SUVs such as the Maserati Levante, Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover Supercharged, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo.