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Forgotten Idea: Dodge Super8 Hemi
First Proven: 2001 Detroit Auto Present
Description: Retro-themed massive sedan
Gross sales Pitch: “Embodies the tradition and essence of American optimism.”
First proven on the 2001 Detroit Auto Present, the retro-themed Super8 Hemi foreshadowed the introduction of a household of huge rear-drive Dodge automobiles, and the return of the Hemi V8 engine. Dodge’s dad or mum firm on the time was DaimlerChrysler, and in accordance with Freeman Thomas, DaimlerChrysler’s Vice President of Superior Product Design Technique, the Super8 Hemi design was influenced by Fifties-era diners and juke packing containers. The big four-door sedan rode on a 117-inch wheelbase and wore bodyside “strakes” in a nostalgic translucent green-turquoise, in addition to an incongruously low, swoopy roofline with a late-Fifties-style wraparound windshield. The front-hinged entrance doorways and rear-hinged rear doorways opened to disclose a pillarless passenger compartment–a little bit of pure show-car fancy. Inside, the steering wheel and a few inside trim items picked up the green-turquoise theme of the bodyside strakes.
The Super8 featured a 5.7-liter V8 with hemispherical cylinder heads that was rated at a 353 horsepower. The “Hemi” engine mated to a 4-speed computerized transmission and was able to propelling the Super8 to 60 mph from a cease in a claimed 5.7 seconds. The “passenger-priority” cabin function theater-style seating–the rear seats have been located larger than the entrance seats–and push-button transmission management.
Although the Super8’s design was largely panned by critics, its lineage was clearly evident within the styling of the well-received Chrysler 300 sedan and its Dodge Magnum station-wagon counterpart (each of which launched in 2004 as 2005 fashions), and the reborn Dodge Charger, which adopted for the 2006 mannequin 12 months.
The Super8 is so ugly it angers me. What I believe troubles me most is the wasted reverse-angle A-pillar. The reversed entrance pillar–which was by no means truly a Dodge design aspect, however was so efficient on automobiles just like the 1959-1960 Chevrolet–simply provides to the design confusion right here. Likewise, the brief rear deck appears at odds with the lengthy hood and awkward roof rake.
That stated, the Super8 did successfully fire up curiosity in DaimlerChrysler’s forthcoming massive rear-drive automobiles and the Hemi V8 engine. The revival of a legendary engine final produced in 1971, the reborn Hemi V8–actually an all-new engine dubbed “Hemi”–returned first in Dodge Ram pickup vans in 2003. We are going to ignore the odd Hemi-branded Mitsubishi engine with discovered its means below the hood of some Chrysler merchandise within the Eighties.
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Tremendous 8 Hemi
Tremendous 8 Hemi