Radical Trail Machine
A Jeep that can turn in its own radius, is powered by twin 5.7L Hemi V-8s, and can do 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds was unveiled at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.
"The Jeep Hurricane is the most maneuverable, most capable, and most powerful 4x4 ever built," said Trevor Creed, senior vice president of the Chrysler Group design department. Both engines are multidisplacement powerplants, meaning the Hurricane can be powered by 4, 8, 12, or 16 cylinders, depending on the driver's needs. With all 12 cylinders burning fuel, the engines deliver a total of 670 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque.
The Hurricane has 14.3 inches of ground clearance and approach/ departure angles of 64.0/86.7 degrees. It also has a turning radius of absolutely zero, thanks to skid-steer capability and tow steer - the ability to turn both front and rear tires inward. In addition, the vehicle has two modes of automated four-wheel steering. The first is traditional, with the rear tires turning in the opposite direction of the front to reduce the turning circle. The second mode is an innovation targeted to off-road drivers, turning all four wheels in the same direction for crab steering. This allows the vehicle to move sideways without changing the direction the vehicle is pointing.
The one-piece body is shaped of structural carbon-fiber. The suspension and powertrain are mounted directly to the body, with an aluminum spine running under the body to connect the underside and function as a skidplate system. The Hurricane was built with two seats and no doors. Will Jeep ever offer something such as the Hurricane for sale? We doubt it, but we can already see lightbulbs in the minds of rockcrawling enthusiasts.
Dodge is expected to recall some 600,000 Durango 4x4s and Dakota 4x4 pickups because a front suspension component, the upper ball joint, may be subject to progressive wear. The component in question appears on '00-'03-1/2 trucks.
The title "World's Fastest Truck" has been taken by the '05 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab, a 2WD V-10 that does 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. According to the testing done by the Guinness Book of Records, the SRT-10 has a top speed of more than 154 mph. Prior to the SRT-10, the Ford Lightning had been considered the fastest production pickup truck available.
According to J.D.Power's 2004 Vehicle Dependability Study, the Ford Ranger is the "Most Dependable Compact Pickup." The Chevrolet Tahoe was awarded the "Most Dependable Fullsize Vehicle" title, and the GMC Sierra is the "Most Dependable Fullsize Pickup." The "Most Dependable Light-Duty Fullsize Pickup" award went to the Ford F-150, and the Toyota 4Runner won the award for midsize SUVs.
New 2005 Crash Ratings
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new crash-test results for selected '05 vehicles and rollover ratings for SUVs, vans, and cars.
The highest-rated SUVs in the latest round of rollover testing were the Lincoln Navigator 4x4 and Toyota Highlander 4x4, with each receiving four stars, with a 17.4 percent chance of rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash. In frontal crashes, the Toyota Tundra pickup received high marks, with a four-star rating for the driver and five-star rating for the front passenger and side-impact tests. For a complete list of results, check out: www.safercar.gov.