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Watch: Dodge teases addition of 8,950 All-American horsepower to its lineup

Dodge is teasing a horsepower infusion.

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Dodge is going into the Independence Day weekend with a bang, pop, and vroom. The Detroit-based automaker, a division of FCA, is poised to introduce a number of models to their lineup, adding 8,950 horsepower to a stable already filled with the power of nearly 3 million horses.

"The sound of a screaming supercharged HEMI is so distinctive that this teaser video doesn't need a single image ... if you know, you know," said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. "Tune in July 2 to celebrate with Dodge the pursuit of life, liberty and 8,950 horsepower."

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Dodge has released the first of five teasers for the new models with others to follow on July 1 and 2. The first video features a rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" with sounds from Dodge's lineup of HEMI engines played overtop. It's a combination of high-speed revving, upshifting, downshifting and supercharger whines.

On July 1, the brand will share three more unique teaser videos across its social media channels, one each on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. One final reminder teaser will launch across all Dodge social media channels on July 2, the morning of the reveal.

"If you listen closely, and we know our fans will, you will get a taste of what's coming for Dodge//SRT in 2021," Kuniskis added. "We think our fans will pick up on a few key notes."

Based on the tags Dodge embedded with the YouTube video, it looks like fans can expect to see new variants of the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Durango.

After the July 2 reveal, Dodge//SRT will introduce a new full-length second video that showcases its new performance lineup set to the music created for the teaser.

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The Hemi Orange package brings unqiue style to the Durango.

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The Dodge Durango isnt the newest or most refined SUV on the market, but it offers great comfort, good tech, and a handful of raucous powertrian options. The long-running family hauler is due for an update, but in the meantime, Dodge has given it a new Hemi Orange package with unique styling touches.

Dodge already offers the Hemi Orange package fo the Challenger and Charger, and now it's available for the three-row Durango. The package is available for the R/T trim, which comes with a 5.7-liter V8.

Dodge Durango Hemi OrangeDodge offers four exterior colors with the package. Dodge

Much of the Orange package's content comes on the outside, where Dodge adds orange and gunmetal hod stripes, black taillights, and grey/orange badging. The SUV rides on black 20-inch wheels, and Dodge offers different black "Lights Out" 20-inch wheels. Four exterior colors are available: Destroyer Grey, Diamond Black, Octane Red, and White Knuckle. Inside, the Durango gets orange sticthing and unique patterns in the upholstery. Dodge says the stitching extends throughout the interior, including to the gauge cluster, armrests, console lid, and steering wheel.

Two upgrades are available for the Hemi Orange Durango. The first is the Orange Plus Package, which adds a power sunroof, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a load of driver aids. The Tow N Go package is available for four-wheel drive models, and brings the 20-inch Lights Out wheels, orange brake calipers, and a Bilstein high-performance suspension system.

The Durango R/T Hemi Orange is available now. It carries a price tag of $1,995. The Orange Plus package costs $4,500 and the Tow N Go package costs $5,095.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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