New Truck

1,012-horsepower Hennessey version of Ram TRX debuts

The Hennessey Mammoth 1000 SUV is a beefed up version of the Ram TRX.

Photo courtesy of Hennessey Performance

It's big. How big is it? MAMMOTH. The Hennessey Mammoth 1000 SUV is grand creation that is a lot of what enthusiasts would want from a modern Dodge Ramcharger.

"I have a big family with five kids and have always enjoyed owing big, powerful SUV's. In 2012 we converted the first-generation Ford Raptor into our VelociRaptor SUV – I still own one today and love it," said John Hennessey, company founder and CEO: "Now, we are excited to offer something very similar, but with a lot more horsepower, using the new Ram TRX truck as our base vehicle. Creating this king of SUVs offers our customers the ultimate combination of space, power and exclusivity."

The Texas-based high-performance vehicle manufacturer started with a 2021 Ram TRX and added bespoke bodywork. The truck was turned into an SUV with the addition of a C-pillar and an elongated roofline. This has allowed the company to install sizable rear side windows and a rear windscreen, and have a good amount of luggage space behind the added third row of seats.

The Mammoth Off Road package that has been installed includes a 2.5-inch lift, custom front bumper with LED lights, 20-inch Hennessey 10-spoke wheels, 35-inch off-road tires, and a. front suspension leveling kit.

The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the TRX's hood has been upgraded to 1,012 horsepower and 969 pound-feet of torque. That's a 310-horsepower and 319 pound-feet of torque improvement over the traditional TRX.

It has a zero to 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and can run the quarter mile in 1.4 seconds at 120 mph.

Hennessey says that the bespoke five-door conversion fits seven adults comfortably.

Hennessey backs every Mammoth 1000 SUV with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.

Pricing starts at $375,000. Each vehicle will be fitted with serial numbered plaques. Orders can be placed through authorized FCA / Ram retailers or Hennessey directly by calling 979.885.1300 or visiting HennesseyPerformance.com. Just 20 of the models will be produced.

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American muscle cars

Ford Mustang continues sales dominance

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford has good reason to be proud of the Mustang. Now almost 60 years on from its introduction, Ford continues innovating with new versions and performance upgrades. It's all good news for buyers, as it's hard to find a "bad" Mustang in Ford's current catalog. The efforts have paid off, too, as the automaker just announced that the Mustang outsold its competition for the seventh year in a row.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mustang continued outselling the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, and did so without help from the Shelby GT350, which was discontinued. The Mustang Mach 1, with its 5.0-liter V8, led the charge, but Ford notes the performance of its most powerful Mustang, the Shelby GT500.

Ford says Americans are the most prolific Mustang buyers, representing 76 percent of the car's worldwide sales. Mustang sales in New Zealand grew 54 percent and Brazil saw sales climb 37.3 percent, so the car is a global effort for Ford. The automaker notes that retail orders, where a customer places an order for a car instead of shopping for one off the lot, almost doubled last year.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo courtesy of Ted Fontenot

The 2022 Mustang may mark the last year of the car's current generation. Spy photographers have caught next-generation cars testing in the wild, and the current-gen cars have been on sale since 2015. Ford also expanded the Mustang name in 2021 with the addition of the new electric Mustang Mach-E, which was met with huge demand and several awards from around the auto industry.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

Honda

With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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