Why could it be possible that we might be seeing more Dodge Challengers on our European roads? Let us explain. The USA’s CEO Donald J. Trump gave his 2018 State of the Union address. In summary; jobs jobs jobs, billions of (foreign) company investments, rebuilding roads and bridges, behave or get out and no more funding for countries who don’t cooperate with The Donald’s winning strategy. But there was another bit of information Trump shared with us; “we will get Detroit’s automobile industry revving again.”
How he will do that, you might ask? By telling the world that he will raise the import taxes on their cars if they don’t lower the import taxes on American cars. And it might just work out, just look at what he did with Chinese solar panels. He installed a massive 30% tariff on imported solar panels, and the Chinese response was that they; “finalized planning for the construction of an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the U.S.” What does that mean? It means that there might be a chance that we will be seeing American cars on the European roads again.
And while American cars do not have the styling- and engine finesse of for instance a Porsche Panamera or a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, they do have all-American muscle and charisma. Take the Dodge Challenger or “General Lee” as it was called in 1979’s Dukes of Hazard (see below). The car stood for an America that got things done, that had its people believe they could achieve anything, that the sky was the limit. And in 2018, they still produce the monster, and it is very successful.
The guys from Redline Reviews reviewed the Hellcat, and concluded that “the 2018 SRT Hellcat is a muscle car with lots of tail-happy shenanigans, but has better handling and more grip than the models before.” In the US, a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat with a Supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 Engine with 707 bhp. Costs approximately $70.000 (€55.000). In comparison, that same car is on the Dutch occasion market on sale for a whopping €119.000 (!).
If Trump gets his way, this number will go way down, and we might just be seeing Hellcats on our European roads. And imagine then, that when the US can export their cars again, invest in even better driving mechanisms and interior design, how good, awesome and affordable these cars can become in the (near) future. Start saving your money lads!