- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 16, 2003

IT OOZES SOMETHING

Chrysler engineers must have had a heyday with the Tomahawk because what they've created is a presentation for auto shows that will draw crowds of testosterone-laden males just to get a gander.

What else could they have had in mind when they fitted a Viper V-10 engine in a motorcycle frame? Zero to 60 miles an hour in about 2 seconds? Who are we kidding, here? With apologies to Britney, this is the real stuff of male fantasy!

With this load of nuts and bolts, the whole idea of an ignition key is senseless. It ought to be a pin like you see on a hand grenade.

Think we're exaggerating? Go to cardesignnews.com/autoshows/2003/detroit/highlights/overview.html and take a look at the image of this 500-horsepower almost-a-car and see for yourself.

Why build something like this? The logic goes something like this: "If we can get a whole bunch of speed- and power-crazy people over to see this thing (heavy doses of pheromones being sprayed in the surround area), maybe they will think we're the most radical carmaker on the block. Sure, they're not going to be able to buy it (or over many a woman's 'dead body'), but they will buy one of our cars instead."

Well, maybe.

On the same Web page is a bit more mundane but still cool vehicle Dodge calls the SRT-8 Magnum. Chrysler is trying to get you to think of it as an urban SUV, but we see station-wagon. Not that there's anything wrong with a station wagon — at least not this one. It's just a heckuva lot more practical item to consider when you're done gazing at the Tomahawk.

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