• Sep 8, 2008
Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Caravan R/T in the wild

Reader Joe Donaldson was out taking photos over the weekend when he happened upon a more-interesting-than-normal Dodge Caravan parked outside a Best Buy. While we generally find the terms "interesting" and "Dodge Caravan" to be mutually exclusive, we'll grant an exception here, because what Don stumbled upon was none other than a Caravan R/T sporting manufacturer tags. Is it the very same Caravan R/T that we saw in Detroit back in January? Who knows, but from the looks of things, it's identically equipped, with the hood scoop, darkened grille area, big wheels, Brembos, dual exhaust, and the requisite badging. We're not particularly big on minivans, but we thought that the Caravan R/T show car was pretty cool, and seeing it in the wild does nothing to change that opinion. Hey Chrysler, Dad might not feel as lame driving around in one of these boxes if you were to, you know, actually offer this.


[Source and Photos: Joe Donaldson]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if it belongs to Ralph Gilles (the creator of the caravan ACR).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet,this puts Honda,Toyota to shame..I am not even a minivan fan nor own one but if I ever have to in the future this is on the top of my list,a very nice minivan..good work Dodge,with its better interior quality than years past this will sure be a winner..,
      • 6 Years Ago
      worst POS, most problemactic, poorest quality car I've ever owned in 39yrs was our Dodge Caravan.
      leaks, break jobs, front control bars bending/wearing out, ALL weather striping falling off, window motor moans...ect

      but thats ok, the swivel seats and killer hood scoop probably make it better now... and having a strong company like Cerebrus Capital Managment capitalists backing your warrnaty let you sleep real comfortable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Strange, our 2001 with 220k miles is one of the BEST we have owned... and that list includes an 86, 88, 94, 98, 01, and an 07.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does it have a 6 speed stick and a 270hp turbo 2.4?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't the R/Ts get the same uncompetitive engine as the models below it? Only the big rwd cars/wagons get an upgraded engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, the R/T Avenger gets the 3.5L, nice upgrade for the vehicle (not awesome, but nice).

        The R/T Nitro gets the 4.0L V6..which is a good torqy V6. I imagine if the 4.0L was put in this it would be nice. I'm not a van person, but that looks pretty sweet, considering. I know Dodge made a Sport type Caravan back in the 90s that was AWD and had some groud effects. It was pretty cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IDK, I think the Caravan already looked badass for a minivan. And I see droves of these and caravans around these days.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would usually say 'hell no' and diss it, but I kinda like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's wrong with the fact that someone has a family and need a van but they want it to look good and drive well?

      Why can't a van be sporty? What's wrong with that? Who said anyone was going to carve S-curves with the kids in the back watching Veggie tales. It isn't a SRT. It is a cool looking Van and there is nothing wrong with an R/T version.

      I don't get the people on here. They will complain about anything and everything. Maybe a van like this would bring some people back to the minivan segment. To many glass half empty people around here at times.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Be it a minivan, but my wife has blown away many a fart box ricer with our 3.8l v6 minivan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the ONLY minivan I would consider, especially if I could fit my motorcycle in the back for track days. I'm a wagon fan ('02 WRX and '07 Spectra5), but sliding doors and the ability to possibly haul the bike are two great features.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have been holding off getting a 7 seater... mainly because I do not want a SUV and the minivans just don't do it for me...
      But this is one I would consider getting...
      If the motor and tranny can perform how this looks...
      • 6 Years Ago
      TJ
      I would have agree with you in the most part, our 97 Grand caravan LE has been a very good van. It ha the 3.8 with Trailer tow pakage, while not a speed demon you can light up the front tire pretty quick if you try.
      I pull a utillty trailer with it, if i take the seats out i can haul 4x8 sheets in it. Infinity stereo sound great, Ice cold air.20-28 canadian mpg on highway trips.
      It now has 100k miles just did intake gasket, alternator, and first set of rear shocks I did the repairs myself cost under $500.
      So it has been a good van and I am happy with it.
      I change the trans oil and filter every year, have aux trans cooler and I have had zero trans troubles to date.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here is what matters though:
      A scoop and some wheels do not make an R/T.

      What suspension/drivetrain tweaks are there?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, it is lowered, has brembo brakes, and big fat forged wheels...

        It is very interesting to say the least.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank you. It looks like someone stopped at Pep Boyz or Zuto Zone and stuck some crap on it. Looks like any other junk on the road. Its a minivan, cut it out.
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