• Dec 16th 2009 at 2:01PM
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SRT-prepped Dodge Journey R/T – Click above for high-res image gallery

We first informed you yesterday about an interesting looking Dodge Journey SRT R/T prototype that AB reader Nick Leonard stumbled upon in Saginaw, MI. With its manufacturer lincense plates, unique wheels, quad exhaust tips, road-hugging stance and a well-integrated new front fascia, we figured might be some kind of HiPo Mopar project that the company has kept close to its vest. We didn't know anything else about it other than the fact that we wanted to know more.

Well, today we have word of a secondhand account of the beast that would add fuel to the fire. Apparently, if a new LS1Tech thread is to be believed, this Journey is pretty darned quick. Forum member Outlaw55 tells the story:
Just got smoked by a white Dodge SUV thing! I was just out cruising back to work after grabbing a bite to eat and I got pumbled by some newer 4-door Dodge wagon/SUV looking thing. My 02 SS has been 12.90's with Drag Radials and now it has Blizzacs on the back but everything else was the same.

It was behind me and then beside at a stop light. I did not intend to race the guy but my lane ended about 10 yards ahead so I punched it when the light went green, his fender was at my door m so I banged second and went WOT and he friggin passed me. I merged in behind him and then my turn came up and I got off that road.

WTF. It wasn't a Cherokee SRT8 and it certainly wasn't V8 because it didn't sound like it. It had 5 star rims and quad exhausts..thing was white ?
Granted, this was on Michigan's cold winter streets and the Chevrolet Camaro in question was wearing Blizzaks, but either way, it would appear that this all-wheel drive Journey is packing some serious heat. Outlaw says he didn't think it was a V8, and it would be hard to believe a Hemi could be crammed into the Journey's engine bay, so if we had to guess, it might have a breathed-on SRT-4 powerplant in there. With the Caliber SRT-4 turbo mill underhood, it could be producing as much as 285 horsepower in stock configuration, possibly enough to humble the Camaro under very poor traction conditions. But who knows, perhaps it was secreting some extra boost? Thanks for the tip, Tracy!

[Source: LS1Tech]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I'd like to believe that there is a twin-turbocharged Pentastar V6 Journey in the works, I can't help but think this guy's story is fake. I'm pretty sure he just saw the spy pics the other day, and then make up this story about "some white Dodge SUV-thing" blowing him away. Do you really think Chrysler engineers would be stoplight racing in a company car? That sounds like a corporate lawsuit waiting to happen.

      My sister, and 3 other people that I know have Dodge Journeys, and I think they are really nice. I've spent the most time in my sister's, which is a loaded R/T, and could only really hope for slightly better interior materials. The rest is excellent.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A friend of mine has a cousin who works for GM (I've actually seen his name on here a few times, he's moved up) and he happened to be in town with a prototype hi-po GM vehicle that he was testing a few years back. He took my friend and his girlfriend out cruising and they drag-raced a few cars. My friend even raced his cousin in his personal car.

        I'm being purposely vague to protect the names, but I can assure you it happened.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, I can confirm that it definitely happens.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Engineers do spot light race..especially when they are testing a performance motor. I sat in on a chat session over at the SRT forum with the SRT engineers when the Caliber SRT-4 was being developed and they talked about racing competitors cars at spotlights to see how the mule held up vs other performance cars.

        There could be an SRT Avenger coming to replace the departed Caliber SRT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's so bad about it? At least MOPAR has always taken seemingly "boring" cars and turned them in to rockets and all the general public has to say "Its Still A Neon" or some other nonsense like that.

      When GM keeps making stupid and boring cars, they have actually turned the corner but what's similar to FORD they are basically forcing you to buy a Pony car if you want any performance car at an affordable price, having dropped the Cobalt Turbo and who wants a HHR really?

      Ford is even worst, all they have is the Focus and now Fiesta and unless you throw a ton of money at either car you won't be going anywhere quickly. Again you're forced to buy a Pony car when I really don't like the Mustang or Camaro community since its basically intolerant of anything that's not a V8 and RWD.

      Why do you think 4 cylinder turbo Japanese compacts have been so popular the last 6-8 years? Its because you no longer have to have a conventional coupe, rwd or a V8 to go quickly.

      A Journey SRT-6 would be fun. Its likely a six cylinder, twin turbo 3.5L engine, maybe 350-400hp?

      With AWD it would smoke a street tired RWD typical Pony car anyway, EVO's have layed WASTE to many a V8.

      • 5 Years Ago
      If people don't like this vehicle then why is that they are selling like hot cakes? DCX has been the worst thing to ever happen to Chrysler they can burn
      • 5 Years Ago
      just noticed it has chrome exterior door handles..something not available on the current Journey.. so i'm guessing it's part of the refresh..although door handles aren't necessarily a sign of refreshing lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        nevermind they are currently available lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a standard Journey R/T wearing unreleased SRT-design parts.

      It's not literally a hot-rodded Journey.

      Wasn't SRT Design originally reported here on this site? SRT Design has been optional on non-SRT vehicles for a long time now.

      Basically you get the looks without the tuning and big price tag and an "SRT" badge on the back. I find it hard to believe nobody here has seen an SRT Design 300 running around, they are everywhere here. They just don't have the "8" on the badge and are standard cars.

      That's what this Journey is, otherwise it'd say SRT6 on the back.

      • 5 Years Ago
      In the November 4th report, Chrysler said Sebring, Avenger, Journey, Minivans along with the rest of their models are getting refreshed (inside & out) by the end of next year, and with NEW power trains. I'm guessing this is the Pentastar v6 because they don't have any other v6 engine besides the 4.0 and they are phasing that out within a year, and I seriously doubt the 2.4 turbo so I'm guessing it has to be Pentastar. the 280hp in the Grand Cherokee is just the standard power of it.. I know they are using turbos etc. in a lot of the other lineups so I'll hope. The 3.5 in the journey now isn't half bad. I'd get a journey if they got rid of the 1950's instrument panel and upgraded the materials. They are very very quiet on the highway and smooth.
      and to the person saying they shouldn't touch the cars they have now..they need more competitve product or else they won't be around to design their new cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no matter how fast it is, you're still driving a dodge "suv looking don't know what it is thingie" as described by the cawmawrow driver. chrysler shouldn't spend a dime on the DCX crap and just linger along till the fiat stuff starts showing up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK Tsunami, because we all want to drive Ciiiviiics. Fiat will help with the small car end, but the Journey is a fine vehicle on it's own, and a dose of HP is a good thing. I'd take a (properly equiped) Journey over a CRV or RAV4 anyday.

        By the way - DCX is for DaimlerChrysler which is no more. Kinda like calling Nissan a Datsun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      kill it with fire.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love my 09 Journey with 3.5 l
        But this looks even better
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Erm, make the "buy a Journey". Or any other Chrysler product for that matter.

        Please, Autoblog, let us edit our own posts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who cares.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I remember my dad, who wasn't much into cars but was no fool, visiting a Chrysler/Dodge showroom in '68 to buy a Coronet. The salesman tried to upsell him to the R/T version. Dad, who just wanted basic transportation for the family, decided to have fun by finding out whether the salesman even knew what R/T stood for. The salesman's answer: "Racing Type". Dad very politely stifled his laugh until we got outside.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Will someone please piss on the "kill it with fire" meme and put it out already? It's dead, Jim.

        About the only thing Chrysler has to work with right now are powertrain options, so good on them to try to make their existing, largely boring options more desirable. If it keeps them alive until they get new Fiat platforms then we can call this a success. But there's no way I myself would by a Journey, no matter what's under the hood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      frank, in the spirit of the holiday and because of its color and elusiveness... can we call it the abominable dodge?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This amount of low end grunt suggests a supercharger, not a turbo, or lots of cubes, or both. I'd ask my contact at Chrysler, but he'd have to kill me afterwards, for the eleventy-seventh time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would the Phoenix engine be in there?
      I think it looks pretty good compared to the standard Journey.

      Ralph Gilles likes his hot minivans... might be something he's pushing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The SRT-6 Crossfire had a supercharged V6, so maybe it's something similar to that."

        I doubt it, the crossfire had a carryover Benz V6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The SRT-6 Crossfire had a supercharged V6, so maybe it's something similar to that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Performance CUV = Americanized version of the hot hatch.
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