• Jan 11, 2010
Dodge Nitro Detonator – Click above for high-res image gallery

Dodge is rolling out three special edition Nitros here at the Detroit Auto Show named Heat, Detonator and Shock. For now, we're focusing on the Detonator, a massively loud yellow mid-size SUV. Aside from the eye-scorching paint, the Nitro Detonator gets standard 20-inch wheels, eight premium speakers hooked into a 368-watt amp plus a nine-inch subwoofer. Tinted glass, too.

The real news, however, is the engine. All three special edition Nitros get an aluminum 4.0-liter V6 that makes 23 percent more horsepower and 12 percent more torque. Specifically, the overhead cam V6 pumps out 260 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. That's some decent grunt, though a 4.0-liter-V6-powered Nissan Pathfinder makes 266 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. However, the Nitro Detonator has gray stripes on the hood. Costs $25,995, too.



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      Tim
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is the Nitro so popular that it warrants special editions!?!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tim
        Bright Colors? Big Rims? Included sub and tinted windows?

        I wonder what market this SUV/CUV was built for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tim
        Sergio likes it, thats why it's getting SE's.

        Chrysler needs to do whatever they can to get a few more sales here and there, and doing a totally unscientific pole here at work, most people liked it -- they wouldn't buy it, but they did like it. Most people didn't even know Chrysler sold such an animal. Maybe if they actually market this stuff.... I can't remember the last time I saw a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep commercial in general.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tim
        uh.....that "special" 4.0 V6 is the same one as found in the R/T. This is just a lame attempt for Dodge to get rid of the glut of left over 4.0s that canceling the Pacifica Limited created.

        The Nitro R/T with that hand me down mercedes 5-spd isn't bad, but there is nothing special about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tim
        Looks like a short bus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those of us that are into cars will look at this as an abomination, but the Mopar faithful and people that are into visual stimulus more than quality or performance will definitely dig this thing.

      No manual transmission, no care. FAR better SUV's out there that you can shift yourself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Manual SUVs? Really? You must be living in bizarro-land.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, there you have it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler has got to be THE DUMBEST automaker right now. While GM and Ford are introducing innovative new products and making promising announcements, Chrysler's only contributions are "special" editions of outdated models and an experimental Chrysler-badged Lancia Delta. Chrysler REALLY needs to get the ball rolling if they can even hope to survive in 2010 and the years to come.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup. Chrysler hasn't got a firm grip on the steering wheel yet. Of course, a company with no direction will get there sooner than it thinks.

        Marchionne could have upped the ante and brought some more life into morbid corpse of Mopar Motors.

        First and foremost, I will say he doing one thing right in the proposed engine line-up which should be introduced ASAP.

        However, he should have taken Chrysler more upscale than he did.

        Second, he should also take the Jeep Commander more upscale to bring in more cash also.

        Next, he should have imported Alfa Romeo products immediately to increase showroom traffic and generate more interest, plus imprint Fiat's presence on the new company.

        Then the Fiat 500 should have be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Are they there yet?

        Next, he should be signing a deal with Toyota to provide them with Ram based Tundras while having Toyota supplying Tacoma based Dakotas to Dodge. Win-Win scenario.

        Perhaps, he could have even stretched his reach a tad more by allowing Lexus to build the new Chrysler 300 and Alfa Romeo 169. I am sure this would have generated a lot of favorable publicity for all parties concerned. These are not impossible deals, but actually quite necessary in today's economic climate. More partnerships are required to sustain viability and every manufacturer knows this already.

        Fiat should have taken over two of Chrysler's facilities and reconfigured them to make the new models.

        The Challenger should be sporting a turbocharged Pentastar 3.6L V6 as an option to increase sales and production viability.

        Products like the Nitro and Caliber should have been relegated to the scrap heap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What the hell are they supposed to do? Cerberus froze all spending because they were trying to sell it off in bits and pieces to the Chinese -- and they were doing that because of how badly Daimler crippled them! THIS Chrysler is not the same one from 10 months ago. Unfortunately, they are going to have to do stuff like this for at least 1 more year until they DO have something to show.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Morons!!! Selling Chrysler products is all about the packaging. If they can create a good value for the customer, who cares if the product is long in the tooth.

        Not everyone who buys a car is focus on what is the latest thing. Performance, comfort and value is what they are looking for.

        Get a clue!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fiat has not had Chrysler long enough to to anything but map out a plan for them.
        Turning a Auto Company around is like turning a big Great Lakes freighter .
        Its a slow intricate process.
        I hope Chrysler can come back to where they were in 1998.
        We now are just starting to see the fruit of Alan Mulaly`s labor over at Ford. He`s been at Ford since when like, 2006?
        Hate Diamler not Chrysler. Diamler drove them into the ground to prop up Mercedes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is one of the most hideous things I have EVER seen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      eek!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is rather insulting coming from Fiat. They give us an effin' Tonka truck? Seriously? Does Sergio really believe that all "murricans think like five-year-olds?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Does Sergio really believe that all "murricans think like five-year-olds?"

        If Sergio ever reads some of the stuff posted here on AB... yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's so overly stupid and ridiculous that it'll probably be a collector's car in the next 25 years. think GMC Typhoon.

      In fact, I'd buy one for the pure hell of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL that is hideous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as yellow, I am just glad that someone had the guts to put a car out there that isn't a shade of gray. I get so tired of looking at cars and there is at most 2 non-grayscale colors available and sometimes not even any.

      Just tired of all the silvers and grays. I would love to have a bright yellow 911 turbo or Lambo, though not a fan of the Nitro as I don't really love SUVs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is exactly what I'm thinking. All the people complaining about the colour must want every car produced to be beige or something.

      • 5 Years Ago
      That is massively stupid.

      Would someone please put that brand out of its misery?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope they never kill Chrysler. Rather I hope they find another Walter P Chrysler to take over the helm. Sergio Marchionne may be that man, but he is not acting fast enough to keep the boat afloat.

        If Chrysler were to disappear, then only GM and Ford would remain duking it out for the NA championship. GM is already downtrodden, but coming on strong, probably much stronger than Ford. Remember, Ford still has all of its old liabilities, whereas GM does not. This is where the game gets interesting.

        Chrysler is needed as a balance between the two monolithic motorworks, sort of like the Libertarians vs the Republicans and Democrats.

        Then there is the alien creed (Japan and Korea) that is ready to pounce on all the spoils. Chrysler would be a tasty morsel to further one's corporate agenda and international dominance. After that it would only be a short stop before the other two would collapse under foreign intervention. That kind of scenario would prove to be the death knell for American manufacturing forever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Sergio Marchionne may be that man, but he is not acting fast enough to keep the boat afloat."

        Hi, let me introduce you to the way the automotive industry works. Any time you have a new or significantly redesigned part, there are at least two steps of validation testing that need to happen. Depending on the part, these steps can each take 6 months. Core validation testing is to ensure the part can operate over the intended operating environments for at least 150,000 miles. IF the part has safety and/or emissions implications, add on another couple of months of testing. If it has regulatory impact, add even more testing. You can't just whip up a part, throw it in a car, and start selling it.

        Even if Marchionne came in with a flawless product plan on his first day at the helm, and even if everything went absolutely perfectly, it's still going to take 12-18 months to make it to production. You just can't cut corners on this stuff, or you're going to be issuing recalls later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is sad to see these on the road with its fake louvers and now you can get it in extra plastic. Kill this monstrosity if you want a respectable brand. I love the Ram and Caravan but this is the worst.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hate to break this to you, the fake vents and louvers are everywhere, done by plenty of manufacturers.

        This Nitro doesn't have any new plastic than the old Nitro models, all they did was repackage it.
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