Take one part heavily modified 1970 Dodge Charger and add in one part massively massaged Mercury Marine racing engine and you wind up throwing one hell of a Tantrum. In fact, that’s this car’s name. It’s the Dodge Charger Tantrum, and it’s the product of SpeedKore Performance out of Wisconsin. The folks from the shop trekked to Los Angeles to present their monster machine to Jay Leno.
Under the carbon fiber hood and betwixt the carbon fiber fenders sits a 9.0-liter Mercury Marine racing engine. It’s aided in the breathing department by a pair of turbochargers, and it’s ready to crank out 1,650 horsepower. All of that go-juice is sent to the rear wheels through a Tremec T56 six-speed manual gearbox.
Jay and the guys from SpeedKore go over every nut and bolt of this wild beast. The car even gets sent up on the lift before heading outdoors for some gas-burning fun. A car like this deserves to display its prowess with a big meaty burnout, but Leno doesn’t seem that interested in romping on an undoubtedly expensive machine with so much power. So, he lets the SpeedKore engine builder give it a quick bit of boot at the end of the clip.
If you like restomods, high-horsepower engines, or just unique builds, then the Dodge Charger Tantrum should be right up your alley.
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