2024 Dodge Hornet R/T Powers Ahead with Wards 10 Best Engines Honor

2024 Dodge Hornet

The 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T, Dodge's debut into the electrified performance vehicle category, has earned a coveted place in the 2023 Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems list. This marks the seventh straight year that a Stellantis product has made it onto this prestigious list.

The Hornet R/T is equipped with a powertrain that is as unique as it is efficient. It pairs a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with dual electric motors. This combination produces a formidable 288 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Adding to its versatility, the Hornet R/T offers a 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides over 52 km of pure electric range.

For drivers interested in both efficiency and performance, the vehicle includes a feature known as PowerShot. This provides a 30 hp boost and instant torque, shaving 1.5 seconds off the standard 0 to 60 mph acceleration time. PowerShot leverages 15-second surges of added power from the battery and electric motor, effectively making the Hornet R/T the fastest and most powerful utility vehicle in its segment.

This cutting-edge powertrain has received praise for its adaptability and performance. According to Bob Gritzinger, editor-in-chief at WardsAuto, the system offers a balanced drive suitable for different driving situations. It can go from zero-emission local errands to spirited driving at the tap of a pedal.

While the automotive industry shifts towards electrification, the Dodge Hornet R/T sets a high benchmark for what consumers can expect from future hybrid-electric performance vehicles. With this recent accolade, it's clear that the Hornet R/T is more than just a new chapter for Dodge; it's part of an evolving narrative in automotive technology and performance.