Dodge Dakota Sidewinder Concept 

  • 1997
  • 640 HP 8.0L
  • 170 mph
A new Getrag six-speed manual replaces a five-speed and comes standard with the 3.7- and base 4.7-liter engines but is not available with the high-output 4.7.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2004)
This soft ride and smooth, linear steering are reminiscent of the Durango changeover.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2004)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Dodge Dakota Sidewinder Concept


Dakota Sidewinder Concept
3.9 s
Nissan 350Z
5.2 s
2.7 s

Top speed

Dakota Sidewinder Concept
170 mph
253 mph

Data points Key details of the Dodge Dakota Sidewinder Concept


Dakota Sidewinder Concept
640 HP
GT 86
197 HP
Nissan 350Z
283 HP


Dakota Sidewinder Concept
530 ft-lb
922 ft-lb
GT 86
150 ft-lb

In The News From around the web


Dodge Dakota Sidewinder Concept
To start the engine, the driver must first flip a switch labeled Arm which activates the fuel pump and then press a switch labeled Ignite to start the vehicle.
With 600-plus horsepower and only 2,700 pounds of curb weight, drivers will want to think twice before launching this thing.

Dodge Dakota

Car & Driver News
The Dakota will be offered in Club Cab and Quad Cab variations, the latter boasting a five-foot, three-inch bed, 37.1 cu.
The Dakota will be built in Warren, Michigan, and will hit dealerships this fall.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Dodge
Year 1997

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.22 lb/hp
Maximum hp 640 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Maximum torque 530 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 8,000 cc
Cylinders V10
Fuels Gas
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,701 lb
Width 74.2 in
Height 55.9 in
Length 189.2 in
Front track width 65.3 in
Wheelbase 112 in

road tests

Top speed 170 mph
0-60mph 3.9 s


Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears
Axle ratio 3.07:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 533/? 203
Rear wheels 559/? 279
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