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26 Sep 2018

Yes yes, alright, calm down people. No, we haven’t lost our minds okay? Yes, this week’s choices my bit a little odd, a little left-field, a little bizarre, but hey this is the Unusual Suspects! This is a week to celebrate the strange choices, though they are always incredibly popular. The new Suzuki Jimny costs peanuts – a mere 85p per ticket – yet looks like a mini Merc G-Wagon. Some may mock at the inclusion of a van but the MS-RT Transit looks great, can carry two rows of people and a whole load of kit and is the dream car for thousands of self employed workers. Campers are always popular every week, so we thought we’d add a ‘proper’ one with the Hymer, and the final choice is one to appease those who think the others are a bit tame. A snarling, 797hp RWD Dodge muscle car from hell (cat). I think there’s something for everyone in that lot, even if it is a rather odd-looking bunch at first glance! I just wish the names were a bit shorter – aside from the Jimny, the other three are ridiculous!

Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody

When Dodge revealed the Challenger Hellcat in 2015 it was the epitome of US muscle car craziness – a supercharged 6.2 litre V8 with 700bhp going through the rear wheels in a blare of wheelspin, exhaust noise and supercharger whine. That wasn’t enough for Dodge though, so in 2017 they released the Demon, which was designed for the drag strip, had 840bhp (on race fuel) and would do a wheelie when launched (really!). but the Demon wasn’t really any good on the street, so for 2019 Dodge has created the Hellcat Redeye, which uses the engine work from the Demon to produce 789bhp (that's 797hp). Yes, that’s the same power as a Ferrari 812 Superfast. But whereas the Ferrari is a screaming V12, the Redeye has that supercharged V8 that sounds like Thor gargling with rocks and it allows the Dodge to hit 62mph in 3.3 seconds on the way to a 203mph top speed. This particular Redeye is the Widebody as well, which adds almost 90mm to the width of an already gargantuan car but gives a wider track and 305mm wide tyres all round (!!). With almost 1000Nm of torque you’ll need all that extra width to stay on the straight and narrow, just don’t try and park in a normal parking space. Oh and get friendly with your local petrol station, you’ll likely get around 10mpg…

Hymer Grand Canyon Crossover Maxi

When we added the VW California to the competition we never guessed it would be so popular, but week after week it is one of the best selling tickets. We then added the Mercedes Marco Polo too and has done the same. Some people did complain though, that they are both too small for a ‘real’ motorhome, so for this week’s Unusual Suspects we thought we’d add in a ‘proper’ motorhome from Hymer. With so many options to choose from, we went for the second longest Fiat Ducato-based body, called the Grand Canyon. It has so much kit including a toilet, shower, double bed and lots of room in the living area with a fridge and sink/cooker. We also added the pop-up roof for that extra double bed, an awning so you can sit outside in comfort and visually we added the Crossover Maxi pack which gives you 18-inch alloy wheels and a more chunky ‘adventure’ look. Mechanically we’ve upgraded the engine to the 177bhp 2.3 diesel and given you an automatic gearbox so you can pilot your big bus with ease. This really is everything you could want from a motorhome, before you get into the realms of the enormous purpose built machines. You’ll want to tick the £20k cash option though, as the options on these can rival a McLaren and it’s easy to get carried away!

Ford MS-RT Transit Custom LWB DCiV DCT

Ah, the Ford Transit, the backbone of Britain as the advertising tells us. It has been in production for over 50 years and you can’t drive for more than a minute on our roads without seeing at least one – after all they’ve made over 8 million of them! Fast forward to 2018 at the Transit Custom has got all the best bits from the Ford parts bin to make it the most usable Transit yet. But as good as it is, sometimes you want your van to be a little bit ‘extra’ and be practical and yet sporty at the same time. This is where MS-RT comes in - a collaboration with Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport (who do Ford’s rally cars) – who take the Transit and modify them with a body kit and parts to give buyers that little bit more personalisation. So outside you get a custom designed body kit with an aggressive front bumper, wider arches and a rear bumper housing the twin exhaust tips from the stainless steel exhaust system. It’s a little harsh to call it a body kit though, such is the high level of finish that you’d think it was a Ford-designed part. There are 18-inch OZ alloy wheels (20’s optional) and you can also get a graphics package to finish off the look. Inside there is a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, leather interior and loads of tech. This particular version is an intriguing vehicle too – it’s the DCIV (Double Cab in Van) version which means there are 5 seats, plus it has the LWB body so there’s a decent load area behind. It also has the 168bhp diesel engine mated to the 6-speed automatic gearbox for easy town driving. Basically this could double up as a family vehicle and work van, perfect for those who only want one vehicle and don’t like the idea of an SUV or MPV. And it looks awesome!

Suzuki Jimny GLX Auto

Hey – you, yes you. Stop laughing at the back. Stop it. We subscribe to the theory that small is beautiful here at BOTB and you don’t get much smaller than the new Suzuki Jimny. The previous generation was known as being surprisingly good off road, but looked pretty rubbish and was very cheap inside, but now Suzuki has learned from what Mercedes has done with the G-Class and gone retro.  In fact it has more than a passing resemblance to the G-Class, if you squint a bit. Suzuki has basically realised that rugged is what people want out of their small off-roader, so the Jimny is now more angular, with a boxy body, big black wheelarches, a Jeep-esque front grille and bumper and a traditional side-hinged rear door with a spare tyre mounted on it. The interior looks fantastic too, all exposed screwheads, simple controls and wipe-clean surfaces. This isn’t some gas-guzzling SUV though, the nimble little Jimny has a 101bhp 1.5 litre engine so is incredibly economical. But what impresses most about the Jimny is that it will embarrass probably 80% of the AWD off-roaders on sale when you actually get into the muddy stuff. We want to have a go!

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As ever these cars are only available until midnight on Sunday so get playing!

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