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Powerdome - "almost" always a sign of much power

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Already in the late 1960er years, when the muscle cars became popular in the USA, and achieved cult status, it was usual to equip the hoods of the large-displacement V8 variants of this automobile species with Powerdomes. Today, almost all American sports cars with large-volume V8 engine with Powerdomes (also called bonnet attachment), to visually highlight their performance, and, in the case of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, to distinguish themselves from the four-cylinder turbo versions in terms of styling. Even the strong eight-cylinder versions of the Australian sports saloons Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore rely on Powerdomes as a hallmark of their performance. Originally Powerdomes had been developed for large-volume engines to find space under the hood, but manufacturers also occasionally use small domes to highlight the look of their sporty models.

in the last year, more appearance than being

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The best example of this is the Indian manufacturer Tata, which became known worldwide through the spectacular takeover of the traditional British brands Jaguar and Land Rover. The new turbo models called Tata Tiago JTP and Tata Tigor JTP, which were officially presented today, have a small power dome on the right side of the vehicle, which corresponds to the two small cars, which are equipped with a three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with a displacement of just 1,2 liters , which has an identical 114 hp in both models, should give it a sporty design. This small elevation is only intended to underline the sportiness and has no function. In this case, it is a so-called "fake power dome". With the German manufacturers, it is above all BMW, which in addition to four-pipe exhaust systems also use power domes as a distinguishing feature for their powerful M models.

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Advantages of a Powerdomes:

- Bold look with plenty of overtaking prestige.
- Space for large-volume engines.
- The design stands out from the crowd

Disadvantages of a Powerdomes:

- The overview to the front is sometimes severely restricted.
- High repair costs in the event of front damage.

In any case, cars that are equipped with a power dome have that certain something that is expected of a sporty vehicle, even if these days are mostly fake domes that no longer have any relevant function. And even if it is not a sporty vehicle, a power dome hood looks often stylish. The best example is this Jeep Wrangler from our video.

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