Hornet GLH? Fratzogs? “Extreme” Jeeps? Clues dropped in plain sight

In addition to bringing back the fratzog—its logo through the 1960s and early 1970s—Dodge may bring back a symbol of 1980s performance.

Dodge BEV Muscle Car

FCA US trademarked three Dodge terms, all in the category of “passenger automobiles and structural parts therefor:”

  • Fratzog—the Dodge symbol which, to our knowledge, was only informally named, and not trademarked by the old Chrysler Corporation.
  • GLH—once attached to compact Dodge cars (see the explanation after this list).
  • Tomahawk—the famed Viper-powered motorcycle; the reason for this is hard to guess, but the category was “passenger automobiles.”

There was also a trademark for JXP—Jeep Xtreme Performance. Registered way back in June, in the motor-vehicles-and-parts class, this could be used either by Mopar or as a replacement for Trackhawk.

1985 Dodge GLH

The Dodge Omni GLH was a well-tuned version of the front-drive hatch; it was launched in 1984, using a higher-compression version of the 2.2 liter engine producing 110 hp. The 0-60 time was 8.7 seconds, with a 16.7 second quarter mile in 81 mph; but the car could also hold 0.83g in the skidpad, according to Car & Driver. The acceleration isn’t astounding by today’s standards, but it beat the Volkswagen GTI by a full second in 0-60 sprints.

The GLH was replaced by the GLHS—add “S’more” or “Shelby” to the GLH acronym, depending on your source—which had a charge air cooler and turbocharger, providing 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 came in a stunning-for-the-time 6.7 seconds, with a 14.7 second quarter mile at 94 mph which beat many of the old V8 muscle cars. The GLH-S name was also attached to Dodge Charger versions of the Omni, which were slightly slower in 0-60 but had the same quarter miles. (The setup was based on the forthcoming Chrysler Turbo II, which was rated at 174 hp, but Shelby skipped the stronger engine internals.)

These trademarks may be a good sign. The GLH is likely going to be attached to the Dodge Hornet (this is speculation, not an insider tip) but could be intended for use on a different car. The fratzog is already known to be coming back, at the least as Dodge’s electric-cars symbol. Tomahawk remain a mystery and might be reserved for models or concepts. Regardless, next week will answer some questions—and no doubt raise more.

Also see: Fratzog • 2.2 Turbo EnginesTomahawk

10 thoughts on “Hornet GLH? Fratzogs? “Extreme” Jeeps? Clues dropped in plain sight”

  1. David, When I leave comments, I check the boxes to save my information for my next time but it doesn’t work. Is it me or an issue with the system. Thank you so much!

  2. I had a feeling that Dodge was going to go back to this when I kept reading about the new smaller displacement engines. While I’d previously mentioned my hope that the brand would return to the raw character of the SRT-4 cars, the GLH cars were truly the forerunners for the later produced SRT-4 vehicles. the Hornet is a perfect candidate for this type of vehicle as the American auto scene no longer has sub-compact hatchbacks. While it is truly a feat to turn a FWD vehicle to do anything beyond being a right-lane grocery-getting, college student toting, urban stoplight daily driving mule, Dodge found a marvelous way to do so in the mid-to-late 80’s and then again in the early 2000-era. This Fiat-based Mopar GLH mini crossover will more than likely have alot of that SRT tuning infused into it.
    As for the Fratzog logo, it’s coming back on the electrified vehicles, which means anything with a fully electric or hybrid vehicle. So if my theory is correct seeing that the next gen muscle cars will have hybrid options as well as full electric options, we will be seeing the logo on several different trim levels or possibly all of them as the next platform itself will be modular, supporting both conventional, hybrid and electric powertrains. While of course all of my statements are pretty much just theory and gathered thoughts from all of the info that has been thrown around, I stated as a comment in the article before this, With Dodge throwing around new powertrains and chassis and discontinuing the V8 engines, I wonder about the future of the Challenger/Charger nameplates as well. These two vehicles are synonymous with V8 engines and it would serve as a disgrace to have them as anything less. The Dodge Magnum would be a fitting name for the Replacement of the Charger, just as the Magnum replaced the Charger in the late ’70’s, but this time returning as a high performance low-riding crossover-like vehicle with a few characteristics of the Magnum Wagon, the Dodge Durango and even the Plymouth GTX. While the Dodge Rampage replaces the Challenger as a 2-door, 2-seater “mini truck” on the SLTA large platform.
    As far as the “Tomahawk” It could be the replacement powertrain for the Hellcat, being a hybrid version of the 3.0L High-Output I-6 Twin Turbo setup. While of course my numbers are just speculation and based off of the 3.0L Ecoboost hybrid system found in the Aviator GT, Ford used a hybrid system to boost the 400hp/415tq 3.0L twin turbo to 494hp and 630lb-ft of torque. Using that as a very loose example, Mopar could do a similar setup to boost the 510hp/475lb-ft torque 3.0L Hurricane I-6 twin turbo engine to 604hp/690tq hypothetically speaking. While those numbers don’t quite match a Hellcat’s famous 707hp (down by 103hp), it does out perform the big supercharged 6.2L’s torque specs by about 34 lb-ft and with an all-wheel-drive system and the improved torque delivery along with a lighter, more capable chassis, it my be all that is needed to outperform or at least equal the mighty hellcat in a drag race, all while being more rounded. Having less HP might not be a bad thing though, it would leave enough room above it to make the two electric variants more special, one producing around 800hp and another rivaling the Tesla Plaid. Of course, with Direct Connection offering performance upgrades, there’s no telling what kind of performance we will be looking at. Of course, this is all speculation and theory but based on the information that has been released and watching what the company is doing, to me, it seems a bit common sense to do things this way. Not only that but profitable as well.

      • Thank you. Not sure if I’m the smartest person in the room, I’ve just been watching what the brand has been doing, listening to just about everything Tim Kuniskis & Ralph Giles have been saying, completely over analyzing everything, pausing all videos and slow motion scrutinizing every thing that I can find on any publication that has come about about the brand’s future along with thinking about the brand’s performance history and also just watching the industry. I can’t tell you how many times I watched and paused the Stellantis EV day video when they started talking about the SLTA Large platform and Frame platform and then diving in to anything I could find on the platforms, the hurricane engines and anything else that pertained to the future of Mopar Muscle and trucks. (Also realizing that the sound of the new electric car is in the video “performance made us do it” when the they show the electric car. Incase anyone didn’t realize it, the sound at the beginning of the video is the electric car starting up. You can also hear the engine going through it’s range the second time they show the car and the sound at the end is the actual sound of the electric car as it’s going through the rev ranges and the sound also displays that the car also has a multi-speed gearbox and it is loud and quite deep). Dodge is doing what it has done all along, it plays to its strengths and it doesn’t make “me too” vehicles. The brand is also not about to drag it’s legacy names through the mud just to appease certain groups. When I say Dodge, I am speaking about the entire Mopar group. The brand does not go quietly into that good night. The brand does not walk softly but it always carries the biggest stick. While they will comply for the survival of the brand, they will do so in a way that is and always will be Mopar. They are still Domestic, Not Domesticated.

  3. One thing that makes Mopar such a nickname with identity quality is the long line of quirky names, colors, and models they have created. GLH, just too funny and cool. That’s pure Mopar!

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