Ya know… I’m not a big fan of Chrysler. Or Dodge. Or Plymouth. Or whatever the “F” they’re called or who owns them these days. It seems they’re always owned by somebody new. As if nobody wants to own them for too long. I’ve only owned one – and there’s a reason – it was an unreliable car (brand new Chrysler 300C) and the service was utter F’n unbelievable GARBAGE. Worst service I’d ever experienced. Even worse than Honda. And that’s saying something because Honda service is what you deserve if you’ve lived a life of sin and gone to Hell for it.
All that being said, I have to say – I have a lot of respect for Dodge (I don’t know who owns them anymore because they keep changing owners and I don’t care enough to do the research. Fiat or something?!) for bringing us the Hellcat and Demon cars.
One of the things that’s “irked” me for a long time is the horsepower wars. Mercedes-Benz. BMW. Audi. Cadillac. Anyone else? Did I forget somebody? Jaguar? “F” Jaguar. They suck.
So, back to the horsepower wars… The top brands are always giving me, him, her – “us” – a little more. A tiny little more horsepower with every generation. Oh! Gee! Thank you! 25 more horsepower for the next six or seven years! Wow! Awesome! What am I going to do with ALL this extra horsepower?!
No. That’s B.S. Especially now that everything is either turbocharged or supercharged. It’s as easy as typing a few lines of code into a computer to boost performance significantly – making an actual difference. Oh! Wow! The new Cadillac CTS-V does 0-60 in 3.6 seconds! Wow! Wow! Wow-WEEEEEE! What am I going to do with all that POWA?!?!?!?!?!?! .3 seconds faster than the previous generation!
I hope it comes with special driving lessons!
Really… Wow… .3 seconds faster.
Do I need to say any more? We know they could have brought much more power to the table. But, it’s like all the automobile manufactuers have some sort of secret handshake agreement that states they won’t lay it all out on the table because what then?! What will we have to sell after we’ve given the customer everything?! I guess NOTHING.
That’s where Dodge comes in. BANG. BOOM. Hellcat. 707 horsepower. 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. 1/4 mile in 10.7 seconds. Demon – 0-60 in 2.3 seconds. 1/4 mile in 9.65 seconds at more than 140 mph. That’s news. They laid it all out on the table. And they’ll continue to sell cars to people who want REAL fast cars while Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Cadillac continue to add .3 seconds to every generation until cars drive themselves.
Hey. There’s nothing wrong with “quick” cars. But most of these cars are NOT “fast” by 2017 standards. Because other companies have not set the bar much higher. Tesla P100D. Hellcat. Demon. Fast. Everything else – “quick”. Outside of that – “slow”. That is all. And you know it.