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> 'The 300C SRT8 and the Magnum SRT8 have few shortcomings. One being
> both cars are a bit thirsty, with EPA fuel economy ratings of 14
> city and 20 m.p.g. highway.'
> A few years ago I would never have believed it. Gas was cheap and
> horsepower was continuing to rise. Unfortunately, so were curb
> weights. As well as manufactures have been able to squeeze more
> efficiency out of modern engines, the added size and heft of
> has largely nullified gains in miles per gallon. And with the
> demand for oil, driven largely by the growing economies of
> nations, and America's insatiable appetite for fuel, the price of
> is unlikely to go anywhere but up.
> So what's a car enthusiast to do? As much as I like big horsepower
> numbers, I think the next generation of hot rod is going to have to
> more with less. Here's what I envision. Hot rods that are a cross
> between a race car and a motorcycle. Picture this:
> The next America hot rod.
> - A jet canopy style body. Driver in front, passenger directly
> - An even larger use of plastics/composites
> - Rear engine/rear drive with traction/stability control
> - Very aerodynamic
> - Extremely light weight... every feature and option evaluated for
> - Small, normally aspirated engine -- to keep weight, complexity,
> engine compartment size, and cost down -- with cylinder deactivation
> and direct cylinder injection
> - Only 5/6/7-speed auto/manual transmissions
> I think vehicles like this could be made inexpensively. And I think
> the demand would be there. Don't believe me? On your next drive,
> check out how many vehicles contain only one or two occupants.
> I'd bet and say the number containing less than three people is
> 80%. Plus familes aren't getting any larger. Also I think our
> hot rods will increasing become second or "weekend" rides.
> Got feed back...? Am I a crazy on some whacked-out rant? Let me
> '93 Cobra
I think we've already seen the next gen hot rods. They're all the
SRT4s, Civics, Focuses, WRXs, etc. tearing up the streets.
Unfortunately, a lot are done in bad taste, but those cars can be made
pretty damn quick and still look decent.
Next up? The MX5. Very cool car.
Calypso Green '93 5.0 LX AOD hatch with a few goodies
Black '03 Dakota 5.9 R/T CC