QOTD: Thankful for Horsepower?
The turkey’s been eaten, the football games have been shown, and all hands have tired of their close friends and relations by now. Around here, it’s generally accepted that laundry and family start to smell if they hang around for more than three days.
But never mind that. With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, what car manufacturer are you most thankful for this year?
Mine’s easy, and not likely to surprise any reader in this audience. I’m most thankful for a company that continues to churn out boldly painted copies of cars and trucks with way too much horsepower.
There’s no doubt a good chunk of FCA’s portfolio is showing its age and that all these colors and outrageous outputs are a clever distraction. You won’t hear me complaining. Our 2012 Charger — a car which stands largely unchanged from brand new Chargers sitting in showrooms today, by the way — is every bit as reliable as any Camry or Accord. There’s nothing to indicate new versions are any different. There’s something to be said for an “if it ain’t broke,
don’t fix it add more power” philosophy.
Family sedans with more horsepower than Lambos and Ferraris, not to mention the over-the-top go-faster stripes that surely adds 5 hp. Those stripes show up on big SUVs, too — SUVs with physics-defying levels of acceleration, some with SUPERCHARGED badges along their flanks.
FCA has the bonkers chapter of the aftermarket taken care of, too. Where else can hot-rodders browse a catalog for the part number of a 1,000 hp motor with the name Hellephant?
I’d wager more than a few of us, writers and readers alike, are emerging from this turkey-laden weekend with a bit more of wide body than just a few days ago. That’s alright — for this model year, FCA’s got a few widebody models of their own.
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