With performance cars as powerful and fast as the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, sometimes people ask us if all that speed really necessary or if all that horsepower really is worth it? Does someone really need all of that power to have a good time? It may be fun on the speedway, but who really needs 707 horsepower to hit the road and have a good time? Sure, there’s a bit of an adrenaline rush, and the feeling of hitting a g-force or two will be one to remember, but is it any better than hopping in a sporty sedan and cruising down the highway?
Someone looking for speed, should look for no other vehicle other than the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Powered by a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Demon® engine, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon comes with 97 new parts integrated into the engine, including a new crankshaft, new connecting rods, new pistons, a new steel camshaft, and a new valvetrain, to read a maximum output of 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, and covers a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at a a max speed of 140.09 mph. Unless visiting the local speedways in Miami often, then what’s the point? It’ll be tough to enjoy all of that horsepower without getting pulled over every couple of minutes.
There’s other Dodge vehicles that are great to get, like the Dodge Charger. One doesn’t need to go too high with it. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has a starting MSRP of $39,995 and is powered by a 392 V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS engine, with an output of half the horsepower (485hp) and is still very fun to drive. Plus, with the Scat Pack Dynamics Package by Dodge and the Hellcat Drag Pack, if speed is really the reason to buy a car, may as well try to do it on a budget with Hellcat style and a boost of power. Your insurance bill will thank you.
The Chevrolet Corvette is known for its speed and prowess, but let’s go a little smaller. Take the Chevy Camaro. Also known for speed and power, but the base trim (1LS) starts at $26,900. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter SIDI engine with variable valve timing, it only has an output of 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. With all the packages and options offered, anyone can make their Camaro look like the high-tier top of the line without breaking the sound barrier.
Other automakers make great vehicles that are fun to drive without break 100 units of horsepower. Mitsubishi Motors has a fun little hatchback, the Mitsubishi Mirage, only able to generate a maximum of 78 horsepower, powered by a 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC three-cylinder engine. Due to the low horsepower, not only will insurance get cheaper, but so will the weekly visit to the gas station. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage gets 37 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway.
If looking to break at least 100 units of horsepower, Kia Motors is another automaker that makes great cars without breaking the bank or the speed limit. The 2018 Kia Optima is spacious, stylish, and fun to drive. With options like a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, able to generate 185 horsepower, or a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, able to generate 245 horsepower.
Of course, is looking for that muscle car style while keeping the safety of a sports sedan, then the new 2018 Kia Stinger is the way to go. Dressed up like a coupe, able to generate up to 365 horsepower when powered by a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine, this is the vehicle revolutionizing the auto industry. Winning awards from AutoGuide, Roadshow by CNET, and other big names have announced awards for the 2018 Kia Stinger. With a starting MSRP of $31,000*, it’s a great vehicle to get while keeping the pocketbook in check and the tires from melting.
According to CarScoops.com, the average horsepower most drivers want is 300hp. It’s enough to have fun without burning through too much fuel or cash. But what do you think? Is more really better? Whatever your fancy, we have Dodge, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, and Kia all at Miami Lakes Automall.
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