We've all read about the upcoming Challenger SRT Hellcat and it's RIDICULOUS 700hp, tire-shredding HEMI.
I drooled a little.
You drooled a little.
Our brains melted trying to fathom all the 'Murica that will spill out of the tailpipes.
But then I went back and read something from our good friend, Doug DeMuro. While some may consider this a mistake, I personally enjoy reading his posts because in between the jokes and Zach Braff inner monologue he raises some questions and stirs some thoughts. He tracked a McLaren and established that "today's high-performance exotic cars are so fast that they're becoming too powerful for the racetrack."
What's that mean, exactly? The cars we lust over are becoming (dare I say) too powerful. That's actually not a big deal, when it comes down to it. Technology advances, things get faster, races become faster, crashes happen, EXCITEMENT AND THE SOUNDS!!!!!
But connect the two articles I linked above. All exotic cars drive the same because they cannot reach their limits, especially by average consumers. 700HP HELLCAT SCREAMING AMERICAN MUSCLE.
I would love the Hellcat. Most of us would. But I have a thing about vehicles that are not used to a level of their potential. My neighbor has a Jeep Wrangler that will never see mud (or even a dirt road to a mountain ski resort). There are people who have pickup trucks for no reason (I love pickups but can't justify one now). Supercar owners are a strange ground that Doug touched on in his musings.
So my actual question is this:
At what point do we see a fast car couple with efficiency for a realistic combination of fun and frugality?
I'm not saying that I want a 50mpg vehicle that has a 0-60 time of 3 seconds. That would be cool but when could I use it? I'm saying that 50mpg or greater would be a great complement to a fun little vehicle like my FoST. Going out for a fun drive and not caring about mpg on a 12 gallon tank doesn't leave much in total travel...but doing that with twice the range would be beautiful.
Just a thought. Nothing more.