Baby Boomers too old for Sports Cars?!

The Victor crew came across this bizarre article stating that Baby Boomers Are Getting Too Old for Sports Cars. So what are their proofs of this? They are saying Mustangs and Porsches are slipping because people are opting for SUVs and Camaros are being marketed to younger crowds.

As boomers are starting to reach the 70 mark, they aren’t buying as many sports cars. Comfort is part of the reason. Also the younger generations aren’t purchasing as many sports cars because of costs. Mustang plants were idled for a week this year. The Camaro and Corvette are slumping as well.

2016 Camaro

The headline says “The 2016 Camaro is fast approaching” and for some that’s not soon enough! It comes in a fully electronic convertible top model too! You can open it while driving (up to 30 mph.)

The new Camaro will come in black, mosaic black metallic, nightfall gray metallic, silver ice metallic, summit white, bright yellow, red hot, garnet red tintcoat, blue velvet metallic, hyper blue metallic. You can also get stripes for some colors.

The interior comes in cloth or leather. There are also some accent colors for what they call “knee pads.”

2016 Camaro

Joe Victor

The Numbers Are In: Dodge SRT Hellecat Most Powerful Muscle in Town

Recently Dodge released some info about its supercharged 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, specifically that it would be powered by an engine that could produce an astonishing 707 horsepower. But they had withheld any performance numbers … until. Finally, we’ve got an official NHRA-certified quarter mile time.

The Challenger SRT completed its quarter mile in an amazing 10.85 at 126.18 MPH. This was done on street legal drag racing radial tires. As a point of comparison a Camaro ZL1 can achieve about 12.3 seconds at 119 miles per hour, while a Shelby GT500 can accomplish a pretty stunning 11.8 second run at a 125 miles per hour according to Car and Driver.

A 10-second quarter mile is a coveted time among drag strip junkies and it seems Dodge can deliver.
http://blog.caranddriver.com/0-to-1320-feet-in-what-chrysler-posts-2015-dodge-challenger-srt-hellcat-14-mile-time/

Joe Victor

Project Freedom Fighter

Kelly Fromm, a US Army veteran decided to build a car as a tribute to the armed forces. His first car was the Veteran 1, a 5th Gen Camaro rebuilt and painted in patriotic colors. It was raffled last year to benefit ADASDF, an organization that provides wounded soldiers with service dogs at no cost to them.

He then set out to make another tribute car. He started with a 2012 Camaro ZL1. He took this white stock car in June 2012 and began his mission in Grand Rapids, MI. You can see the making of this car here. It took 2 1/2 months and 300 man-hours to complete the work. This one has murals all over it to depict the various branches of the military, a star with the image of the firefighters lifting the flag for 9/11 and a star with a service dog. He is taking it on tour for Rev-It-up for Wounded Warriors. You can view more pictures here.

~ Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor®: 12 Best in Class Car Values, 2012

There were some great vehicles in that last batch. So here we go again. Jody Victor will tell us the rest from an article by Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger and msn.com.

Jody Victor: As we saw in the first part, there were some great vehicles. Now, I’ll finish with the rest – equally great vehicles.

CARS $50,000 AND OVER: MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS BLUETEC

Sticker price: $52,565 (Luxury)
Invoice price: $48,947
TrueCar national average price: $48,997
3-year resale value: 56%, 5-year: 37%
City mpg: 21, Hwy: 32

Best in Class for the second year in a row, the E-Class diesel sedan proves it can go the distance on value. The BlueTec’s fuel economy — 32 miles per gallon on the highway — beats all except hybrid competitors in its class, and it sports higher resale values for 2012. Safety gets a boost with a standard driver’s knee airbag, Attention Assist drowsiness monitor and collision warning system.

SPORTS CARS: CHEVROLET CAMARO

Sticker price: $32,750 (1SS)
Invoice price: $31,476
TrueCar national average price: $32,546
3-year resale value: 59%, 5-year: 41%
City mpg: 16, Hwy: 24

Kiplinger’s Best New Car pick when it was reintroduced in 2010, Chevy’s Camaro SS sticks to its hot-rod roots. The brawny 6.2-liter V8 delivers 426 horses and is cloaked in a muscular exterior with styling cues from the pony car’s past. Plus, at just over $32,000, it won’t break the bank.

SMALL CROSSOVERS: SUBARU FORESTER

Sticker price: $30,670 (2.5XT Touring)
Invoice price: $28,767
TrueCar national average price: $29,259
3-year resale value: 60%, 5-year: 46%
City mpg: 19, Hwy: 24

Named Best in Class two years running, this baby ute also has sky-high resale values and picks up Best Resale plaudits. Subaru’s standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive sends power to the wheels with the best grip so you always stick to the road securely.

MIDSIZE AND LARGE CROSSOVERS: LEXUS RX 450H

Sticker price: $46,110
Invoice price: $42,039
TrueCar national average price: $44,965
3-year resale value: 60%, 5-year: 44%
City mpg: 32, Hwy: 28

A perennial Kiplinger’s favorite, the Lexus RX features top-notch safety in addition to luxury, and the hybrid RX 450h takes the cake for Most Fuel-Efficient. A ten-airbag tally includes knee airbags for front passengers and rear-seat side airbags, and an optional pre-collision system ($1,500) will tighten seat belts and make extra braking power available if it senses an accident is imminent.

TRUCK-BASED SUVS: CHEVROLET SUBURBAN

Sticker price: $46,625 (1500 LT)
Invoice price: $43,428
TrueCar national average price: $43,703
3-year resale value: 49%, 5-year: 34%
City mpg: 15, Hwy: 21

The ultimate family hauler, the Suburban seats nine and has a whopping 90 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 46 cubic feet behind the third row. The 5.3-liter V8 puts out plenty of power, and the Suburban tows up to 5,000 pounds with ease. But (aside from SUV hybrids) fuel economy is better than any V8 in its segment.

MINIVANS: HONDA ODYSSEY

Sticker price: $29,035 (LX)
Invoice price: $26,390
TrueCar national average price: $27,498
3-year resale value: 55%, 5-year: 41%
City mpg: 18, Hwy: 27

Redesigned for 2011, when it swept Kiplinger’s minivan awards, Honda’s Odyssey still edges out the competition. Its bold exterior sets it apart from its peers, and improved driving dynamics and a more functional interior clinch its first-place status. For 2012, it picks up Most Fuel-Efficient plaudits, too.

Thanks, Jody! We’ll be sure to check them out!

Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor®: 12 Best in Class Car Values For 2012 II

All except one of these Best in Class winners are also Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks (no sports cars made that list this year). Here’s Jody Victor  to give us the second intallment.

Jody Victor: Hey, Joe, here’s the next four vehicles from and article by Jessica Anderson Of Kiplinger, from msn.com.

CARS $40,000-$50,000: BMW 5 SERIES

Sticker price: $47,575 (528i)
Invoice price: $43,840
TrueCar national average price: $44,838
3-year resale value: 54%, 5-year: 37%
City mpg: 23, Hwy: 34

Direct injection and turbocharging make the 528i one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. An eight-speed automatic transmission also lends a hand, as does start/stop technology, which shuts the engine off when you’re stopped and automatically restarts it when you press the accelerator.

CARS $50,000 AND OVER: MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS BLUETEC

Sticker price: $52,565 (Luxury)
Invoice price: $48,947
TrueCar national average price: $48,997
3-year resale value: 56%, 5-year: 37%
City mpg: 21, Hwy: 32

Best in Class for the second year in a row, the E-Class diesel sedan proves it can go the distance on value. The BlueTec’s fuel economy — 32 miles per gallon on the highway — beats all except hybrid competitors in its class, and it sports higher resale values for 2012. Safety gets a boost with a standard driver’s knee airbag, Attention Assist drowsiness monitor and collision warning system.

SPORTS CARS: CHEVROLET CAMARO

Sticker price: $32,750 (1SS)
Invoice price: $31,476
TrueCar national average price: $32,546
3-year resale value: 59%, 5-year: 41%
City mpg: 16, Hwy: 24

Kiplinger’s Best New Car pick when it was reintroduced in 2010, Chevy’s Camaro SS sticks to its hot-rod roots. The brawny 6.2-liter V8 delivers 426 horses and is cloaked in a muscular exterior with styling cues from the pony car’s past. Plus, at just over $32,000, it won’t break the bank.

SMALL CROSSOVERS: SUBARU FORESTER

Sticker price: $30,670 (2.5XT Touring)
Invoice price: $28,767
TrueCar national average price: $29,259
3-year resale value: 60%, 5-year: 46%
City mpg: 19, Hwy: 24

Named Best in Class two years running, this baby ute also has sky-high resale values and picks up Best Resale plaudits. Subaru’s standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive sends power to the wheels with the best grip so you always stick to the road securely.

Thanks, Jody! Last four in the series, next time.

Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor®: The 600-Horsepower Club II

It’s somewhat hard to imagine cars with over 500 horsepower let alone more than 600, just coasting down the road. I asked Jody Victor®  to tell us more from an article by James Tate of MSN Autos/msn.com.

Jody Victor®: Apparently, mega-horsepower is no longer to be restrained only to the racing circuit. Here’s the second half of the over 600-horsepower club.

 

5. Ford Shelby GT500, 650 horsepower – With the introduction of the 2013 Shelby GT500, the pony-car wars have officially gotten out of hand. Let it be clear we’re talking about a factory-produced Mustang with 650 horsepower. Likely created to one-up the fire-breathing ZL1 variant of its decades-old archrival, the Chevrolet Camaro, this Mustang and its supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine is the most powerful Ford to ever roll off the assembly line, and by a large margin. Although it’s far from a barbaric muscle car, we can only hope the big coupe’s aging suspension design is up to the task of controlling this kind of power.

 

4. Ferrari FF, 651 horsepower – The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was a curvaceous, high-performance luxury sports car. But it never really enjoyed success in the highly competitive exotic market. Ferrari’s response to this comes in the form of the polarizing FF. In many ways, this uniquely styled vehicle is a drastic departure from the tried-and-true prancing-horse formula. It offers four doors and all-wheel drive, as well as a “love it or hate it” shooting-brake body style. Luckily, its screaming 651-horsepower V12 engine does a mighty job of allaying concerns that Ferrari is forsaking performance and exhilaration, as it enables the 4-seater to rocket to 208 mph.

 

3. Lamborghini Aventador, 691 horsepower – Lamborghini has never been one to be timid with its vehicles, and its latest flagship turns heads with its flashy stealth-fighter styling and explosively powerful V12 engine rattling the ground. With 691 horsepower and years of performance engineering under its belt, the Aventador is more than ready to carry the torch into the next generation. Its paddle-shifting, single-clutch transmission, however, has a strikingly rough touch in a sea of seamless, butter-smooth dual-clutch units. Even so, it gets the job done. This replacement for the Murcielago is exactly what we were hoping for from the house of the raging bull.

 

2. Aston Martin One-77, 750 horsepower – British sports-car manufacturer Aston Martin is famous for creating svelte and sexy grand touring cars, and its crowning achievement, the One-77, is no exception. Although unmistakably an Aston Martin in design, this halo car puts a greater emphasis on outrageous performance and sports wilder, jaw-dropping style elements than its lesser brethren. Limited to just 77and already sold out, the One-77 boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated production-car engine ever made — a 7-liter V12 good for a roaring 750 horsepower. Take a good look at this athletic beauty, as it’s unlikely you’ll ever encounter one on the road.

 

1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, 1,183 horsepower – By now, the Bugatti Veyron is no stranger to automotive enthusiasts, as its superlative specs make it the uncontested king of sports cars. Its Super Sport variant cranks the wick even further, boosting output of its mammoth quad-turbo W16 engine from an already absurd 987 horsepower up to a “good God, that’s nuts” 1,183 horsepower. This insane power results in a possible top speed of 268 mph. Without question, the Veyron would satisfy even the biggest adrenaline junkie. With a price tag well into the seven digits, however, this uber-exclusive supercar is not for the financially faint of heart.

Thanks, Jody! We’d love to be able to test drive any of these vehicles!!

Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor® – Best Bang for the Buck: Horsepower

All sports cars are not the same – they look different, smell different, drive different, oh, yeah, they all cost different, too. I asked Jody Victor  to tell us more from an article by Matthew de Paula of msn.com.

Jody Victor : According to this article the power of a sports car is not always proportionate to the cost. Here’s the second half.

5. 2012 Chrysler 200 Touring – Price: $23,165 | HP: 283 | $/HP: $81.86 – The Chrysler 200 replaced the Sebring and we’re glad for that; it is a marked improvement in many ways. As twin to the Dodge Avenger, the 200 has the same new Pentastar V6, but in SXT Touring trim it’s more affordable than the most affordable version of the Avenger that comes with the V6. That’s why it ranks higher on this list. Although they’re mechanically the same, the Chrysler and Dodge sedans have different characters. The 200 is more sophisticated, while the Avenger goes for a sporty, younger feel.

4. 2012 Dodge Charger R/T RWD = Price: $29,995 | HP: 370 | $/HP: $81.07 – Dodge drastically improved the Charger R/T for 2011, and the good news for 2012 is that the company is holding the line on pricing. That means you can get a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine for just less than $30,000. No other automaker sells a car like the Charger in the United States at the moment: a large, powerful, rear-wheel-drive sedan at an affordable price. Although 370 horsepower sounds like a lot, the Charger is big and heavy, so it ends up being just enough power for good acceleration. Still, this is a lot of car for the money.

3. 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T – Price: $29,995 | HP: 376 | $/HP: $79.77 – The Dodge Challenger is the Charger’s 2-door sibling. It has six more horsepower under the hood. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference. The reason to get a Challenger over a Charger is styling versus practicality: It’s sleeker but not as handy, with two fewer doors than the Charger. Compared with the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang, this big coupe feels fat and flabby. But it has a comfortable ride and the Hemi makes it entertaining enough. Upgrading to the pricier SRT8 version on either the Challenger or the Charger brings more power, but it isn’t as good a power value.

2. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe SS – Price: $31,850 | HP: 426 | $/HP: $74.77 – If we were ranking cars based on attitude per dollar, the Chevrolet Camaro would win hands-down. Its aggressive appearance is intimidating. Drivers hustled out of its way when they saw us approaching in the rearview mirror. And both young and old exclaimed how impressive it was when they came across it on the street. The SS version gets a power boost with a 426-horsepower V8. That’s supercar power at a fraction of the cost of a Ferrari or Porsche. The Camaro is a well-rounded performer, even though it doesn’t feel quite as lively and tossable as a Ford Mustang.

1. 2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe – Price: $29,310 | HP: 412 | $/HP: $71.14 – The Ford Mustang GT offers 14 horsepower less than the Chevy Camaro SS, but it’s less expensive. So it edges out its arch rival in this price-to-power competition. Numbers aside, Ford has fine-tuned this car to near perfection. Its Achilles heel is the interior, which, although much improved over that of past Mustangs, still feels cheap. Dynamically, the Mustang is a joy to drive on both road and track. It’s beautifully balanced, and the V8 engine in the GT version gives awesome acceleration. A slew of improvements are coming for 2013, including more power for the V8 in the GT model, and a 650-horsepower Shelby GT500.

Thanks, Jody! We’ll be sure to check ’em out.

Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor® – Best Bang for the Buck: Horsepower

Numbers tell an interesting story when it comes to how much automakers charge for high-powered engines. Sports cars from companies such as Aston Martin and Lamborghini are best when it comes to performance and prestige, but throw price into the mix and the story changes, and not for the better. So which cars offer the best bang for the buck when it comes to horsepower? I asked Jody Victor to tell us more about it from an article by Matthew de Paula of msn.com.

Jody Victor:  They decided to find out by calculating a simple price-to-power ratio using the manufacturer’s reported horsepower ratings and suggested retail prices. Here’s what they discovered in two parts.

10. 2011 Suzuki SX4 – Price: $13,499 | HP: 150 | $/HP: $89.99 -Talk about starting off in left field. It’s hard to imagine a more incongruous car when talking horsepower and performance. But the Suzuki SX4 Sport’s bargain-basement price and decently powered little 4-cylinder engine give it an excellent price-to-horsepower ratio when paired with the standard manual transmission. You do get what you pay for, however. The Suzuki’s quality and refinement lag compared with cars from Honda and Toyota, for example. On the upside, the SX4 Sport is a nimble little car. It’s still a far cry from a Honda Civic Si or Volkswagen GTI, but then so is its price.

9. 2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T – Price: $24,645 | HP: 274 | $/HP: $89.95 – Most Hyundai Sonatas come with a 4-cylinder engine, which is good for gas mileage but only adequate in delivering performance. But the 2.0T gets a turbocharger, which transforms this sedan into something more exciting, even though at its core the car will always be just another family hauler, despite what’s under the hood. Still, with 274 horsepower, the engine pulls strongly, and the handling dynamics aren’t bad. Since it’s a Hyundai, the Sonata is packed with features and comes with a great warranty, making it one of the best values around, regardless of the horsepower.

8. 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 – Price: $48,810 | HP: 550 | $/HP: $88.75 – This one’s no surprise. It’s a muscle car, and muscle cars are all about offering the most performance for the lowest cost. Now, $48,810 isn’t exactly cheap, but the Shelby GT500 is no ordinary muscle car. Its 550-horsepower V8 engine offers performance on par with sports cars costing at least twice as much. Unlike American muscle cars of the past, it can do more than just go fast in a straight line; the Mustang chassis on which it’s built is wonderfully balanced. And with its stiffer suspension, the Shelby GT500 handles corners even better.

7. 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec Manual – Price: $26,750 | HP: 306 | $/HP: $87.42 – The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a Korean muscle car: It’s sporty, it has rear-wheel drive, and it’s affordable. It comes in many flavors, too. The one with the best power-to-price ratio is the base version — called the R-Spec — equipped with a 3.8-liter 306-horsepower V6 engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. This combination gives a lot of performance per dollar. In concept, the Genesis Coupe is similar to American muscle cars, but in reality it provides a different driving experience than, say, a Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang; it’s smaller and the suspension setup is firmer.

6. 2012 Dodge Avenger SXT Plus – Price: $23,995 | HP: 283 | $/HP: $84.79 – Chrysler has pulled off a miracle. It has systematically upgraded every vehicle across all of its brands — including Dodge — on thin budgets while preparing future products to replace the current lineup. The Avenger is competent and much better than before, thanks mainly to two things: a better interior with classier styling and materials, and the company’s new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine. It puts out 283 horsepower while still managing to offer an estimated 29 mpg on the highway. Is it as refined as V6 engines from Asian competitors? The jury’s still out on that one.

Thanks, Jody! More on horsepower for your buck next time!

Joe Victor