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Fast for Less Cash
While it may seem that automakers are focusing more on fuel efficiency than performance these days, cars are actually getting faster and (in some cases) cheaper. If you’re in the market for a performance car under $50,000, you might be surprised just how fast they can get.
Taking a look at 0-60 mph acceleration times*, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 fastest vehicles available on today’s market for under $50,000 including destination.
10. 2013 Mercedes-Benz G65
Day three of our Dream Car Garages series is brought to you by the wishful mind of Road Test Editor Richard Cazeau. First on his list, the Mercedes G65.
Why an SUV? Because it all about the “just in case” factor of: hauling in-laws, moving a buddy to a new apartment or a jaunt to Lake Tahoe. And since Land Rovers and Range Rovers are so played-out by Hollywood celebs, why not opt for a classic?
Why this SUV? Well, regular richies can have the G63 with its 544 hp twin-turbo V8. Instead, the not-sold-in-America G65 gets four more cylinders and makes an outrageous 612 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque! That’s why.
Penske Racing has teamed up with Pennzoil to giveaway a one-of-a-kind custom Dodge Challenger SRT8 and 175 other prizes through their Join The Pursuit game. To enter the contest all you need to do is get a qualifying Pennzoil oil change to receive your official game piece, then enter the code at the website here. Or, just visit the website without purchasing an oil change. Prizes include $50 Shell gift cards, $25 Shell gift cards, a Pennzoil/Penske Racing hat and the grand prize of a Dodge Challenger SRT8.
The SRT8 features custom paint and striping on the exterior, with a dual-finish black paint scheme with hand-applied accent stripes. A suspension lowering kit was installed to enhance handling and give the SRT8 a more menacing stance, while a set of 20-inch Forgiato wheels with Pirelli P-Zero rubber conceals the four-piston Brembo brake kit. Performance comes from a 392-cubic inch Hemi V8 with 470-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed transmission. Performance upgrades include a Corsa Performance exhaust system and a Getrag limited-slip differential. On the inside, a premium interior package outfits the cabin with leather seats and accent-colored stitching. In car electronics include a Kicker sound system, Media Center 730N with Uconnect and “Performance Pages” instrumentation – which displays 0-60 time, braking distance and time, 1/4- and 1/8-mile time and G-force.
[Source: Pennzoil Join The Pursuit]
A Dodge Challenger was struck down far before its time at the Brampton, Ontario factory—bursting into flames right in the final stages on the assembly line.
The fire was caused by a heat lamp that had ignited some paperwork that was attached to the car. Nobody was injured and no other cars were counted as casualties, as the sprinkler system quickly put it out. “Things happen from time to time,” said Ardis Snow, CAW unit chairperson at the plant. “They need to determine if it was human error or product related.”
The photos leaked onto the Moparts forum where some believe that this was a rare 392 SRT model, noting the wheels and the hood scoop. ”Fires happen all the time in the automotive industry,” said Snow. Clearly, the folks at Chrysler are adjusting well to the foibles of Italian ownership.
It’s pretty hard to make the Dodge Challenger even more eye-catching, but a new color, dubbed “Green With Envy”, should help it attract the attention of bystanders and the ire of other motorists.
Available on the R/T Classic (white black or white stripes) or the SRT8 392 (black stripes only), the new getup is supposed to recall the glory days of Mopar muscle, when V8 bruisers were available in every hue of the Hi-Liter rainbow. For our money, it’s hard to beat the all-American white/blue stripes combo, but someone suffering from a bad mid-life crisis is bound to go for the green.